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Apologies if there's already a thread for this, but I just got my notification

It's time to have some fun designing and finalizing your Model S. We have made the entire process available online from anywhere with an internet connection.


The days of having to stop into an auto dealer to buy a car are over. We have made the entire process available from anywhere with an internet connection. You can design your car, request paperwork and even sign your paperwork from the comfort of your home. If you have not designed your Model S yet, you can start right here. If you already designed your car and are ready to request paperwork, just click here to continue the process.


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This is a very exciting next step and we look forward to sharing it with you. In just a few short months, you'll be one of the very first drivers on the planet to experience the fun and exhilaration of Model S. Let's get your car on the road!


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Now off to make some choices... P779

hmmm, what can I say? They mentioned it several times in different statements, that they'll break even, when they sold the first 8000 cars... and it's not their only income

and by the way: You guys think, that the Teslaboys are sleeping? They have a clear plan and they roll it out... I mean, if I would be Mr. Tesla, this would be my goal... to go break even this year.

""My understanding is that 8,000 is what the Model S needs to break even. Tesla needs more than that."

You'd better inform Elon. He seems confused!"

I think that is was 8,000 in 2013 to break even in 2013.

There seems to be several ways of interpreting what Elon said. However, if you figure 8000 cars times $85,000 average and a 25% gross profit you get $170,000,000. Even if you take $100,000 per car and a 35% gross profit you still only get $280,000,000.

Tesla's income statement shows (in millions):

2008: -$82.8
2009: -$55.7
2010: -$154.3
2011: -$254.4
2012: -$105.6 (till June 30)

As a company Tesla will need $652.8 to break even for 2008-2012. You're not going to get that out of 8000 cars. However, you will get it out of 30,000 cars. So Tesla is on track to be profitable in 2013, just like Elon says.

The $653 is not profit, it's sales. "Break even" does not mean cover all past losses, it means for that period.

I see you just totalled accumulated deficit. Not relevant. Break-even means $0 earnings for 2013.

8000cars/Year break even means in this Year! Hello?

No, I think Elon was speaking of an on-going annual rate, and 2013 will be the first proper year of operations.

Brian -- The $653 is not profit, it's sales

Where did you come up with that conclusion? The 653 is the sum of 82.8+55.7+154.3+254.4+105.6 which is the sum of the net losses to date.

Yes, I corrected that in the post above labelled "Corr". That's "Correction" abreviated.

But accumulated losses do NOT figure into "profitability". The instant you begin making net margin you are profitable. Past losses go into the account "Accumulated Profit/Loss" in shareholder equity, on the Balance Sheet, not the Income Statement.

"abbreviated", not "abreviated".


Yes, I hate the lack of an edit function too. I always catch mistakes after I press submit.

And yes, you're right from an accounting standpoint. Financial years are financial years.

bump. Can we stay will the latest it's time to build your Model S emails received?

bumping again. Latest reservation number to be contacted?

Sorry to all still waiting, especially any with lower reservation numbers.

Sig performance #303, late October delivery to Long Island, New York.

Pearl white, pano roof for headroom, black interior, piano black finish, spoiler, 21" perf wheels.

What is the latest P number contacted? This will give us a better idea as to how many cars are likely to be delivered this year!

I think 5691 was the last number called. About 2 weeks has past a no new finalize emails. I am 5836 and waiting patiently refreshing "My Tesla" page.

At what rpm? (refreshes per minute)


I reserved mine P179 Can when US reservations were at 4,300 or so, in August 2011...

It seems to me TM is queuing Can Prod reservations longer than the true order of reservation would have suggested

I plan for a March delivery anyway. On time for the Service Center opening in my area :-)

I sure wish someone would fix this thread. It appears as a .000000001 font size when I click it open!

It's fine for me. Must be your aberrated browser! >;)

It's the formatting on the original post


Hope this picks up soon. No notifications seem to be coming in at the moment.

what is your number? my number is P6997

The original information I got was you would be contacted to configure about 3 months prior to delivery. You would again be contacted to finalize about one month prior to delivery. Seems to me we will have an estimate of where production is at when the next round of "time to build" notices go out.

7667 here, was at store in Santa Monica last night, it was packed. I did not know this but they said the signature folks are 1-1000. Then the numbers start back at 1 again....woops So due to the production delays I may be Spring time next year instead of Winter. Once they iron out production ramp up they will easily be making 400+ cars a week amounting to 20k in 2013.

don't forget all the 1200 cancellations, it might be sooner than you think P6997

the Signature numbers are more like 1,200 now.

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