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Delay of all 60 KW until 2013

Tesla under delivers for 60kw buyers.....when will they make the 60's

"We have recently revised delivery estimates and production for Model S this year and given your configuration, we current are estimating delivery of your Model S from January to February. This shift is mainly due to the staggered introduction of the 60kWh battery pack. Once the 60kWh Model S goes into production, we will be better able to estimate delivery and will be able to give you a more accurate delivery time then.

In any case, about 2 to 4 weeks before we expect delivery, you will be contacted by your Delivery Experience specialist who will start coordinating and preparing for the delivery of your Model S."

@Joey. That matches up with my discussion with my rep as well as the local store manager. Both couldn't give any specifics, but said to expect a Jan/Feb delivery. I also heard comment on a possible blog post from tesla on the 60 kWh vehicles. My number is #P1887. Based on what I've been seeing with the batching, they'll probably run most 60kWh vehicles in one batch.
On a good note, I heard that the recent cars coming off the line have sensors installed in the bumpers, most likely a future upgrade on the parking system!
Keep telling ourselves "Be Patient"

I think the official update came through as I was submitting. Thanks for the update!
sorry for treading on your territory. You do such a great job.


This will initially make the delivery date predictions a little harder for the 60 and 40's. So after March of 2013, I would assume that the production would start flowing back in reservation number sequence (with batching), with the lower numbers having priority again. IMO.

Just received this:

We are actively ramping up production of Model S and now have a clear timeline regarding when certain options will begin production. You are receiving this update because you have ordered a Model S with an option that was not available at start of production.

This email covers production timing for 60 kWh cars, 40 kWh cars, Standard (Coil) Suspension and the new 2013 Red multi-coat exterior paint.

60 kWh cars will begin production in January 2013. Deliveries will begin in January/early February.

40 kWh cars will begin production in March 2013. Deliveries will begin in March/early April.

Our original plan was to deliver 5,000 Model S in 2012. In our November letter to shareholders, we reduced our 2012 plan to between 2,500 and 3,000 while reaffirming 20,000 deliveries in 2013. This basically "shifted" our production ramp back about two months for all options not available at start of production. Our original plan was to begin production of 60 kWh cars in November, 40 kWh cars and Standard (Coil) Suspension in January, and new Red exterior paint in March. Our current production ramp takes this original plan and shifts each item back approximately two months except for the new Red.

Below is the current Production Sequencing Timeline for 2013:
• 60 kWh Model S with Active Air Suspension will phase into production in January 2013
• 40 kwh Model S will phase into production in March 2013
• 40, 60 and 85 kWh cars with Standard Suspension will begin production in March 2013
• 2013 Red multi-coat paint will begin production in March 2013 (no change from original plan)
Once we begin producing Model S with each option, your sequence number and order date will determine your placement in the build schedule. We will be producing about 400 cars per week as each option phases into production, so cars will flow fairly quickly once production of a particular option begins.

We will continue to provide regular updates regarding these options as each gets closer to phasing into production. We have not done a great job at all in the past regarding communication on these items. I fully acknowledge our shortfall in this area. We now have a much better understanding of what it will take to bring each of these options into production and will do a much better job of communicating about them going forward. Rest assured we will move as quickly as possible on each item.

We will be announcing 60 kWh 5-cycle EPA range certification soon. This puts us on track for a January start of 60 kWh Model S production.

Thank you for your Model S order. We are looking forward to building your Model S.

George Blankenship

Errrggggg - this was already posted, sorry. What's important was that my delivery estimate was supposed to be "Feb/Mar" when I finalized my MVPA a week ago. I'm thinking April/May is more realistic now based on this email and I think there are a relatively small number of red, 40 kWh or coil suspension cars ahead of me.

I got that letter today as well. It must be some strange coincidence, because this morning I emailed Tesla asking when they were going to start production on the 60kwh versions. I also stated how I was extremely disappointing that 2012 will come and go, and I won't have my car...especially when so many tentative delivery dates have come and gone.

Reading the last few posts in the Delivery thread I am beginning to wonder if they plan on delivering any 60kWh cars until Feb. They just sent out notices up to P89xx and higher. That would be around 10 weeks of making 85kWh cars before they touch a 60kWh car..... unless they are adding a 2nd shift. (I assumed that 45% of the cars are 85kWh)

Sounds like they will start making them in the last week of Jan.... if we are lucky. (They are known for missing deadlines IMHO)

I suspect there are many 60kw's out there. But i too am a tad frustrated that they are into the 8XXX's now...

They'll begin to blend in 60s before that, apparently. See the Bulletin Board.

I'm feeling really disappointed with the delay. I knew the 85kwh cars would be made first, but all of them? I'm not here to buy a top-of-the-line luxury car. I'm here for the best conceived and build electric car. Maybe I'm in the wrong place. I've delighted in the innovations, loved the factory tour and the test drive. But it really hurts to see all the people who reserved probably a year after me gloating at their new cars!

Of course not all of them.
The inflow of reservations of both types is continuous. Read this:

@kit I so understand where you are coming from. I have definitely been having a hard time keeping my Zen like approach these past few days.

Not having any idea when my car will come is what is making it worse.

Ok back to meditating... Ummmm Ummmmm

I can understand that Tesla wants to make as many 85 kWh cars as possible, but they sent e-mails to reservation numbers beyond 8000. That would indicate that the 40 kWh, 60 kWh and standard suspension cars are about 70% of the reservations. I believe they will try and be fair.

To be fair, none of us knows what problems Tesla is seeing in terms of cancellations, production or supply problems, future production plans etc. I would expect them to do what is necessary to remain cash flow positive and keep the company going. Hopefully they can do that without disenfranchising too many customers.

I'm still a very strong supporter. I just was down about the timing and regret I expressed myself and hit Send. I trust Tesla Motors to do the very best they can for all of us. I am very impressed with all I've learned about their manufacturing processes and the rationale for them.

strange concept -- "disenfranchising" customers. Except insofar as customers are volunteer sales staff! Or impairing or removing their ability to choose what to buy ...

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