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40's Need a Fix

Lots of folks who've waited faithfully for a long time, and committed to an MVPA for a 40kWh car, and now are justifiably hurt to hear production is delayed again, while noob 85's get their cars quickly.

This gripe is legitimate - TM has made business decisions that have the effect of stringing along 40KW reservation holders. (Even if that wasn't the intent).

I think TM needs to mend fences with them. Here is my suggestion:

If you have a 40KW reservation and signed an MVPA, TM will refund your money on request, but grandfather in your option to purchase at the original price when the 40 starts production.

This would be a good faith gesture to credit supporters who've loaned them money. I think it would fix the problem and reaffirm folks' faith in the company's decency.

What do all of you think?

(Please note your res type in your post).

@mbergman You should have checked your calendar. It wasn't a 4/1 joke. ;)

For other 40's buyers who have waited with me, stop into a Tesla showroom again before your car is scheduled for delivery. It's a great way to re-energize your spirits after such a long wait. If you talk to the right people and ask the right questions, you may discover a few more unexpected surprises no one is mentioning yet.

For 60's buyers, enjoy the free superchargers. TM didn't forget you and you probably don't need an 85.

For 85's, well, you're already driving the best cars on earth, with access to superchargers, many months earlier than the rest of us. Thank you for leading the way and supporting TM.

I hope to see you all on the road. Happy Trails!


@eAdopter - SC is not free for 60 kWh. Still have to buy the option.

Wow, the best possible solution. This 40kwh reservation holder is delighted!

eAdopter, I'm impressed.

First time I've been pleased with anything I've heard from Tesla in a very long time.

+1,000 TESLA! I think this thread can now be closed. We got our fix :)

@sftesla: did you give them this idea (from your post on 2/22/13)?

Ha ha! I was just thinking the same thing. In any case, I'm glad it worked out for all the 40s.

This is great news

How's that for an incentive to stick with the plan!

Despite our hypercynical modern culture- most industrial corporations DO WANT TO PLEASE THE CUSTOMER. I work for one. It kills me to see the negatives in the press. Great job TMC with a clever win-win resolution!

Nice job Tesla. This was the correct move. You have restored much lost faith and trust.

Are we sure this is not a prank? I did not get any email from Tesla.

Someone could have hacked the tesla web site, I suppose.

Would be good if true. Even if you don't buy the fix to get 60, you should have increased battery longevity.

@larryh: yes, Tesla sent out a press release e-mail as well. Plus, I think Elon tweeted about it.

Boom! This is great news. Very happy to learn that I will have the option to upgrade to 60kWh and supercharging when I can afford to do so!

Thank you Elon, and the Tesla Team! Feels like I won the lottery :)

And, just now, I did in fact get the email.

I will not be upgrading since I drive 6 miles a day but with 2 trips to wine country per year at about 80 miles.

Alright, were is my damn car!

(And how do I get rid of my Lexus GS300?)

were => where

Upgrade cost is $1,500 more compared with doing it before production including SC. It's $11,000 to get 60 kWh range and $2,500 to activate SC.

Tesla totally came through in the end. They are earning the trust we put in them.

Wait till you see tomorrow's announcement. I think Supercharging is about to get a whole lot better.

Something to consider perhaps?

I never thought I would use the range of the 60 since I have other vehicles for long range trips. On the other hand I do like saving money on a future upgrade if I can make use of it more often.

If I wait though, will it really cost me an extra $1k for an upgrade?

Consider this, in California your tax and registration fees are based on the cars sale price. That means that every year my registration is going to be less because the car cost $10k less to start. So when do you break even? I don't know but it makes me feel better thinking about paying less taxes.

Can I get an amen to less taxes!


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