Tesla Motors begins delivery of Roadsters

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  1. PaleMelanesian

    PaleMelanesian Beat the System Staff Member

    Tesla Motors begins delivery of Roadsters to Customers

    [xfloat=left]http://www.cleanmpg.com/photos/data/501/Tesla_Roadster2.jpg[/xfloat]Ze'ev Drori, Tesla Motors CEO, July 12th, 2008

    The following update was sent by Ze’ev Drori to Tesla customers yesterday.

    You know of course the saying “Good things are worth waiting for” … undoubtedly we were trying the truism of this adage longer than warranted, but we have broken the logjam. We are delivering the Roadster to our customers. Already 9 production Roadsters have arrived in California, another 3 arrive this weekend, and they will keep arriving at the rate of 4 per week (except for the scheduled factory shut down in the last two weeks of August). In fact, currently there are 27 Roadsters in various stages of assembly. In large measure we deliberately limit the production until we install our own born and bred final transmission by mid-September, at which time production will start to ramp up leading toward a monthly rate of over 100 cars in December.

    From the start we planned a slow production rate for the first several months to allow us time to work out the kinks of production prior to increasing the rate of production. As mentioned above, an important mile marker of our progress is the development and implementation of Powertrain 1.5, which is going smoothly. Already we have prototypes running with the Powertrain 1.5 configuration and we are establishing the manufacturing facility for the gearboxes in our own facilities. The performance of this production configuration is extraordinary.

    The Roadster delivery to our customers perfectly dovetails with the Grand Opening of our second Tesla store in as many months. The first was the one in Los Angeles and it’s a huge success, and now the one in the heart of Silicon Valley right near Stanford in Menlo Park. [rm]http://www.teslamotors.com/blog2/?p=62[/rm]
  2. Vooch

    Vooch Well-Known Member

    Most illuminating is the ur-senior Chrysler MFG guy joining Tesla.
  3. Radio_tec

    Radio_tec Tell AAA, Saving gas saves America!

    May they be successful and deliver us from oil! :flag:
  4. kamana

    kamana Member

    I'm curious, will they be the first co. to come out with a affordable electric commuter? Will gas continue to rise such that people flock to these new (affordable electric) models in droves? Will tesla rise to, dare i say, replace or become one of the big 3?

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