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Another 50 vehicles set to be produced in the next 2 to 3 weeks

Tesla Motors has reached an interesting milestone for its popular Model S EV. Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced that the company has produced its first 50 Model S luxury sedans. Musk also notes that Tesla will accelerate the output of the Model S each week to meet its target of delivering 5,000 Model S EVs this year.  
"The ramp-up is continuing and we are getting a lot of invaluable information from having all these cars on the road," said George Blankenship, Tesla's vice president of sales. "We have already logged more than 39,000 miles on the first 50 cars."
The Model S entered production in Fremont, California on June 22. Since then, Tesla has constructed 29 cars destined for customers and 21 cars that will be used at stores for loaners and test drives. An additional 50 vehicles will be constructed within the next two to three weeks.

Tesla currently has orders for 12,200 Model S EVs that have a starting MSRP of $57,400 before any applicable state and federal tax credits/rebates are applied. Initial production of the Model S is limited to more expensive versions with an MSRP of around $100,000.
The Tesla Model S has EPA efficiency rating of 89 MPGe and a 265-mile driving range using the EPA five-cycle testing procedure.
Recently, Tesla posted a decline its revenue of $26.7 million. The company is looking to the Model S to help it become profitable this year.

Source: SF Gate

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RE: It's outselling Ford...
By Carney on 8/6/2012 4:47:23 PM , Rating: 0
DiCaprio didn't buy a Tesla; he bought a Fisker Karma, a competing car from a competing company. Facts schmacts - who cares, since you're much more interested in emoting and responding in knee jerk style to implanted memes, venting on cue for the scheduled Two Minutes Hate?

You continue to treat government loans and/or subsidies as some kind of Mark of Cain justifying scorn and rejection. But subsidies are merely a tool in the policy toolbok, usually inappopriate for most situations, but in this case appropriate.

Unlike libertarian fanatics, conservatives understand that while economic non-intervention is in general the right policy, it is not ALWAYS the right policy. Non-intervention is less important than national security. That's why conservatives like me support GOVERNMENT INTERVENTION such as banning trade with Iran and North Korea, and restricting transfer of sensitive tech to China.

And the monopoly that oil has on transportation is deeply damaging to our national security, as well as our economy.

We are oil poor, but energy rich. We have lots of coal, natural gas, nuclear power, etc. none of which OPEC can ration and spike the world market price of. It's madness that the sole energy source our enemies can control is the sole energy source our transportation sector relies on. Sitting and waiting for something to happen won't work, because we're in a "you go first" standoff between automakers, filling stations, and consumers.

If modest and reasonable subsidies and loans help us speed up the process of weaning ourselves from jihad juice, I say go for it, and speed up the pace.

RE: It's outselling Ford...
By Spuke on 8/6/2012 7:32:29 PM , Rating: 2
If modest and reasonable subsidies and loans help us speed up the process of weaning ourselves from jihad juice, I say go for it, and speed up the pace.
My only issue with gov subsidies is giving them when we have no money to spend. The gov should be figuring out how to pay down debt, not get us deeper in it. Oil prices spikes simply raise the cost of living, The fed crashing and burning has FAR greater consequences. Also, these EV subsidies are as knee jerk reactions to current price spikes. Long term fixes are NOT being worked on at all. 50 cars does not a revolution make especially at their current price points. If the automakers want to throw a fews losers out there to test public reaction or interest, that's fine by me but a broke government should NOT be supporting that.

Quite frankly, I'd rather use up all that Mid East oil before we touch a teaspoon of ours. That IS good national security. My problem with the Mid East (and other international "interests") is we don't need to be there at all, period. But then I have a fundamental problem with US foreign policy.

RE: It's outselling Ford...
By Jeffk464 on 8/7/2012 1:10:08 AM , Rating: 2
I think most economists would suggest that governments save money in good times and fund stuff like this in bad times, aka stimulus. The problem is during the good times our government still deficit spends.

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