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The company is also adding new Tesla Stores and Superchargers around the U.S.

Tesla Motors is greeting the new spring season with plenty of Model S-related news, including its achievement of more than 500 deliveries per week

"Over the past few months it’s been fun to watch the company achieve new milestones," said George Blankenship, VP of Worldwide Sales and Ownership Experience at Tesla. "First it was the factory ramping up to full production in December. During the past three weeks we have averaged more than 500 Model S deliveries per week, and it looks like we’ll be setting another record this week.

"With all these new cars on the road, it’s fun to watch as Model S racks up the miles. Model S drivers have traveled more than 12 million miles since deliveries first began. That’s a lot of CO2 emissions saved! And how are things going in California? Well, today we registered our 3,000th Model S in the Golden State. That pretty much says it all!"

Blankenship's post on Tesla's blog also mentioned a few other tidbits, such as the opening of new Tesla Stores in the Los Angeles area and Miami (as well as more service centers across North America and Europe throughout 2013); the addition of more Superchargers around the U.S. in places like the Pacific Northwest, Illinois, Texas, Florida, the Northeast and California, and the fact that the Model S is now officially a World Car.

Tesla has had some rough patches lately, such as issues with a journalist from The New York Times, who took a test drive this winter and reported a horrific venture. More specifically, he said that the Model S didn't have the range Tesla said it did, and ended up on a flatbed truck at the end of the trip. Musk and the NYT journalist (John Broder) ended up feuding over the matter.

But Tesla and its CEO Elon Musk is turning that luck around with predictions of being profitable in the first quarter and by vowing to pay off its $465 million government loan within five years. 

However, one recent hiccup is a delay to production of the Model X
Tesla had hoped to begin production of the vehicle this year, but those plans have been put off until late 2014 (meaning deliveries will likely be pushed to 2015). 

Source: Tesla Motors

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RE: Ignorant statement
By bsd228 on 3/22/2013 3:01:49 PM , Rating: 2
> last time i checked power plants emit CO2!

Sure, but that sort of simplistic argument has two failings:

1) the power plant is a far more efficient at producing energy from the same fossil fuel. A car engine is only 25-30% efficient, though the diesel motor could get as high as 50%. But a power plant can get as high as 80%.

2) the electric car doesn't need to idle, and unlike gas engines, is fully effective at 0 rpm, whereas the gas engine becomes most efficient at normal load. Particularly in urban driving, this is a considerable waste factor that isn't present for the power plant.

The charging of power at night also is beneficial in allowing utilities to continue running their plants at full power where they are most efficient. The classic peak in day and lull at night every day requires spin up/downs. Smart charging systems that can talk to the utilities and charge the car when most efficient will be a good win.

RE: Ignorant statement
By Philippine Mango on 4/1/2013 6:52:23 PM , Rating: 2
What powerplant has an efficiency of 80%???? The highest I've seen is for CCGT is like 58%... I think you're exaggerating quite a bit.

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