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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 toyotabedzrock on 3/22/2013 4:54:35 PM , Rating: -1
Power plants are more efficient than any car engine. So you still end up with less co2.

RE: Ignorant statement
By Dorkyman on 3/23/2013 2:49:16 PM , Rating: 2
...and then factor in losses in transmission.

And on top of that factor in environmental costs in making the battery.

There are studies that show a rough parity in environmental costs overall (for the life of the car). So buy the car for other reasons but not for environmental ones.

RE: Ignorant statement
By flyingpants1 on 3/26/2013 1:18:09 AM , Rating: 2
Did you factor in the environmental costs of building an internal combustion engine and drivetrain?

RE: Ignorant statement
By Mint on 3/28/2013 7:57:19 AM , Rating: 2
There are studies that show a rough parity in environmental costs overall (for the life of the car). So buy the car for other reasons but not for environmental ones.
Here are some studies on the production of Li-ion batteries:

Even when ignoring recycling, according to the paper, the production energy of a 76kg battery amortizes to under 90 BTU per mile in a car that lasts 160,000 miles. For the biggest Model S battery pack (7000 Li-NCA cells weighing 45 grams), that'll be ~60 million BTU in battery production energy. That's the energy equivalent of only 500 gallons of gasoline. Even if you considered a 50 MPG car is an alternative to the luxury Model S, it only takes ~50k miles to make up that difference.

Here's some more life cycle results:
EVs and PHEVs are far better in total environmental impact.

The idea that the battery needs so much energy to make that it negates the savings is not even close to true.

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