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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: Now do it for cheaper
By captainBOB on 3/22/2013 8:36:48 PM , Rating: 5
Tesla's strategy is to first cater to the high income because they are far more willing to pay for new tech than average joe would.

Tesla does have plans to release a car for the masses later on. Right now going straight into low margin car sales would kill them.

Also the LEAF is doing terribly, far from kicking the Model S in the rear, considering the leaf has a range of ~76 miles to the Model S's 250+ miles.

RE: Now do it for cheaper
By Reclaimer77 on 3/22/13, Rating: 0
RE: Now do it for cheaper
By 1prophet on 3/23/2013 8:19:15 AM , Rating: 2
Yet the same type of mentality of "I don't want to pay for it" somehow rationalizes the subsidies of other industries like oil, agriculture, big bankers etc.,

while calling Americans overpaid and using cheap Chinese goods to eliminate their jobs, from a country that subsidizes its industry openly.

RE: Now do it for cheaper
By Reclaimer77 on 3/23/13, Rating: 0
RE: Now do it for cheaper
By captainBOB on 3/24/2013 11:41:17 PM , Rating: 1
Even in sales as well, its being outsold by the Chevy Volt and Prius plug-in.

They may be selling more units per year than Tesla, but the margins are much, much lower.

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RE: Now do it for cheaper
By Nutzo on 3/25/2013 4:54:26 PM , Rating: 2
Wow, up to 250 miles on a charge. While that would cover most my driving, you still have the long charging time (unless you install an expensive 240 volt charger at you house)

I'd rather buy a hybrid like the Camry with a 620+ mile range for 1/2 the price. With the price savings I'd have enough money to by gas for over 250K miles.

By Philippine Mango on 4/1/2013 6:49:20 PM , Rating: 2
This car is obviously not about being the most economical. If you want the most economical, a Prius is where it's at...

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