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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 Dorkyman on 3/23/2013 2:44:55 PM , Rating: 2
I see your points but you need to take off the blinders. Objective studies have shown that the NET environmental costs are about the same; it's just that they are front-loaded in the manufacture of the car battery and in the creation of the electricity at the remote power plant.

But then, hey, most Californians (and I was once one) buy stuff mostly on cool factor, not on any rigorously-reasoned rationale. And right now Tesla is cool.


RE: Now do it for cheaper
By Mint on 3/23/2013 7:06:55 PM , Rating: 2
There's no such thing as an objective study with environmental cost, because you're forced to compare apples to oranges. Gasoline is 2-3x worse from a CO2 perspective, maybe 100x worse regarding urban pollution.

Some studies will assume new electricity generation to charge EVs will have the same mix as current power, others will rightfully consider that the marginally increased consumption will come entirely from wind and natural gas.

On top of that, you have energy security and trade deficit considerations, where EVs are a huge win in today's demand limited global market.

Cool factor only takes you so far. There are limits to how high BMW and Mercedes can jack up prices for the badge, for example.


RE: Now do it for cheaper
By Reclaimer77 on 3/23/2013 7:56:09 PM , Rating: 1
It's a lot harder to clean contaminated soil than C02 air pollution. Nature has a way of dealing, quite effectively, with C02. It's this new thing called trees and plants....

As far as I know there's no plants that can magically un-fu#k toxic waste in the soil and drinking water.

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On top of that, you have energy security and trade deficit considerations, where EVs are a huge win in today's demand limited global market.


They aren't a "win" for ANYONE until they actually become practical enough to replace ICE vehicles. How many times do I need to beat this fact into your skull?


RE: Now do it for cheaper
By Mint on 3/24/2013 2:10:26 PM , Rating: 2
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It's a lot harder to clean contaminated soil than C02 air pollution.
If you paid attention, you'd see that I was implying CO2 is the least meaningful way of measuring pollution. Urban air pollution consists of particulates, NOx, organics/hydrocarbons, etc.

And where is the contaminated soil coming from? That's the same BS argument that nuclear opponents use. It infinitely easier to contain solid waste - whether nuclear or industrial - than air pollution. Lithium ion batteries can be almost entirely recycled, too. These aren't lead-acid batteries.

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They aren't a "win" for ANYONE until they actually become practical enough to replace ICE vehicles.
Not for ANYONE? Then why is Tesla selling 500 per week?

And what's wrong with PHEV? Once the cost premium over a regular hybrid hits expected values (as with the Ford C-Max), payback becomes only a few years. Ford is projecting that 30% of their electrified vehicle sales will be plugins.


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