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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 M'n'M on 3/23/2013 3:26:38 PM , Rating: 2
Cars last for 15+ years and go through 3+ owners. I bought a BMW for $9k as a student because a well off guy paid $45k for it new

The used car marketplace will be a bit different for pure EVs. At some point in it's lifetime the owner will be looking at a new battery and the cost for that won't be cheap. Until that cost and timing are better known (not just predicted) I suspect most people are going to be pretty cautious and so the residual value of a 10 year old Tesla is going to be low. The 3'rd buyer may get one cheap but may face that cost. I wonder if that will cause more S owners to hang onto their cars for longer, getting rid of them only when the battery shows degradation ?

Any secondary owner will be living with reduced range. How reduced is an open question and will depend on the charging and driving habits of the prior owners. It'll be interesting to see if Tesla will make battery state info known to prospective secondhand buyers. Battery degradation in a hybrid, like a Prius, isn't as big a deal. A 20-30% loss may not even be noticable. A 20-30% loss in range for a pure EV may make a marginally acceptable car become unacceptable.

RE: Now do it for cheaper
By Mint on 3/23/2013 6:57:29 PM , Rating: 2
I don't think a new battery will be needed for a long time with the Model S. 15% loss after 5000 cycles can be achieved today:
Even if Tesla's batteries only go 2000 cycles before 20% degradation, we're talking about 250,000-500,000 miles, which is beyond the average lifetime of an average gas vehicle.

The other thing about EVs is that once you replace the battery, its lifetime goes beyond a gas car because electric motors are extremely reliable.

RE: Now do it for cheaper
By M'n'M on 3/23/2013 10:12:48 PM , Rating: 2
If you look at the Tesla forums, Tesla is saying a 30% loss in 10 years although they hope it's only 15% in that same time. If you want to pony up 12K$ (for the big battery) when you purchase the car, they'll replace that battery when it's time. I don't know if that deal transfers with the car.

RE: Now do it for cheaper
By Mint on 3/24/2013 3:09:49 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, there's a lot of uncertainty about real world battery cycle life, which is why it takes time for consumers to trust the technology and lab tests. That's also why government assistance can shave years off the time to get over this chicken and egg hurdle.

Thanks for directing me to those forums. I came upon this paper:
That suggests 15% degradation after 3000 cycles for the same Panasonic batteries that Tesla is using even under unfavorable conditions.

That 12k figure suggests that Tesla believes that there's a lot of utility left in a 10 year old battery and prices will drop quite substantially by then as well.

"Nowadays you can buy a CPU cheaper than the CPU fan." -- Unnamed AMD executive

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