While the first units will be delivered only in 2012, Tesla already registered 3000 preorders. An interesting way to raise funds considering that every customer has to pay a $5000 deposit, that makes 15.000.000 dollars.
Tesla surfs on the success of its Roadster and its recent alliances with Toyota and Panasonic.
Mercedes chose Tesla batteries for its electric A-Class and its electric Smart ForTwo, BMW is also interested in Tesla’s batteries, their method based on laptops batteries is considered 30 % less heavy, 50 % less voluminous and more effective 10 %! Rumors say that even VW is considering Tesla batteries…
Such potential volumes should be enough to lower batteries production costs (2/3 of electric vehicles price) while increasing their performances.
Therefore it seems likely that, despite new Tesla losses
in the last quarter, the model S
, and its beautiful design, arrives in 2012 keeping the promises of its secs sheet
if not better … The road tests with a prototype are supposed to start before year end.