Tesla Roadster delayed until first quarter of 2008


tesla_roadster_vp1 (Source: Tesla) Tesla Motors explains that additional testing is needed before it begins delivery of vehicles to first 50 customers. The company announced Tuesday that delivery of its first model will be delayed until the beginning of next year.

In a letter to customers, Tesla Motors CEO Michael Marks said the initial deliveries of the Tesla Roadster would come in early 2008.

Statement from the Tesla press release:
• Michael Marks, CEO of Tesla Motors, has established a production goal of 50 cars in the first quarter of 2008, followed by an additional 600 cars for the remainder of the year.
• Tesla has been engaging in intensive durability and validation testing of final prototype cars (known as “validation prototypes”).
• This production schedule provides the opportunity to ensure that the all aspects of the production cars meet the level of quality and reliability that is expected when shipped to customers.
• As part of this final testing, a Tesla Roadster ran for 245 miles on the combined EPA cycle on a single charge (235 on the EPA highway cycle, 255 on the EPA city cycle.)
• Separately, a validation prototype Tesla Roadster successfully passed static and dynamic side-intrusion crash tests, the only tests that were not passed in the earlier prototype phase.
• In other performance testing, a validation prototype Tesla Roadster accelerated consistently from 0 to 60 mph in under 4 seconds.
• Tesla Motors has initiated a unique program, inviting customers to participate in durability and validation testing by road-testing our validation prototypes and providing feedback to marketing and engineering teams. Customers have shared their feedback on the Tesla Motors blog and with other customers in a members-only online forum.
• Tesla will stop taking reservations for 2008 Roadsters in the near future and initiate a traditional waiting list. Customers who sign up for the waiting list will pay $5,000 for their place in line for additional 2008 Roadsters if and when an increase in production is announced. Alternatively, customers on the waiting list will be first in line for the 2009 model year Roadster (pricing and specifications for 2009 Roadsters is not yet announced).

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