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    Mid 2012

    Well, Elon said it: Expecting Model S production "in 2012...sort of mid-2012".

    Not sure if he was referring to signature or regular production.

    No big surprise there.

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    Mid 2012

    No surprise, but damn!
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    Yeah. What I figured but still a bummer. 3 years of waiting is a long time for a car.

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    Agreed. But I think today's announcement makes 2012 much more realistic than starting from scratch in Downey. Sure the powertrain area will need to be cleared out but the chassis, body, paint, interior, suspension, etc etc divisions of NUMMI are ready to go.

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    3 years of waiting is a long time for a car.
    You're getting me scared there! You mean two .

    Agreed. But I think today's announcement makes 2012 much more realistic than starting from scratch in Downey. Sure the powertrain area will need to be cleared out but the chassis, body, paint, interior, suspension, etc etc divisions of NUMMI are ready to go.
    Right on, Kipernicus. This makes their production timeline much more realistic than starting from scratch in Downey...and takes a lot of potential "delaying factors" out of the equation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Todd Burch View Post
    You're getting me scared there! You mean two .
    Sorry. I meant from when I put the deposit down to the expected delivery date.
    It's funny though. People at work have been asking me since last summer "How much longer till it arrives?" and for the last 8 months I've been saying "2 years". Not I guess it is 2 years.
    Seriously starting to consider that Roadster lease for Model S reservation holders now though.

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    Well, can't say I'm surprised, but at least it gives me a timeline so I know I have at least 2 years to play with another car.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Todd Burch View Post
    Well, Elon said it: Expecting Model S production "in 2012...sort of mid-2012".
    That is an interest statement made by Mr. Musk. What else about the Model S design needs to fleshed out??? And will that push it out for another two more years??? Someone help me understand. Or are they (Tesla) dropping MB and going with an all new design????? Give me something.

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    tdelta, not sure anyone mentioned design or MB? I think they're now at the part where they have to actually retool a factory, build, test, rebuild, crash test, rebuild, perfect and release a car. It takes time and they're just now getting the physical ball rolling (though I'm sure they've been doing a lot of design and planning)

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    Hey AnOutsider and my fellow club memebers,

    If you were to speculate, how long do you think it would take to finalize the "S" design, retool the hot new factory, build EPs, build crash test cars, get NTHSA approvals, build the final prototypes and then begin building the prod version of the "S"??

    Is that truly a two year proposition or can the porcess be streamlined?

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