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    Model S VIN P01536 Robert.Boston's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by AnOutsider View Post
    looks like the last 5 digits are used to denote the car number in the run. So that means for normal production cars it'll top out at 99,999? If so, I suppose they'll just change whatever character precedes the 5 digits to move onto a new series?
    Digit 10 gives the model year (C=2012), so until Tesla is producing 100,000 Model Ss per year, running out of numbers isn't an issue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert.Boston View Post
    Digit 10 gives the model year (C=2012), so until Tesla is producing 100,000 Model Ss per year, running out of numbers isn't an issue.
    Interesting. I assume it's always a single digit, so do they roll them? i.e. in 36 years we'll be back to C?

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    Quote Originally Posted by AnOutsider View Post
    Interesting. I assume it's always a single digit, so do they roll them? i.e. in 36 years we'll be back to C?
    Maybe if the Russians take over. Otherwise it'll be in 26 years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AnOutsider View Post
    Interesting. I assume it's always a single digit, so do they roll them? i.e. in 36 years we'll be back to C?
    Quote Originally Posted by NigelM View Post
    Maybe if the Russians take over. Otherwise it'll be in 26 years.
    Thirty-six would make sense (26 letters plus ten numbers) but I, O, and Q are not allowed in VINs (to avoid confusion with 1 and 0) and the model year further omits U, Z, and 0. So the model year digit recycles every 30 years.

    Here, just read the wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vehicle..._year_encoding

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    Quote Originally Posted by doug View Post
    Thirty-six would make sense (26 letters plus ten numbers) but I, O, and Q are not allowed in VINs (to avoid confusion with 1 and 0) and the model year further omits U, Z, and 0. So the model year digit recycles every 30 years.

    Here, just read the wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vehicle..._year_encoding
    Having only 30 characters also prevents the problem of having 2005 correspond with a digit that is not 5.

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    Anyone get VIN's from the test cars this weekend? I haven't seen it mentioned in any of the other threads...

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    Quote Originally Posted by mcornwell View Post
    Anyone get VIN's from the test cars this weekend? I haven't seen it mentioned in any of the other threads...
    Hmm... good question. I don't think any of us thought about it - I haven't seen any pics. Also, given the way the drives were setup, it was not feasible to stop and take a pic that close to the car.

    Maybe the folks going to LA might remember to do this if they can.
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    From Doug's pics:

    Elon's car: IMG_0395 | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

    Is that "5YJSA1DPXCFF00002" ? Not sure about the X part.

    Another one (ending in R00049): IMG_0407 | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

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    Quote Originally Posted by gg_wants_a_tesla View Post
    From Doug's pics:

    Elon's car: IMG_0395 | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

    Another one (ending in R00049): IMG_0407 | Flickr - Photo Sharing!
    That's an awesome picture Doug. Love the reflection on both the windshield and the hood.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gg_wants_a_tesla View Post

    Is that "5YJSA1DPXCFF00002" ? Not sure about the X part.
    Looks like that to me.

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