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Tesla Plans 5,000 Model S 'Test Drives' In 45 Days, Starting June 23

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2012 Tesla Model S Get Amped Tour

2012 Tesla Model S Get Amped Tour

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This morning we told you about Tesla investor Steve Jurvetson, who, alongside Tesla CEO Elon Musk, became the first two official owners of a 2012 Tesla Model S. 

Up to this point, Tesla has been particularly guarded about giving test-drives of its all-electric sedan, with the only experiences to date being short passenger rides to the lucky few. 

Now Tesla has announced it will be offering 5,000 real test-drives to 2012 Model S reservation holders  starting the day after the car’s official launch. 

“In order to test drive on public streets, Model S needed to be fully homologated, tested and approved by several government agencies,” wrote Vice President of Worldwide Sales and Ownership Experience at Tesla Motors on the firm’s website. “We have now successfully passed all of these tests and Model S is officially street legal.”

In order to offer as many test drives to as many people as possible, Tesla has planned a test-drive tour, holding events in California, Colorado, Washington State, Washington D.C., Arizona, Florida, Oregon, New York, and Ontario, Canada. 

Called the Get Amped Model S Tour, it will take a planned 45-days to give an estimated 5,000 test drives and kicks off from Tesla’s Fremont factory in California, where the 2012 Model S is made, on June 23. 

At the moment, Tesla is prioritizing test-drive opportunities to 2012 Model S reservation holders, with email invites to sign up for a time slot only being sent out in order of reservation sequence until all slots are filled. 

For those who haven’t put down a deposit yet, Tesla plans to then offer Model S test drives at its Tesla stores round the world as soon as possible after the end of the Get Amped Tour. 

That leaves us a little sad, because it means anyone who hasn't already committed to spending money on the 2012 Tesla Model S won't get a chance to drive it. 

And that's against the traditional idea of a test-drive. After all, most people do prefer to get a test-drive before they commit to buying, right? 

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  1. I'm one of those people who like to take a test drive first and pay second. I test drive everything, and on occasion I find certain cars aren't as good as I had hoped. But I have yet to drive an electric car I didn't like, and I'm sure the Model S's extremely low center of gravity and sports sedan power are going to make for one heck of a fun car.
     
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  2. Those who haven't committed to buy won't be able to get a Model S for quite some time, perhaps a year or more, so the lack of a test drive in the immediate future has little, if any, significance.
     
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  3. What about Atlanta? Dallas? No love for the Southeast...?
     
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  4. I heard that the Tesla Model S has a near 50/50 weight distribution and it center of gravity is lower than any production gasoline powered sports sedan. I can't wait to see a head to head competition of the Tesla Model S going against the best Gasoline powered sport Sedans. Tesla knows how to market an EV. They do it the old fashioned and right way by appealing to the car enthusiast hidden in every one of us. Green car makers will be green with envy when this no compromised EV is released.
     
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  5. @Nikki: To be precise, you should mention, that you are not committing to buy a Model S, when you put down the deposit.

    The deposit is fully refundable until you're configured you personal vehicle. Tesla invites their customers to do that approx. 3 Months before delivery and you can delay that step by 6 months.

    So, anybody who put down a deposit of 5k$ now can take a test drive now and decide afterwards, whether to buy a Model S or not.

    The only exceptions are the very first Signature reserves, who already configured their car, but they also had the opportunity to delay by 6 Months.

    And as you mentioned your self, the Model S will be available to anyone for test drives after the initial 45 days to come.
     
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