Tesla Now Delivering 60-kWh Versions Of Model S Electric Car

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It's now clear: Volume deliveries of the second version of the 2013 Tesla Model S began this month.

That would be the version fitted with the middle of three battery-pack sizes, with a stated energy capacity of 60 kilowatt-hours.

The news does not come from Tesla Motors [NSDQ:TSLA], a company that can be bafflingly opaque about standard business metrics like production and deliveries.

Instead, it comes from scanning the "Delivery Update" thread of the Tesla Motors Club forum (that thread now runs to 400 pages, by the way).

Multiple reports have been posted during the month of owners taking delivery of their 60-kWh Model S cars.

While one such delivery might be an anomaly, it's clear from the postings, photos, and general level of glee that Tesla is now chewing away at its reservation list for 60-kWh models.

Owner "Hans," for instance, posted that he took delivery of his 60-kWh Model S at the Fremont, California, factory on Saturday, January 19.

He noted that everything was in order save for a missing piece of chrome trim on the charging cord, and attached a photo showing the chrome-free handle.

This is, his specialist told him, a supplier problem, and numerous Model S cars are being delivered without it.

The 60-kWh Model S was rated in December at 208 miles of electric range by the EPA, versus a 265-mile range for the 85-kWh version.

Once Tesla has blended production of 60-kWh and 85-kWh models into its line, next up will be the lowest-capacity Model S, with a 40-kWh battery pack.

That model hasn't yet been rated for range, but its 160-mile range (at a steady 55 mph) stated by Tesla is likely to translate to an EPA rating of something like 140 to 145 miles.

Those deliveries are expected to start sometime between April and June.

One eager new owner of a 60-kWh Model S will be our own writer David Noland, who is slated to take delivery of his car within weeks.

Noland has written numerous pieces about the Model S delivery process and other aspects of the car.

His latest piece summarized minor quirks and issues identified in Model S cars delivered thus far.

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Comments (16)
  1. I heard "through the grapevine" that Tesla was taken by surprise by the amount of 60 kWh reservations they had coming in and therefore hadn't predicted enough storage for parts. It would make sense.

  2. I think your grapevine has some kind of fungus. Tesla has had my reservation for a 60 kWhr car since May of 2011. No surprise there.

  3. We still don't know the exact number of reservations made for each variant and it came from a reliable source.

  4. The waiting list is at about 9 months right now and it hasn't been less than that since Tesla started taking reservations. How big of a surprise can it be? Yor reliable source isn't Richard Marks, is it?

  5. Where ever you go, whatever you do, I will be right there waiting to make up Tesla stuff for you........

  6. Nope, but sorry can't say either. Don't want to burn my bridges ;)

  7. I picked up my Model S 60 kWh on 1/29/13, enjoying it.

  8. I'm jealous! Please stop by occasionally and let all of us know how you enjoy it...!

  9. Isn't this where Richard Marks adds a bizarre anti-Tesla comment that either is complete nonsense or he takes a bit of legitimate criticism of Tesla and spins it so far beyong rationality that we're all baffled and angry?
    But seriously, good for Tesla. I'll be visiting the factory in February or March, as close as I'll be to owning one for a long time... Considering the difficulties involved in any major launch, the fact that Tesla has had only relatively minor glitches is very positive news.

  10. If you liked the movie Transformers and you like to watch LOTS of robots throwing around big metal parts, you're going to LOVE the factory tour. I sure did. Be sure to let us know how it goes. Still no sign of Richard Marks but the stock was down a little bit today so maybe he's not feeling the heat.

  11. @Norm: A note from your friendly site moderator ... You've now slammed another commenter by name in THREE different comments on this article. I value your comments, and don't want to have to remove them. Please keep your comments to the facts of the article and don't do that again, OK? Thank you.

  12. Good point, John. I do get carried away a bit sometimes.

  13. John, I'll take the blame here since it was my comment that got Norm started. Sorry, just a little tongue-in-cheek fun since Mr. Marks is a little out there at times and I had expected to see yet another bizarre attack here again.

    Will be careful not to fan the flames next time. But since Mr. Marks has never responded to others' comments on his outlandish claims, I thought that was the only way to get an actual response.

  14. Maybe it's Mr Marks that should get the warning since he's usually the one posting the direct personal insults aimed at Mr Musk.

  15. Norm, since I'm going as a supplier, I don't think I'll be doing a true factory tour, just a basic tour with a contact there. But it will still be great to visit again. The last time I visited, there just wasn't as much to see and now things have progressed so far in such a short period of time.

  16. Please record and post the "squeal of glee" when David takes possession of his Model S :)

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