Tesla To Deliver First Model S June 22nd. Long Range EVs Become A Reality. 1st Owner Revealed?

MAY 22 2012 BY STAFF 7

First Tesla Model S Delivery - June 22nd, 2012

Tesla announced today that the very first production Model S would be delivered to a customer on Friday, June 22nd.   This event will serve notice to the world that long range electric vehicles are now a reality; albeit a very expensive one. (Think $100,000+ in this case, as the first Model S to be delivered is of the 85kWh/300 mile, signature variety).

George Blankenship, Vice President, Worldwide Sales and Ownership Experience said of the coming occasion:

“The excitement is really starting to build as we count down the days to our first Model S deliveries. We are ahead of schedule and can’t wait to put our first Reservation Holders behind the wheel! We’ve been looking forward to this day for over three years, and the buzz around the office and the factory is escalating every day.”

Tesla plans to hold a large celebration, not only for the lucky customer who receives the first car, but for the employees of company.  Tesla also promises to hold a webcast of the event for those interested at Teslamotors.com.

Also included with first deliver announcement, was some update on the car itself, and some details on new features:

  • Regen(erative) braking – Not only will the car have it, but due to customer feedback on the subject, it will be adjustable, so “…you can adjust Regen to suit your driving style”
  • Adjustable Steering – “One of the many benefits of driving a Tesla is that almost everything can be adjusted. Even the steering on Model S is adjustable, which allows you to change the resistance required to turn the steering wheel. You’ll be able to choose between Comfort, Standard, and Sport steering.”
  • Personalized Suspension –  programmable preference for suspension and ride height.  “A car set a little lower to the ground will reduce aero drag. You may choose to raise the suspension a few inches when faced with pesky speed bumps or very high when loading up the Frunk with groceries and supplies for a summer BBQ.”

No official word on who the first car will be going to, but our money is on board member (for both Tesla and SpaceX) and Elon Musk’s friend/business partner, Steve Jurvetson.  CEO Musk had said perviously that he will not be receiving the first car of the line.

And then there is this.  According to the Columbus Dispatch (on July 29, 2010), sometime in early 2009, just after the car was put on sale, Jurvetson said that:

“They (Tesla) were about to open the meeting, so without saying a word I whip out my wallet, where I always keep one check, fill it out for the full price of the car, and then toss it across the table. Everyone was stunned. Elon looked surprised, then he said, ‘Well, I guess you get the first car.'”

Tesla Press Release

Tesla employees celebrate the first customer Model S body

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7 Comments on "Tesla To Deliver First Model S June 22nd. Long Range EVs Become A Reality. 1st Owner Revealed?"

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This will be a day for all EV owners to celebrate, if I had a Tesla flag I would fly it in front of my home on this day.

Good luck Tesla,

We are still waiting on a long term tester to be left at InsideEVs.

Not sure what the hold up is.

Now that you guys are a bigtime website ( Motor Trend quoted your Fisker investigation ) you need to grab a Model S, plaster a big INSIDE EVs wrap on the side and write the whole d*mn thing off! LOL

Truly the Model S is the most beautiful car I have ever seen. Been a “car guy” for nearly 50 years, driven a lot of them. Nothing spurs wonder in me like the Model S. The looks are there, but the real rarity is the entirely new platform for human motivation. The Roadster was a fantastic toy – this is a tool.

The Tesla rep let me sit inside the gen I Model S at our local Tesla showroom. I played with the touchscreen controls and fiddled every switch and detail. There were some rough spots ( center console ) as it was an early display prototype. I got the email in March to come check out the 2nd gen prototype now in the showroom – pretty much the production model.

This time I’ll bring a towel – so I don’t drool all over myself like last time!


Have a feeling Tesla won’t be dropping off any freebies anytime soon, but I’d like a ‘non signature/non 85 kWh’ version for myself. Been having some issues getting firm pricing and a hard delivery date for such an animal into Toronto.

…definitely NOT going to be doing any car wraps for InsideEVs though, lol

It will be a great day for electrics and a great day for the evolution of the automobile.

Congratulations Tesla, and thanks for just being there to push the major OEM’s.

The “S” is for Sweet!

So glad to see them delivering on their promises. I guess they’re not vaporware any more!


On the personalized suspension settings. I’ve alwasys contended it needs to be automatic. Just raise the car under 40 mph and lower it one 1 – 1.5 inches over 40.

Manual fine tune is fine – especially if the owner wants to pose the car – just hit “pose mode” and the car hunkers down like a Caddy in East LA!

But seriously, aero drag comes into play minimally under 35 mph – and the auto suspension takes care of speed bumps automatically – no fiddling involved. I hate it when I encounter a sharp driveway or one of those high center transitions in a parking lot – have scrubbed the nose and center bottom of the Prius on several occasions. Experiments in lowering the car at freeway speeds has proven aero drag efficiency gains overcome large weight increases in the car – very surprising.