Invitation to Configure

Invitation to Configure

For those of you keeping track, I got my email today.

Res# RN318184



This happened a little quicker than I thought.

kevinf311 | 15. Januar 2013

What battery pack?

If you're a 60kWhr I may have to start crowdsourcing funding O.O

stuartjakub | 15. Januar 2013

Ha. Yeah 60 and I'm in the same boat as you. I promised my wife a new apt first and that isn't easy in NYC.

I might have to differ but would hate to take the $2500 bump.

gregv64 | 15. Januar 2013

When you get the invitation to configure doesn't depend on what you want to configure (how could it, since you can change configuration freely until you finalize). Once you've committed to a configuration, then the estimated delivery date may depend on what you order.

Brian H | 15. Januar 2013

You mean defer? I was trying to decipher who you were differing with and what your disagreement was.

Brian H | 15. Januar 2013

Oops! typo: "decipher whom you were..."

kevinf311 | 15. Januar 2013


Heh, I suppose that makes sense, I think the boat Stuart and I are in is if we need to "pony up the cash" much earlier than we had originally intended.

Brian H | 15. Januar 2013

I think there was some suggestion that earlier they were sending out quick "Finalize" offers to those who had their designs saved as 85 kwh to get quicker turnaround of confirmations of the type the production line was set up for -- all part of the "push".

gregv64 | 15. Januar 2013

There was some people that suggested that, but all evidence showed that not to be true. Invitations to configure have gone out in strict numerical sequence.

susanv | 18. Januar 2013

I also got my invitation to configure yesterday, which was MUCH faster than I was expecting since I just placed my reservation in December (sequence #15,371). Coincidentally, I received the email on my birthday. Happy birthday to me! But now I feel rushed since I had planned on having all spring and some of the summer to decide what options I want and get my garage ready. I haven't even test driven it yet!

PBEndo | 18. Januar 2013

I am #14599 and I received my invitation 1/15. I am also surprised how early it came, especially since I was in the Denver Tesla store 1/5 and they suggested it would be around April!
I also have been on a waiting list for a test drive for months and I am reluctant to put the big money down without even driving it.
Lastly, my current lease is good until June.
I think anybody with a reservation placed last year should at least be able to test drive before facing a price increase.... | 18. Januar 2013

#12848 and we've been told that we'll take delivery (in Seattle) Feb-March which is way before our initial July delivery guesstimate.

@susanv and @pbendo - We were so impatient to drive this thing that when we hadn't heard back from the store to schedule a test drive within two weeks, we called them and were cruising down (read: screaming at high speeds) within three days. Give your local store a call, tell them your situation and I'll be surprised if you're not pushing down that pedal by Monday night.

rodf | 18. Januar 2013

15394 invitation 1/17!

cotegang | 18. Januar 2013

15617. I have not gotten my configure email yet, but I test drive on Monday, so maybe the email will come next week. I'll be configuring as soon as I can after that!

ctroncale | 18. Januar 2013

Looks like quite a few of us are in the same boat. I made my deposit end of December and was told i would be asked to configure in 3-6 mo and to expect delivery 6-9 mos I was asked on 1/15 to configure and was told I can expect delivery in Feb. 2 MONTHS from deposit not even close to what they said but its us who have to pay the extra 2500 and go to the back of the line because we planned our finances accordingly. I'm thinking of throwing in the towel and heading back to xxx dealership

Brian H | 18. Januar 2013

Since you're sure you're going to configure, you don't need the test drive. Give it up to someone who isn't certain!
You will score points in heaven.

gregv64 | 18. Januar 2013

@ctroncale: Just curious. If they had told you the correct information to begin with, what would you have done? The actual decision would have been the same, you just would have been making it at the time you reserved.

btw, I don't believe you have to go to the back of the line. You can keep your reservation and your build order will be based on whenever you finalize. It's just that if you wait until after 4 weeks you will pay the extra money.

cotegang | 19. Januar 2013

Not gonna happen Brian. I've been reading this forum since I signed on Dec 10th and guys like you have me drooling to try the S. I'll have to find other ways to get to heaven.

kkiri7 | 19. Januar 2013

Could this simply be their attempt to better schedule their production? Once they have a clear idea of the quantities of each configuration, they can manufacture more efficiently.
Some configurations could still take several months to complete, so although we are forced to commit now (point of no return?), we may not receive our cars for quite some time.

Brian H | 19. Januar 2013

On the other hand, maybe TM has 3 shifts going, and is going to clear as much backlog as possible, and then start some actual marketing to bring in a flood of orders. ??

drp | 21. Januar 2013

Be absolutely certain that you configure your car the way you want it because once you do the answer to any changes is "No No No No…" Absolutely no changes or modifications whatsoever! You cannot change the sound system to an upgrade… You cannot change the size of your wheels… You cannot change the color of your rims… You cannot change anything! Be absolutely sure that you're getting everything the way you want it.

portia | 21. Januar 2013

Tesla said when they raised the prices that all reserved would be asked to configure Jan-Feb, so that part is not surprising, then if you configure the 85kwh I imagine you will get the car a lot sooner than those ordering 60kwh or 40kwh, and not have to wait til June, which was my guess too when my dad reserved his in Nov.

ALSET | 21. Januar 2013

Got my invite last week. Going for test drive this week on both the P85 and S85. Drove the P85 2 months ago (thinking it was the S85 which I wanted to buy) and walked away with a huge grin not knowing it was the Performance. Will finalize after this test drive if the S85 delivers the goods.

kevinf311 | 21. Januar 2013

Got my invitation to configure this morning (60kWhr, Air Suspension, #15526).

I'm going to have to ask some hard questions before the 18 Feb deadline hits. I will of course keep y'all updated on what transpires.

Brian H | 21. Januar 2013

Is "S85" what you are calling the standard 85?

dayoreo | 22. Januar 2013

#15736 - Dec 12, 2012

Got Finalize email Jan 21, 2013

Model S - Black, Tan Leather, Air, Tech, 85K, Shelf

Signed papers.

Delivery Feb - Mar

ALSET | 22. Januar 2013

I just call standard 85kwh the "S85".

brickayola | 22. Januar 2013

Test drove at Oakbrook, IL 15DEC12 and reserved that day RN321125/#15963. Just received invitation to configure at 7PM tonight ChicagoLand time while lurking on the site. Clicked the finalize button with 60kW, blue, tech, sound, and suspension. Feb/Mar estimated delivery!

Stealth.Pilot | 22. Januar 2013

The wait list seems to be collapsing.

I placed my deposit December 15th #15950, and just got my invitation to configure 1/22.

I was told it was a 9 moth waiting list and was expecting to configure in April. This concerns me because the excess demand was one thing which gave me confidence that this is not a risky purchase. If their excess demand is just hype, then it diminishes the attraction to me, because it means they may be struggling.

I may just ask for my deposit back, but am wondering what everyone else thinks.

hsadler | 22. Januar 2013

I think they are trying to get all the 2012(pre price increase) people finalized - just as they said.

And an outside chance this may be mentioned at the Feb 11th event.

Stealth.Pilot | 22. Januar 2013

The other issue I have with this being accelerated is that I want my car delivered in Atlanta and they don't have an Atlanta dealership yet.

drp | 22. Januar 2013

They can deliver it anywhere

skymaster | 22. Januar 2013


It sounds like you have not test driven a Tesla S. I feel that you should be comfortable with your purchase...

ALSET | 22. Januar 2013

Hitting another snag. My apartment complex won't install any outlets in the multi-level garage where I was planning to park. I may have to break my lease if I want this car. If I finalize now sounds like I get car in March eh? Things are getting very interesting...

marklhartman | 22. Januar 2013

Received 01/22/13
Reserved 12/17/12

Brian H | 22. Januar 2013

received the car or an email?

Brian H | 22. Januar 2013

They use these big vehicles with lotsa wheels, called "trucks" to deliver them far away from stores. There are no dealerships, IAC.

marklhartman | 23. Januar 2013

Brian H,


edavis008 | 23. Januar 2013

Received today my invitation to configure. Reservation 16,473 made 12/22/12.
85Kwh, Active Air, no Tech, child seats

wjbeals | 23. Januar 2013

16,449 got their invitation to configure today (1/23). Kind of freaking out - I need until my original delivery date estimate (August) to come up with the cash!! Not sure what to do!

LadyInsane | 23. Januar 2013

Received today @ 12:58 EST - My invitation to configure.
Reservation #16,424/RN322074 on Dec. 22, 2013.
60Kwh, Green and all options except for child seats.

LadyInsane | 23. Januar 2013

Sorry about the typo - Reservation was on Dec. 22, 2012 ...

cbentinck | 23. Januar 2013

Reservation 12/24/2012
Configure 1/23/2013
Estimated delivery mid-Feb to mid-March 2013

Order number 16,6xx

While in line with recent 16,xxx orders of late December, does this not seem to have accelerated massively?
Any thoughts, other than great for me?!

mikemooremd | 23. Januar 2013

Just got my note to configure today which, as most have stated, is earlier than I thought it would be. Reservation # 16447.

Captain_Zap | 23. Januar 2013

Wow, so many invites! It sounds like they may want to get the US Production cars maxed out so that they can start on rolling out the Canadian Production and European Production cars.

fluxemag | 23. Januar 2013

I have to agree with kkiri7. Getting people to finalize earlier gives Tesla more flexibility with batch manufacturing certain configurations. I'm P14875 and received my invitation about a week ago. Because I have a high number and 40kWh with standard suspension, I'd imagine my car won't be delivered until summer. If I were air/85 I would expect closer to a month!

The other half of the price increase or finalize idea is that they do have more demand than capacity. So if you are on the fence, you can wait and pay a little more. If you aren't, you can get your car sooner.

dockt | 23. Januar 2013

Forget the finances, I gotta convince my wife! I'm #17,5xx and at this rate may get the email next week. Thought I would have a least a few months to play the Jedi mind tricks on her...

jchangyy | 23. Januar 2013

@dockt...haha. I had (well, maybe still have) the same problem. I'm 12,8xx and my car will arrive in 2 weeks or so. Told her that this would be my one "dream" car of my life...until we retire.

tjp74 | 23. Januar 2013

at 16,6xx, needless to say I got the invitation to configure too today. I get that Tesla wants to have everyone with 2012 reservation all finalized as soon as possible but it's saying delivery window of April to May... at 400/week, this doesn't make sense... unless there is a mass cancellation ahead of me that actual number of remaining reservation holders standing today is more like in 7000 range (4 month, 1700 per month)

about 3-4000 already delivered, about 7000 remaining holders standing before me. that's like 6000 cancellation.... I guess we will find out more after the earning call. I think I am going to wait for the call before I finalize my order.

Brian H | 23. Januar 2013

PenFed or similar. Cheap money.

I speculated elsewhere that TM is "making room" for a bunch of reservable "variants" which Elon has promised in Q1 ... :)

mclary | 23. Januar 2013

Received my email and finalize button yesterday, 1/22 at 4:51 pm PT. Reserved on December 20th after my test drive in San Jose. Reservation #16263. 85kWh, tech, sound, air, shelf, 21", white, black roof, black leather w/ obeche gloss. I ordered the floor mats from Tesla and received the shipping email today for the interior set and all weather frunk mat.
I am ready to finalize, but my wife wants to test drive first. Hopefully the Menlo Park store can make it happen this Saturday during our date night. Its also my birthday, so it would make a nice present!!!

We are about 20 mins from the factory so I am really looking forward to a tour and delivery.