It's Time to Build Your Model S

It's Time to Build Your Model S

Apologies if there's already a thread for this, but I just got my notification

It's time to have some fun designing and finalizing your Model S. We have made the entire process available online from anywhere with an internet connection.

The days of having to stop into an auto dealer to buy a car are over. We have made the entire process available from anywhere with an internet connection. You can design your car, request paperwork and even sign your paperwork from the comfort of your home. If you have not designed your Model S yet, you can start right here. If you already designed your car and are ready to request paperwork, just click here to continue the process.

We want this process to be fun and easy so if you have any questions we're here to help. If you prefer to walk through the process with an experienced Product Specialist, just give us a call at 888.771.2505, email us, or stop by one of our stores.

This is a very exciting next step and we look forward to sharing it with you. In just a few short months, you'll be one of the very first drivers on the planet to experience the fun and exhilaration of Model S. Let's get your car on the road!


Tesla Product Specialist Team

Now off to make some choices... P779

mpottinger | 24. Oktober 2012

#7783. My email came on 10-4. I will finalize this weekend. Likely a 40, white, tan, pano, air suspension, 19", & tech.

Getting Amped Again | 24. Oktober 2012

Mpottinger - did you get a delivery window? Thanks!

MB3 | 24. Oktober 2012

someone posted P7721 a while back.

lajollan | 25. Oktober 2012


Stgwbrown | 26. Oktober 2012

Anyone get an email with a reservation number bigger than 7783?

lajollan | 28. Oktober 2012

bump, btw, I am amazed after not being on the forum for a couple days as to how many additional topics were started. This is really becoming unmanageable. Tesla help! We need a search function or index.

Volker.Berlin | 28. Oktober 2012

I am amazed after not being on the forum for a couple days as to how many additional topics were started. This is really becoming unmanageable. (lajollan)

I agree 100%. But not giving up! (I'll likely give up once I have my car... we'll see.)

Gator | 28. Oktober 2012

Use Google to isolate search on tesla's site. For example, enter the following into the google beast: solar

Works for me to find specific content.


Brian H | 28. Oktober 2012

U can limit the search to the forums:

SD in the OC | 30. Oktober 2012


Stgwbrown | 30. Oktober 2012

I am still looking to see what the latest reservation number for design is, can anyone add any comments to this end?

mrspaghetti | 01. November 2012


Has no one gotten a "Time to Design" email since October 4th?? Highest res# show so far is 7783.

Chuck Lusin | 01. November 2012

I have not got mine yet, and I’m just under 700 away from 7783.

diamondshark3060 | 05. November 2012


rallykeeper | 05. November 2012

Haven't gotten mine either (8900ish reservation number).

That being said. I've thrown a dart at the wall and I'm guessing I'll get my e-mail next Monday, November 12th and that my best case delivery date is February 20th and my worse case delivery date is March 22.

I've used some very magical optimistic thinking and made some very crazy assumptions. That being said, the basic math is fairly simple:

13,200 reservations
-2,000 Europe/Canada/Asia reservations
-4500 reservations behind me
=6700th car built. (My alternate math put it at 6000).

If 3250 cars are built this year, then my 6700th car would be the 3450th built next year and would be ready on March 4th.

(Btw, I wrote a very long (and I think funny) post explaining my magical thinking, but then the website failed! Teaches me not to copy my posts before I hit submit.)

jchangyy | 05. November 2012

I like your magical thinking. Does that mean my P12800's will be ready by June? July?

rallykeeper | 05. November 2012

Since I like to encourage magical thinking, I'm going to say that May is possible! Best case you are ~4000 cars behind me (i.e., no foreign deliveries) and therefore 73 days behind me. If I get my car March 1, you'll get your car by the middle of May.

Even assuming that Tesla delivers 1000 foreign cars out of 2000 order numbers, it only puts you back to very early June.

(Btw, this is a little more disconcerting as an investor, but here's hoping we see another significant uptick in reservations now that deliveries are real, evangelists are out in the wild and the awards keep coming in).

Brian H | 05. November 2012

Install Lazarus addon. FF/Chr/Saf. Saves every keystroke, can be saved for as long as you want in Options (I use 54 weeks). Restores lost posts, searchable, etc., etc.

jchangyy | 05. November 2012


thanks for the magical thinking. I'm gonna keep praying to the Tesla Gods that your predictions are correct. Perhaps, it'll arrive just in time for my birthday in May...

Keith72 | 06. November 2012


hate to throw cold water on your magical thinking, but Tesla has revised their production numbers for 2012 to 3000 cars. They hope to be up to full production rates within the next month. Full production is about 385 cars per week. If you're number 8900, you'll need 5900 cars to be built in 2013 to get to you. That's about 15 weeks into the year - probably around middle of April for your delivery. Maybe there are a lot of people in front of you that are dropping out and you'll get yours sooner, but I doubt that many are dropping out....

mrspaghetti | 06. November 2012

@Keith72, Rallykeeper, jchangyy

Discussion of predicted delivery dates is off topic for this thread. Consider posting in this thread:

I keep seeing new posts here expecting news about further "Time To Build" notifications.

rallykeeper | 06. November 2012

To stay on topic, I think that we will see Time to Build e-mails again very soon -- the point of my original post.

@Keith72. There are a lot of people dropping out as they start to order. Elon said as such on yesterday's call. In fact, there seem to be about 5000 net cancellations if you try and reconcile total reservation numbers with yesterday's net reservation numbers.

We know that Time to Build e-mails have gotten up to about 7700, that they stopped about a month ago and that Tesla would like to have 90 days notice of a configuration. As a result, we can guess that they'd send the Time to Build email at about 120 days out.

Since production seems to be moving again, cancellations are likely running at about 5000 or so, that would mean Time to Build e-mails should start going out again in the next couple weeks if they really are likely to get to #8000 or so by the end of 2Q. Moreover, they will likely go out in chunks of about 500-1000 reservation numbers at a time.

nickjhowe | 06. November 2012

@rallykeeper - 5000 sounds WAY too high. Both Elon and George said 10-15%. Since there are no more than 20000 reservations currently the absolute worst case is 3000 (20k*.15), but the implication from what George said is that it has been people who've been on the wait list the longest, and so a better guess might be closer to 1,000 or even less. I'm thinking maybe 10% of the people they've contacted, which would be c. 700 (US Sigs + c. 6000 Ps)

David70 | 06. November 2012

Don't forget. There are some deferrals that aren't cancellations.

rallykeeper | 07. November 2012

@nickjhowe. Sorry. I over-simplified. I meant to say that I was guessing that were about 5000 net cancellations and double-counting (e.g., P#s moving from P to Sig, Sigs moving to P, SSL/R etc discrepancies, etc). Also, I'd guess that cancellations are likely weighted to orders that occurred prior to June 2012. In other words, there is a higher percentage of cancellations of P9000.

mrspaghetti | 11. November 2012


rterry | 12. November 2012

#10,306 here...
I am interested in white, black, silver or gray and would like to see these cars (not a paint chip) in person before deciding on my final design. I live in Georgia. Any suggestions where I could actually see all of these colors in person??

timdorr | 12. November 2012

rterry, I'm in Atlanta. I flew out to Fremont last year for their beta event and saw many of the colors in person there too. Short of making a cross-country trip, I don't think there's much you can do to see the full car colors in person.

You'll have some luck with flying to either DC or Florida for either of their showrooms in those locations. But I would call ahead to see what they offer there currently. They will have a demo car or two, and possibly have some waiting for delivery that you can look at too. They won't have the full selection of colors on a full-size car to look at, but they should have some sizable body sections with colors on display for you to take a look at.

But from what I've seen, they really do a stellar job with paint. The Tesla paint team should be proud! I don't think there's going to be a selection there that you won't like. It's just a matter of which one you'll like the most.

GreenMachine13 | 12. November 2012

Time to build email came in today.

jat | 12. November 2012

@renzie.davis -- Congrats! Hopefully I will get mine in this batch, at 9358.

@timdorr, rterry - I am in ATL too, we should get together once we all have our cars.

diamondshark3060 | 12. November 2012

Got mine today #8042...I feel like a kid at Christmas....

rterry | 12. November 2012

Thanks timdorr and jat! I am in Athens. Looking forward to getting together with our cars!

LiteWait | 12. November 2012

My time to build email came in today.


This pretty much sums it up for me right now:

Brian H | 12. November 2012

Just roughing it, that's a bit over 7,000 notices in a bit over 3 months, so about 2,000+/month! Minus, of course, those #s which cancelled or switched, etc. So somewhere between 1,500 and 2,000 per month.

rallykeeper | 12. November 2012

Last week, I really was throwing a dart at a wall (albeit a well-educated dart) when I guessed that TTB e-mails would resume today.

Glad to see it's coming true for some of you.

I didn't get it entirely right, of course, I'm P8961 and still haven't gotten my email. ;-)

If expected production is 400/week, though, we should start to see average groups of 400+ TTB e-mails go out each Monday from here on out. (The "+" is to account for expected cancellations/deferrals. Based on experience to date, I'd guess that they initially send out at least 450 e-mails each week).

Guess I can wait another couple weeks and can continue boring my family with my inability to decide on a color.

mkent | 12. November 2012

About 1,000 emails away based on the highest posted number of #8,042 and me standing at P#9,045. Wouldn't that be a great Thanksgiving gift? I will wait with rallykeeper!

mrothman | 13. November 2012

Time to build, 8234

glennv | 13. November 2012

Time to build, 8371.... Gonna be a great week!

lajollan | 13. November 2012

Wow! 8470 here, nothing yet! 99 away!

tranhv68 | 13. November 2012

Time to Build. #8282. P85.

mrspaghetti | 15. November 2012


We're at 8371 reported so far. Any higher?

Chuck Lusin | 15. November 2012

Cool, 8467 here, also nothing yet. 96 Away!!!
We should both get ours at thesame time!
Good luck.

Brian H | 15. November 2012

Average rate of notifications should roughly equal new-cars-onto-the-line count. To hit 400/wk produced by Dec. 1, that many/wk should be started now. Yours should be well within the next "bump"!

lajollan | 15. November 2012


Where are you? We can get ours the same day!

Chuck Lusin | 15. November 2012

Hi lajollan,

We are in Riverside, CA

Thanks Brian, that is what i was thinking also.

I was thinking that the estimated delivery would be around 4/27/2013, based off of the cars produced, and my estimate of the 400 per week starting on 12/15/2012. I guess that we'll see in a few months.

Brian H | 16. November 2012

Well, Elon said output would be 400/wk by Dec 1, up from 200 at the start of Nov. And that's not the max. If the MT COTY award boosts orders the way he expects, he'll get production up as high as it takes. I think he's "wagered" a 1 million share bonus in a few yrs on getting 2013 production up to 30,000. He keeps emphasizing that his guarantee of 20K was a minimum.

Brian H | 16. November 2012

That's just one of the bonus conditions, not the whole thing.

rallykeeper | 19. November 2012

Got my TTB e-mail today at 2:01 pm Pacific. Configured by 2:07 Pacific (I didn't notice the e-mail for 4 whole minutes!!!)

85kwh Non-Performance
Fully optioned
Brown and Tan, Obeche Matte

As an aside, when I finalized, it said that expected delivery was February-March 2013. Seems like they could hit my predicted March 4th delivery date and even my best case scenario date of February 20th.

Magical thinking prevails!

Alex K | 19. November 2012

Got "It's Time to Build Your Model S" email today. P#8,766

lajollan | 19. November 2012

OK I'm late! Just got my email, #8470. Gotta decide what to do.... looking at a Porsche also. I know...BOO!