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

Michael23 | October 2, 2012

It's definitely more than 2-3 months early. I received my my email August and am told Dec delivery. I'd say 4 months early is more like it.

mkent | October 2, 2012

Exciting! With P9045, it looks like a January (?) email and an April (?) delivery for me! Go Tesla!

myhanhhoskin | October 2, 2012

#5945. Got my "Time to Build" email Oct 1. Estimated Delivery is Jan/Feb.
Ordered Grey 85 kwh Performance with Pano, Tech and 21" silver rims

mitrabbit | October 2, 2012

So with P7214, does Feb March sound about right for delivery, based on P5945 estimates, and all the above data? I keep checking for my time to build email. My excitement has spread to friends and relatives coast to coast.

sandman | October 2, 2012

Well, I'm a bit more cautious on the "time to build email" acceleration that appears to be happening. With the recent 5k production miss announced and the subsequent reduction in revenue targets, doesn't it seem odd that they'd now choose to accelerate the contract lock ins with customers that are are as could be as far out as April or May?

There is always a chance Tesla has fixed whatever was slowing them down and now they can step it up several notches but the pessimist in me says they are trying to lock in revenue to make up for delayed production targets. I do believe there is some sort of down payment required upon signing the documents? If not, then of course my pessimism is unfounded and I retract.

DouglasR | October 2, 2012

No down payment that I know of.

Scott Snyder | October 2, 2012

Just got my email today. P6447. Any thoughts about when mine might be delivered? I was originally estimating March but not sure now.

Timo | October 2, 2012

To me that sounds that whatever the delay was it is now fixed, or to be more precise has been fixed some time ago, and they are now ramping up the production. The 5000 target can't be achieved this year simply because it is already beginning of October. If you make something like 4500 cars in just three months it would mean 18000 cars next year which in turn would mean that they would already be nearly at desired max speed, and no ramping is being done anymore.

They are proceeding as planned, just with initial delay, probably like Elon said "stupid little" outsourced things that cause unexpected production delay.

Nicu.Mihalache | October 3, 2012

Tesla recognizes revenue only on delivery (I think you can check the last SEC filling related to the stock offering). One can also question the present cash position (for configured cars, $10k are not refundable) but that is a non-issue either, they just got $195M from the last stock offering.

There are more possible reasons for locking in configs than some vigorous ramp-up. It could be that there are many cancelations and not enough 85kWh orders and they need visibility. Many other reasons can hide behind that but there is no point to speculate further without any hard data.

stevedar | October 3, 2012

No email yet but P7097 has a finalize button in my garage. Says Feb-Mar delivery.

I am 3146 | October 3, 2012

I am 7065 and my finalize button just appeared also.

nickjhowe | October 3, 2012

TIme for a SWAG.

Based on the SEC filing and taking it at face value, we are looking at c. 3500 cars by end of year, being buit at 400 per week.

Assuming some of the cancellations are Sigs, SSLs, Rs and low Ps, and assuming minimal lag between build and delivery, then by End Dec TM should be delivering approx car # P2000.

Allowing for other cancelations and rounding errors we get something like:

End Jan: P3800
End Feb: P5600
End Mar: P7400
End Apr: P9200

TM reps have been quoted as saying TM is still trying to build 5000 cars by year end, so your guess is as good as mine.

CraigT | October 3, 2012

The most obvious reason for locking in configs early is for JIT delivery of parts. I would much rather be giving my outsourced component supplier a 3 month lead time than 2 weeks!

sandman | October 3, 2012

Thanks for the discussion and counter points.

Of the supplied reasons for acceleration:
1) trying to get more revenue
2) trying to give suppliers more lead time
3) they are ramping to a 20k/year rate faster now that they've fixed w/e it was
4) there are a lot less 85kWh reservations than they thought
5) there are a lot of cancellations

I hope for 2, 3, and 4. Would be nice to get a "state of the Model S" blog entry soon.

skystream3.7 | October 3, 2012

4) there are a lot less 85kWh reservations than they thought

if that is true will my car get produced faster P6997 85kwh?

BLKCLD | October 3, 2012

P6883 just got my finalize email today Oct 3 at 12:05pm Eastern time. Finalize button is now also there.

tornyim | October 3, 2012

P6508, just received my finalize email today Oct 3rd. So excited!

RobS | October 3, 2012

6629 and I just finalized my order! Apparently they are looking to batch as efficiently as possible by taking all these final orders today.

skystream3.7 | October 3, 2012

P6997, just received my finalize email today Oct 3rd. So excited!

air sup

waiting on paper work

Manta | October 3, 2012

P6588 and I just got my email at 12:06pm Eastern Time.

bobinfla | October 3, 2012

P6918 got my email today at 12:05 Eastern Time.

Brian H | October 3, 2012

The official projections (ramp-down of the ramp-up, etc.) are SEC-conservative. I think there may be a fair chance they will be exceeded. It's starting to look that way.

noel.smyth | October 3, 2012

6484 got email today and I ordered! Feb/mar delivery estimate

brdunton | October 3, 2012

P6719 Got my email this morning at 10:07am MNT! Feb/Mar delivery estimate!!!!! WOOOO HOOO!!!! Celebrated by taking a test drive!

da_benj | October 4, 2012

Just received my time to finalize notice. P7304.

jackyche | October 4, 2012

Just got mine too. But I'm deferring it.


mrcool1122 | October 4, 2012

"It's time to build" they tell me! Just a few moments ago. P#7294

mitrabbit | October 4, 2012

Just got my notice it's time to build....
Holy Cow!
I am so psyched!
Help- get the armor or not to get the armor?! Any one have it on a white or pearl S? Does it ruin the look of the white cars?
I am still guessing March for delivery.

nickjhowe | October 4, 2012

@mitrabbit - armor on white has been discussed elsewhere on this forum (can't find it right now), but general consensus is a no-no. I'm not getting it on my Pearl White, and there's even a recommendation from TM somewhere on the forum to avoid it. You can always get it done afterwards by a 3rd party if you decide you really want it.

mrspaghetti | October 4, 2012

Wow, already sending emails at least as high as P7721! At this rate I may get mine next month - #10,888

TeslaLABlue | October 4, 2012

7667 notified Oct 4th in AM est delivery Feb-March

60kwh w supercharger option
Active Air Suspension
Tech Package
Gloss obichi (or however you spell the silly wood type)
Rear seats for the kid
single charger (only need for local driving and have supercharger for long distance)
Nema is already installed at home :) ready to go far in advance


mitrabbit | October 4, 2012


thanks for your thoughts on armor

tech pkg
black leather
twin charger
sound upgrade

What did I forget?

Longhorn92 | October 4, 2012

mitrabbit: décor accents?

Rathjebaxter | October 4, 2012

"It's Time to Build Your Model S" #7351 came today. I cant remember the last time I was this excited by an email, if ever.

krogers | October 4, 2012

Got my "time to build" e-mail 9:29 am (Pacific time) on Oct 4. Will do the paperwork at the local store tomorrow. Very surprised and excited about this e-mail. #7660

mitrabbit | October 4, 2012

Thanks Longhorn92

Did forget decor accents which is piano black

Got wife's approval on configuration and now need to understand if I need to order twin chargers now or can they be added later as needed.
Open to ideas. I will be either driving 30-50 miles a day, or taking 100 to 3000 mile trips on occasion. Then I am thinking SC stations. And my home has solar to offset my night charging with solar credit back to the grid during the day.

Hope these thoughts/ questions are not to far OT.

Finalize tomorrow at the Menlo Park show room.

Vawlkus | October 5, 2012

Rabbit: only reasons for dual chargers is if you plan on using the high power charger and for resale value.

Since what you've said indicates you won't be using the high charger (which is NOT the supercharger network), I'm leaning towards a no on dual charging.

mrspaghetti | October 5, 2012

@Vawlkus: only reasons for dual chargers is if you plan on using the high power charger and for resale value.

Not precisely true. You can also benefit from the occasional j1772 charger out there that is > 40 amps if you have dual chargers. There aren't many (yet), but they do exist. And I'm thinking there will be more hotels with chargers as time goes by, which will possibly have high enough amperage to justify the dual chargers. And on multi-day road trips, even with superchargers available at intermediate points I'm assuming I'd be charging overnight at hotels.

Vawlkus | October 5, 2012

Sorry, that should have said "higher power chargers". I couldn't remember which chargers would require the duals and which wouldn't. :P

jat | October 5, 2012

Glad the rate is ramping up -- at this rate, I should get my notice (P9358) within a month :).

Regarding the dual chargers, I plan to get them even if I don't expect to use more than 40A normally -- I want the option, particularly when travelling, and the cost isn't much compared to everything else.

lajollan | October 8, 2012

bump. Seems like an awful lot of people have received this notice in the last week or so. anyone later than #7721?

pnanula | October 8, 2012

#6332 - got my email Oct 2. Delivery estimated for Jan / Feb.


miketa14 | October 12, 2012


cpetrush | October 13, 2012

Got my email Oct. 1 and went to the showroom today to place the order. Blue, tan interior, pano roof, 60 kwh. Delivery estimate Jan./Feb. Blue looked much different in real life. Almost black.

mrspaghetti | October 13, 2012


Res #?

cpetrush | October 13, 2012


R3dStang66 | October 15, 2012

Got beginning of October P7290.

Took me over a 10 days to finalize my options.

Panoramic Roof
Leather lack
Obeche Wood Gloss
Tech Package
Active Air Suspension
Parcel Shelf
Twin Chargers
High Power Wall Connector

Should receive mine in Feb/Mar

sandman | October 17, 2012

P7424. Got notice beginning of October and took me over 2 weeks to finalize options.

Perf 85kWh
Panoramic Roof
21" grey wheels
Black leather
Tech Package
Active Air Suspension
Rear Kids seats

Date Range Note indicated Feb-Mar 2013. Nervous and excited...

Stgwbrown | October 21, 2012

Anyone receive the notice after P7424?

lajollan | October 24, 2012