I am curious as to what type of people the reservation holders are. Let's share some personal information while we wait for our babies to come.
I am a 48 year old internist. I have been in practice in Gurnee Il for 20 years. Married, 2 teen boys. My hobby is building wooden ship models. I drive a Chevy Volt. Now you know!

jfeldman72 | November 12, 2012

40 Year old Car buff getting rid of a BMW X5...Married. 5 Young kids between my wife and me. 11,10,8,6,6. I have a 1992 Acura NSX as well. I am a mortgage banker in Charleston SC.

jinglehyme | November 12, 2012

Should have said 50+. Just being facetious after all.

jinglehyme | November 12, 2012


I am not in Chicago - but have family there. Any rust on the Del Sol?

Brian.C | November 12, 2012

23 - Just moved from Boston to California a few months ago for first job after graduate school. Currently work as R&D engineer in alternative energy power plant design.

RZitrin1 | November 15, 2012

No prob, Jingle.

SD, I traded my BMW 3.30 convertible. Great car, not close to this one.

christine_orita | November 24, 2012

55 tech consultant in SoCal. Was going to go for Nissan leaf and almost signed papers on site at dealers. A last minute search showed Nissan coming out with longer range battery, so decided to wait.

Then Toyota announced ZEV RAV4. Decided to get that instead of Leaf. Research said battery was provided by Tesla. Never thought I could afford it.

Oct 7th, went walking on 3rd St Promenade in Santa Monica with my puppy. Well, the rest is history!

Now, I am excited holder of reservation sequence # 12704. Hoping to see it July 2013??
Drives up to 90 miles on average a day and decided to spring for 85 to avoid range anxiety.

White, 85kWh battery, tech package, leather. Still trying to decide if I want to add air suspension or just go with sig version.

Got a new 2013 Prius while waiting for my model S. will give that to my son and sell his Accord when my model S comes in!

Brian H | November 24, 2012

Not sure what you mean by "sig version". The signature cars were limited to 1000 in the US, 200 in Canada, 500 in EU, etc. About 370 switches, cancellations etc. over time increased the nominal max. reservation # by that much, but they've long been sold out.

For the first few months, ONLY air suspensions were shipped, so as to keep things simple. Standard suspensions are now available, but so far few are interested.

christine_orita | November 25, 2012

@Brian H:
Thanks for the clarification. Still learning. I saw signature as option in Design Studio and thought I could.order that. Disappointing to find it is limited and sold out.

I have seen thread on air suspension and quite frankly I am not convinced I need it, not to mention possibility of running into maintenance issues with it. Only reason I would consider it is if it will help me get the S faster.
Your feedback is much appreciated...

ak-tually55 | November 25, 2012


Take a look at performance 85kwh version. It includes air suspension and is as fast as signature performance.

Volker.Berlin | November 25, 2012

ak-tually55, not sure if christine really wants a quicker car, or just wants to see it in her driveway sooner... ;-)

Brian H | November 26, 2012

Hard to be exact, but blog polls suggest about half of all reservations to date are Performance. Many are from those planning the 40 base model or (60 "average" model) who made the mistake of test driving a Perf. Some want Supercharging and want to be able to burn watts on the freeways. Etc.

Elon expected the 60kWh to be the most popular in the long run. So far, not so. But the emphasis on early 85kWh delivery to get things going lured many, too.

Then there are those who just don't want to regret their conservatism years from now. Or months, weeks, or days!

Timo | November 26, 2012

Elon expected the 60kWh to be the most popular in the long run. So far, not so.

It is the real-life range. Anything less than 200miles is not very practical for anything else than city car. Even 300miles is still borderline of practicality (SC helps, but those are not everywhere) for single all-around car.

If 85kWh gives you 265 miles (apparently pretty accurately in RL) then 60/85*265 = only 187 miles for 60kWh version & battery degradation over years. IMO 85kWh is minimum, so it doesn't surprise me that most cars have that.

dstiavnicky | November 26, 2012

54 year old digital advertising executive. Other cars are Porsche 911 4S cab, Lexus RX450h (hate it), fulls-size Range Rover and Prius. The Porsche and Lexus will be replaced by the Model S.

RAFellows | November 26, 2012

My wife & I are 56 & 57 respectively, empty nesters. Both professionals living in the greater Seattle metro area. Reservation P-14409 placed on Thanksgiving day. Our baby will replace my wifes well kept 1996 E320 Benz.

Brian H | November 26, 2012

Will you program it to limit the speed so she doesn't get scared, or drunk with power?


christine_orita | November 26, 2012

@Volker.Berlin & @ak-tually55

My prius is a slug, worse than my gas guzzling '09 ML350 which I sold in anticipation of the Model S :-)
So I think the std S will more than fill my need for speed :-)

As for Brian H and Timo's comments about battery size etc, my average driving range of 90 would be more than sufficiently met by the 60kWh but for me, there were several other considerations in going with the 85kWh:

1) 90*365*8 = >262K miles.
I went with the 85kWh just so I can get the year/unlimited
miles battery warranty.
Otherwise, I would hit 125K miles before 4 years is up.
2) Just in case I want to drive car from Fremont to SoCal and
experience the superchargers :-)
3) Just in case I feel need for some other road trip!!

Carl Barlev | November 26, 2012

30 years old. Electrical engineer. Investor. Passionately against the systemic world-wide corruption that undermines democracy, promotes injustice, legalizes theft and rape and will ultimately assure the collapse of our civilization... but what can we do?

From New Zealand, married a Canadian girl in 2008 and moved to Norway, where we now have two kids. I haven't owned a car since 2005, but I did recently modified my bicycle to hybrid-electric with 0.36 kWh battery and a 250 W motor :)

I hadn't heard of Tesla until I test-drove a Tesla Roadster through work a few months ago. I bought TSLA stock and reserved my Model S shortly thereafter.

C Bretaud | December 3, 2012

I live in France (apologize for my English - I take lessons), 45 years old, married with two child.
I drive a new Jeep Gd Cherokee (2011, diesel !) every day of the week 110 miles. My wife drive our second car, a french Peugeot 807 that replaced our old Chrysler Gd Voyager 4 years ago.
I work in IT as consultant and I did a reservation in november for a model s (EU P1542).
I search the way to add my place on the map (early adopters map) i saw in this forum but i don't know where it is. If someone can help me, thanks

nickjhowe | December 3, 2012

@C Bretaud - welcome to the forum. Try this link for the map:

fluxemag | December 3, 2012

32 year old Semiconductor Device Engineer, married almost 4 years to my very understanding wife. I bought my G37 coupe a few years ago because I was too impatient to wait for the Model S. Other car is a Lexus CT200h which will be our road trip car. I'm getting the base model 40kWh to use for commuting. I own the stock as well.

Brian H | December 3, 2012

@C Bretaud;
You should see massive fuel savings; have you done an estimate?

Since you're studying, here's an edit of your post:

I live in France. (I apologize for my English - I take lessons), 45 years old, married with two children.
I drive a new Jeep Gd Cherokee (2011, diesel!) 110 miles every day of the week . My wife drives our second car, a French Peugeot 807 that replaced our old Chrysler Gd Voyager 4 years ago.
I work in IT as aconsultant and I made a reservation in November for a Model S (EU P1542).
I searched for a way to add my location on the map (early adopters map) I saw in this forum, but I don't know where it is. If someone can help me, thanks.

C Bretaud | December 3, 2012

@nickjhowe : thank you for the link. It's exactly what i was looking for.

@Brian : Thank you very much.
My Jeep has a mileage of 24 mpg (9,8l/100kms). We pay near 7$ per gallon (1,4€/l, and I use 1,3$ for 1€) and I drive 30000 miles (50000 kms) every year.
My calc is that i will save more than 7000 $ every year just with gas.

trydesky | December 3, 2012

46yr old engineer for Cisco. Married with 2 kids, and live in NC. When I made my Res in July 2010, I was hoping my 98 Mustang would make it, but it didn't :( i bought a '11 Prius that I'm giving to my Mom.

OCMS | December 4, 2012

45 year old retinal surgeon, married for 16 years with one daughter and three cardigan welsh corgis.

Timo | December 4, 2012

OK, I need more coffee. I just read that "45 year...married to 16 year old with one daughter" and though "that's early for having kids".

Brian H | December 4, 2012

Your subconscious has a dirty mind. Or vice versa.

joshuaeven | December 4, 2012

36 yo dentist in Portland, OR. #14175. Married, no kids. 3 small dogs. Another Fairlady fan. I have a 2009 370z Touring Sport, and I am going to miss her. My wife just got a Nissan Leaf (we are going 'all in' with EVs).

OCMS | December 4, 2012

Going all in as well, my wife is #967 for the X.

Brian H | December 4, 2012

That's an interesting possibility; I wonder if MS sales will give a compensating boost to Leaf second-car purchasing (to compensate for all the first-car purchasing it grabs!)

Fred O | December 6, 2012

47 years. Freelance database engineer in The Netherlands. Married, two kids and a grandson. Two cats and guinea pig. I drive a Volvo C30 and my wife a Renault Espace.

Model S is very much on my mind at the moment. Lucky for me my wife also likes it.

willardb | December 26, 2013

I may be the oldest living Tesla owner-86. Don't need a car but really love this magnificent machine. Been Macintosh since 1984 and the 17 inch screen (almost an iPad) fits right into
my lifestyle.

PhillyMomof4 | December 26, 2013

40-yo mother of four (ages 4, 8, 21, 13) and 1 bullmastiff. I'm the car nut, not my husband. He has not been involved in my Tesla obsession and purchase at all. I'm buying the car myself and plan to drive the car 99% of the time. My 2 boys are insanely excited and can't wait until it arrives in February/March.

We have two Priuses (2011 and 2013) and a minivan (2008) now, and I can't decide if I'll trade in the van or my Prius when my Model S comes. Since I'm getting the rear seat option, I may trade in the van so we can be all electric/hybrid. But I'll get more money for my 2013 Prius.

Captain_Zap | December 26, 2013


You will love the space in the Model S. My bet is that the mini-van goes. The dog should be comfy in the back but, with that pup's mass, you might want to rig up a ramp so that they don't hurt themselves when getting in.

Webcrawler | December 26, 2013

I am 49 years old. I have been married 26 years. I am an electrical and mechanical engineer and a computer programmer. I currently works as a technical sale consultant for an automation distributor. I spent the previous 20 years running my own business as a systems integrator.

We did not have any kids, but we have lots of nieces and nephews to watch grow up. The wife an I like to take drives on nice days and the Model S should be perfect for that. We like to go snow skiing. I love to go fishing when I can.

We currently own four cars. My wife has a 2000 Toyota Avalon and a 2003 VW Turbo Beetle (Her fun car). I have a 2011 Ford F150 4x4 Crew cab truck and a 1974 VW Thing that I restored and converted to electric drive ( I have owned many cars over the years including Corvettes, Mustangs, Chevelle, etc. and the Electric VW Thing has been the most fun of any vehicle I have ever owned. The experience of building and driving an EV is intoxicating. It is why I decided to purchase the Model S.

borodinj | December 26, 2013

41 YO, business executive in NJ. Married with 3 girls. My S replaced an Acura TL, and wife drives an X5, which I used to like!

Brian H | December 26, 2013

portia's father was 91 when he purchased last year (inspired by a test drive in her car, IIRC). Still kickin'/drivin' AFAIK.

crmohler | December 26, 2013

I am a new owner, just received my incredible piece of technology Dec. 21st.

I am a married mother of 3 (13, 11, 7), an M.D. (part time emergency physician), and full time Tesla and Apple Fan Girl. My husband is not particularly interested in cars or technology. He is also an M.D. and drives a 2009 FJ Cruiser.

Mathew98 | December 26, 2013

@crmohler - Wow, you and your hubby couldn't be more polar opposite...

Congrats on your new toy. Please don't let the hubby drive it or it'll be commandeered..

mantin | December 26, 2013

I am a retired tax lawyer just celebrated my 75th by purchasing the 85 which arrived 3 days after my birthday. I now write musical comedies, the last one ran as part of the Manhattan International Theatre Festival this summer. The next one opens in NY in the spring and my just finished one is scheduled for late summer - both of which will then run in Los Angeles. I have three very adult kids and added a 7th g/child in August. The S is much better than my expectations and I have a personalized plate on order from Calif: JAZAMAL - the first initials of my g/kids names. Life is great and Happy Holidays. Mike

spasam | December 26, 2013

Am 37 year old software engineer. Married 9 yrs with two little kids 5 & 1. My other car is Lexus RX 450h. Model S 85 replaced our gas guzzler 2000 Nissan Maxima.

david.baird | December 26, 2013

47 and a half, freelance IT consultant. English, living in Belgium, married to a Dane. Twin girls aged 10 and a son, 7. Current car is a Volvo XC90 which I only drive when I have to. When not shouting at the kids or wasting my life on the Internet, I like to play bass, read, drink good beers and listen to progressive rock. Metallic brown, fully loaded P85 ordered and due in April.

crmohler | December 26, 2013

@Mathew98, it gets worse. He doesn't like Apple products and won't use them.
On the bright side, he's nearly perfect for me in every other regard, so I'm able to overlook these few major flaws. Plus, it keeps he's paws off my devices and car. :-)

ChetB | December 26, 2013

I am an 87 year old retired attorney and arbitrator. Sold my 2011 Panamera for the MS.

jchangyy | December 26, 2013

@dborn, we don't need racist comments on this forum. so stop and don't post here again.

jchangyy | December 26, 2013

oops. that was a long time ago. sorry.

JPVISCOESQ | December 26, 2013

33 y/o attorney. I'm married with 2 young children and live in Orange County, CA. My previous car was a BMW 328i. I'm absolutely loving the MS!

flyfr8 | December 26, 2013

58yr old retired airline pilot,love the forward thinking tech in the modelS..... not burning gas while on the ground is great :)

Sailor | December 27, 2013

57 year old supermarket executive. Married for 31 years. Two black labs. Drive (drove) a Toyota Highlander (2008) and an Olds Aurora (2000).
Play golf, snow and water ski. Love the outdoors and am into land conservation and habitat restoration....both of us decided to stretch for the MS85 and have not looked back.

Nuts4MS | December 28, 2013

I'm a 33 y/o software consultant from Virginia and my current car (soon to not be though) is an 06 Infiniti M35x, I'm married with a 3 year old little boy.

sklancha | May 29, 2014

It looks like it has been a while since anybody commented on this thread, but I was curious about the demographics of my Model S peers and have enjoyed reading all these posts.

I am probably an demographic oddity from what I've read so far: I am a 48 year old divorced single mother, with the last 2 still at home. I am a research nurse, which probably puts me at the lower end of the income bracket, relative to the typical Tesla owner. I traded in my 10 year old Cadillac CTS for the Model S (so absolutely no 'backup' ICE vehicle) and I've already put 1400 miles on it in the 2 1/2 weeks of owning the MS! My Great Dane goes everywhere with me [that he can get away with] especially fishing and beach expeditions.