Have you seen an S on the road today?

Have you seen an S on the road today?

My wife and I, waiting for our S, play a silly game: "Seen a S today on the road?" Then we look at where we saw them. So far I have the record: just 2 in a day so far. All but one were in the mid-peninsula area. One black one seen entering I85 in Cupertino. Somehow it is satisfying to me to see them showing up. None seen so far appear to be demos: no copilot. Res number P7214 with Feb-Mar est delivery.

rwang | December 29, 2012

@eclectric - red outlined leather seats.

EcLectric | December 29, 2012

I didn't know that was a performance only option. Maybe that was me. I am driving my Model S as much as possible. Wife is scared of the first scratch, so,she tries to discourage me. This car is so fun to drive!

mike | December 29, 2012

We saw a silver MS this morning in Palo Alto going in the opposite direction of me. The front end is very distinctive, but the rest of the car nearly blends in with other like cars. Can't wait to get mine !

txjak | December 29, 2012

Saw three this morning at Chez Zee in Austin. Two white and one grey. Beautiful. Joined them for brunch. | December 29, 2012

Saw 2 white & black- pulling out of the Denver service center while I was signing paperwork for mine. I hope to contribute to the South Metro sightings starting tomorrow.

portia | January 6, 2013

Saw one tonight (signature red I think, it was dark) on Highway 17 close to Santa Cruz, while I was out giving a friend a ride. The car passed me, and I saw the 17" display, and thought, humph, and then it went in front of me, and no tail pipes! I thought I recognized the tail light pattern, but I did not know there are lights along the top of the back window when you brake (or regen), very cool!

EcLectric | January 6, 2013

I live in San Carlos CA. On Saturday, I saw 3 Model S in addition to mine! One grey, one blue like mine, and one Signature red. The factory is really cranking them out!

reitmanr | January 6, 2013

Well weve had our S for a week, and strangley we have only seen one S on the road all week, and we are in Menlo Park. It was a gorgeous pearl white,....sorta just like ours! just going the other way on El Camino Real.
We did see a lovely red Maserati, whose driver gave us a big thumbs up. Nice.

Brian H | January 7, 2013

Maybe it was you, time-travelling/driving. :D ;)

cablue | January 7, 2013

Kids saw a red Tesla at the gym in Granite Bay, CA. We're expecting ours within a couple of weeks!

prash.saka | January 7, 2013

Saw one in Brookline MA last night, at St Mary's T stop on Beacon Street around 7:15 PM. It was White with Tech package (because of the xenon lights) and air suspension (because it was pretty low ... and they are the only ones in the wild).

~ Prash.

Brian H | January 7, 2013

Images of an MS pumping iron, jogging on a treadmill, playing handball ...
;p LOL

cablue | January 7, 2013

Too funny! That would be a sight!

reitmanr | January 7, 2013

You crazy MS Folk! Several times a day, my wife asks me to read what I am giggling at.Thanks for the:-)
Oh yeah, saw a brown S on El Camino Real north of Redwood City.

Great car, great folk, very good giggles.

graphite | January 7, 2013

My first confirmed sighting - a black S driving southbound on Broadway in Boulder, CO about 2:30pm today (thought I saw a white one a month ago but it was too far away by the time the gears in my head clicked)...

nickjhowe | January 8, 2013

@graphite - I saw a white S in Boulder between Xmas and New Year (my first and only sighting) so your eyes were probably not deceiving you.

GoTeslaChicago | January 8, 2013

Making some guesstimates here. Chicago area has at least 2 million cars. With maybe 100 Model S delivered, then only one in 20,000 cars is an S. By the end of the year that may improve to one in 2,000.

So far I haven't seen one yet, but I'm looking. However most of my driving is in low probability areas. Still waiting for someone to report seeing me in my white Model S.

Brian H | January 8, 2013

Put your 'tag' along the sides of the car in red tape for a few months.

portia | January 10, 2013

Just saw one before 6pm in Santa Cruz, it was at the light on River and Hwy 1, and there was a truck between it and mine, so I don't think he or she saw me. It was Silver or Grey, no license plate yet. It went on Highway 17 going north, and I thought about chasing it and waving, but then didn't.

antochat | January 10, 2013

In Portland OR I've only seen the brown demo for the last few months as they do the test drive past my office, but between yesterday and today I've seen 5! 2 charging at Washington Square in addition to the brown test car and what looks like a new green test car, 2 signature red's, one with WA plates and one with OR and a silver one on the Interstate bridge. Very cool to see!

mika_ | January 10, 2013

Just cruised alongside a Sig Red model S this evening heading north on 101 near central San Rafael. I realize bay area sightings aren't exactly rare, but it was the first one I'd seen in the wild so I got a kick out of it. :)

Superliner | January 10, 2013

I'm Jealous!! Around my parts "Arizona" Have not seen any in the wild, only the two at Fashion Square in Scottsdale in the showroom. :-(

Brian H | January 11, 2013

Give it a quick "Shave and a haircut, 2 bits!" on the horn, and you'll get a look back! ;)

reitmanr | January 11, 2013

One brown, one black spotted yesterday on the Santa Cruz-Alpine run to 280.
Had not seen any for Days! other than our pearl. Not sure why seeing an S continues to thrill me. Hmmm? We know how great it is to be driving an S,and ice drivers don't? Ok,ok-- stop analyzing and just Enjoy!

portia | January 11, 2013

Brian, sorry, don't know what you mean by "Shave and a haircut", is it a tune?
I saw ANOTHER Tesla today, a white or pearl white, about 3:30pm at the corner of Soquel and Chanticleer in Santa Cruz! They are sure showing up more frequently here. We waved at each other!

sthornton | January 11, 2013

I saw a red sig S on First Hill near downtown Seattle today. Second one I've seen in the wild.

DouglasR | January 11, 2013


More like a rif. I must be older than Brian, because I remember it as "Shave and a haircut, ten cents."

portia | January 11, 2013

hmm, OK, my husband explained it to me too. But that required a bit of technique on the horn, I had to lean on the horn today because somebody cut in front of me, and I barely got 2 honks out of the horn.

portia | January 12, 2013

Can't believe I saw my fourth Tesla Model S this week a few minutes ago! Another white one. This one has a license plate "Number 06" I was right behind him and honked (or tried, boy it is not easy to honk the horn) but I don't think he saw me even then. On Hwy 1 turning into River St (into Santa Cruz)

sbern18 | January 12, 2013

Saw second one in n.j. At the n.j. Tesla motor club meeting lol. Does that count? First was mine.

Kauai | January 12, 2013

I saw four different Signature Red Teslas (three performance) in Los Altos and a fifth Silver at the car wash in Mountain View, CA! All today, which is certainly a same day record for me. I am surely near the epicenter of delivered Teslas here in Silicon Valley since I see at least one or two a day, not including the silver performance with the biffed rear wheel I often see at the daycare drop off...

reitmanr | January 12, 2013

As we pulled up to China Garden restaurant in Hollister this evening, I parked next to a lovely grey Ms! As I got out of our S, young ladies came out of the restaurant all excited. Their folks own the grey S and a roadster and have an order in for an X. They hadn't seen another S in Hollister! The meal was greatly enhanced with Tesla Talk! And they owned the restaurant.

Oaktowner | January 12, 2013

I was at a job interview at Google in Mountain View last week and saw a white one parked out front of building 40 (there are a bunch of charge points there).

It made me think "now this is the kind of place I'd like to work!"

Brian H | January 13, 2013

Two bits was 25¢, children!

As Yogi said, a nickel ain't worth a thin dime these days.

jchangyy | January 13, 2013

@kauai...which car wash in Mountain view? I'm expecting mine in Feb/March and looking for a car wash place near Mountain View.



DarrellH | January 14, 2013

Yesterday I saw a grey one driving towards me while I was driving my wife's Sig red. I almost missed him since he didn't have his daylight running lights on. THAT I would have seen!

Jamon | January 15, 2013

@ EcLectric - I think I just saw yours in a parking lot off Shoreline Blvd this afternoon (and maybe also on 101 S at 7:30 this morning on my way in to work?). It's beautiful! My 60kWh will be coming in a couple more weeks!!

Timo | January 15, 2013

Not on road, but spotted Tesla in Big Bang Theory end texts. Apparently Galecki owns a Tesla. Probably Roadster though.

(Why on earth they put that series at 2:00AM is beyond me, DVR saves the day)

EcLectric | January 16, 2013


That's me! It's worth the wait! Any excuse to drive somewhere. I've been giving people at the office rides around the block. I don't even mind the morning traffic. I did order my HOV stickers, though...

GLarwill | January 19, 2013

Saw SEVEN on the road last night at the same time. All were onboard an open transport truck. I assume they were headed for delivery. They were north bound on I5 heading towards Sacramento just after coming from the Fremont/ factory direction.

Two white, a silver, a grey and 3 darker colours that we couldn't differentiate in the dark.

That was about 8:00pm last night.

Velo1 | January 19, 2013

Yes, Jan 18th there was a flatbed truck carrying a bluetiful Model S, driving on my street and right up my driveway! Evergreen, CO.

My spousal unit and I put 200 miles on the car the first day. We had a fantastic day, topped off by US Postal Service that delivered a notice from CO Dept of Revenue that my application for the personalized plate KCK GAS was approved. I barely slept last night, as I am preparing to spend another day bonding with Joules.

Kauai | January 19, 2013


It was at Lozano. It's on El Camino near San Antonio. Popular with the kids for free fresh popcorn, lemonade, and penny mechanical pony rides. Also shoe shine and barbque. All that said it is your standard car wash so you will gradually pick up the standard very fine scratches and swirls of car washes. I am still trying to decide if I will go all hand wash until I get dings, dents, scratches from parking lots, road trips, etc. | January 19, 2013

Congratulations Velo1- I am still waiting to see an S (besides my own) out in the wild. I am in Highlands Ranch.

Brian H | January 19, 2013

The rules are that the wheels must be touching pavement, and be more than a mile from the factory, a store, or Service Center.

bhs1 | January 19, 2013

A white one in NYC at 66th and Broadway today! Made me miss mine back home in Philly.

Brian H | January 19, 2013

Got a wandering eye, huh?

bhs1 | January 20, 2013

More like wander-lust...

reitmanr | January 22, 2013

At Gilroy SC stations last night: our pearl next to two other pearls, then us and two black beauties and another S as we left was just pulling in. Gilroy stations are getting good use!

portia | January 27, 2013

Saw a dark Tesla Model S in SF today, somewhere between Lombard St and California St. Also saw 3 Roadsters around SF. Drove down Lombard St, the hills of SF are quite interesting, plenty of power for climbing the hills, but did see the Wh go over 1100 at one point!

reitmanr | January 27, 2013

Saw a black MS turning on to I280N from Alpine Rd yesterday afternoon. We waved at each other and shared our Tesla MS grin. It was a nice experience.
I am seeing at least one MS each day now, besides ours. Nice