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

Brian H | August 14, 2012

You're the highest, so far!
Can't just add that to the Sigs etc. to project, of course, as the 40/60 reservation orders are not yet coming out -- I think! If anyone not a 85kWh option gets the email, please post here urgently!!


dubaty | August 14, 2012

I got my email today and my design is for the 60kWh version. P2198.

Aleksandyr | August 14, 2012

P2452 order, guess it doesn't matter now that 3000+ are contacted! Dec-Jan delivery

Brian H | August 14, 2012

So, 3 months from now (mid-Nov.) either all the 85kWh models will have been completed & mostly delivered, or will be tailing off so much that lots of spare capacity is available. Excellent news!

Leofingal | August 14, 2012

Don't have my confirmed delivery date, but mine is a 60 kWh pack, so we'll see what they come back with.

Maestrokneer | August 14, 2012

P2821 contacted today (looks like they did a big chunk today from the above posts).

In the middle of a kitchen remodel and will likely "defer", though it sounds like that just means "let Tesla keep my money until I make up my mind".

Crazy to think that after waiting more than 2 years, my decision is going to have to be to wait some more. Oh well, it'll be here soon enough.

Brian H | August 14, 2012

I think you can just sit on it, and at the end of the first month, your delivery date "walks" one day per day. So you don't have to formally defer 6 mo.

electricblue0303 | August 14, 2012

My Garage doesn't show an estimated delivery time, however the purchase order contract states 11/2012. By the way, I like that on the contract Tesla put the local showroom address - to get our State rebate (IL), you have to prove that the car was sold to you by an IL dealer, so this does the trick. Assuming there are IL AFV rebate $$ available in the State coffers in Nov. (not a guaranteed thing), I'll apply for the state rebate right away. It's $4k and typically takes about 3-6 months to come through.

On another (off topic) note, in another post it was mentioned the vanity plate that will be ordered. I'm sticking with the specialty EV plates here in IL. For $17.50/year, you can get EV plates that will say 'EL XXX' (or something like that). Normal plates are $99/year and vanity plates are more. Just thought I would take advantage of another EV incentive!

Brian H | August 14, 2012

what do you guesstimate will replace that XXX in your case?

robgoldstein | August 14, 2012

#2635 just received my email today. For Dec-Jan delivery.

cablue | August 14, 2012

P2689 Just got our email today. YEAH! Cannot wait!

deom | August 15, 2012

Look's like you are (us citizen) in front of the Signature order in Canada. I'm S141 and still waiting....... I can't wait to finaly test one and know when mine will arrive....

hbh24 | August 15, 2012

P3139. I received my "time to build" email yesterday. Do you get an estimated delivery date after you submit your build preferences?

ddruz | August 15, 2012 yes you do get an estimated delivery date.

Capt601 | August 15, 2012

#2982 configured late last night. Dec/Jan delivery date. hoping for a xmas present. and power company finally signed off on our solarcity panels yesterday as well, so they were turned on for first time. so was a great day indeed!!

Brian H | August 15, 2012

hbh & Capt;
Are you both Bigs? Or Mids or Smalls?
The delivery date will vary with size, I think, up till the end of the year or so. About then the streams will be "blended"

Liz G | August 15, 2012

@Brian H
I am P2359, ordered a 60kWh and my estimated delivery dates were also Dec/Jan

Brian H | August 16, 2012

To judge from some of the tears and howling after release of Cdn. pricing, your position in line may benefit a tetch or three from cancellations!

marcmarquis44 | August 16, 2012;

I am also a Canadian signature holder (#132) waiting for the "it's time" email and called my ownership experience advocate to ask about ETa's and such. He confirmed to me that all of the Signatures would be made in the same "batch" with the first 1000ish units going to the US and the next 200ish going to Canada. Even though US production holders are booking their configurations, we will still get them fairly quickly.

stephen.kamichik | August 16, 2012

I believe that TM is awaiting Canadian certification of the model S.

webpicasso | August 16, 2012

I've been told by a reliable source that the certification of the Model S should happen in September and would not hold up deliveries to Canadian Signature reservation holders.

Given that he was accurate on the announcement of the Canadian pricing I have to believe him! ;-)

I VERY glad to hear that someone else has been told that the Canadian Signatures will follow immediately after the U.S. Signs. ... as it should be!

I'm a Canadian Signature holder (#77) and would really like to get my Model S before the snow falls!

Peter Spirgel | August 16, 2012

I just checked my MVPA and my estimated delivery date now says Nov 2012 - Dec 2012! When I locked in my configuration, it said Sept. 2012. I'm S620. This is not a good sign that things are on schedule or that Tesla will deliver anywhere near 5,000 cars this year.

mbcaffe | August 16, 2012

@peter Spirgel
Not a good sign at all. Are you able to contact TM and ask why the delay?

jackhub | August 16, 2012

TM said 500 Model S will be produced by the end of September. 42 Founders, 244 SSL and 619 Sigs in front of you. That's 905 in front of you. November seems to be off the pace.

pilotSteve | August 16, 2012

As I posted in another thread, Tesla rep told me today that they plan on delivering all (US?) Sigs by end of October. That would mean at least another 500 for October, same as September.

Xav1976 | August 16, 2012

Any news for the European reservation holders?
I got the #691 number...

Beaker | August 16, 2012

@Peter Spirgel is there a place on-line you are checking? I only have the paperwork and last I checked, Tesla doesn't have access to my desk drawer to change it. Can you share were you are finding it if you are looking on-line?

nvjx | August 16, 2012

Peter Spirgel | AUGUST 16, 2012
I just checked my MVPA and my estimated delivery date now says Nov 2012 - Dec 2012! When I locked in my configuration, it said Sept. 2012. I'm S620. This is not a good sign that things are on schedule or that Tesla will deliver anywhere near 5,000 cars this year.

I am P600 and signed my MVPA on 8/3/12. That MVPA showed a Nov 2012 delivery. Today I added Sound Studio Pkg. and had to redo the MVPA. Now I show a Nov/Dec 2012 delivery. I was assured by the Tesla advisor that my place in line had not changed and the delay in delivery is due to a slow down in production for quality control.

Schlermie | August 16, 2012

When Tesla recently disclosed to the financial community that their initial production rates will be slower than expected, I read an article said Tesla plans to ramp up production more than expected to compensate so they can achieve the 5000 units committed for the year. One article even stated the assembly line is capable of producing 30,000 units per year. If they feel confident about hitting the 30,000/yr switch in November, they can produce 5,000 units in two months.

Schlermie | August 16, 2012

Strong Demand May See Tesla Model S Production Rise To 30,000 Units Annually

docdac | August 16, 2012

I am P3030 and got my 'Time to Build' email on 8/14. Submitted my MVPA today. Expected delivery date Dec/Jan! I ordered a Model S Performance w/black exterior, black leather, silver 21 inch wheels, and all the options except child seat. Also plan to get snow tires on factory 19 inch wheels to drive year-round here in Minnesota!

Brian H | August 16, 2012

Schlermie | August 16, 2012
If they feel confident about hitting the 30,000/yr switch in November, they can produce 5,000 units in two months.

Assuming the Sigs and SSLs and Founders and demos done by Nov. 1, that would leave about 3600 to do in 2 months, not 5,000.

Volker.Berlin | August 17, 2012

Any news for the European reservation holders? I got the #691 number... (vermaut_xavier)

This is the latest info we have:

Xav1976 | August 18, 2012

@Volker.Berlin : Access denied for me... :(

>Sorry vermaut_xavier, you don't have permission to view
>the page you've just tried to access.
>If you feel that you have received this message in error,
>please contact us with specific details so that we may
>review your access to this web site.

But the link to submit the error ( is not working either... :(

Norbert.Vienna | August 18, 2012

ask Tesla to unlock you for privat marked fora
they are only open for reservation holders

Xav1976 | August 18, 2012

Thanks, Norbert!
Any idea to which email address this request may be sent?
I can't find an appropriate one on the Tesla website...

bsimoes | August 18, 2012

I think in the long run, I'd rather have them take their time and get things right rather than rush and have problems down the road. If I were in the position of having to wait another month or two from what I was initially expecting, I guess I'd be relieved to know that they want to deliver the best possible product. I don't know how far people need to travel in order to get the car serviced/fixed/updated, but for me, that is a huge incentive for Tesla to get it right the first time.

Norbert.Vienna | August 18, 2012

just take the address from european sales
in UK they are very helpfull

Volker.Berlin | August 18, 2012

But the link to submit the error ( is not working either... (vermaut_xavier)

It has been like this for months now. Priority is on the cars, and rightfully so, but it's still a shame that they can't even fix the links that are supposed to help when everything else fails.

JoeFee | August 18, 2012


Try the TMC site you may find more info there.

Rathjebaxter | August 19, 2012

We are P7351 and when I told the TM guy at the the evnet in Austin on Thursday that I was hoping for an April delevery he told me I was being too conservative and that it was probably more like end of February. Dont want to get my hopes up but that would be great by us.

DriveElectric | August 19, 2012

I hope that's not because people are dropping their reservations in huge numbers such taht P7351 is really the 2000th car.

Actually, I hope they don't rush and then end up having to do a massive recall. There's a balance to be struck on ramping production on such a new vehicle, from a new company. I trust the drive train to have been figured out, but the basic body panel, framing, and interior stuff I do worry about. I don't want to be chasing squeaks and leaks two years after delivery! I'm P3883.

Michael37 | August 19, 2012

I'm just hoping that the body panel gap & flush have been sorted out, since I ordered a white car. The betas have had really poor gap consistency and some issues with flush fit, and that's still in evidence on some of the Founders cars I've seen in photos and in person. On the other hand, the two recent-production cars that were at the Palo Alto event recently seemed to be much better in this regard. I did spot a flush issue with the trunk, but that was on one of the two black cars, and I'm not sure if it was the newer one or the older one.

One of the Tesla folks said that the cars coming off the line at the time were even better than the ones that were at the event, which were by then a week old.

I almost ordered the dark blue because it hides these issues well. I'm taking it on faith that Tesla will not deliver an ill-fitting car after Elon's comments on the conference call about wanting the car to be so precise that you could use it as a measurement reference.

jerry3 | August 20, 2012

I didn't see any major problems with fit and finish in the Dallas event. They looked much better than some of the earlier pictures.

Michael23 | August 20, 2012

Does that mean they will modify the fit of cars that were already delivered? Seems like a lot of work!

Brian H | August 21, 2012

Sounds unlikely. Which would mean that in a few months the Founders' Series will be the MSes with the poorest fit'n'finish on the road. A noble sacrifice!

jerry3 | August 21, 2012

Anyone who is a founder and is unhappy with the fit and finish will just sell the current one and purchase a new one. None of them are short of cash.

Volker.Berlin | August 21, 2012

Anyone who is a founder and is unhappy with the fit and finish will just sell the current one and purchase a new one. None of them are short of cash. (jerry3)

Even if they were. There is a certain possibility that a founder's model would sell for more than a new one, regardless of fit and finish.

Doogue | August 21, 2012

I'm #3995.

Just got my "It's Time to Build Your Model S" email. I'm #3995.

Based on all the chatter on this site on production pace, I'm a bit nervous that Tesla is just moving up the "finalize your order" email, but not stepping up production at relative rate. That would be a tad consumer unfriendly.

I could have sworn the previous time from "build yours" email to delivery expectation was 2 months; it now appears closer to 4-5 months (forum members quote a Dec/Jan delivery date after having finalized orders in the last wek). That feels a bit as though Tesla is driving people to commit now, without more confidence on delivery.... perhaps doing so to ensure that people don't cancel?

I hope not.

jerry3 | August 21, 2012


More likely it's so that they can have the correct mix of components on hand when it comes time to build.