NEW VIN THREAD: Please post your newly assigned VINs here

NEW VIN THREAD: Please post your newly assigned VINs here


The new VIN tracking thread is here: NEW BUYERS: Please post your VIN here

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- Craig

mario.kadastik | 16 octobre 2013

cfOH: don't forget me who got the VIN on Oct 4th but doesn't expect to see the actual car before end of January earliest with production starting only in December...

Gizmotoy | 16 octobre 2013

@cfOH: Do you think Tesla has begun purposefully obfuscating the VIN assignments? Tesla don't seem to want to release production numbers to the public yet, and your data has been getting a lot of media attention recently.

cfOH | 16 octobre 2013

Gizmo: No, I don't think Tesla is trying to mess with our heads or cover their tracks. I think that Tesla is having to learn how to cope with the complexity of dealing with umpteen different countries' laws and regulations regarding importing cars and Tesla is experiencing unplanned delays and uncertain lead times as a result. That's one of the main reasons I caution people to not equate VIN assignment rates to production or (even worse) delivery rates...they're just not the same. As Tesla gets more experienced and its supply chain smoothes out, we should start seeing more consistent delivery lead times. Until then, just realize that what the data show is not what analysts are hanging their hats on...two different metrics.

Fredlambert | 16 octobre 2013

I think Gizmotoy was refering to VIN releases, not VIN to delivery.

cfOH | 16 octobre 2013

Fred, OK, well, no, I don't think Tesla gives a whit about what we're doing here on this thread. I suspect that VIN assignments are an internal matter, but actually releasing the VIN to the customer is bound by different laws and import/export regulations that most of us know little to nothing about. I could be's happened a couple of times. ;-)

Gizmotoy | 16 octobre 2013

@Fredlambert: Correct. The hypothesis was that Tesla has started adding random delay to when the VIN is communicated to the customer in the dashboard in order to make estimating production levels more difficult.

As long as the VIN is on the purchase agreement I don't think there are any additional requirements for Tesla to provide a VIN for you within any given timeframe, at least in the US. I waited months for my last car and didn't get a VIN until it was put on a truck a week or so before delivery.

Anyway, pure speculation, obviously.

Brian H | 16 octobre 2013

Back-date Euro VINs 6 weeks to allow for the ocean trip?

cfOH | 16 octobre 2013

Three reasons why Tesla is most likely not "adding random delays" between assigning VINs and issuing them to customers:

1) It adds work for Tesla

2) It provides a less-pleasing buying experience for Tesla's customers

3) It increases uncertainty in the stock market, and uncertainty tends to depress valuations

So, no, I really don't think it is.

Abecedarius | 16 octobre 2013


8/28/13 (approximate)

Gizmotoy | 16 octobre 2013

There are counter-points, though. There's potentially little additional work beyond alteration of the code that links the internal VIN assignments to customer accounts.

I can't say I'm particularly pleased my VIN arrived a week after I confirmed. My delivery date, what I actually care about, is the same either way.

Companies like to control the message. If they cared about decreasing uncertainty in the stock, they'd announce the numbers themselves. The fact that you bring up #3 at all says to me Tesla has at least some small cause for concern as community-supplied data is being used to price the stock. That said, paid analysts do exactly this all the time, so as long as the data reflects reality or is more rosy than reality, I doubt they mind.

In any case, you're probably right, but the above was my reasoning for seeing what your thoughts were. Thanks for the insight.

yombad | 16 octobre 2013

VIN 26095 assigned 10/16, confirmed config 10/15. Late November delivery for P85.

Brian H | 16 octobre 2013

When they got rid of US reservation numbers, Elon noted that anyone wanting to track TM production should just look at the most recent VINs.

cfOH | 16 octobre 2013

Updated. I really hope we start seeing new VINs posted or the uncertainty around the 2-week VIN rate will be unhelpfully high.

AlMc | 16 octobre 2013

Please continue to post your VINs. Thanks

christopherpayne | 16 octobre 2013

18154 Sept.14th


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Fredlambert | 17 octobre 2013


Benz | 17 octobre 2013


TT_Lambo | 17 octobre 2013

Is this thread dead?!

AlMc | 17 octobre 2013

Would appreciate new VINs being posted with the date you received it. Help keep up our knowledge about production rates.

cfOH | 17 octobre 2013

Maybe the fire caused all their orders to be cancelled.

I kid. ;-)

But seriously, what's up with the dearth of new VINs being posted?

AlMc | 17 octobre 2013

I think Fred was correct a couple pages ago when he said we early adopters spent a lot of time on TM and TMC forums but newer buyers
do not.

But...To all those who want to keep the VIN thread going.

Post your VINs please

No ICE | 17 octobre 2013

Model s vin# 25880
Ordered 10-2 confirmed 10-3. Vin number 10-10
Delivery date 10-17

AlMc | 17 octobre 2013

Thanks 2club.

Benz | 18 octobre 2013

The three last red dots are all above the 700 mark. But will the next red dot be below the 700 mark, as a result of too few VIN's being assigned?

Brian H | 18 octobre 2013

15 day lag order to delivery? Is it an inventory car?

ENDE | 18 octobre 2013

20979 purchase 8/14/13. please blank out my email

Benz | 18 octobre 2013

You wanna know what I am thinking?

I think that Tesla Motors has decided to inform the customers in a much later stadium about the assigned VIN of their particular Model S. Or, even worse, not to inform the customers at all about the assigned VIN of their particular Model S? Could that be possible? Does Tesla Motors have an obligation to inform the customer about the assigned VIN of their particular Model S? Other car manufacturers don't do that either. Your view on this matter will be appreciated. Thanks

J.T. | 18 octobre 2013

I think other manufacturers don't do that because the dealer handles all the paperwork. In that scenario the customer really never needs the VIN. With Tesla the consumer needs the VIN for financing and DMV.

nexnbax | 18 octobre 2013

20751 Issued 9/19/2013

coll1951 | 18 octobre 2013

I was getting ready to place my order, but decided to wait, because I've been off work, for almost 3 weeks. So, I like to read these posts and keep on checking out things about the S. This tire deal has me a little concerned, I'd like to save money on gas, but I don't want to give my savings up in tires. I've seen several comments that many people are having to replace tires as soon as 5000 miles. Edmonds road tester said Tesla replaced his tires at around 6000 miles, is Tesla giving everybody free tires? Then today on the NHSTA website, a 3 month owner said at 4000 miles the Tesla service rep, told him, he had 1000 miles left before replacement. I currently get at least 30,000+ out of a set. I can buy a lot of gas for my hybrid at $2,000 per set of tires. You know, this is only a car, I'm not going to live in it and I don't need 400hp, to drive to the grocery or work. I'm having second thoughts about spending $90K, any comments.

SamO | 18 octobre 2013


There have been wear issues with the 21" tires but not the 19". If concerned just get the smaller tires.

fredvantgas | 18 octobre 2013

22728, october 14, 2013

Kaboom | 18 octobre 2013

Perhaps many potential new orders are being held off at this time of year so that they can slip into a "2014" year vehicle....I would if i hadn't placed order yet

WayneH | 18 octobre 2013

Hi Craig, I noticed two VINs lately that do not make sense in terms of the sequence in October since the rest for this month seem to be above 25000. Any thoughts on these?
VIN 23822 10/09/2013
VIN 22728, 10/14/2013

AlMc | 18 octobre 2013

Thanks for the VINS reported 10/18/2013.

Please continue to post VINs. Thanks

mario.kadastik | 18 octobre 2013

Well I can say circumstantial evidence points to strong sales in EU at least. When I ordered my car in mid-september the estimated delivery was January. That's 4 months. Right now for the P85 the design page states Delivers in 5-6 months. That backlog with improving factory throughput can only mean that orders are coming in faster than Tesla is producing the cars. And yes I think 99% of new buyers don't actually visit the forums so we'll be getting less and less VINs over time.

No ICE | 18 octobre 2013

I was not very clear in my posting.

Model s vin# 25880
Ordered 10-2 confirmed 10-3. Vin number 10-10
Delivery date 10-17

Model s vin# 25880
Ordered 10-2 confirmed 10-3. Vin number 10-10
Build date of 11-18
Delivery (pick up date 12-2

They gave me the last two dates on on 10-7

Out4aDuck | 18 octobre 2013

Wayne, both of those VIN's are for European customers. I expect that VIN's are created in sequential order, but not all cars start production sequentially, and not all customers receive notification immediately. Coupled with the long lead time for European cars, there can be a lot of variability in the date that the VIN is reported.

Brian H | 18 octobre 2013

1% of more purchases is still more. He only needs a fair and current sampling to maintain the chart.

WayneH | 18 octobre 2013

Thanks for your answer, that helps explain it. I noticed a third one that is out of sequence. So, there are three that I have seen in October.
VIN 23822 10/09/2013
VIN 23679 10/10/2013
VIN 22728 10/14/2013

My question then becomes, should these numbers be ignored or plotted? I don't know, I am not a statistician, I am just asking those who know more about this topic.

lfeiwel | 18 octobre 2013

26154 10/18/13

cfOH | 18 octobre 2013


@WayneH: I'm treating those few "weird" Euro VINs as outliers and not including them in the data. There's something odd about them and I'm still struggling to understand Tesla's production and delivery processes in order to make sense of how a VIN issued a few days ago was likely put into the production planning system more than a month ago. Hopefully they aren't frequent enough to throw off my estimates, but we'll see. So far, I think I've not plotted something less than 10 times over the last couple months, so it's not a large number of data points. So far.

Brian H | 19 octobre 2013

Put them in. If there's a pattern, you can't see if you don't look.

Benz | 19 octobre 2013


Those few "weird" Euro VINs are a result of only one reason. Which is that those customers received those VINs at a much later moment in Tesla's production and delivery process, although those actual VINs were assigned to the concerning Model Ses much earlier. Why did this happen to these particular customers? I don't know that for sure, but it could be explained by saying that Tesla forgot to inform these few customers on time (immediately after the VINs were assigned to the particular Model Ses). Maybe it was something technical (maybe a software issue)? Let's just say that not everything and not every process works always perfectly.

As long as they remain in very few numbers, there is nothing to worry about. You do a great job for all of us. Thanks.

Cheers mate

Geert.Snijders | 19 octobre 2013

22834 in production as of oct19 2013

Incoming! :)))

coll1951 | 19 octobre 2013

@CfOH, I did some quick math. August 19th, 20552 - Oct. 18th, 26154. 9 production weeks. The answer is 622 units. I'm seeing a number of 728 units. It appears the average vin count/ production is closer to 622 average. Plus I'm seeing on your graph numbers as high as 925. It also appears as many as 20% of these vins are going to Europe. Here's another interesting thing, the order to build to delivery has dropped to under 4 weeks, that happened 60 days ago. I found 2 orders to the East coast, where order to delivery was 4 weeks, they were both ordered at the end of August. I work in logistics, and love to run the numbers and have the means to find out a lot of info, not available to the public. One vehicle went to Newton Center Ma.,the other to Savannah,Ga in less than 4 weeks, both were non performance models.

cwave1 | 19 octobre 2013

Oct. 8, 2013
VIN: 25679

AlMc | 19 octobre 2013

cwave: Congratulations and thanks for posting the VIN.

cfOH | 19 octobre 2013

Chart updated.

@Benz: I'm pretty confident Tesla didn't just happen to forget to inform a few customers about their VINs. Different countries have different laws regulating disclosure of production information, and I suspect that either Tesla wasn't clear whether it could provide the VIN earlier or was simply not allowed to or some other situation.

@coll1951: That's not how I'm estimating the VIN assignment rate. I'm using a regression-based approach because what I effectively have from each date is a sample of VINs. If I had every VIN, then I could do what you propose, but I don't, so I have to estimate the rate based on some method, and that method I've chosen is OLS (ordinary least squares) linear regression. It's not fancy, but it's reasonably good. See previous comments of mine in this post for a more technical explanation if you care.

Thanks to those who are posting their VINs as well as the exact dates those VINs were issued to them. Both those pieces of info are important.

Benz | 20 octobre 2013


"Different countries have different laws regulating disclosure of production information"

OK, understood, thanks