How many Teslas have you sold?

How many Teslas have you sold?

Elon said in the latest Bloomberg interview many owners sell 2-3 Teslas, after people see yours or maybe even before, they place their own orders.
Are you doing your share?
I ordered mine because a Roadster owner told me about the S a few years ago, and I know he had "sold" at least another S and one X.
I have "sold" my dad one. So I am "underperforming".

how many have you "sold"?

shop | 26 février 2013

I'm getting mine Thursday (whoohoo!) and plan on having a Tesla party soon with another friend of mine who sold me...

Pmelnuk | 26 février 2013

I have sold two... one to my father and one to my father in-law! I don't even own one, but I love the company and product so I promote all I can!

Gen III is on my radar!

JZ13 | 26 février 2013

I sold 2. And indirectly a 3rd. A friend of mine who I sold on the idea but isn't ready to buy yet sold one to a friend of his. And convinced that friend to buy the stock too!

DouglasR | 26 février 2013

Along with several other forum members, I have been showing my car at a few events where we were trying to sell raffle tickets to benefit a local high school PTSA. I suspect we have sold a couple of cars at each of these events.

jk2014 | 26 février 2013

I said this on some other thread, but seems more appropriate here:

New marketing/sales strategy to reward enthusiastic owners:

If three referrals buy an MS, get your next Tesla free.

Could up the game considerably... | 26 février 2013

The car sells itself. I just provide introductions. So far one introduction has resulted in a happy long term relationship with a couple I know (delivered a few weeks ago).

EVTripPlanner | 26 février 2013

Think I'm up to 3. Someone else just asked me for "review" - so maybe a 4th. My attempt at a balanced review at

jk2014 | 26 février 2013

Great review cliff... I wish this could get published in major auto publication or tv personality do nation wide segment as balanced and genuine.

SD Supercharger | 26 février 2013

Nice review. I think that the issues that were apparent in December are now starting to subside. My car delivered at the end of Feb is great--everything works and everything was delivered. Tesla's end of the year rush probably contributed to some of the things you pointed out. I think it has now progressed to the point where we have gone from beta testers to gamma testers.

petmoell | 26 février 2013

I have sold 6 to friends and colleagues in the last 5 months

portia | 26 février 2013

wow, Peter you are awesome, doing all of us Tesla owners and stockholders a big favor (and to those you sold to too!) | 26 février 2013

@Cliff - I like the review. Seems quite balanced. Did you ever get your supercharger issue resolved?

Also you might want to add that the Superchargers provide "free" fuel for Tesla owners for life! Quite a bargain.

s_curve | 26 février 2013

I've sold 8 S's and 1 X. Proud to do my part. :-)

nickjhowe | 26 février 2013

Only one X so for :-(

Hills | 26 février 2013

@Peter and @s_curve
Very impressed!

dbbtex | 26 février 2013

One great idea from the Tesla Motors Club site: get some customized 'business cards' to hand out. Vistaprint and other sites allow you to put a fairly slick card together and order online. I have a 2013 Red ordered so I put a pic and a caption on one side, on the back I have some basic data about the car and a quote from Automobile Magazine. So if someone is asking lots of questions, you can hand them a card. Can help if you need to move on, and leaves them something with data and the website.

I'm not on commission - but I am a stockholder :)

EVTripPlanner | 26 février 2013

@Frank2 - haven't brought car into the shop yet - can't stand the idea of parting with it for the better part of a week! Been waiting till they have my due bill stuff so I can do it all at once. Theory is that contactor that switches from AC to DC isn't connecting DC feed.

I also updated the review with the free fuel benefit and a few more tidbits.

shaneosullivan1 | 26 février 2013

I'm not sure I've sold any yet (I get mine in April), but at least 10 people I work with, all of who can afford a Model S, have said "Wow! Congrats!!" in open appreciation. I'm sure I'll be giving plenty of test drives in a few weeks :-)

noel.smyth | 26 février 2013

My brother sold one, thanks Bro!

Brian H | 26 février 2013

You might want to replace the "broken heart" image with a simple heart; that jagged break is a rip, not an electric bolt! ;)

The "commission" idea is flawed, and will never be implemented. It probably is self-defeating. Imagine a prospect saying or thinking, "Yeah, yeah; you just want get a free car!" And wouldn't they be right?

The credibility of owner enthusiasm is so powerful precisely because it is unpaid and unforced.

Brian H | 26 février 2013

typo: "...want to get...".

EVTripPlanner | 26 février 2013

@brian - bummin me out...thought it was lightning

petmoell | 27 février 2013

I have already gotten a "reward" as I have been invited to a nice "While we wait for our Tesla" dinner. I live in Oslo - Norway and we still have some more waiting to do. First cars will be delivered in June - best case. Looking forward to meet other reservation holders. (Only one of the invited is one of the 6 I have sold a car to.) I bet that Oslo will be the highest density Tesla S city in the world by end of 2013. I guess at least 300.

Liz G | 27 février 2013

I know I've sold one. Possibly more at the autoshow but hard to know for sure.

EVTripPlanner | 3 avril 2013

About my supercharging issue: turns out it was software (not that the techs or phone support knew) - 4.3 fixed it (not that I could tell without making a special trip to a supercharger). Glad it is working...not happy with how it was handled and inability to *know* if it will work *before* heading out on a road trip.

jorgerosaly1 | 7 mai 2013

i could sell ten or more in puerto rico , our island is just 100 x 35 miles but we cant get service over here. i have to ship my car to ft lauderdale to service it. porshe sells about 32 units a month here is very unfortunate that teslamotors dont get into this markey

jk2014 | 7 mai 2013

Jorge -- order an MS on the website. Purchase the ranger service. See what happens...

EVTripPlanner | 7 mai 2013

I updated my review today. Still loving the car, but there are some nuisance items that service doesn't seem well equipped to fix. I think the service organization is lagging behind Elon's promises and just scrambling. Fortunately the issues have been minor!

Thumper | 7 mai 2013

It is hard to tell how many Teslas I've sold. None have deposited yet but I suspect many will, either soon on a Model S or later on an X or G3. Seeds often take a while to spout.

HzSoGood | 7 mai 2013

To sell them, you have to create a large funnel: I have let 50 adults drive my car in 30 days, atleast 35 of them can afford the car(and had good insurance). I think I let them have more fun in it than a regular staid ole Tesla official test-drive. Will change them into customers soon enough.

Azdcmoney | 7 mai 2013

I have given three people rides in four days, one had ordered two were going to finalize their orders

KOL2000 | 1 juillet 2013

I've just sold my SEVENTH. My friend drives a GTR and fell in love with the MS. What sealed the deal was when we were at a light with a mercedes C63 (V12 turbo) and he beat it off the line (the other guy was trying hard up to 100 when he gave up). He is a brilliant professor at UCSD and was basically wiping drool from his face and just kept saying "incredible incredible incredible, my GOD, incredible" for about 20 minutes in a continuous loop during the drive.

How about a free T-Shirt Elon?

Benz | 1 juillet 2013

I think that Elon Musk actually should give you a free T-Shirt, to thank you for putting your time and effort in selling their cars. You certainly do deserve it (in my personal opinion). Although the Tesla Model S sells itself, and we all know that already. Anyhow, it's great that you have "sold" your seventh already. Keep up the good work. Cheers mate.

KOL2000 | 1 juillet 2013

Thanks Benz!! It's been a lot of fun to see the jaws drop and the eyes become enlightened.

I'm just happy nobody has wet my seat yet :) Only half-joking about the T-Shirt but I have to say it would be smart on Musk/Blankenship's part since it's free advertising--- I was just in the airport last week wearing my Tesla cap and had a couple approach me and ask if I own a Tesla. They approached me as if I was a celebrity "Excuse me, sir, but is that a Tesla hat you are wearing? And do you own an MS? Oh my..." followed by a 20 minute discussion..

Benz | 1 juillet 2013

Soon the whole world is going to be electrified by Tesla Motors. Enjoy it.

agiangone | 1 juillet 2013

one X for me.

herkimer | 1 juillet 2013

Hard to know how many I have "sold" because everyone can buy for themselves, decide for themselves, and deal directly with Tesla. No salesmen is part of what helped to sell me. I always enjoy presenting the car to people if they ask, and there is time.

This car is a ROCK STAR! It turns heads, it gets people excited. Lots of comments. People just show up on the street or at the car wash or the ice cream stand, and ask about the car, or just say "that is a beautiful car" or "coolest car on the planet." Happens every day. Be prepared, prospective owners, this may go on for awhile! Lots of enthusiasm out there for this car! Always lots of questions. A certain percentage already know about it and are really excited to see one. Others have already been following for awhile and just like to talk about the car and the company.

Think I may have sold 2 today to aquaitances that I ran into. One is going to buy TSLA and save for GenIII, but I think will go for a Model S before that pretty sure she can't wait!).

People ask me where did you buy it? I say "bought it on and they delivered it to my house!" How fun is that?

HenryT2 | 1 juillet 2013

I think Tesla should put out a series of limited edition jackets for Tesla owners who refer buyers. Would cost them very little (relatively) but the rareness of the product would show their appreciation for their supporters, and the supporters would be happy to further show off the product in a distinct way.

I used to be in the gaming business and I did the same with gold keychains, bracelets, and rings for customers who won certain amounts of money. It was amazing how many customers who won the equivalent of MANY keychains, rings, and bracelets were so proud of their little trophies.

Brian H | 2 juillet 2013

Smart! It's said that desire for status is the strongest human social motivation.

Benz | 2 juillet 2013

"This car is a ROCK STAR!"

Yes indeed.

jdb | 2 juillet 2013

Easy to sell the Model S, since it sells itself. All you do is let them sit inside car and then if you give them ride it results in an order, from either them or their friends. Have had Sig. performance Model S for 7 months and am responsible for at least seven orders. But BIG NEWS-today I just convinced friend to put a deposit down for Model X. That took awhile, had to explain reasons for my order of Model X and showed him the Tesla website. Not as easy a sale without the final car in existence yet.

Benz | 2 juillet 2013

That's more difficult indeed.

JZ13 | 2 juillet 2013

The Billionaire I sold one to in March has now ordered 3 more so he has one in each of his 4 homes. He loves it like we all do.

SamO | 2 juillet 2013


You only can count the first sale. After that, The Billionaire gets credit for selling to himself ;-)

JZ13 | 2 juillet 2013

@Samo - haha

wcalvin | 2 juillet 2013

The slides for my EV talk tomorrow in Seattle, "The Resurgence of the Electric Car," are available as a 5mb PDF file at and look good on an iPhone. They ought to be handy for answering questions like "But where is the engine if it's not in front and not in back?"

DigitalSavant | 2 juillet 2013

I believe I have sold one to a total stranger who followed me into a supermarket parking lot. After answering a bunch of questions, I finally offered to take him for a quick ride. Upon returning, the fellow was shaking his head and laughing. He said, "That does it.. I'm getting one! No, really I'm going to buy one now. God bless you and your car!" I never followed up to see if he actually owns one now, but his enthusiasm was very convincing.

CalDreamin | 3 juillet 2013

@ wcalvin

Good presentation!

KOL2000 | 3 juillet 2013

During one of my seven sales the person got in the drivers seat, looked around, started shaking and saying things like "my God I'm sold already". I was like wait you didn't even drive it yet!!!!

JAFIC | 3 juillet 2013

You guys make it sound like you are the dealers. XD