Ok, so I'm the Paul Revere for all you Model S Reservation holders. I'm assuming you all just got the e-mail about the Model S Factory Tour and Beta Test Drive in October??!!

So this is amazing news (especially since I live in Oakland). I wasn't expecting it to come so soon.

So who's with me? Who else is planning to attend?

(one small caveat is that we are expecting our first child on October yeah...that could get in the way.)

If there's anyone from Tesla reading this and you want to make sure your #1 fan and un-official sales rep is at the event, please make it END of October. :-)

stephenpace | 12 agosto 2011

Yes, just got it. I'm hoping there are a range of dates. I'm out in CA for work at times, so it would be nice to coordinate a work trip with doing the tour and ride. However, if it doesn't work out, I'll probably just fly there anyway. :-)

TJK | 12 agosto 2011

Just got the email too, I'm in!

Klaus | 12 agosto 2011

It's a long ways from Florida but I'm up for it.

Brad Holt | 12 agosto 2011

Entering freakout mode...

Sometimes you just gotta choose: kids or cars?


What kid WOULDN'T want to be born inside a sexy Model S beta?

David M. | 12 agosto 2011

Unofficially, the event will be Oct. 1, because that's what Elon stated. We'll get final confirmation in less than 10 days when the invitations arrive. If the date is Oct. 1, I will definitely make the trip from Florida.

Brant | 12 agosto 2011

I will be there come hell or high water
(short drive from San Jose)

Kallisman | 12 agosto 2011

Wish I could be there, but it's a bit too long trip for me from Norway,considering my vacation is over. So I'll save the money to buy the car instead. Look forward to see the pics videos etc. from the event though.

rfreund | 12 agosto 2011

Anyone wanna' carpool up there in an EV from western San Jose?

mdennick | 12 agosto 2011

Oh yeah! My wife and I will be there. I'll wait for the invitation to make our travel plans but I've very psyched about it. It will be a short flight from So Cal. We'll make a weekend of it.

Thumper | 12 agosto 2011

I think I posted on another thread already but to repeat, my wife and I will drive down from Oregon. Already made hotel reservations last week.

taichicali | 12 agosto 2011

I hope it's not on Oct 1st as I am coming back from Jamaica that day...though maybe if we get back early enough...

taichicali | 12 agosto 2011

I live in Alameda, so would be a shame to miss this!

Maestrokneer | 12 agosto 2011

@David M.
Dammit! Oct. 1st is our due date. Who does this Elon Musk guy think he is? Doesn't he know my schedule is more important!?

@Brad've got a point. Maybe I'll name my daughter Elona in his honor.

DeborahS | 12 agosto 2011

I am soooo in! I only live 20 minutes away. Can't wait.

RobPaul | 12 agosto 2011

Santa Cruz to Fremont is only 40 minutes in my current vehicle (Audi S6) and this will be un-missable.

However, given the 2 "people per invite" limit, I have to make some familial tradeoffs and compromises. Who's in, who's out...kinda sad actually. Elon has had my $5K for quite a while...can't he make it 3 per reservation??

gadgetdave | 12 agosto 2011

I am SO THERE...then again I only live 2.0 miles from what was the former NUMMI (GM Toyota joint venture) plant, which chunked out 2000 cars a DAY at its peak. THAT tour was fantastic.
The Tesla tour will be a bit strange, since they occupy a tiny portion of the factory and don't produce any cars (not even the Roadster is made here).
Can't wait!

David70 | 12 agosto 2011

Well, I'm going to have to wait until a beta is shown in the Seattle store. Hopefully that will happen within a month of the factory tour.

drsbkk | 13 agosto 2011

Got the email also..too bad im in Norway :(

rd2 | 13 agosto 2011

I'm there! Can't wait. I'm also surprised how soon this has arrived. Have to coordinate with the Stanford-UCLA game that day, so hopefully they won't overlap too much.

Robert.Boston | 13 agosto 2011

But read the fine print: "Test drives will not be provided."

I'm guessing that this is simply a clear way of reiterating Elon's statement, that we may get a ride, but we shouldn't expect to drive.

DartLady S77 | 13 agosto 2011

We will be coming to the Seattle store as well - hope to see you there!

David M. | 13 agosto 2011

What's up with half of the reservation holders living down the road from Fremont? I guess Elon wasn't kidding about 40% to 45% of current customers living in California. That's pretty darn convenient. I'm just a little jealous.

I guess that means they've got their work cut out for them (to effectively market the Model S outside CA). Tesla - let's get those stores open!

Sure, I'd love to test drive the Model S, but a "ride along" is almost as good, and well worth the trip. Seeing the factory is a bonus.

Mark2131@CA-US | 13 agosto 2011

I'm in!!! I live in Southern California, but it's a good excuse to go visit my son in Palo Alto.

Factory tour is going to be awesome... but frustrating since we're still almost a year away from delivery! I'm looking forward to meeting the rest of you crazy, passionate, forward thinking
Tesla Model S owners to be.

jbunn | 13 agosto 2011

Two from Seattle coming to Fremont. We're in.

JimBl | 14 agosto 2011

Two more from Seattle area coming to Fremont. Can hardly wait.

Discoducky | 14 agosto 2011

Three more from Seattle! Bringing the wife and 2 year old son; I hope he can go as well.

ncn | 14 agosto 2011

Being on the other side of the country, I can't.

I want to make a request, however: could someone who's going take a ruler, get it out, and *physically measure the underclearance* on the Beta, ground to lowest protuding point, and also ground to bottom of door? That would help us really know whether it will work in the portion of the world outside California's more meticulously maintained roads.

I doubt you'll actually be allowed to test-drive the Beta on a potholed road, over high speed bumps, or parking on a severely crowned road with a high curb and opening the door, but if you can and you know of such situations in the neighborhood, by God do it and point out the resulting problems to Tesla.

Thank you.

DrJ | 14 agosto 2011

If they let us drive, great, I'm flying in from Austin. If not, I'll wait. If they invite all reservation holders and a guest for a single day, that is a lot of people Say a 20% show rate, x 5000 x 2 people per reserv, thats 2000 people . I'm not making a flight a wasting 1-2 days of life for a 5 minute car ride, especially since I know I will be test driving one 6 mos later. Great they r doing it, if I lived in San Jose why not go?!

gibren | 14 agosto 2011

Good point DrJ about there is going to be a lot of people there and we may not even get a test drive. It would be cool to see the facility though. I was told by my local Phoenix rep. that there will be a beta road show coming in December to Phoenix. I am sure they are going to all parts of the country and then you can test drive the vehicles. They just did this in Phoenix for the Fisker Karma and I got to drive it. It was fun, but the car is very cramped on the inside. Rather impractical in the cargo capacity, but a beautiful car nonetheless. Just registered for the Model S Friday. Yahoooooo!

Volker.Berlin | 14 agosto 2011

You will not get a test drive (except if you are auto press). The email was explicit in that regard, and so was Elon in the earnings call.

They will offer rides, though the queue will most likely be across the country and back, so in effect there is no guarantee for anybody to have the chance to sit in the car for 2-5 minutes. Yet I envy those who live close enough to get there in a day trip, I wouldn't hesitate if I wasn't on the other side of the Atlantic.

David M. | 15 agosto 2011

I'm guessing they will have multiple cars going around the track at the same time. So expect several lines. Thats OK. Got nothing else to do that day.

ParkCityKen | 15 agosto 2011

You bet my wife and I will be there! We'll be driving our Radiant Red Roadster across the Dumbarton Bridge. We will be excited to arrive at the factory and get a ride in our NEXT Tesla! See you there!

Straight Shooter | 15 agosto 2011

Loveto go, but probably won't. It is just too far from Toronto for a short drive in the passenger seat. I'd probably be 50/50 if there was a chance at actually dirving it, but alas that won't happen.

I'n guessing that Dr.J's estimates are about right. Even if just 10% of the 5000 reservation holders show up and 1/2 of them bring their wife/girlfriend/mistress... that makes for 5000*0.1*1.5=750 people. Even if all 8 betas are present that amounts to 100 passenger seat trips per car. I doubt all 8 betas will be there and if more than 10% jump at the chance, you ight only get a ride in back seat.

I'll wait for the Beta tour to hit Toronto and I'll be driving that, hopefully, as I'm still an early reservation holder S-51 for Canada.

One can only hope.

Nicu | 16 agosto 2011

Why do you assume reservation holders are all men ? :p

David M. | 16 agosto 2011

Where did you hear that there would be 8 Beta cars?

Well, if there are only 8 cars, and they make 8 trips per hour, each car could make 64 trips in an 8 hour day. Then, 64 trips x 8 cars = 512 trips @ 3 passengers each = 1,536 passengers.

You've got to do ridealongs because otherwise the reservation holders wouldn't bring the car back for a long time. Ha.

Anyway - I'm not sitting in the kiddie seat!

mcornwell | 16 agosto 2011

I thought this thread would have *a lot* more traffic than it has had...

Hoping the October 1st date is not accurate, I have a triathlon the next day here in San Diego that I'm doing with some friends, and flying up and back the day before wouldn't be ideal. My wife is telling me to screw the race, and it's hard not to listen to her!

Maestrokneer | 22 agosto 2011

Damn! October 1st it is. Just got the invitation.

Oh well, RSVP'ed for two. Here's hoping the baby's late.

Brian H | 22 agosto 2011

Email them again and ask to have an emergency obstetrician on hand.

Robert.Boston | 22 agosto 2011

Yours could be the first baby born in the back seat of a Model S!

JBusch | 22 agosto 2011


Why not have twins and show off the extra seats! Looking forward to the event.

Timo | 22 agosto 2011

We had here a tiny thunderstorm with heavy rain yesterday that caused a few floods in the city streets. Some places something like 30-50cm of water. I wonder how well Model S handles that kind of water, it puts the entire battery pack underwater.

If you see a representative there ask how it handles that kind of situation. It's not very uncommon: I have got in that situation more than twice already while driving the car (one time much more than 30cm, more like a small river instead of road, but luckily it lasted only just a few minutes).

Volker.Berlin | 23 agosto 2011

Timo, the Volt was tested for precisely the situation you describe (w/ video):
I'd hope that Tesla would apply the same standards to the Model S.

Nicu | 23 agosto 2011

Timo, for navigating in a small river you need a boat. If you really want it to have wheels, maybe that would be appropriate

Volker.Berlin | 23 agosto 2011

Nicu, nice idea. In fact, there are more options than that, e.g.:

There is even a kit available for DIY assembly :-)

Unfortunately, none of them is purely electric. sic!

mcornwell | 23 agosto 2011

It'd be nice if Tesla could be a little more specific about the time, rather than just say "the evening of October 1". For those like me who would fly in just for this, and have to fly out immediately after, it would impact my deciding on whether I should even make the trip.

David M. | 24 agosto 2011

They are probably counting the number of folks who RSVP'd to determine how many hours they need to give everyone a ride-along. Some time after today, they will be able to confirm a start time.

I would have expected Tesla to divide the RSVPs into groups and give each group a different arrival time, just so guests don't encounter a slow moving line with 1,500 people waiting for a ride. Disney invented that line management process and called it the "Fast Pass". Works great.

Sometimes, you don't have to be the brightest bulb in the room. You just need to know who is, and do what they do.

ckessel | 24 agosto 2011

I'm guessing far more people will RSVP than can actually make it. Since the RSVP was a limited time thing, I sent in mine, but there's a good chance it's not going to be feasible when the time comes to actually make the trip. There are probably more than a few folks like me that did the same.

Brad Holt | 24 agosto 2011

Good point ckessel. Hopefully that just means there will be a TON of extra food. Right? :D

dborn | 24 agosto 2011

I was going to come over from Australia for this. Enquired of my contact at Tesla California regarding the details to see whether it would be worth the major effort and expense, but she could not give me any details of the event itself. Given the short window to RSVP, I made the decision not to come. Pity, I was really looking forward to it, even though deliveries to Australia are only scheduled for mid 2013.

Brian H | 25 agosto 2011

I'd imagine there will be similar events, particularly as production date nears. Maybe April 1? ;)