Reservation to delivery time

Reservation to delivery time

Made a reservation for a Performance S, 85kwh, with all except the rear seats & body armor, Blk/Bld with 21" grays. What has been the time from reservation to delivery?

nickjhowe | 19 december 2012

If you just reserved you are probably looking at c. 9 months

dborn | 19 december 2012

If you are Australian, probably a year plus /:-(

LBove | 19 december 2012

I'm in NY, and hoping for a 2013 late summer/early fall delivery. Wishful thinking? Got my fingers crossed! :)
Reserved 12/07/12.

riceuguy | 19 december 2012

I was told by Tesla that they intend to deliver every car reserved by 12/31 and finalized within 4 weeks by the end of summer. I'm not saying it's true, but it's what I was told...

Brian H | 20 december 2012

What's your res #?

LBove | 20 december 2012

My reservation sequence number is 15,867.

Wchaggard | 20 december 2012

I just reserved yesterday, # 16,155 - wasn't expecting delivery in 2013, but that would be great if so.

riceuguy | 20 december 2012

If Tesla is telling me that all current reservation holders will be asked to finalize by the end of January, and it appears that at least 3000 will be delivered by end of year, there are maybe 8-10,000 cars ahead of you that won't have canceled or deferred. Even if you assume that Europe and Canada get 25% of all future production, I think you're still looking at 5-7 months.

riceuguy | 20 december 2012

Also, I was told no matter what I did (in terms of cancel/re-reserve), I'd have my car by end of summer.

LBove | 20 december 2012

@riceuguy...thx so much!!!!
I started to have doubts about reserving my Tesla. I read a few horror stories about wait times being counted as years (instead of months). I'm an 'immediate gratification' kind of person. But, 5-7 months is ok :) I'll just sit and wait with my face pressed against the glass, waiting.

Captain_Zap | 20 december 2012

The ones that had multi-year waits made their deposit when the car was virtually a clay model and concept, or they deposited later when the Model S was an early prototype.

They are the fearless ones with incredible faith, patience and vision. We could not be here without them.

hfcolvin | 20 december 2012

If you check the Tesla Motor Club forums, people with res #'s approaching 12,000 are being asked to finalize. Depending on what model you want (it seems 85 kwh, air suspension is getting priority now), the wait may not be all that long. Maybe 6 months? Let's hope so!

gregv64 | 20 december 2012

I reserved at the beginning of October and Tesla just gave me a delivery estimate of Feb/Mar for my finalized car. Even the end of March would be less than 6 months, but we'll see what really happens.

nickjhowe | 21 december 2012

That is possible. Reservations have been growing faster than deliveries, so people reserving now will probably have a longer wait than you.

jrettinger | 21 december 2012

I reserved mine in late September (#12,550) ans received my invitation to configure yesterday, 12/20/12. Looks they are ramping up!

GLO | 21 december 2012

2 years...P3534

markapeterman | 21 december 2012

I reserved in April '12 (9318) and was told at that time to expect a car in April/May 2013, but I am now told I will have it before then end of January. I think wait times will stay under 6 months and they will build closer to 30k cars in 2013.

Brian H | 21 december 2012

nickjhowe | December 21, 2012
That is possible. Reservations have been growing faster than deliveries, so people reserving now will probably have a longer wait than you.

No, that doesn't follow. The production rate divided into the reservation # spread is the relevant number. If, say, 2K cars are being produced a month, the current average range subtracted from the latest #, divided by 2,000 should give the months delay. I doubt that is more than 4 or 5 right now.

Brian H | 21 december 2012

I.e., most of his wait since Apr. '12 was during a period of very low or no production, so all that is eliminated for new purchasers.

nickjhowe | 22 december 2012

@Brian H - by definition, as soon as reservations rates are higher than delivery rates then times will extend - excluding very long times that us early reservers had. If I reserve today and it is a 6 month wait, and reservation rates are higher than deliveries then in two months time wait times will increase. (excluding cancelations)

Koz | 23 december 2012


Your point assumes a static production rate. Future production rates need to stay below net reservation rates for wait times to continue to increase.

nickjhowe | 23 december 2012

Errr, yeah.

drp | 23 december 2012


I reserved in Sept@5 and got an email to configure on Tues the 18th. The note said that I would receive a confirmation email to sign in one business day. Today is Sunday and no email yet. I had been communicating with with someone at Tesla and they said they have a slew of paperwork to respond to with regard to that email and it should be here by the end of the day Friday, two days ago. Likely now delayed due to the holidays. I was #11878 and 85performance, gray with gray wheels, pano, everything but the sound and rear seats. Have you received the email with the finalized paperwork to sign and return?


Carefree | 23 december 2012

I am #12136 and I did get the email with the paperwork one day after I finalized my configuration. Are you sure you used your regular email account? There are others on this board who did not have their correct email address when they finalized and they had to chase their paperwork as well.

drp | 23 december 2012

Yes I did talk to some one who is a specialist there and he said they were busy but my request was still in my box so I guess they did get it. I just shot him another email just to be sure. I would want to fall behind. On the other hand, it will be nice to keep it out of the first winter!

drp | 23 december 2012

Also, my dashboard on the homepage does show that they are preparing or finalizing my paperwork. That should be a good sign, right?

LazMan | 23 december 2012

I made my reservation in Toronto last week. I have two numbers on my dashboard:

It says Model S, #575. And next that it says Reservation Number RN321416.

How do I interpret these numbers?


tork | 23 december 2012

it means you are number 575 in canada. Reservation number doesn't really mean anything to anyone except tesla

LazMan | 23 december 2012

#575 in Canada doesn't seem too bad. I wonder how long it will take. Any other Canadians here?

Shelmire | 23 december 2012

Ok, I made my reservation in early August and I expected a May delivery . res #11484. They just contacted me to configure my car and sign my paperwork. They say late Feb. delivery. 85 bat, pano,white with black, 19" loaded. time passes slow and as production has increased, your time will decrease. You guys are the lucky ones. some folks have waited years.

Brian H | 24 december 2012

Looks like the Cdn. Sigs will all be delivered shortly. How fast the Cdn. Production models will go out is completely unknown so far.

Apparently the RN is a random internal tracking number, and conveys nothing.

harlex | 24 december 2012

I have just made a reservation. I am living in Norway. I talked to Tesla motors and they told me that I probably have to wait 1 year. More information will come first quarter in 2013 they said....

Brian H | 24 december 2012

What reservation number were you assigned?

DC@Tesla | 24 december 2012

Just reserved one. #16,666!
p.s. I wonder if this means means there are less than 20K Tesla Model S orders out there (for the USA)?

Brian H | 24 december 2012

Yes, the total of all delivered and reserved Model Ses is under 20K so far for the US.

iainbarnes | 30 december 2012


I am #484 in Canada. Reserved in late November.

Anxious to hear if any Canadians have received the email to confirm their configuration.

drp | 31 december 2012

Can anyone tell me how long the timeframe was from when they signed the papers to receiving delivery? I'm referring to the finalizing the order with the confirmation paperwork and countersignature coming back to the time they knew their car was completed and at least on the way for delivery also.

prash.saka | 31 december 2012

@drpeggau, I think it depends on your configuration. The 85kW models with air suspension are the ones that are currently being delivered. Then, the 85's without air suspension, the 60's, and the 40's will join the production line.

I just signed mine with 85kW and standard suspension. The guy at the Tesla store told me that I should expect the delivery around late May/early June. I defered my 6806 reservation till after a test drive, which I was able to take last week.

~ Prash.

Alan S | 31 december 2012

i am CDN P#231 and got my "finalize" button on Dec 20. Hang there, your time is near:)

rlpm | 31 december 2012

@Prash: there are more than a few 60kWh w/air customers that have been told to expect delivery in Jan/Feb. Standard suspension, 40kWh, and new red paint options will enter production in March.

prash.saka | 31 december 2012

@rlpm, thanks for the update. I went through some of the other forums and noticed that 60's are being delivered already. That's good to know :)

~ Prash.

rlpm | 31 december 2012

@Prash: you're welcome.
I'm glad the 60s that have been waiting so long are finally getting some love. I hope the factory can keep up production for people like me with high reservation numbers. I don't know how all you that have waited for years did it. Kudos and enjoy your new rides!

dstiavnicky | 31 december 2012

I am Canadian #477, late November order. Told I will lock in my order before end of Jan... hoping they ramp things up for March/April delivery.

GeekGirls | 31 december 2012

We reserved ours on January 1st, 2012 with reservation #6,530 and just picked it up at the factory on December 30th with a VIN ending in 02844. Those data points are interesting but interpreting them requires a lot of insight into the changing rate of reservations and the decisions Tesla Motors is making about which configurations to produce. They'd made it pretty clear that 85kWh models with active air suspension would be their focus initially, so I'm sure that means a lot of earlier reservations are backlogged awaiting production to start for other configurations.

Christopher3 | 31 december 2012


Reserved 8/24/09 #1156

Signed papers to MVPA 8/8/12

Finalized 12/12/12
Paid in full wire transfer 12/12/12

12/31/12 still waiting

Performance 85 , carbon fiber, active air, +++

my | 31 december 2012

Surprisingly, my ride showed up over (3) months early. It's beyond rediculous. It's redonkulous. I'm in SoCal where cars are extraordinary. The tesla s is better than any of them. Understandably, I have no buyers remorse. None. I even found (4) chargepoint ev charging stations downtown today. Free electricity-can this get any better? To say I'm satisfied (so far) would be an understatement. Every time I drive this thing I have to be bullish on TSLA.

drp | 1 januari 2013

I signed the papers 12/27 and received the countersigned at that time. took them a week from finalized. No one asked for money yet. Will they or do I just asked to send some or all? I believe I read that all is due at the delivery. No vin yet. Grey/Black inter, pano 85kP, grey wheels, tech. Never saw options for "shelf" whatever that is. Still it is all very fast and they say "Feb-March" but I have a feeling it will be sooner rather than later. Thanks Christopher and Prash. John-Chicago area.

MB3 | 1 januari 2013

You should call or email on the status if you want to make sure everything is smoothly on track.

Anonymous | 1 januari 2013

made a reservation yesterday to beat 2500. price increase. spoke with chris at short hills who mentioned p16666 guy. lucky number. my lease is up in 09/13 on present vehicle. should i be worried about EARLY delivery? i don't want to get stuck with unwanted lease pymt while I enjoy my new S.

djp | 1 januari 2013

My guess is that at a rate of 500 per week your car will be finished on the 4th of July