TESLA Downshift


by Douglas Black, enerficiency On The Road, march 11, 2013

In an attempt to fly below the radar of auto bloggers like me, Tesla buried a kernel in its recent annual report; the Model X won’t be arriving any time this year. The gull-winged SUV model has been pushed back to a late 2014 release, as the S model  will be the e-sportscar maker’s focus for the time being, report my friends at engadget.com.

The company, skippered by billionaire and space pioneer Elon Musk, sees “increased sales volume potential” in its Model S series.


Tesla plans to deliver some 20,000 Model S vehicles in 2013, with around 4,500 of those happening in Q1, according to their Q4 2012 report.  European purchasers can expect their deliveries in “summer” and owners in Asia will see their new Tesla S series “late this year”.

Musk also told investors that it plans to “spend significantly less on capital expenditures” in 2013 compared to 2012, helping to (hopefully) generate “slightly positive net income on a non-GAAP basis” in Q1 2013.

This is all better news than the recent NYT brouhaha involving battery range and tow trucks.  I personally had a Tesla experience that was rather positive, although I did not do the driving.   Read more about my recent e-car rally in Chicago.

SEE Related story.

Teslas S at celsius101 Rally
Teslas S at celsius101 Rally


Douglas Black
Douglas Black

About Douglas Black

Douglas Black is a photojournalist and

green technologies analyst out of Chicago,

and is currently Managing Producer for

ENERSPEC/enerficiency and Hot Flying Rats!

Earlier Douglas promoted greentech in Detroit as

Senior Marketing Strategist and Architect.

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