Published on February 6th, 2016 | by James Ayre


Signature Tesla Model X Deliveries In US Seem To Be Wrapping Up

February 6th, 2016 by  

Originally published on EV Obsession.

A production Tesla Model X reservation holder in Florida recently posted on the Tesla Motors Club forum that he/she was informed that his/her Model X (production VIN 25x) was now in the process of being transported to South Florida.

The reason that this comment — from a forum member by the name of “Aquaexceed” — is worth taking note of, for those unclear on the matter, is that this means that Signature reservation deliveries are probably now either completed or close to being completed.

Tesla Model X Black 1

That simultaneously tells us that production reservation deliveries are now kicking off to a notable degree, and also that roughly 1000 (an estimate for US Signature reservations) Model Xs were manufactured and delivered to date.

Here’s the comment in question:

Been lurking here for a couple weeks and reading a bunch of negative posts. Thought I would post some happy news….happy for me anyway. Just got the call from my DS that my production VIN 25x is loaded up on transport and on its way to South Florida.

And another one providing a few more details:

Supposed to arrive the week of February 15th and then a week for prep.
Reserved 9/23/13
Ordered 12/8/15
Confirmed 12/16/15
I ordered Pearl White P90D with Ludicrous. Standard Wheels. Carbon Fiber Decor. High Amp charger. Black Leather Seats. Six Seat Interior. Autopilot. Premium Package. Towing Package.

As someone that is likely to end up getting a Tesla Model 3 once it’s released, I’ve perhaps gotten a bit obsessed with observing how the Model X reservation and delivery processes have played out. It’s been interesting to watch. I’m hoping, though, that Model 3 reservation fulfillment will be a bit faster….

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  • Boyd Timothy Babcock

    Musk is a pied piper and this Tesla BS is a huge bubble. I would bet in the years to come some large real car company ends up buying it out in some kind of hostile take over on pennies to the dollar.

    • Bob_Wallace

      With your opinion and a nickel you could buy five pennies.

      • Boyd Timothy Babcock

        Thats because your opinion is so much more important? I advise you to put all your money into Tesla. go for it asshat.

        • Bob_Wallace

          Name-calling is not permitted on this site.

          • Boyd Timothy Babcock

            If you want to over pay for that clown car that has yet to be produced in any numbers, and want to follow some autistic nut who thinks he can set up a colony on Mars, and electricity will save the world from fossil fuels have at it. Buy Tesla stock on mass. But for me a cult stock and cult company like Tesla is not worth what its cult members are pushing it to. Its never made a dime of profit since its startup. It loses about 4 grand on every car. WOW impressive.

          • Boyd Timothy Babcock

            BTW waaaaaaa, waaaaaaaa. Cry about it.

  • Bob_Wallace

    It took longer to get the ModX ready than Tesla expected earlier. Apparently part of the problem was that one of their subcontractors couldn’t deliver what they promised.

    Tesla had the same problem with the Roadster. A major transmission manufacturer delivered a product which was not up to standards and Tesla had to start over.

    If you’ve ever been involved in building/creating anything you would know that there can be problems that are outside the control of the people running the project. Suppliers sometimes don’t deliver when they promise to deliver. Subcontractors sometimes don’t produce what they say they can produce.

    I think the mistake Tesla has made is to announce ‘dates’. When they miss a date then the haters jump all over that in their desire to talk down the company. Tesla should, IMHO, say that they expect the next product to be the (whatever) and they are hoping that they can bring it to market within X years.

  • Carl Edward

    Why is a week needed for prep? A wash and a detail should take a day at most. Is the week needed to fix or fine tune the factory assembly?

  • neroden

    I’m afraid the ramp-up rate is probably going to be just about the same for Model 3.

    With any luck, Tesla has now learned to underpromise and will start the ‘signature’ deliveries before the official date and the ‘regular’ deliveries at the official date.

    • Illuminati


      Model 3 is much less complicated to build than the X.

      • neroden

        Because the ramp-up rate doesn’t really have anything to do with how complicated it is to build. It has to do with:
        (a) how fast you can get the factory workers used to their tasks,
        (b) how fast you can ‘debug’ the robots so they can handle corner cases

        • Kraylin

          I agree that hopefully Tesla has at least somewhat learned to under promise and over deliver for a change with the Model 3 but I won’t be surprised if they have some typical delays/challenges. After all I think many of us have high hopes and expectations for the Model 3 so even if they do really well and deliver on time in significant numbers we may likely still wish for more =).

          The key for the Model 3 is to strongly resist the urge to do too much unique (falcon wing doors, electrowhatever door handles, etc) and just build a high quality electric vehicle to handily compete with entry level luxury vehicles. This will help to smooth any production delays caused by supply constraints caused by producing such a custom part.

          I am seriously interested in the model 3 and I will be one with money in hand to put down a deposit if I like what I see… Anyone else considering a Model 3 deposit or do you just buy another few thousand in Tesla stock? =)

          Will the deposit for the Model 3 be as high as $5,000 for the Model X or is it likely to be a bit lower as the vehicle is targeting a lower price range?

          • Efrros

            Perhaps $3,000. Dollars is a good start for a down payment since you won’t get your car till the end of 2017 or so. I’m looking to eventually buy two model 3s. These low gas prices are geo political. Eventually prices will go back up to $5 dollars a gallon and more in Europe.

          • MorinMoss

            We now know that the deposit will be only $1000 USD.
            There are a LOT of people who can pony up that kind of cash without a 2nd thought – if they think the car is worth the wait.
            I suspect a LOT of S/X owners may want to have one as a “beater” or for young adults in the family so Tesla can probably count on at least 25000+ reservations from existing customers

          • Carl Edward

            Considering the Model X was two years late that comment about learning ti under promise and ovrdeliver is pretty funny.

        • Carl Raymond S

          c) risk mitigation. If there’s a problem, users make the best beta testers. If there’s a recall, you want it to be early and small volume.
          I saw a pic of a broken model X visor. Not sure if it was an act of rage, or a if it’s a weak point to address, but that’s the type of thing easier to fix in the hundreds, rather than tens of thousands.

          • Carl Edward

            In the car business the buyer should not be a beta tester, that should be done by the manufacturer before selling the car.

          • Carl Raymond S

            Probably a Detroit v Silicon valley thing. It’s not possible for 10 or even a 100 testers to see the car through the eyes of 10,000 users. A “problem” might be something as simple as a button obscured from view of short people. If none of the testers are short, it slips through.

          • Carl Edward

            I’m not talking ergonomics, I’m talking about manufacturing defincies. A part that doesn’t last, a door that goes out of alignmrment after 5,000 miles, a seal that fails after 5000 miles or in cold-hot seasonal cycling. Basic auto manufacturing QC. I don’t get the impression Tesla put the X doors thru much life cycle testing in extreme hot or cold real world use conditions.

          • Bob_Wallace

            Why would you think that a bunch of really smart people would not think of something like that?

            Don’t you suspect that there is a database of quality checks that car designers use? It’s not like Tesla didn’t bring car manufacturing experts onboard.

        • MorinMoss

          The Model S “wall” was probably the paint shop which got upgraded over a year ago or a second one was built.
          I believe the 2014 Q3 shareholder letter indicated the expanded capacity would cover early Model 3 demand as well.

          • neroden

            It wasn’t the only “wall”. There are clear indications that there were several significant internal things which were redesigned over the course of the Model S ramp-up.

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