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Tesla announces delayed production dates for some Model S variations


Because of other manufacturing delays, the 40- and 60- kilowatt-hour versions of the Tesla Model S will be delayed by 2 months, but in the grand scheme the company still intends to reach a 20,000 car/year manufacturing rate for 2013.

Some Tesla Model S reservation holders will have to wait a little longer for their car to be built, due to other delays in Tesla Model S manufacturing. The company sent notices on Monday informing reservation holders of the delay, attributing it to the shifting of Tesla's "production ramp-up".

Tesla's original manufacturing plans was to produce 5,000 Model S's in 2012, and 20,000 in 2013. However certain delays happened and Tesla's manufacturing rate did not ramp up as quickly as originally forecasted. Tesla's management has said that they're working hard on reliability of their supply chain, and that the Model S production rate will increase to 400 vehicles/week by the end of the year. A 400/week production level means approximately 20,000 cars per year.

The letter to reservation holders covered the 60 kilowatt-hour model, the 40 kilowatt-hour model, cars with the standard (coil) suspension, and cars with the 2013 Red multi-coat paint.

The 60 kilowatt-hour models will begin manufacturing in January 2013, with deliveries beginning in January or February. The 40 kilowatt-hour models will begin manufacturing in March 2013, with deliveries beginning in March/April.

The 60 kilowatt-hour models were originally slated to begin production in November 2012, the 40 kilowatt-hour and Coil suspension models in January 2013, and the new Red exterior paint in March. Hence, the production dates for everything but the new Red paint is shifted back by 2 months.

Another aspect of the delay is that Tesla has not received EPA certification of the 60 kilowatt-hour Model S. Tesla's letter says this will be announced soon.

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