Tesla delivers first Model S to customers, ushering in more to come
Before a packed crowd that included Gov. Jerry Brown, NHTSA Administrator Strickland, and other dignitaries, Tesla Motors made the first deliveries, to paying customers, of the company's luxury electric car, the Tesla Model S. The moment marked the end of over four years of development for the Model S, and marked the beginning of what may become the first successful new start-up automobile manufacturing company in America in over 50 years.
Gov. Jerry Brown opened the event congratulating Tesla for having achieved a great milestone. He was followed by JB Straubel, CTO of Tesla Motors, who reflected on the 9 year journey saying "This whole thing started about 9 years ago, with a simple idea, to build the next Great American Car Company, to build the best cars in the world, not just the best electric cars, but the best cars, and to do all that with technology that did not burn any petroleum, to help get us off oil completely." He went on to talk say the company had exceeded all its goals, and was knocking it out of the park in terms of delivering excellent cars, and that the real accomplishment was more than the cars themselves, it was the team which had been built in order to design, manufacture and test these vehicles. He said "The success of Tesla hinges on the awesome group we've assembled," and that the company has brought together some of the most talented, most motivated people in the world, with a targeted mission, to "make transportation sustainable, and to make the best cars in the world." Another milestone reached by the company was to grow to over 2000 employees.