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Autopia has brought a healthy dose of skepticism to the claims that Tesla will be delivering the Model S sedan to customers by 2012. Wired's automotive wing unearthed a report by the Downey Patriot that says that if the electric car manufacturer wants to use the property it has been eying in Downey, California, it will need to get on the ball in a hurry.

The report claims that in order for Tesla to renovate the structures located on the 51-acre tract of land to suit its needs, the company will need to have construction crews work 20-hours a day, five-days a week. Even at that pace, it will take close to 18 months to get everything ready in time.

That's just a year and a half to work out kinks like prepping buildings, installing tooling and firing up an assembly line. A spokesperson from Tesla says the 20-hour a day work schedule is a worst-case scenario, and that the company believes its goals are more than obtainable.

Right now, however, the company has yet to make a formal decision on where exactly it will build its manufacturing facility, and time is ticking. And even after that, Tesla still needs to prove it can sell its all-electric sedan at a profit.

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[Source: Wired's Autopia]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      A plan from Tesla unrealistic? I'm shocked, shocked!
        • 5 Years Ago
        You say "shocked" which makes it doubly funny!
      • 5 Years Ago
      You mean to say, a $115,000 Lotus Elise crammed with 10,000 laptop batteries and a huge amount of verbal promises aren't solid enough evidence that this company is totally on the level? Surely you jest.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Technically, Tesla Motors could indeed meet the 2012 date by simply producing a limited number of cars, and delivering those cars to a select or pre-approved clientele. Of course it would just be a numbers and public relations game, but the company has between now and midnight on December 31, 2012, to assemble a small fleet of cars.

      Even if the company produced only a dozen or so, they would have, for all intents and purposes, met their goal of delivering the Model S by 2012.

      • 5 Years Ago
      Fantastic piece of design!
      However it looks so British...
      • 5 Years Ago
      I really hope this works out for them & they can deliver a product without failures. Both Tesla & Fisker are two companies who are really reaching for some dreams. There's still a skeptic in me who thinks something is going to go wrong or the product will be lesser than what was promised, but if they truly can deliver the goods, they'll make quite an impact on the automotive world.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Well lets hope they can deliver the goods, it will honestly probabley sell like hot cakes once it comes out.
        • 5 Years Ago

        A half Trillion $ has been poured into a useless, murderous Oil-War, and it's been supported by the flag-waving fools like you, those who call themselves Patriots and bend over to flag-wrapped rhetoric. I bet you were clapping your hands in awe.

        The Tesla loans are a small investment that we made, too much money has been sent to the Middle East for their oil, and nothing has come out of car-companies through 'free enterprise' alone.

        • 5 Years Ago
        @Nick: Yeah, I like the "war for oil" since now we have free gasoline and all the camel-steak we can eat.
        I know, I know, George Bush hates poor people, eats babies, and fuels his car with the blood of baby seals.
        Any more totally idiotic, hateful drivel you want to add?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Nearly a billion dollars in Federal grants and unsecured loans have been poured down this rat hole.

        Its looking increasingly like you can kiss that money goodbye.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I am holding out that they will move into the NUMMI plant in Freemont Ca.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Right now, the Model S is the only electric car I'd even think about purchasing in the next few years. Nothing else in the electric car realm seems to come close to the performance the S has for the price.

      I sincerely hope they make it. Tesla employs some of the top engineers in the automotive world, and they're all working double time right now to come out with a revolutionary product at the right time and the right price. Tesla has pretty much initiated the push for EV's among the major automakers, which deserves a ton of respect IMO. More than can be said for any other auto startup company I've heard of...
        • 5 Years Ago
        Nothing can come close it in performance? This when model S is nothing but vapor-ware... Look at the roadster and tell me how the model S is going to get their claimed performance using technology that is available within the next 10 years?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Perhaps they could utilize the Nummi plant instead...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Not really surprising.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I still have faith in Tesla. I will still hold my breath to see if they deliver. If so I can see this company achieving great things in a very short period of time. However like I did with Obama, I will give them the benefit of the doubt and wait to see how things go before forming an opinion.
      • 5 Years Ago
      ^ I know its hate comment but i would like to point out that Chinese autos are far ahead in hybrid tech compared to Tesla. In other hand telsa was pretty much a scam to prey on American patriotism to get $$.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "^ I know its hate comment but i would like to point out that Chinese autos are far ahead in hybrid tech compared to Tesla."

        Tesla doesn't make hybrids.
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