About a month ago we reported that 1,500 Model S buyers showed up at the Tesla NUMMI plant to see firsthand the progress being made at the automaker's new California factory. Many of those buyers even got the chance to drive pre-production beta models of the Model S. It's the least Tesla could do to ease the minds of buyers who have already dropped $5,000 for a vehicle that won't arrive for another year. Now we know that those 1,500 buyers are but a fraction of overall early orders.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has just announced that the Model S is completely sold out for 2012, with 6,500 models already accounted for. Bloomberg reports that Musk gave the update on pre-sales during an interview on "In The Loop With Betty Liu." Musk added that most of those buyers were new to the Tesla brand, save for about 600 Roadster owners. That's a lot of potential good news for Tesla, and Musk wasn't finished. The tech startup mogul also added that Tesla could see an annual profit by 2013 – a lot quicker than many analysts expected.

News of Tesla's pre-sale orders and the prospect of short-term profits helped jump-start shares of the EV company's stock by 3.9 percent.


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      Grendal
      • 3 Years Ago
      I just watched a couple CNN Money clips featuring the Model S and Musk. 3 important statements were made. Musk says the Cd for the Model S is .22 and that the Sport Version will do 0-60 in 4.4 seconds. In the second clip Musk personally guarantees that the government loan will be paid back. He expects the company to pay it back ahead of when it is due but will pay it back out of his own money if some fluke happens. Very interesting.
      2 Wheeled Menace
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hats off to Tesla.. this car is a landmark achievement. 320 mile range in an electric is now a reality and the price of the electric vehicle keeps going down. IMHO if you're looking at luxury cars, even the base 160 mile range car is a bargain considering some of the competition. My only irritant is the interior. Apparently that did not drive off 6,500 buyers though..
        tcellguru
        • 3 Years Ago
        @2 Wheeled Menace
        "Hats off to Tesla.. this car is a landmark achievement. 320 mile range in an electric is now a reality and the price of the electric vehicle keeps going down." Think i'll keep my hat on thank you, way to expensive and gets about 7mpg off the electric system. I'm sure "Big Al Gore" will get a couple.
          languedoctor
          • 3 Years Ago
          @tcellguru
          What? This car doesn't run "off the electric system." You're thinking of Fisker, right?
          Jason Allen
          • 3 Years Ago
          @tcellguru
          Wtf are you trying to say? It's not way TOO expensive. The lies you've heard have poisoned your biased 'mind'. Al Gore is an angel compared to any one you listen to. Do you see the 2 (now three) ways you use to, too, and 2. U is a fool!
      fly by wireless
      • 3 Years Ago
      Dear Autoblog, Apparently some right wing political hacks have aimed their sock puppet spam-bots at Autoblog. Human beings can't possibly be as stupid, ignorant, and irrational as many of the comments that keep showing up here. Please remove this $hit from the comment list and remove the bots. I'll flag some for you to make the job easy. Regards, Reall, human, rational Autoblog user.
      Tom Folco
      • 3 Years Ago
      THAT IS ONE GOOD LOOKING AUTO IF IT PREFORMS AS GOOD AS IT LOOKS THEN HE HAS A WINNER
      Kyle Potter
      • 3 Years Ago
      This makes me incredibly happy.
      strongboxusa
      • 3 Years Ago
      $80,000 to charge all night at who knows what electricity cost to go 30+- miles max in a day. green wet dre-m news. Solindra and the two that announced bankruptcy yesterday...more of the pipe dream same
        Jason Allen
        • 3 Years Ago
        @strongboxusa
        You smoke crack, combining the modelS with your fox news delusions. This is world-class tech from usa! you are STUPID to pan this. not to mention completely wrong. Some companies go bad. Gop never supported losers!?!? Bank bailout in2008 was GOPTV/FOXNEWS's work. You are all Rick Perry/Palin stupid to hate high tech. You probably aren't educated enough to know better. Not a valid excuse.
        2 Wheeled Menace
        • 3 Years Ago
        @strongboxusa
        Electricity in a car costs 1/3rd the price of gas. If you make the investment in solar panels, your "gas" in an electric car is free after the 10-20 years after the panels have paid for themselves. This is not a pipe dream fella, this is reality. Please do your research.
          languedoctor
          • 3 Years Ago
          @2 Wheeled Menace
          I agree, but what you suggest requires busting out a calculator. (gasp). Granted, figuring out "fuel" cost isn't that hard, once you know (1) battery capacity (2) effective range, and (3) price per kilowatt hour. But it still takes more effort than sarcasm.
          Kyle Potter
          • 3 Years Ago
          @2 Wheeled Menace
          Forget about the cost! Moving over to solar + all electric completely deletes burning any fossil fuels at all to run your vehicle! That's the biggest landmark in my book.
          Kris
          • 3 Years Ago
          @2 Wheeled Menace
          I am in the business with the solar panels and I can assure you they are not the solution for personal use. The best of them (meaning most expensive) have a lifespan about 10 years. Cheaper ones (Turkish, Chinese) about 5 to 6 years. If you are going to use them for personal use in your house you will never return your investment. The only way to make them profitable is by making big solar plants and sell the electricity to the electric companies. They are obligated by the law to buy your clean electric energy on higher price than they actually sell it. At least that is the case in Europe. Years from now when the price goes down and the technology improves maybe they will be suitable for personal use, but for now my advice is stick to your local electric company.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @strongboxusa
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      strongboxusa
      • 3 Years Ago
      to david silva and nick do your research the 300 miles they got was ONLY if they never drove above 20mph and coasted to stops and didn't hit the breaks..I did the research..but thanks for showing me what you two know and the name calling..say no more..electric is fantasy and check the post about the solar panels ..all absolutely correct...lib dream as I said..probally funded with tax payer dollars like solindra and the rest.
        Marco Polo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @strongboxusa
        @strongboxusa "coasted to stops and didn't hit the breaks" Wow, that certainly some 'research' you did! Odd that in your research, you never discovered information about regenerative braking? I drive an EV SUV. This is a full sized Luxury Range Rover, converted to a EV drive-train by Liberty Engineering UK. I can tow a twin horse float over 200 miles at highway speed. i would suggest that your "research" becomes a little more open minded and informed, or you simply look foolish.
        languedoctor
        • 3 Years Ago
        @strongboxusa
        If you did the research, then why not share the results? Where is the internet hiding those independent tests showing that the Tesla S only goes 30 miles on a charge?
        Robert.Boston
        • 3 Years Ago
        @strongboxusa
        You're simply wrong about this. The 300 mile range is from the EPA standard testing methodology, which includes a wide range of driving. It's true you can't go 300 miles at 75mph, but 300 miles will easily achieved in normal driving, based on the experience of millions of miles driven in Tesla Roadsters.
        Steve Bresland
        • 3 Years Ago
        @strongboxusa
        Fox News much?
      • 3 Years Ago
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        Silly Pickle
        • 3 Years Ago
        Dan F must've voted you down, because I have to agree with you, ICE would be NICE. Slap a Vette engine or 5.0 or hell, even an EcoBoosted 3.5 and it'd be perfect. Even Honda's 3.5 would be nice in there...or...
      AcidTonic
      • 3 Years Ago
      Not trying to troll, but seriously this looks *just* like a Ford Taurus with a new front end. Almost identical rear body lines, especially the arch over the rear wheels.
        AcidTonic
        • 3 Years Ago
        @AcidTonic
        Even further I should add it kinda fits the Evos design language...... Craziness
        Silly Pickle
        • 3 Years Ago
        @AcidTonic
        Might just be another reason I like it then...subliminally I can't see it...but I've driven a Taurus for just over 8 years now...and it's reliable as rock, and I can't say I've ever found it ugly. I can only wish Ford wold have done this with the Taurus...I wouldn't have bought a Fusion.
      strongboxusa
      • 3 Years Ago
      For all of you wanting everything done for you. Google Tesla mileage test results and YOU can read from several source documents yourselves. If electric had ANY promice at all at this point 20 chinese companies would be pumping them out with Ford and GM on their heels. They have NO PRACTICAL BATTERY LIFE for daily use.and cost a fortune to build and drive. Please no dreamy comments like "mass production" . Solar panels and electric cars and windmills ARE financially and scientifically infeasible and with the battery technology we have, and he who invents the "breakthrough" battery will be Bill Gates Jr with the guy who invents the cure for male baldness ill be living next door. These are no more than govt,lib,green dream, rich mens toys with 20 other gas cars in the garage for practical daily use.
        Marco Polo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @strongboxusa
        @strongboxusa You remind me of a teacher I had as a small boy, who declared that the ballpoint was a fad and would never replace the fountain pen! By the time I was at University, all legal documents were required to be signed in ballpoint! There always curmudgeons who hate to part with the familiar. But technology moves on! (I'm surprised that you ever learned to use a computer!)
      sbrentnall
      • 3 Years Ago
      Sorry, strongbox, but you're wrong. We have a roadster and regularly get more than 200 miles on a single charge. The cost of the electricity (wind powered) to fully charge the car is under $4. Believe whatever reports you want, but this is my ACTUAL experience.
      Making11s
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is great news for American business. I've been hoping since the start that Tesla would succeed and it nice to see that things are looking better and better for them. Now let's hope Fisker can do the same.
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