We noted yesterday that some 2012 Tesla Model S buyers have already received their cars even though deliveries won't officially begin until June 22. Now we've got video proof.

The very first Model S, decked-out with license plate TSLA S1, left the Fremont, CA factory this past weekend, Green Car Reports believes, in the hands of venture capitalist – and Tesla board member – Steve Jurvetson. Now that the U.S. government has fully homologated the car, people who invested early are getting their just desserts. Jurvetson is one of those and made sure he would get the first Model S during a board meeting back in 2010. "Regular" deliveries will reportedly start in two weeks. The entire first batch of Model S vehicles is made up of the sold-out Signature Series that offers the best performance (0-60 in 4.4 seconds, a top speed of 130 miles per hour) and range (up to 320 miles).

The video of the first key handover, available by scrolling below, is unfortunately filled with low-quality audio, but it does offer pretty enthusiastic evidence that scribe Dan Neil is a big step closer to owing $1,000 to charity. We expect there will be a lot more of this sort of excitement as Tesla's new premiere EV makes its way market.



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      Avinash Machado
      • 2 Years Ago
      Kudos Tesla.
      Nowuries
      • 2 Years Ago
      Great looking car, and I loved the enthusiasm from the employees. It did appear to have a touchy throttle pedal (or a poor driver) though on the two instances from a stop.... Hope it isn't a flop like the Karma.
        Mchicha
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Nowuries
        Karma is not a flop
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          @Mchicha
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          CBJMNWLD
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Mchicha
          Yes. Yes it is...
          Maddoxx
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Mchicha
          The Karma is a flop in terms build quality and public image. The Tesla S will outsell the Karma even with it's max 5000 units for 2012. I saw the Tesla S today nice looking car the interior could use a bit of work looks too spartan. And that huge LCD is an eyesore. Otherwise very nice
      GasMan
      • 2 Years Ago
      Good for them. I am not sure if they can make money at those prices but I hope they do.
      mawhalen53
      • 2 Years Ago
      Huge achievement, congratulations Tesla! A great day for the American automotive industry. Can't wait to see this on the streets.
      CBJMNWLD
      • 2 Years Ago
      The video stopped because the battery was about to die.
      Matt Brown
      • 2 Years Ago
      That's clearly a CGI car with 6 actors, several hundred mirrors, and an empty warehouse on the bad side of Stockton. Obviously still vaporware. Nice try, Tesla.
      jamiescale
      • 2 Years Ago
      Anyone taking odds on whether this moneybags actually forked over any of his own money on this car? ...hope he doesn't let it sit for more than a few weeks w/out a charge....
        Grendal
        • 2 Years Ago
        @jamiescale
        Actually, he did pay in full for the car at a board meeting. The Model S can sit for an entire year without having to be plugged in. Electric cars have rules on how they need to treated just like any gas car does. You plug in an electric car regularly and you change the oil in a gas engined car every once in a while. They work in different ways because they are different.
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        Grendal
        • 2 Years Ago
        The captain's mother wouldn't give him the money to buy one so he's having a tantrum.
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      Mchicha
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wow, A New American Car Company!! I wish Tesla and Fisker well!! We need more of these companies to take on foreigners...
      NamorF-Pro
      • 2 Years Ago
      As much as I'm against hybrids and electric crap cars, I love the design of this car. Especially the sportier version of it. Prolly one of the best designs that I've seen in a while. Great job Tesla!!! Applause.....
        3szoom
        • 2 Years Ago
        @NamorF-Pro
        Yeah, I hate progress and trying to get off of foreign oil....
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        @NamorF-Pro
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      Nick Allain
      • 2 Years Ago
      That's a pretty stunning looking car in red.
      ChrisH
      • 2 Years Ago
      odd, but did it seem as if the car was a bit jerky? I figure it was his first time but perhaps throttle mappings aren't complete? It looked almost as odd as the VW DSG I drove, boy was that one messed up. Can't wait to see these on the road... but I will give it a few years before I make such a jump, still love my dino burners
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