It's a wild world out there on the interwebs, wtih a multitude of sources of information. Unfortunately the quality of those sources tends to vary quite a bit so it's a good idea to double check stuff. Then of course there are the old fashioned typos. We've been known to err on occasion (or sometimes more often) around here, and we do try to correct mistakes when they are found. Given that I've been unaware of a particular self proclaimed "car nut
" until a few hours ago, I'll give him the benefit of the doubt this time. In a post about Tesla
yesterday, said nut mentioned in the title and the body a March 26 date for start of production on the Roadster. However, elsewhere in the same post is says March 17th, the date announced by Tesla last week. No mention is made of an additional delay, or reason for the discrepancy in the dates, so I'm going to guess that the author's fingers were moving a little too fast. A call to Tesla confirmed that there has been no change in plans, St Patrick's day is still Job 1 for series production. Of course anything can change in the next six weeks, but it hasn't yet.
: Speaking of correcting myself, after some of the comments below appeared this evening I put in another call. What I was told previously wasn't wrong, but it also wasn't yet set in stone. More power will be put out through the PEM to the motor. That means the motor will need more aggressive cooling. That means it will likely need to be liquid cooled. However, testing is still going on both on the dynamometer and in vehicles. There is a possibility that they may be able to come up with an air cooled solution which would probably simplify things. So they know what they need to do to meet the performance targets and maintain durability, they just haven't finalized the implementation.
[Source: The Car Nut, via TTAC