The U.S. Energy Department on Tuesday announced $8 billion in loans to Ford, Nissan and Tesla to spur development of more fuel efficient vehicles.
Ford Motor Co. (NYSE: F) will get $5.9 billion to transform factories across the country to make more fuel efficient vehicles. Nissan Motor Co. got $1.6 billion to retool its factory in Smyrna, Tenn. Tesla Motors Inc., of San Carlos, Calif., got $465 million to manufacture electric vehicles.
“By supporting key technologies and sound business plans, we can jump-start the production of fuel efficient vehicles in America,” said Energy Secretary Steven Chu, in a statement. “These investments will come back to our country many times over – by creating new jobs, reducing our dependence on oil, and reducing our greenhouse gas emissions.”
The Advanced Vehicle Technology Program is part of the $789 billion economic stimulus package the federal government passed in January.
Today we received the Tesla Model S sequence number for production and delivery.
Thank you for your Model S reservation. The world’s first all-electric family sedan has attracted worldwide attention and has clearly accelerated the electrification of the global auto industry. We’re certain this will be a superlative vehicle that exceeds your expectations for utility, performance and efficiency.
Many customers have been eager to know their sequence in the Model S reservation list. We’re happy to be able to provide that information now.
Your sequence number is X XXX
The sequence number consists of two parts: alphabetical and a numerical designation. We are maintaining three lists that determine production sequencing:
- Signature Edition: your sequence number is prefaced with the letters SIG. Signature Edition is our special edition inaugural production run, and will be limited to 1,000 vehicles.
- Roadster preferential list: your sequence number is prefaced with the letter R. These positions will be at the front of our regular production run, and are designed to thank our Roadster owners for their contribution in making Model S possible. Each Roadster we sell puts us one step closer to developing Model S! You have received Roadster preferential positioning if you are a Roadster owner or received a preferential invitation (friends and family) from one of our existing Roadster owners.
- After our Roadster preferential positions, we begin our standard production run, which is denoted by a P indicator.
Your sequence number may not be identical to your vehicle identification number, or VIN. These numbers are designed to keep you apprised of your position, but the actual VIN will not be set until time of production.
We invite you to login to the Tesla Motors Owner’s Area - an interactive community for our Roadster and Model S customers.
If you do not already have access to the Owner’s Area, you will receive an invite with instructions for logging in.
On May 12, 2009 Tesla Motors announced that they have surpassed 1,000 reservations for the Model S. Today we received the following email:
Greetings from Tesla Motors! This is a quick update on the status of our insider web page and on your forthcoming Model S sequence numbers. Our Owner’s Area of the web site is undergoing development for the addition of Model S customers, therefore we will be sending out your login and sequence position in the next two weeks.
More news here is that Daimler has announced a 10% investment in our company. We at Tesla are thrilled about the potentials of this collaboration, and believe it to be a huge vote of confidence in our cutting edge drivetrain technology. We will benefit from Daimler’s extensive experience to deliver an expertly designed, beautiful, high quality vehicle!
We look forward to getting you your number and owner’s area access soon.
If you are interested in purchasing this amazing new car… you need to hurry! They are on a 1st come 1st serve basis for registrations. You’ll need to put $5,000 down to reserve the car which is full refundable except a 1% processing fee ($50).