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PHOTO CAPTION: Tesla Model S production line in Fremont, California.

Tesla Now Producing 400 Model S Electric Sedans Per Week

400 unit per week production is more than Mercedes-Benz or BMW sells of their flagship S Class and 7 Series cars respectively in the United States.

Published: 04-Feb-2013

If you still think that Tesla is just a small time maker of toys for millionaires who want to look green, think again. The California-based maker of pure electric cars anounced that it has met its target of producing 400 Model S sedans per week, which is more than Mercedes-Benz or BMW sells of their flagship S Class and 7 Series cars respectively in the United States.

This stepped-up production isn't going to end up in some parking lot looking for buyers. Tesla says that the company currently has a backlog of over 10,000 orders that it's trying to fill. Those sales numbers are especially impressive when you consider that unlike its German competition, the Tesla is a pure electric car that will leave you stranded if you run those batteries flat. Tesla's fast-growing network of Supercharger charging stations probably does a lot to boost driver confidence that one won't be left by the side of the highway with an $85K piece of sculpture.

So far, all of the Model S sedans produced are Tesla's top 85 kWh version, and all have been for U.S. customers. Later this year Tesla will start overseas deliveries, with production of the lower-cost 60 kWh model expected to start soon.


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