Taking delivery of the first Model S

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    With co-founder J.B. Straubel, who gave me the keys and let me drive out of the Tesla HQ.

    Here is the video... and it was such an incredible experience, driving out through the proud employee ranks, all shooting photos and cheering…

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    1. taavieinaste 23 months ago | reply

      so cool. where are you going to spend the first 300 miles?

    2. ukweli 23 months ago | reply

      Congrats Steve. Very cool. Please give us a review when you get some miles in.

    3. profsr_jones 23 months ago | reply

      Awesome... You may never have to buy gas again but I hope soon you won't be buying coal and natural gas either.

    4. jurvetson 23 months ago | reply

      Three solar arrays at home certainly help. And as the grid moves toward sustainability over time, the EV footprint will improve with age.

      Will do on the review. Thanks y'all.

      The smooth acceleration is still so surreal, now with a quiet interior. It just leaps off the line (this is the performance configuration which does 0-60 in 4.4 seconds). And the internet connectivity sparks the imagination (google satellite map detail of where you are driving with real time traffic, album art lookup from music samples from any source, and there are many - radio, satellite, thumb drive, and internet access to the world's radio stations as well as Slacker Radio for personalized stations

      - I remember that party well. The Founder's Series VIN ends with F00001

    5. vennettaj 23 months ago | reply

      i'm so jealous : )

    6. Ramones Karaoke 23 months ago | reply

      How's that Tegra-powered infotainment system working out? And the Tegra-powered instrument cluster?!

      That is one truly great car.

    7. Chucil 23 months ago | reply

      So cool!!!

    8. McPHX 23 months ago | reply

      Great video. I've often wondered the cost of maintenance for robots like those.

    9. Doug_Dirac_Delta 23 months ago | reply

      Last night re-listened to that audio clip of the chat we had at the party (with a little bit of Franz at the end).

      Observations from three years later:

      There was no iPad yet, so we talk about the 17" touch screen wrt the iPhone.
      We talk about the concept of a cloud connected car like it's something new.
      We mention haptic feedback in the display. A minor feature from which Tesla has since walked away.
      Projected delivery by the end of 2011. Missed by only 6 months, which is pretty amazing considering they didn't even have a factory yet. (The then VP of Manufacturing had assured me that the would-be plant would be somewhere in SoCal.)

      Amazing how they got this together in only a few years!

    10. tifotter 23 months ago | reply

      So cool! Congratulations.

    11. Envios 23 months ago | reply

      Steve, it looked like you nearly hit that bicycle while driving out of the factory. If you ding the car, I'll be happy to take it off your hands. I'm just sayin'...

    12. ukweli 23 months ago | reply

      How is the rear view? The rear roof pillars look relatively large. Are the windows and wind screens all glass?

      I have tremendous envy for the silence of the car as you pull away.

    13. linux-works 23 months ago | reply

      I love that color. good choice ;)

      if I see you around the bay area, I'll honk an 'HI' out in morse code. then again, you may not be in one place long enough to hear it complete.

    14. !MimosaMicheMichelle! 23 months ago | reply

      It is a wonderful time for all of you! The first of anything is great but the first of the best is exhilarating!

    15. .faramarz 23 months ago | reply

      Steve, has anyone said told you how much you resemble Pete Campbell from Mad Men? you do!

      Congrats on the delivery! This car is magnificent

    16. Doug_Dirac_Delta 23 months ago | reply

      Haha there is some resemblance. I always think of DFJ when I hear Don Draper.

    17. McPHX 23 months ago | reply

      I prefer to think of him as the Dos Equis man, the most interesting man on Flickr.

    18. jurvetson 23 months ago | reply

      blush. I think Elon is clearly the XX man. He went to great pains to secure www.X.com for his banking startup that combined with Confinity to become PayPal... and a second X showed up in SpaceX...

      Thanks y'all.... but MadMen's Pete is such a skeezball... =)

      P.S. My little video rolled into the NBC coverage from the 6pm news last night.

      Screen Shot 2012-06-08 at 12.35.18 PM

    19. solerena 23 months ago | reply

      Great, in this context XX V stands for victory in the quest-love for the unknown and impossible ....XXXXX projected to infinity!

    20. jurvetson 13 months ago | reply

      ...and fast forward to today... an amazing review in Road & Track

      "The Model S isn't just the most important car of the year. It's the most important car America has made in an entire lifetime."

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