There was a family already inside talking with Adam Slusser the sales advisor. I walked around to not bother them, but was following the conversation and I have to say Adam was spot-on about every pro and con aspect of the Tesla cars, the battery and charging technology, range anxiety, etc. to people who weren't knowledgeable on the issues. I was very impressed.
After they left I introduced myself and we dove into the electric car discussion. I explained that I knew a lot about the car already and I was doing my own conversion. He seemed genuinely interested and I brought up this blog on the computer in the showroom. I went back in time and showed the Tesla pictures from the Avila Beach Concours.
After that he asked me if I wanted to go into the service area. Um, yes! I couldn't take pictures due to customer confidentiality, but there were three cars there, two were undergoing sales prep and one candy apple red one on the end was torn into pieces. Adam explained that it was one of Elon Musk's, the Tesla CEO, own cars, which was Serial #10, Version 1.0. It was being upgraded to all of the latest Version 2.5 parts. He also showed me the battery work room, which I couldn't walk into due to the high-voltage risks, which I understand from my work on solar systems which also have high-voltage DC and AC. The battery pack unit contains 6831 AA-size cells, but internally it's constructed with a series of 11 swappable modules, each with its own monitoring electronics and cooling system. They have a rotisserie frame to make it easier to work on these massive units.
Here are some pictures that I got of the cars on display, both were stickered at around $135K. I like the black one but the green one is a little too bright for me.
Adam said they're approaching the end of production for the Roadster model, at around 2500 cars. The Model S sedan should roll out right around that time, and news to me was they're working on the engineering kickoff of the Model X SUV/Crossover vehicle. The goal is to bring electric car technology to the masses at decreasing price points, not continue to focus just on high-end high performance cars.
As I was leaving Adam said he had something for me, and he pulled this out of a cabinet. Needless to say, this is my new keyring.
In the end, I spent about an hour there, enjoying the tech discussion and savouring the very air of the most successful electric car company in history.
Later in the week I passed the SpaceX building, which is Elon Musk's other company, that is bringing low-cost commercial and eventually human-capable space launch capabilities to the industry.