- Tesla (with Toyota's likely help) has gotten the hang of high-volume manufacturing, and is producing 500 Model S a week
to its eager waiting list (which is showing no signs of going away any time soon)
- Nearly 5000 Model S were sold in the first quarter, making the Model S the best-selling EV/plug-in year-to-date
- That same report showed a Q1 profit, and also indicated that if the sales rate is kept up (there's no reason why not), Tesla will see about $1.5 billion in revenue from the S in 2013. Say what you will about Wall Street, they do know basic arithmetic there - so the Tesla stock was sent soaring, leading to the immortal Elon Musk tweet "Seems to be some stormy weather over in Shortville these days"...
- On the same week, Consumer Reports gave the S a 99 out of 100 score,
a score achieved only once before (some 6-7 years ago by a Lexus, I think). They stopped just shy of calling the S the "best car ever".
- In May, Tesla announced it is paying off its Federal loan in full, 9 years early
. (mind you, it was a regular loan, not a "handout" or "bailout")