Fair enough to all my criticisms but the bigger issue is delivery.
Paul, you'd know more than me, but isn't Tesla's big issue getting the S out the door? It's what, 1-2 years passed when people expected it to come out? I work with a guy who ordered one forever ago.
That being said, it does look very interesting. However, I'm not quite sure what the market is for these. Does the world really need another $70K SUV? Yes, the whole 'electric' thing, but I would think that Tesla's next logical step would have been something smaller - say a nice coupe or something like a hot hatch (Audi A3 size etc) which can fit a ton of people, weigh less and be priced a bit less.
The same type of people who value 'green' vehicles (think San Fran, Portland, Seattle, etc) also dig the poster cars for that set - Subaru Outbacks. I would think something a bit more in line with the size of an Outback would be better served.
Either way, I'm just not crazy about the range. I'd be very nervous if my wife and kids were in a car on a 20 degree day with 18 miles of range remaining, regardless of how far they have to go. I won't let my wife drive her SUV with less than 1/4 in it.
What about trips where you don't have access to chargers - say, staying at a hotel?
I love the idea of electric, but I feel that I'd be a slave to my car. Let's face it, at times we are with our Elises. If I have to park on crazy crowded streets or drive through terrible neighborhoods, or days with a ton of rain predicted, I have to leave the Elise at home. Wouldn't want to do that with another car as well.