NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- We are now approximately 90 days or less away from the big launch of the Tesla (TSLA - Get Report) Model S. This is no secret -- Tesla has said for a long time it expects to deliver its first Model S car by July, and everything seems to have progressed exactly on track.
It is easy to get lost in the weeds in terms of the importance of the Tesla Model S being delivered to customers. There is a very important big-picture view of how the world will view not only Tesla, but also the entire electric car market as a whole, once the Model S gets into the hands of consumers.
The first car was the 1886 Mercedes-Benz, but it wasn't really until 1908 when the Ford Model T hit the road that the automobile market began to scale. That's the analogy you want to consider now with the importance of the Tesla Model S, in the arena of electric cars.Unlike the Ford Model T, the Tesla Model S is a high-end car, starting at $57,400 before tax adjustments. It will hit the U.S. roads over 18 months after the Nissan LEAF, which cost just under $35,000 and has already sold in considerable quantities (over 10,000). Follow TheStreet on Twitter and become a fan on Facebook. So the Tesla Model S is neither the first comfortable electric car, nor the cheapest. So what's the point?