Wednesday, January 7, 2009

This is how many iBOTs have been made

Or at least approximately.

I won't say who told me this because I don't think the person was supposed to tell me, but when I said that I suspected between 500 and 1000 iBOTs have been made, the person told me that I was just a little shy. The person said not much more than 1000 TOTAL iBOTs have been made. As for how many are being used, I don't know. Obviously many are used as demos.

The VIN number on the iBOT is located on a white sticker on the front on the iBOT. The first few numbers indicate the month and year the bot was made and the last numbers indicate how many were made up to that point. It looks like mine was the 100th one made, although I can't see it very well and will ask my daughter to verify this when she is home. Not that it really matters, but I am curious.

So, if you have a new iBOT, please look at your VIN number for me? There are definitely less than 1000 iBOT users out there.

I keep thinking about the movie "Who Killed the Electric Car?" and I picture 1000 iBOTs collecting dust in a warehouse somewhere.


Anonymous said...

Shannon - I took possession of mine on August 28 2008. If what you say about the VIN number is correct, mine was number 1564.

Anonymous said...

The number on mine is 020707 -- 001420. I received my iBOT in August of 2007. I am guessing that the dates are done in the European format. I am also assuming that mine was #420. If that is correct then only 144 were sold from August 2007 to August 2008.


Shannon said...

Thanks for the info Irv and Nancy. Nancy, you wrote that you assumed yours is #420, but I think you meant yours is #1420.

Interesting. 144 in one year. I wonder if they all went to customers.

I would love to know the sales history of the iBOT. I've got a call in to IT right now and I'm waiting for them to call me back. I'm pretty sure they won't give me that information, but it doesn't hurt to ask!