Tesla Model X

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Tesla Model X
Tesla Model X Geneva 2012 trimmed.jpg
Tesla Model X concept
Overview
Production Early 2015
Assembly Tesla Factory in Fremont, California
Designer Franz von Holzhausen[1]
Body and chassis
Class Full-size crossover utility vehicle
Body style 4-door SUV
Powertrain
Transmission Single-speed transaxle gearbox
Electric range

85kW·h
270 mi (430 km)

60kW·h
210 mi (340 km)
Dimensions
Wheelbase 120.5 in (3,061 mm)
Length 197 in (5,004 mm)
Width 82 in (2,083 mm)
Height 64 in (1,626 mm)

The Tesla Model X is a full-size crossover utility vehicle (CUV) in development by Tesla Motors. The prototype was unveiled at Tesla’s design studios in Los Angeles on February 9, 2012.[2] The Model X is being developed from the full-size sedan platform of the Tesla Model S, and will be produced with it at the Tesla Factory in Fremont, California.

Production was initially scheduled to start by the end of 2013, and later postponed several times in order for the company to achieve Model S production targets and to focus on overseas roll outs.[3][4][5] As of February 2014, the company expects to begin deliveries for retail customers in the second quarter of 2015.[6]

History[edit]

Initially Tesla planned for production to start by the end of 2013 and for deliveries to commence in 2014.[7] However, in February 2013, the company announced that production had been rescheduled to begin by late 2014 in order to focus "on a commitment to bring profitability to the company in 2013" and to achieve their production target of 20,000 Model S cars in 2013.[3][4][8] As of March 2013, Tesla's production target for the Model X was between 10,000 to 15,000 cars a year.[4] The prototype Tesla Model X had no side mirrors, instead were small cameras mounted on each side, where the driver would look at the touchscreen on the dashboard to see who's next or behind them. But it didn't pass U.S. safety regulations and were replaced with mirrors.[citation needed]

In November 2013, Tesla confirmed the company expected to deliver the Model X in small numbers by end of 2014, with high volume production planned for the second quarter of 2015.[5] However, Tesla announced in February 2014 that in order to focus on overseas roll outs, the company expects to have production design Model X prototypes by the end of 2014, to begin high volume deliveries for retail customers in the second quarter of 2015.[6]

Specifications[edit]

Front view of the Tesla Model X Design showcased at the opening of Tesla Motors' Palo Alto store.

The Model X will weigh about 10% more than the Model S and will share about 60% of its parts content. Tesla Motors expects to offer the Model X with a choice of two lithium-ion battery packs, rated at either 60 or 85 kW·h (the same choices available on the Model S),[2] and expects the performance model to be able to go from 0 to 60 mph (0 to 97 km/h) in about 4.4 seconds, outperforming many sports cars and the fastest CUVs as well.[9] The Model X's all-wheel drive system will use two motors (one for the front and the other for the rear wheels), unlike conventional AWD systems which only have one source of power.[9] The Model X was planned to be available in rear-wheel drive, but the release of rear-wheel drive models was cancelled and models are only available in four-wheel drive.

The Model X features rear articulated (hinged) gull-wing doors marketed as falcon doors.[10] The doors open upward allowing the leading edge of the door to remain tucked closely to the car. Tesla's website says the falcon-wing doors will make passenger egress easier. The Model X offers room for seven adults and their luggage in three rows of seating and two trunks, front and rear.[4]

The Model X is projected to offer an optional towbar. The availability of this was confirmed by Tesla's European communication manager in 2013, when asked by Norwegian TV2.[11] Even many hybrid cars lack this option, or are weight-restricted compared to their fossil-fueled counterparts.

Production and sales[edit]

Prices for the Model X have not been announced but Tesla is taking reservations. Tesla started taking reservations for the Model X in February 2012.[12] The standard Model X requires a US$5,000 deposit, while the no longer offered Signature model required a US$40,000 deposit.[4] As of September 11, 2014 more than 20,000 Model Xs have been reserved.[13]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2014 Tesla Model X - First Look". Road and Track. Retrieved 2012-03-14. 
  2. ^ a b Garrett, Jerry (2012-02-09). "Tesla Unveils Model X at Its Southern California Design Studios". The New York Times. Retrieved 2012-02-10. 
  3. ^ a b Ronald D. White (2013-03-08). "Tesla plans to repay loans early, delays Model X". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2013-03-10. 
  4. ^ a b c d e Bradley Berman (2013-03-12). "Tesla Model X Production Won’t Start Until Late 2014". The New York Times. Retrieved 2013-03-12. 
  5. ^ a b Young, Angelo (2013-11-06). "Tesla Model X Release Date: Superficial Production Next Year; Deliveries To Customers In Full Effect Later". International Business Times. Retrieved 2014-01-01. 
  6. ^ a b Jeff Cobb (2014-02-19). "Tesla Posts Strong Q4 Earnings; Projects More Growth This Year". HybridCars.com. Retrieved 2014-02-20. 
  7. ^ "Geneva show: Tesla Model X". Autocar. Retrieved 2013-03-14. 
  8. ^ Jay Cole (2013-03-09). "Tesla Delays Model X Production To "Late" 2014". InsideEVs.com. Retrieved 2013-03-10. 
  9. ^ a b "Model X". Tesla Motors. Retrieved 23 August 2012. 
  10. ^ Tesla unveils gull-wing electric SUV: Model X. San Francisco Chronicle, May 7, 2013. The second-row doors "are like gull-wing doors, but we call them 'falcon-wing' doors," Musk said at the unveiling.
  11. ^ "What Norwegians look for in an electric luxury SUV: Towbar & skibox". October 27, 2013. Retrieved June 10, 2014. 
  12. ^ http://www.hybridcars.com/tesla-model-x-reservations-hit-500-24-hours-38538/
  13. ^ http://green.autoblog.com/2014/09/11/tesla-model-x-reservations-20000-strong-and-counting/

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