(from Tesla Press
Release) Model X, Fastest Selling Tesla Ever
Tesla Motors (NASDAQ: TSLA) unveiled the highly anticipated Model X
last Thursday evening at its Design Studio in Southern California.
One day after the reveal, without any advertising, advance sales of
the Model X exceeded $40 million.
The compelling nature of the product created massive media attention
and resulted in the Model X being the third most searched term on
Google. On Thursday evening, the night of the reveal, traffic to
teslamotors.com increased 2800 percent. Two-thirds of all visitors
were new to the website.
Proof that Model S and Model X are complementary products, new Model
S reservations following the Model X unveiling were up 30 percent.
Model X is equipped with unique Falcon Wing doors that open up and
out of the way, allowing one to stand up in the second row and step
directly to the third row. Built on the same platform as Model S,
but with a longer wheelbase, Model X has approximately the same
external dimensions of an Audi Q7. On the inside, however, Model X
has 40% more room than a Q7 and is capable of carrying both seven
large adults and considerable luggage.
It will offer dual motor all wheel drive for superior all-weather
driving and the option of a 60 or 85 kWh battery. The Model X
Performance version will accelerate from 0 to 60 miles per hour in
4.4 seconds. This would make Model X faster than many sports cars,
including the Porsche 911 Carrera. Matched with superior handling
resulting from its low center of gravity, Model X will offer a
remarkable combination of functionality, style and performance.
Tesla’s touchscreen, the 17” in-dash display that includes driver
controls, vehicle apps, web connectivity and onboard charging are
included in Model X.
Model X will be priced competitively with other premium SUVs. It
will be built at the Tesla Factory in Fremont, CA. Production begins
at the end of 2013, deliveries begin early 2014, with volumes
targeted at 10,000 - 15,000 units per year.
Model X is designed from the ground up to blend the best of an SUV
with the benefits of a minivan, as only an electric car can. It is
an automobile above category, built around the driver—and six of her
friends. It artfully provides unfettered performance and brilliant
The Soul of Every Tesla Model X is a family vehicle with performance
roots. The Tesla Vehicle Platform enables Model X to perform in ways
never expected from a car of its size. With a center of gravity
lower than any other SUV, you’ll notice nimble reflexes at every
turn. The electric powertrain delivers instant torque for confident
lane changes, even when loaded with seven adults and all their gear.
Dual Motor All-Wheel Drive Model X is offered with optional Dual
Motor All-Wheel Drive. The second motor enables more than
all-weather, all-road capabilities: it increases torque by 50%. When
outfitted with AWD, Model X Performance accelerates from 0 to 60 mph
in less than 5 seconds, outperforming the fastest SUVs and many
Falcon Wings. Calling
them doors would be an understatement. While earning serious style
points, they’re functional first. Falcon Wings open up and out of
the way, in even the narrowest of parking spots. You easily step,
not climb, into Model X.
Third-row access is
finally easy. Even with child seats installed, the second-row seats
slide all the way forward. Open Falcon Wings let you stand all the
way up as you get in and out. Kids no longer leap and tumble over
the second row, and adults find the third-row seats as accessible as
the passenger seat.
Model Citizen, Meet Model X
Model X doesn’t use a
drop of gasoline. You can finally live a big-car lifestyle without
living at the pump. And, by replacing your big gas guzzler with a
Tesla, you’re playing a significant role in reducing emissions.
Incredible driving range, powered by a 60 or 85 kWh battery, is
yours for the taking.
Tesla’s goal is to
accelerate the world’s transition to electric mobility. Palo Alto,
California based Tesla designs and manufactures EVs and EV power
train components for partners such as Toyota and Daimler. Tesla has
delivered more than 2,000 Roadsters to customers worldwide. Model S,
the first premium sedan to be built from the ground up as an
electric vehicle, begins deliveries in mid-2012.