Editor/Reporter - CheersandGears.com
February 10, 2012
Last night, Tesla introduced their next vehicle, the Model X. Based on on an extended platform of the 5+2 passenger sedan, the Model S, the Model X is a seven passenger crossover EV.
Design of the Model X takes a Model S, enlarges it, and adds the back end of the BMW X6. The signature design feature of the Model X is what Tesla is calling falcon-wing doors, a two-piece articulated gullwing door. The trick with the falcon-wing doors is their ability to fold in while opening, thus making it easier to exit in tight spots.
Like the Model S, the Model X will be offered with different battery sizes (60 and 85 kW-hrs). Range for the Model X is expected to be 10% less than the Model S (about 214 to 267 miles depending on the battery). Recharge time is expected to be around four hours.
Tesla says the Model X will begin production sometime in 2013, with sales beginning a year after. Want to be one of the first people to get one? Tesla has opened up pre-orders starting today.