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Tesla has been weathering a storm of questions regarding its Tesla Roadsters ‘bricking’. Earlier today, the company posted an entry in its blog explaining the situation, and claiming that newer models can last significantly longer without being plugged in.
The blog post titled “Plug It In” reminds Tesla Roadster owners to plug in their vehicles when not in use. Additionally, the company says that newer Roadsters will have the option to “contact Tesla headquarters once the state of charge falls below a specified level, and we can then contact the owner.”
This is coming after a blogger noted that a fully discharged Tesla Roadster was left unplugged for two months. When the owner attempted to recharge the car after the two months, it wouldn’t work, and required a $40,000 repair.
Tesla finally noted that “Model S and Model X will have batteries that can sit unplugged for over a year when parked with only a 50 percent charge. And when that year is up, all you need to do is plug it in.” Meaning that negligent owners will have a longer grace period before their car’s batteries fail.
Despite Tesla’s claims and reminders about plugging in its vehicles, no where in the blog post does it explicitly say that Tesla vehicles cannot brick.
Tesla Motors unveiled its Model X all-electric SUV last Thursday and announced that the order books would open the following day. That Friday, the Model X racked up an impressive $40 million in pre-orders.
The debut generated serious industry buzz, thanks in part to the SUV’s unique doors. The falcon wings, which open like gull wing doors but also fold in the middle, give the rear seat passengers the ability to stand straight up in the second row of seats, making entry and exit easier.
Tesla Model X was the third most popular search on Google on the day of the reveal, showing us just how interested the public is in Tesla’s cars. The Model S sedan also saw a 30 percent increase in in pre-orders.
With all the negative talk about EVs lately, it’s refreshing to see an electric car making positive sales progress.
Well, it has finally arrived. After all the hype and teasers Tesla has unveiled its Model X all electric SUV at the Tesla design studio in California. Well, we thought it would be an SUV, but after having a look, its probably safe to say its more of a crossover than anything.
The model X is said to be a family vehicle with performance roots according to Tesla, and will hit the 0-60 MPH mark in under five seconds. A dual motor all wheel drive setup is available for the Model X, and when outfitted will have two separate electric motors, one driving each axle. Elon Musk, Tesla’s CEO and co-founder said at the press conference that Model X has ”more room than a minivan, more style than an SUV and more performance than a sports car.” The crossover will come with two of the three available Model S engine sizes,using either a 60 or 80 kWh battery pack. Thanks to its added weight, the Model X will get 10 to 12 percent less range than the Model S. That will give the the Model X about 260 to 270 miles of range for the 85-kWh battery and 200 to 210 for the 60-kWh.
Thanks to its lack of an internal combustion engine, the Model X has storage in the rear of the vehicle as well as the front, with the “frunk” alone offering as much storage space as an Audi Q7.
One of the most interesting features on the Model X are the doors. Tesla calls this unique door design “Falcon Wings” and are building upon many other luxury cars utilizing the classic gull-wing design. The falcon wings allow passengers easy step in access to the second and third row of seats, and because they bend in the middle can be opened in tight spaces without worry of smashing up the car next to you. Tesla says that seating seven adults comfortably will be no problem, and entering and exiting the vehicle will be easier than ever before.
The Model X will begin production in late 2013 with deliveries beginning in early 2014. The Model X’s price is expected to be around $57,500.
The all-electric Tesla Model X will debut today at 8 p.m. Pacific Standard Time at Tesla’s design studio in California.
Mere hours before the official unveil Tesla founder and CEO, Elon Musk tweeted a new teaser photo which shows off what are being called the Model X’s falcon wing doors.
The new picture doesn’t give away much more than the first teaser photo did, but it’s doing the intended job: creating a buzz before the full unveil.
The falcon wing doors resemble gull wing doors like those found on the Mercedes-Benz SLS but claim to lift up and fold, offering easier access for rear seat passengers. We will have to wait and see exactly where Tesla is going with its new door design.
Be sure to check back here for coverage of the reveal.
The new Tesla Model X crossover will be unveiled officially on February the ninth, but for the restless Tesla Fan, teaser photos have been released which showcase just a little bit of the new crossover’s styling.
The teaser photo shows us the front design lines as well as a little bit of the front end, which looks reminiscent of the Tesla roadster, only in bigger bulkier crossover form. The unveil will take place at the Tesla Los Angeles based design studio on Feb. 9th. Check back on the 9th for tull coverage of the Tesla model X reveal.
Let us know what you think of the Model X in the comments section below.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk held an emergency conference call today to address concerns after news broke of two key executives leaving the company last week, sparking a 19 percent decline in the electric car maker’s stock value.
Addressing investors and media, Musk apologized for how the news came across and denied accusations that Tesla was looking to “dump” the news into the weekend.
“It’s actually a positive development that was misconstrued,” explains Musk, commenting that the changes are a part of a natural progression within any company, with different people better suited to different stages in a company’s life. The executives in question include Peter Rawlinson and Nick Sampson, both engineers involved in vehicle development.
Musk also waylaid concerns that Tesla was losing its brightest minds, stating that Rawlinson wasn’t the chief engineer of the new Model S sedan in its entirety, but rather the chief engineer in charge of body and chassis. “He was not responsible for powertrain, electrics or software,” said Musk.
In addition, Musk commented that Rawlinson left for personal reasons and, “that’s not a euphemism for something else.”
Looking to reassure investors and potential buyers further, Musk said he is, “highly confident” that Tesla will deliver 20,000 Model S vehicles next year.
Hints were also given about the upcoming Model X crossover, of which two prototypes have already begun testing, with a planned debut of February 9th.
In response to the assurances Tesla stock values spiked 15 percent in pre-market trading.
They already have the Model S sedan, which is set to go on sale in 2012, but now they are also working on a crossover vehicle, which is referred to as the Model X.
Tesla is hoping to debut this new model by the end of 2011 (perhaps at the next L.A. Auto Show), is offering a secondary stock offering of 5.3-million shares in order to raise funds for the project.
The Model X will utilize the same technology as the upcoming Model S, but offer it in a more practical platform. If all goes according to plan, this model will hit showrooms in 2014. Plans for the car were revealed in filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
The Tesla Roadster will end its production run by December of this year.
[Source: Inside Line]
Tesla is making a big name for themselves. As if the Model S and and Roadster weren’t enough, the battery-powered company is planning to introduce more models to their lineup: the Model X, as they plan to call it, will be an electric crossover based on the same architecture as developed by Lotus, the Versatile Vehicle Architecture (VVA). The VVA is an all-aluminum platform shared by contemprary Lotuses (Loti?), but its ability to be resized makes it perfect for both the Model X, their sedan, the Model S, an upcoming three-row SUV, as well as a coupe, to complete the metaphor of multiplying like cell biology.
The Model X is the will be an all-electric crossover with AWD capabilities, and is the vehicle after the Model S most likely to be constructed. The Roadster, Tesla’s first and most well-known product, was considered by one engineer to be a “proof of concept,” a way for the company to demonstrate its capabilities, but its production is scheduled to end soon. The Models S and X will be the real money makers for the small company, while the SUV and coupe are still years off. Let’s hope Tesla won’t bite off more than it can chew.
[Source: Car and Driver]