Tesla Model X Gets $10M Grant From California

Luke Vandezande
by Luke Vandezande

Tesla’s next project, the Model X crossover, is at least one step closer to reality thanks to a $10 million grant from the California Government.

Grand as that figure might sound, it’s only a small chunk of what the company will need to spend in developing its SUV. Tesla itself is providing $50,200,000 in funding for the project. Initially revealed early this year, Tesla’s largest product to date will enjoy California funding because of the 500 manufacturing jobs it will create in the state.

Said to run from 0-60 mph in under five seconds, the car will be powered by two electric motors sucking power from either a 60- or 80-kWh battery. The brand expects to offer up to 250 miles of range on a single charge in what will be the first electric crossover to hit the California market. It will also offer loads of storage space both in the cabin and under the hood where an engine usually sits.

It isn’t clear when the Model X will be available, but the latest report suggests the project is still moving forward.

Luke Vandezande
Luke Vandezande

Luke is an energetic automotive journalist who spends his time covering industry news and crawling the internet for the latest breaking story. When he isn't in the office, Luke can be found obsessively browsing used car listings, drinking scotch at his favorite bar and dreaming of what to drive next, though the list grows a lot faster than his bank account. He's always on <A title="@lukevandezande on Twitter" href="http://twitter.com/lukevandezande">Twitter</A> looking for a good car conversation. Find Luke on <A title="@lukevandezande on Twitter" href="http://twitter.com/lukevandezande">Twitter</A> and <A title="Luke on Google+" href="http://plus.google.com/112531385961538774338?rel=author">Google+</A>.

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