Tesla Unveils Model X SUV Electric Vehicle

By Paul Riegler on 17 February 2012
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Tesla unveiled its new SUV, the Model X.  The new electric vehicle is built on the same platform as the automaker’s Model S but has a longer wheelbase.  A unique aspect to the Model X are its Falcon Wing doors that open up and move out of the way, thereby allowing a passenger to stand up in the second row and move to the third row of seats.

The all-wheel-drive Model X is a seven-passenger vehicle with room for “considerable baggage,” according to Tesla.  Tesla says that the exterior dimensions are comparable to an Audi Q7 but that the Model X has as much as 40% more interior room.

The Model X comes standard with a 60-kWh battery and an 80-kWh battery is optional and enables the Model X to cover greater distances on a single charge.

A Performance Version is also optional and will go from 0 to 60 in 4.4 seconds, putting it in sports car territory.

The Model X has a unique 17” in-dash display that provides access to driver controls, vehicle apps, Web connectivity, and charging information.   It is being manufactured at the automaker’s factory in Fremont, California and the company plans to produce 10,000 – 15,000 units per year, starting at the end of 2013.