Published on June 26th, 2014 | by Christopher DeMorro12
A Few Patents For The Tesla Model X Falcon-Wing Doors
June 26th, 2014 by Christopher DeMorro
In a note to Tesla Model X reservation holders last week, CEO Elon Musk assured them that the electric SUV was on its way, and with the much ballyhooed falcon-wing doors. To get those doors to work took a lot of technical know-how though, and several patents as well.
For the engineering types out there, we’ve got some patent porn courtesy of Teslamondo for you, showing all the challenges Tesla had to overcome with the falcon-wing doors.
Musk has said he wants the opening of the Model X rear doors to be an experience that takes your breath away, perhaps one of the reasons why the electric SUV has been twice delayed. For one, the falcon-wing doors require dual hinges, as well as a somewhat complicated control system to ensure they close smoothly and without taking your head off. There are also probably several redundancies worked into the door, should the power cut out or some such thing.
Anyways, its patent stuff, which means other automakers are now free to use it for…whatever. Will we see another brand embrace Tesla’s patented door idea?
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