Tesla Model X reservation holders this week received an email update, not long after it was announced that Model X production would be delayed (for the 4th time?). Tesla Motors Club forum member “AnOutsider” posted it on the forum, with extra emphasis on key points in the letter. Here that is:
Dear Model X reservation holders,
Thank you for your continued patience in the Model X reservation process. We are making steady progress towards delivering a phenomenal car that defies comparison.
With Model S, we made a point of delivering a product that was even better than the show car, and we are extending that philosophy to Model X. In fact, every element of Model X – from the interior to the falcon wing doors – either lives up to or surpasses the prototype we initially unveiled.
In October, we announced dual motor all-wheel drive and Autopilot. These were important leaps forward for Model S, but we’re pleased to confirm that they will also be central to Model X. The dual motor propulsion system of Model S 85D will be the same system that powers Model X, delivering uncompromised range and control of traction. But this is not simply a scaled-up Model S – every detail of this car has been optimized for the unique mission of Model X.
Model X demand has been intense and orders are continuing to come in at a rapid rate. We’ll be spending much of 2015 building and testing production-intent prototypes before delivering the first cars to customers in North America in the third quarter. While we’ll be working through all orders as fast as possible, anyone ordering the car today should not expect delivery until well into 2016.
In the meantime, we are building beta vehicles in the factory right now, and we’ll be using them for crash testing in the near future. We’ve tested the car’s aerodynamic qualities in the wind tunnel and have achieved an unprecedented level of aerodynamic efficiency for any car of this size and carrying capacity, allowing us to maximize range potential.
We can also reveal that Model X will be the first electric vehicle with towing capability. The optional tow hitch will support accessories and racks to transport skis and bikes with the minimum effect on aerodynamics. We’re also working with the best rack and accessory companies in the world to have elegant carrying solutions ready for Model X customers next year.
Thank you once again for your continued support and confidence. You are helping to accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable transport, and you will love your Model X.
AnOutsider added: “Not much new there, but glad to have the communication.” Indeed. And from a blogger’s perspective, it’s nice because it gets sort of annoying to see so much speculation thrown around with no actual basis behind it. For example, it seems that any time the Model X comes up, someone questions with the falcon-wing doors will make it to production… despite Elon Musk repeatedly saying that they definitely would.
The first forum member to reply to AnOutsider’s post, “timf,” did some good summarizing for the lazy readers:
Initial takeaways from this email:
1. Falcon wing doors aren’t going anywhere.
2. No roof-rack solution will be available, but hitch-mounted storage will be used instead.
To check out a lot more comments and deciphering attempts, check out the full forum thread.
Chris, over on sister site GAS2, also got word of the Tesla Model X email from somewhere, and shared a screenshot of the letter. If you prefer to see or share that, here it is:
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