Tesla Model X Falcon Wing Door “Umbrella Mode” Explained (Video)

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Originally published on EV Obsession.

The Tesla Model X SUV’s Falcon Wing doors have been a target of criticism all the way back to when they were first revealed, several years ago. Many have argued that the doors are impractical, and are/were likely to work terribly in the rain or snow. Early reports seem to not corroborate these assumptions or arguments though, and most of the owners that I’ve heard from have had no complaints on the matter.

With possible issues in mind, though, Tesla released a firmware update for the Model X a short time ago that introduced an “Umbrella Mode,” which allowed one to open the Falcon Doors only partially, in order to limit possible issues with rain or snow getting into the car.

Following his great many earlier videos on the Model S, Model X owner and semi-celeb Bjørn Nyland of Norway recently posted a video demonstrating how the Umbrella Mode works. Enjoy.

Teslarati provides more:

In essence, opening the falcon wing door using the icon that’s center of the opening arch shown on the touchscreen display allows them to open more quickly due to a shorter distance of travel, but also at a different angle with higher pitch. That increased pitch should theoretically better facilitate the runoff of rain and snow.

…With the door partially open, passengers must scrunch down a bit to get in or out of the vehicle, but its because of the lower opening height and angle that it provides some protection against rain, snow, or sleet — especially if there is a breeze blowing against the side of the car.

On that note, CleanTechnica will be performing a long-term review of the Model X over the coming months (and longer) so hopefully we’ll get an idea of how well the doors function in rain and snow sometime soon. The review will be conducted by an owner that lives in California though, so maybe we’ll have to wait a fair bit, until it rains and snows…

Reprinted with permission.


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8 thoughts on “Tesla Model X Falcon Wing Door “Umbrella Mode” Explained (Video)

  • Falcon wing doors of tesla is their first epic fail that killed the demand. Absolutely adventurous solution with very dubious benefits since front doors are still classic. What’s the cost of lost opportunities and money?

    • What do you mean by “killed the demand”? Are you saying there is no demand for the Model X?

      • Aren’t you waiting for the Audi too?

    • They gained some demand, lost some demand. It is a subjective feature that polarized a lot of people,…

      But even if thousands of people hate it… Tesla still has demand that way outstrips their ability to produce them.

      • It is apparently true, but falcon doors is an epic fail….same as above

        • Failed at what? Drawing more attention to Tesla Motors? Nope, success there.

          Failed at delivering the Model X on time, yeah, that much is true.

  • If snow stops the reversing sensors from working, why not have heating elements around them to melt the snow.

    The car has a massive 70kWh battery.

  • When I first saw the headline for the article I assumed Tesla had added some kind of high powered fan to the doors to create an “air curtain” when opening the Falcon wing doors in the rain or snow…

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