The Model X electric SUV is coming! Tesla stopped Model S production to retool California factory
A lot of people have been waiting for the Model X electric crossover SUV for a long time, and we're now one step closer to the day when deliveries can start (currently planned for the spring of 2015, with new reservations getting delivery around the fall of 2015).
The company is currently taking reservations. It's a $5,000 deposit for the regular version, and the sold out Signature model was a $40,000 deposit (ouch). The latest news are that there are at least 13,000 reservations, so if you want one, better get in line soon because the wait will only get longer.
Tesla is stopping production at its Fremont plant for two weeks and investing $100 million in new robots and in retooling existing equipment to be able to make the Model X. This change should boost overall production of electric vehicles at the plant by 25%. This is the biggest investment in the factory since it started operating, and the way they're setting things up, Model X will be built on the same line as the Model S, so they can balance production depending on demand without having to have two separate lines that aren't operating at full capacity.
Tesla expects to sell around 35,000 Model S in 2014, an increase of over 50% compared to 2013 numbers. Tesla says it wants to make about 1,000 EVs per week at the end of this year, which would mean that it would make at least 50,000 next year if all goes well (and maybe more if they keep increasing the rate of production throughout 2015).
The Model X will be roomier than the already spacious Model S, will have two electric motors driving the front and rear wheels, and it'll have 'falcon' doors that open vertically in such a way that they take little space and don't bump into things thanks to their clever hinges and proximity sensors.
Elon Musk has recently said that the final version of the Model X that will go on sale has been improved since the electric crossover was first unveiled, and that the new model looks even better.
Pricing hasn't yet been announced, but it should be in the ballpark of what the Model S goes for, probably a bit more expensive since Model X is a bit bigger and has two motors.