Tesla delivered an eXtra surprise when they opened their 42nd Tesla store in the USA by putting their new Model X electric family car on public display. The new retail store and service center is Tesla’s fifth location in the San Francisco Bay area.
The Tesla model X will be Tesla’s largest EV offering to date and features all-wheel drive, patented dual hinged vertical style doors, seating and luggage space for seven passengers. The all electric Tesla SUV is powered by dual electric motors and either a 60 or 80 kWh battery pack, which currently gives the Tesla Model S an automobile industry leading all electric range of approximately 300 miles per charge. Elon Musk told ABC News that the performance numbers on the new electric Model X SUV was “zero to 60 MPH in 4.4 seconds, which is equal to the performance numbers of the Tesla Model S and faster than a 2011 Porsche Carrera”. Elon also said that the Model X is designed to compete “in the SUV market and part of the mini van market”.
Compared to other luxury SUVs the Tesla Model X offers superior performance, more interior cabin space and rain-free entry/exit from the rear set of doors.
The Telsa Model X is due to start making deliveries in 2014 and currently has over 6000 pre-orders from those wishing to put down $5,000 for the standard version and $40,000 for the signature version.
ABC News reports on the new Tesla SUV (the Model X) on display at their Palo Alto Store.
Video on the Model X release (starts at 3:24 time stamp)
Th new Tesla store and service center, which features a prototype of the Model X on public display is located at: 4180 El Camino Real, California 82, Palo Alto, California.
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