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Tesla Model X electric SUV crossover vehicle
It was also the third most searched term on Google

Just last week, Tesla Motors revealed the all-electric Model X crossover, which is the follow-up to its Model S. It has been less than a week since the EV's introduction, and it has already achieved star status with car lovers everywhere.

According to The Detroit News, Tesla received $40 million in pre-sales of the all-electric Model X just one day after unveiling the car. It was also the third most searched term on Google.

"On Thursday evening, the night of the reveal, traffic to increased 2,800 percent," said Tesla. "Two-thirds of all visitors were new to the website."

The all-electric Model X was introduced for the first time on February 9. The new EV features dual motor all wheel drive, the choice between a 60 or 85 kWh battery, and falcon doors. The Model X can sprint from 0 to 60 in about 4.4 seconds, and offers a rear-mounted 300 HP motor and an optional 150 HP front-mounted motor. The driving range is between 214 and 267 miles.

Price hasn't been announced for the Model X yet, but Tesla said it will be competitively priced with other premium SUVs.

While the Model X has been receiving plenty of attention, it's not the only one. The Model S, which is Tesla's full-sized battery electric sedan that is expected to be delivered in mid 2012, had a 30 percent boost in reservations last week after the Model X was revealed.

Tesla initially entered the electric vehicle arena with the Roadster, which is a $100,000 two-seater that launched in 2008. The Model S is Tesla's second electric vehicle, which features a 40 kWh lithium-ion battery pack (or 85 kWh battery pack in the top-end model), 160-mile range (300 miles on the top-end model), and a $57,400 to $87,400 price tag.

Model X production will begin at the end of 2013, with market launch scheduled for 2014. It is expected to qualify for the $7,500 tax credit, and Tesla hopes to produce 10,000 to 15,000 units annually.

Sources: SlashGear, The Detroit News

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RE: interesting
By Flunk on 2/15/2012 11:15:17 AM , Rating: 3
I agree, that inducement should be limited to economy vehicles only. Set the price limit at 30k-40k.

RE: interesting
By eagle470 on 2/15/2012 11:26:58 AM , Rating: 3
Kinda pisses me off that that's the price of an economy vehicle these days....

RE: interesting
By dorisfrench on 2/15/2012 11:51:35 AM , Rating: 1
Yeah it's expensive but I bet you can still afford this: Top of the line bike. And get fit while you use it! No burning oil! Saving the environment!

RE: interesting
By JediJeb on 2/16/2012 12:21:33 PM , Rating: 1
$650 for a bicycle, that is as outrageous as the price of a Volt!

And I could just see myself trying to outrun a coal truck on my way to work on that thing.

RE: interesting
By WLee40 on 2/16/2012 12:45:00 PM , Rating: 1
My nieces fiancee spent $4500 on his mountain bike. That was almost 3 months pay to him!! He is only a recreational bike rider to boot! Now that is outrageous. I spent 3 months pay on my car though. That's a 2011 Audi S4, not outrageous since it is my main mode of transportation.

RE: interesting
By WLee40 on 2/16/2012 12:46:46 PM , Rating: 1
Forgot to mention that I plan on getting the Tesla S car once its out for about a year.

RE: interesting
By TheDoc9 on 2/17/2012 2:32:20 PM , Rating: 2
I hate to say this man but, it sounds like your pay range is definitely not representative of 99% of the U.S. - of the world in fact.

I'm just curious, knowing that you don't need any tax assistance because you must be a multimillionaire, - and I know your taxes must be high - But do you plan on taking any tax breaks for your new ev?

I assume so, which is fine. Just don't compare buying a bike to an Audi.

RE: interesting
By MozeeToby on 2/15/2012 12:32:25 PM , Rating: 2
It's a luxury performance SUV, not a econobox. Spec and trim wise it's in line with a BMW X3 or an Audi Q5, both of which regularly go for ~$40,000.

RE: interesting
By Just Tom on 2/15/2012 12:31:54 PM , Rating: 2
If it can compete with specs and trim the tax credit is hardly necessary.

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