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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 Keeir on 2/15/2012 8:48:43 PM , Rating: 2
You're trying to make some moral relativist argument where ideologies aren't valid, so taking a stand on one is never a point of fact. Sorry sir, you fail on that. Ideology and facts are NOT always mutually exclusive.

I never said they were. I said that ideological "facts" are not good basis for evaluating technology, even if true.

Hundreds of years ago we were NOT a "loosely" Constitutional country.

Really? How about Alexander Hamilton's National Bank? Didn't that get established in 1791? I am fairly sure Hamilton supported a wide range of actions that were fairly loosely based on Constitution. Unless I have trouble counting, 2012-1791=221 years. Hundreds.

Isn't the whole argument about "implied" powers almost directly contrary to the Tenth Amendment? How could we claim that the US was strictly Constitutional when before Ratification was even completely people were using "implied" powers arguments to justify actions. The Federal Government could not even stay inside the STATED powers for the ratification period!

Sorry, I can't agree that the US was ever strictly Constitutional. But even if it was at some date in the past, it is no longer. Should we return to a more strict form? Sure. But that's ideology at this point. Clearly there is no real world mechanism that has acted to force the US government to stay strictly adhered to the Constitution.

RE: interesting
By Reclaimer77 on 2/15/2012 9:13:51 PM , Rating: 1
If forced to choose between ideology and your apathy, I'll pick ideology.

RE: interesting
By Keeir on 2/16/2012 1:57:57 PM , Rating: 2
If forced to choose between ideology and your apathy, I'll pick ideology.

I am not sure how acknowledging reality is "apathy"

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