Tesla's Model X Receives $40 Million in Advanced Sales Just One Day After Unveiling
February 15, 2012 10:48 AM
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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.
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 teslamotors.com 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
, 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
, 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.
The Detroit News
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2/16/2012 12:45:00 PM
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.
2/16/2012 12:46:46 PM
Forgot to mention that I plan on getting the Tesla S car once its out for about a year.
2/17/2012 2:32:20 PM
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.
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