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Model X will have falcon wing doors says Musk

Tesla CEO Elon Musk was on hand recently at a Q&A session in Norway and he offered up some information on current and future Tesla vehicles.
One of the vehicles that Musk talked about was the upcoming Model X. Musk explained that the Model X will have the same wheelbase as the Model S, and that its length will be within 2” of the sedan. The Model X, however, will be quite a bit taller given that it’s a crossover (and to provide additional headroom for the third-row passengers).
Since the Model X will be heavier than the Model S, Tesla figures that the X will have about 10% higher energy consumption.

Tesla Model X Concept
Musk also stated that the production Model X would definitely retain the "Falcon Doors" for rear seat occupants. The rear doors are hinged in the roof instead B-pillar, which should allow for easier entry/exit in tight parking spaces. All-wheel-drive will be standard on the Model X with a separate electric motor driving the front wheels.
Speaking of AWD, the Model S will receive AWD as an option once the Model X goes into production. Tesla promises that AWD versions of the car will have the same driving range as the current RWD version; something that rarely (if ever) occurs with gasoline- or diesel-powered vehicles.

Tesla Model S
“Typical experience of AWD is that the efficiency will be worse. We've worked really hard to not have that same effect,” explained Tesla CTO JB Straubel. “We found some clever ways with dual motor AWD, not just mechanical linkage. To make that an efficiency neutral option breakthrough. Flat efficiency tradeoff.”
Software updates coming to the Model S will add a hill-hold function and allow manual selecting of ride height over a wider range of speeds.  Feature updates coming down the road will include guidance lines on the backup camera, adaptive cruise control, and Musk also promised that Model S cars coming off the line in the near future would have more comfortable front seats. The new seat can be retrofitted into existing cars.

Source: Tesla Motors Club

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RE: Blech
By flyingpants1 on 2/11/2014 5:50:39 PM , Rating: 2
Current Tesla's do not function properly in extreme cold. So the idea of an AWD electric vehicle on current technology for winter weather is a wash. Tons of Model S's in Norway, what!?

We're clearly looking at different information. No trouble here with 1000+ mile trips, or leaving the car parked outside for a month. They are popular in Norway due to tax breaks, which I know you're fond of.

Physics wise, that's not possible. Electric motors are efficient, but not 100% efficient. Powering all the wheels takes more energy than just two, can't get around that.

Two motors spinning at a low power output may be more efficient than one motor spinning at high power, especially when accelerating. The front motor may be geared differently which changes efficiency numbers again.

You've also added, wait for it, more weight to the vehicle. More weight, less efficient.

It's important to distinguish between mechanical efficiency and added weight. Regardless, I don't feel like looking up the number right now but I believe the motor weighs <100lbs which means a <2% weight increase, which translates into a negligible power increase.

Explain please? How is using twice the number of motors and associated hardware a "tiny" expense?

Because the motor is cheap. Have you seen one? It's a ball of wires about the size of a watermelon.

RE: Blech
By coburn_c on 2/11/2014 6:03:47 PM , Rating: 2
OH boy, a youtube channel with fan videos of Elon Musky against major car reviewers...

and 500ft-lb AC motors are NOT cheap

RE: Blech
By Reclaimer77 on 2/11/2014 10:20:05 PM , Rating: 2
He talks like you just drive down to the local RC Hobby shop to grab a Tesla Model S electric motor for a few bucks lol.

RE: Blech
By flyingpants1 on 2/11/2014 10:50:20 PM , Rating: 2
Elon has mentioned it will be more expensive in the "low single digits" as in, about $5k more than the Model S.

The cost increase over a RWD model will be tiny (6-10%?)

Refer to my previous comments made in this thread, which both of you probably already read, and yet you still feel the need to post these troll comments.. You guys are anti-EV weirdos that don't argue in good faith.

RE: Blech
By Reclaimer77 on 2/12/2014 11:27:06 AM , Rating: 2
OK Mr. $200 monthly fuel costs...

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