Elon Musk Offers Details on Tesla Model X Crossover, Plans AWD Model S
February 11, 2014 12:43 PM
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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
. 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
, 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.
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2/11/2014 10:00:00 PM
We had snow/ice here over the weekend. About 6 inches of snow, with about half an inch of ice on top. We have one AWD vehicle and one 2WD vehicle.
Our driveway is uphill. Gravel. About 50 feet long, 10 feet incline to the street. (Plus a flat stretch right next to the house.)
The AWD climbed right out. Getting up from its dry spot up on to the snow/ice was the hardest part, and didn't even do any sliding there. That was when the accumulation had stopped, but it was still cold. The roads were still nasty, "slushy" at best on main drags, but still driving on top of snow/ice on the side streets.
The 2WD, on the other hand... Yeah, didn't even TRY to drive it until the snow/ice had started melting. Waited until the main roads were clear, and the side streets "slush with bare pavement visible in the ruts". I definitely missed the AWD when trying to get my car out of the driveway this morning. One wheel was slipping, so traction control stopped the drive axle completely. I had to get BOTH tires on that axle on solid footing to get it to move. (Of course, the non-drive-axle's tires were on perfectly fine ground...)
2/12/2014 10:47:31 AM
In the snow belt (Iowa doesn't get as much as say MN, but they have no idea how to plow around here), a good AWD can make the difference between sliding all over, and actually going where you want to go. CUV's are not really meant for offroading, but light trail driving can be done in some (my Forester has seen some crappy, muddy roads going to some boy scout campouts).
The AWD for the Model S, and X will not be made for offroading at all, it will make commuting in snowy regions much safer, easier (if done right).
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