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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: One thing...
By half_duplex on 2/12/2014 11:30:47 AM , Rating: 2
I drive an A4 and my sisters BF drives a gen 2 Model S.

It is a really nice interior and basically a xvga screen on the dash, but we took a few longer than average drives in it and they were constantly looking for super chargers. We basically had to stop either before or after every hour or so drive for "starbucks" while he plugged up. I couldn't handle that.


RE: One thing...
By Nutzo on 2/12/2014 1:26:07 PM , Rating: 2
This is exactly why electic cars will never replace gas cars unless there is a huge breakthough in battery capacity and charging speed.

With the rising electricity prices (at least here in California), and with states getting ready to start charging a mileage tax on electric cars to pay for the highways, the cost saving will largely disappear.


RE: One thing...
By Reclaimer77 on 2/12/2014 2:53:41 PM , Rating: 2
Ugh ridiculous. Your sisters BF can obviously afford to piss away half a day at Starbucks charging up, but most Americans can't. Which is why EV's will never be ready for prime time, way too impracticable for the majority.


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