Tesla Model X News
Tesla updated the price of its Model S and X today, dropping the cost of the 75-kWh Model S by $7,500. That version of the Model S, which offers 249 miles of range on a single charge, is now Tesla’s least expensive model. It starts at $69,500.
Tesla is now shipping 100D versions of its Model S and Model X vehicles. These vehicles with 100 kilowatt-hour battery packs are similar to the previous Performance versions, but with a slight reduction of power. The 100D (sans P) models now lead all electric vehicles for range. The EPA, as of today, lists the Tesla Model S 100D as providing 335 miles of driving range on a single charge. (The Model X 100D is rated to go 295 miles on a charge.)
Elon Musk, Tesla's chief executive, announced at a shareholder meeting last week that Model 3 owners will be required to pay to access the company’s Supercharger network. For the Model 3 to succeed in the long run, Tesla needs to slice off as much starting cost from the car as possible without compromising the brand’s luxury credentials.
This week, Tesla began the process of wirelessly updating the software in all Model S and Model X vehicles to version 7.0. As a result, drivers will also be given the option of a fee-based upgrade to Tesla’s Autopilot system, which provides automated driving features. Could this be a step toward a future when electric cars autonomously drive to the nearest EV charging station?
The Tesla Model X was unveiled this week at the company’s Fremont, Calif. factory. Since the prototype of the stylish all-electric luxury SUV was unveiled in February 2012, there have been three or four production delays. The event on Tuesday night put that period to an end by confirming the first deliveries and reiterating basic specifications, as well as a set of very cool and highly unusual luxury features.
Elon Musk, Tesla’s chief executive, was not very precise this week when he talked about production timing for the Model 3, the company’s planned $35,000 200-mile electric car. "We are hoping to show the Model 3 in March of next year,” said Musk. He quickly added, “Don’t super-hold me to that month. That’s our aspiration.” Production dates for the Tesla Model X have repeated been delayed.
Audi will introduce a new more powerful, lighter and more fuel-efficient version of its Q7 sports utility vehicle at the 2015 Detroit auto show in January. Here’s the big news for plug-in fans: the new Q7 will be offered with a powerful one-two combination of plug-in capability and a 3-liter V-6 diesel engine.
In yesterday's conference call discussing Q3 2013 financial results, Tesla CEO Elon Musk repeatedly said Model S production is limited not by customer demand, but constraints in supplies of parts, primarily battery cells. He hinted at a “giant” battery factory in the works.
Reservations for Tesla’s all-electric Crossover SUV, the upcoming Tesla Model X, eclipsed 6,000 orders over the weekend, marking an appropriate milestone to coincide with Plug In Day 2013.
Historically, there has been little love lost between established automakers and Tesla Motors. When Tesla was a little-known startup company, the big-name brands, like General Motors and Nissan, saw Tesla as a curiosity—or a loud annoying pest. Fast forward to today, and Tesla’s widely publicized successes have forced the same automakers to rethink their evaluation of the Californian company, which has set the benchmark for the industry.