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Tesla's Model X Is Fast But Customer Deliveries Are Slow


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Tesla's Model X Is Fast But Customer Deliveries Are Slow

Tesla only delivered 208 of its new Model X in the last quarter of 2015 according to reports.

The Model X – dubbed the ‘most advanced car yet’ by the company’s billionaire owner Elon Musk – was finally launched in September last year after first being unveiled in 2012. Looking like something out of a Back To The Future movie, Tesla’s futuristic new model is an all-electric sports utility vehicle crossover with a difference and is the follow-up vehicle to the award-winning Model S sedan.

The Model X is all-wheel drive and it can reach 0-60mph in just 3.2 seconds but what stands out most is its ‘falcon wings’ doors. These means it has enough room for seven seats with the ‘wings’ allowing easy access to second and third row seats instead of traditional SUV sliding doors.

With around a foot of clearance on either side of the car, the doors move up and out of the way allowing passengers to get in and out from both front and rear directions.

It is also very safe too. Tesla has mounted the battery – which has a range of 257 miles – in the floor which lowers the centre of gravity thereby reducing the risk of rollover in a crash, the company claims. It has a large – the largest in fact apparently - all-glass panoramic windshield and boasts a stylish spoiler for efficiency and stability.

But Tesla says it has only be able to build 507 cars - with only 208 delivered - by the end of 2015 instead of the ‘800 cars a week’ that Musk claimed the company was aiming to achieve. This means, as great as the Tesla looks, anyone ordering one could have a long wait before they get behind the wheel of one.

On the teslamotors.com website, it says ‘the estimated delivery for new reservations is the latter half of 2016’ and a £4,000 reservation payment is required. Incredibly there are still no official prices in the UK, but a call to their office from Sell Your Jamjar, and we were told the Model X starts at £52,000.

The main problem seems to be delays with third-party suppliers of parts such as door seals and seats but Tesla did supply more of its Model S version with it shifting 17,192 during the last quarter – an increase of nearly 50 per cent on the previous one so the company is clearly working hard to ramp up production of its vehicles.

 

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