Is Tesla’s Model X the Most Desirable Car Never Driven?
It’s well known that there’s a healthy waiting list for Tesla’s (NASDAQ:TSLA) Model S sedan, but there also seems to be one forming for its so far unreleased Model X, the crossover SUV slated to join the Model S as Tesla’s second vehicle sometime next year.
No, Tesla hasn’t released any official sales info yet — in fact, the vehicle isn’t even technically for sale, but rather up for reservation. According to Tesla Motors Club, a fan-built forum that tracks all sorts of news regarding the electric vehicle maker, more than 13,000 people have put down reservations for a Model X crossover, indicating initial robust demand even though it’s thought that the Model X won’t necessarily be any less expensive than the pricey $70,000 Model S.
It’s important to note that these are not official tallies but rather information gathered and totaled by Tesla Motors Club, and therefore should be interpreted as such. However, using the reservation numbers as a base, it seems to give a pretty good idea of how many units have been accounted for.
Of the 13,020 Model X cars reserved, the majority of the 9,907 of them are – not surprisingly — in the United States. Another 433 have been claimed in Canada, 1,916 in Europe (as a whole), and 764 in China. Only a fraction – 1,598 — are the more premium Signature model, while the rest are standard production Model X vehicles.
Like the Model S, the Model X will be available in both 60 kWh and 85 kWh versions. However, unlike the Model S, the Model X will be available exclusively with all-wheel drive, with a second motor mounted on the front axle. It also features those flashy “falcon doors” so passengers won’t have to climb into the thing like a jungle gym; the doors also enable the X to park in much narrower spaces, without bashing the vehicle next to you.
The news comes amid a few legal squabbles with state governments, where bills backed by traditional dealer associations have either been passed or were proposed that would outlaw Tesla’s direct-to-consumer approach.
As its reservation and sales numbers indicate, Tesla’s isn’t hurting due to the legislative efforts, one passed most recently in New Jersey. However, Tesla has managed to reach amicable agreements in both Washington and Ohio, and Texas Gov. Rick Perry is urging the state to review its bill since Tesla announced that the state is under consideration for the location of its Gigafactory.