Published: October 2, 2015
Tesla Motors announced their newest Model on Wednesday. The Model X is Tesla’s first attempt at an SUV sized car. It has taken an extra two years to produce the first models due to multiple engineering problems. The car costs $132,000 for the higher end model, although the most expensive model, which includes Tesla’s Ludacris mode, costs $142,000. Among other thing, Ludacris mode’s biggest accomplishment is allowing the car to accelerate from 0-60 mph in under 3.3. seconds. Telsa has estimated that the lowest end models will cost roughly $80,000.
“The new model is a great new transition from sedans to larger vehicles while keeping the qualities of a tesla,” said Connor Lynch, a junior neuroscience major. “It is a worthwhile investment while getting a nice luxury car.” he continued to say.
Some features that make the car an engineering nightmare, but make it aesthetically pleasing, are the front windshield and the rear butterfly doors. Other interesting attributes of the car include the driver and front passenger doors which open automatically when they sense the key approaching the car. The front windshield covers almost 1/3 of the car. Because of this, the sun visors faced major problems while in engineering. The back butterfly doors also have sensors built in to detect cars that could be parked too close to either side. This will then allow them to rise up at an angle that will allow them to avoid hitting cars parked parallel to them.
Currently Tesla has not made an efficient method to produce the new Model X. Because of this, they said it could take up to a year to complete the production of the Model Xs that have already been ordered. This has also led to concerns about how Tesla will do when it releases its other new model which is aimed towards the middle class, costing around $30,000. If Tesla can’t produce these models in an efficient manner, it could hurt their bottom line.
“The back order makes the car seem more elite. This will then draw more customers to the product.” said Rachel Weir, a senior accounting major.
Tesla Motors is famous for its development of the electric car. While it did not create the first electric car it was the first company to solely focus on the electric car. Its biggest key to success was the creation of its batteries. These batteries are powerful enough to power a car for roughly 275 miles. These batteries can then be recharged and reused. The safety standards of Tesla are another claim to fame. When the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration tested the car it broke the scale scoring a 5.4 out of 5. The car maker takes no risks when they develop the car.
“I can see them breaking the consumer reports scale again with their new model,” said Alison Dicarlo, a senior international business major and avid Telsa supporter.