Tesla Model X Electric Crossover Pushed Back A Year To Late 2014

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Tesla Model X  -  Official Debut, Los Angeles, February 2012

Tesla Model X - Official Debut, Los Angeles, February 2012

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Now that Tesla appears to be delivering hundreds of its Model S electric sport sedan each week, public attention inevitably turns to its future.

Specifically, the next vehicle it plans to launch, the Model X all-electric crossover utility vehicle--which will offer optional all-wheel drive.

But inside the Form 10-K 2012 Annual Report issued last week by Tesla Motors [NSDQ:TSLA] was a note that may disappoint some affluent Tesla-loving families.

They may want a fully electric crossover in which to carry little Jennifer to soccer practice and little Jason to music lessons, but they're going to have to wait a little longer.

Tesla is delaying the Model X launch roughly 12 months, to the end of next year rather than late 2013 as it had said when the Model X was first shown.

The story was first reported by the Los Angeles Times, in a story on Tesla's promise to repay its Department of Energy loans early.

The full statement from the company runs as follows:

Tesla has been intensely focused on Model S, its production and product enhancements and believe there is increased volume potential for Model S.

As a result, Tesla has decided to slightly push back the development and timing of Model X to 2014. We do not expect a material impact on our profitability in 2013 or 2014.

The company's use of the phrase "slightly push back" was questioned by AutoblogGreen, which noted that late 2013 to late 2014 would seem to constitute delaying the launch an entire year.

2014 Tesla Model X all-electric crossover with 'Falcon Doors' open

2014 Tesla Model X all-electric crossover with 'Falcon Doors' open

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The Tesla Model X prototype was initially unveiled in February 2012 at a widely publicized webcast of the event at the SpaceX facility in Southern California.

It wowed the crowd with its elevating rear "falcon doors," and since then, Model X prototypes have been shown at various auto shows and events around the world.

Most recently, at this January's Detroit Auto Show, Tesla showed a Model X with a revised interior design, ostensibly to test public reaction to the new approach.

The company has said the Model X will be offered with the choice of 60- and 85-kilowatt-hour battery packs, as well as optional all-wheel drive.

The Model X is built on essentially the same underpinnings as the current Model S, with a thin battery pack containing thousands of commodity lithium-ion cells forming the floorpan of the car.


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Comments (8)
  1. No big deal, I thought launching Model X just a little over one year from Model S was a bit to close anyway. And maybe we'll see it premiere earlier in 2014 then Tesla is saying, Model S made it out a month early. Either way if the Model S is evidence of what Tesla can do the Model X will be brilliant and I'm sure it will be worth the wait.

  2. Excellent points, CDspeed and I think anyone who's followed Tesla closely knew by now that the timeline was already not going to allow for production in 2013 at all.

    Not great news for the people with deposits out there already, of course, but I also thought a second launch so quickly after the first one was not feasible, or even if feasible, not a great approach.

    Take time to do things as well as you have recently, Tesla, and if that requires a delay, so be it. I wish the delay were a little shorter, but we all know Tesla is a startup already having to stretch limited resources. I'll trust them to decide how to use them.

    Not bad for me personally since my Volt lease will be up in early 2015. Deposit time, BMW i3, or other...?

  3. "The company's use of the phrase "slightly push back" was questioned by AutoblogGreen, which noted that late 2013 to late 2014 would seem to constitute delaying the launch an entire year." Perhaps ABG is being a little too critical here? I mean pushing this back from 2013 to 2014 is only 0.05%!!! ;-)

  4. William, in ther automotive industry, pushing back a launch by an entire year is pretty rare. I support Tesla overall and it needs to do what's best for Tesla, so no complaint there, but yes, pushing an entire production program back an entire year is not slight...

    But if they do ir right, then it's not a major problem, in my opinion.

  5. Elon Musk actually already talked about Model X production for second half 2014 back in January so I wasn't particularly surprised by this "news":


    Of course if solid demand for Model S makes early introduction of variants of that model (which Model X basically is) unnecessary than that's only good news.

    I do think though that having to actually make some money before being able to spend more on additional products might also have something to do with this delay. Tesla probably can't afford to spread itself to thin financially at this point.

  6. Do you think it's "No big deal" and "only good news" for the Model X Signature Series reservation holders who bought into the hype and forked over their $40K interest free loan (excuse me... deposit) that they may now have to wait up to an additional year to get their dream car? Let's hear from a few folks that actually have some skin in the game.

  7. You said it yourself really. People who want to be the first to have the latest tech all the time have to pay for their 'addiction' - they chose to pay the $40k, no one forced them to and I'm sure that nice Mr Musk will give it back if they want... what'cha whinging about?

  8. Does this mean that "Blue Star" sedan will be pushed out even farther? Beyond 2016/2017?

    Well, my Volt will be paid off by then. So, it will work out perfectly. But it also gives other competitor a chance to catch up and about 5 years to work on something competitive...

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