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Tesla Model X SUV design combines all-electric hybrid with luxury

teslalogo021012_optBY JASON KIM

Tesla Motors, an electric car and vehicle components maker, revealed the latest of its electric vehicles, at their Tesla Design Studio in Hawthorne, Calif. The Model X is an all-electric SUV/Minivan hybrid wrapped in a “hybrid gull wing” door configuration, along with an exterior design reminiscent of the BMW X6, and complimented by a mission attitude to be accepted in the mass consumption market place.

CEO of Tesla, Elon Musk proclaimed the Model X will "redefine the upscale SUV market."

The SUV comes with plenty of space, contrary to its sister products, the Model S and the Roadster.  Power will be provided by two electric motors and either a 60 or 85

Kilowatt battery pack. It boasts an impressive 0-60 in a pronounced 4.4 second The SUV Hybrid will be offered in similar 160, 230, or 300 mile options, with a predicted price range between $50,000 to $85,000.  The vehicle is expected for sale, sometime in 2014, as reported by The Christian Science Monitor.

With the Model X, Tesla aims, to further accentuate the benefits of electrically powered vehicles, by emphasizing the ‘opened-up’ design possibilities and helping to evolve what luxury SUV vehicles should be to the consumer. A point which seems to be consistent with the philosophy of being green and ecologically conscious, in an industry still heavily dictated by the fossil fuel.

“When you consider the gas savings you get from an electric SUV, the savings can be huge”.  Musk continued in an early YouTube interview done in 2010, about the Model X, “..you’re spending 3 or 4 times as much, per mile..”

Tesla Motors is the brainchild of one of Silicon Valley’s heavy hitters, Musk, a former co-founder of PayPal. Named after physicist and inventor, Nicolas Tesla, the company launched in 2003, as an initiative for the electric vehicle market.  Tesla Motors started on the path to real production of its first car, The Roadster. In 2008, the Roadster was introduced worldwide for purchase.

Musk, in the Model X press conference, added, “The thing I’ve always wanted to do [and] the thing I’m going to do next, is a mass-market car”. An ordeal that has so far eludes him and his Tesla Motors to this day.

Will the mass-market accept such proposal from the Model X?  Time will tell.  But in the meantime, Tesla is currently taking pre-orders for the Model X.

Comments (1)
1 Sunday, 12 February 2012 14:24
All electric hybrid? That is an oxymoron.

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