Tesla Motors delays release of Model X electric crossover(Read article summary)
Tesla Motors is delaying the Model X electric crossover launch to the end of next year rather than late 2013 as it had said when the Model X electric crossover was first shown, Voelcker writes.
Now that Tesla appears to be delivering hundreds of its Model S electric sport sedan each week, public attention inevitably turns to its future.
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 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.
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.