What the Others Are Saying About the Tesla X

Automotive News did some useful opinion aggregation. We like it so we link it. 

2016 Tesla Model X: autobodyprice.com
2016 Tesla Model X: autobodyprice.com

On the downside, this is a critical comment: “Rather than bringing Tesla closer to the goal of the Model III, the Model X may be a 2.5-ton warning sign that the company is either unwilling or unable to pull it off. The Model X’s prohibitively expensive technology, including its low-volume aluminum construction, batteries and propulsion system, is virtually identical to that of the Model S. In other words: The Model X may hold seven passengers, but its technology and price hold no evidence that Tesla has realized critical economies of scale in design, materials and manufacturing.

Or, a technical breakthrough that would reduce the enormous cost and mass of its batteries. So Tesla appears no closer to its promise of bringing affordable electric cars to the masses. The Model X, in fact, moves the goalposts in the opposite direction. Musk says he plans to build 500,000 vehicles a year by 2020, but I’m not holding my breath. (And not because of VW diesel NOx.)” (— Lawrence Ulrich, The Drive). 

And on the plus side: “The graphical user interface in the gauges, the enormous touchscreen, the ambient lighting and supremely comfortable seats are all nothing short of exceptional. In the short minutes I had to soak it all in, the Model X interior felt every bit as opulent as a Range Rover or Mercedes S-Class. But it’s the displays that really blow everything else away. Supremely crisp graphics, animations, colors, the main gauges and massively adjustable infotainment software are engrossing.” That was Jalopnik’s view.

Author: richard herriott

I like anchovies. I dislike post-war town planning.

3 thoughts on “What the Others Are Saying About the Tesla X”

  1. “So Tesla appears no closer to its promise of bringing affordable electric cars to the masses. The Model X, in fact, moves the goalposts in the opposite direction. Musk says he plans to build 500,000 vehicles a year by 2020, but I’m not holding my breath.”

    Mostly factual comment but slightly disingenuous. Like with all new tech, it will take a fair few early adopters prepared to pay a high price before the joy can be spread wider and cheaper – by Tesla and other manufacturers.

  2. I do feel like a right grumpy old man when explaining that I still prefer the visual and tactile qualities of buttons to any kind of touchscreen. And I’m just 31 years old.

  3. Undoubtedly, moving into mass market with the Model III will be the biggest challenge yet for Tesla. Model X has taken a while to go on sale, despite sharing so much tech with Model S. But, given their achievements so far, I’m not going to bet against Tesla just yet.

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