The Tesla Model X Looks Like A Fat Electric DeLorean

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Tesla Motors just unveiled a new crossover the electric-only automaker plans to put into production by 2014.

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Yes, the automaker that has still yet to produce a single car that they've made on their own (i.e., off a non-Lotus platform) has now revealed their second model off a platform they still haven't produced a single unit off of. Oh, and the rear doors? They're "falcon wings" — gullwings that fold up. That helps it look like a friggin' DeLorean.

Well, it's a DeLorean that's had one too many In N' Out Burgers. And some french fries — Animal-style. Like five orders of 'em.

The plug-in electric crossover is based on the same platform as the Model S sedan, a car Tesla says will go into full production this summer. The only difference is that the Model X is fatter, taller, looks like an X-Wing and has a third row that faces forward rather than backward.

Tesla claims the Model X is expected to be priced at around $60,000 to $80,000 — about the same as the Model S sedan.

Elon Musk, Tesla CEO and professional space cadet, says the Model X will be available in both rear- and four-wheel-drive versions.

The four-wheel-drive version, which will use two independent electric motors — one on the back axle and the other in the "engine bay" — will have a 0-to-60 acceleration in the 4.4 second range, Musk told Peter Valdes-Dapena from CNN.

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DISCUSSION

rigidjunkie
rigidjunkie

Designers STOP MAKING ELECTRIC CARS LOOK LIKE REGULAR CARS!!!!!!! You have a chance to transform transportation and what do you do? You retain the area where internal combustion goes. Please get your heads out of your asses and think.

Elton - make a minivan, most minivans are used to take kids to school then run an errand and go back to the garage most of the day before getting the kids again. Use electric motors near the wheels so you can make it small with a huge interior. They are perfect because you can fit two charge cycles in at the same location.

OR - go ahead and make a Durango with electric motors.