Tesla Motors to start deliveries of model X SUV in 3-4 months
Tesla Motors is known to manufacturer few of the world’s best electric cars. The American company became famous after the production of the world’s first fully electric sports car, the Tesla Roadster. This model was followed by the Model S, which is a fully electric luxury sedan. The company has sold more than 70,000 electric vehicles as of March 2015 since the year 2008.
Tesla Motor’s CEO, Elon Musk has recently revealed that the company will be starting deliveries of its next vehicle which is an SUV that goes by the name Model X, in the next three to four months. The CEO at the annual meeting also mentioned that the company is planning to let some drivers test a new autopilot feature by the end of this month. The Model X will be the company’s third product since its inception 12 years ago. Currently, Tesla only manufactures one car, the Model S luxury sedan.
The Model X was originally planned to go into production by 2013, but the same was delayed on several occasions due to technical issues. Elon Musk said that he himself is currently test driving the vehicle at the moment and is pleased with the progress made. The company at the moment is making sure that the SUV’s wing-like doors and sliding rear seats are functioning properly or not.
Tesla began 2015 with 20,000 bookings for the Model X and plans to deliver 55,000 Model S sedans and Model X SUVs by the end of this year.
The new autopilot feature lets the car drive on its own at highways speeds. The technology is also expected to let owners summon their vehicles autonomously from a parking space as long as they are on private property. This feature will also be made available in the recent versions of the Model S through a free software update.
The CEO has however asked all drivers to be alert, aware and ready to take back control of the vehicle, as the feature is only meant for driver-assistance. The technology is still under development and it will be feasible enough to take the driver home even if he falls asleep while driving in about three years’ time.
Source – Economic Times