Motley Fool Tesla Model X Video Review

2 years ago by Steven Loveday 28

Tesla’s Model X is the only available, fully-electric SUV in the world at this time. Tesla boasts:

“The safest, fastest, most capable sport utility vehicle in history.”

It pairs the performance of a sports car with the functionality of an SUV.

The company already has some ~35,000 pre-orders (reservation holders) for the vehicle and anticipates selling 80,000 combined Model S and X this year alone.

Video Description:

Tesla Model X Interior

Tesla Model X Interior

In this video, Motley Fool senior technology analyst Daniel Sparks looks at Tesla Motors’ 2015-launched Model X and discusses why the SUV is so critical to the electric-car maker’s business.

From its Falcon Wing doors to its massive and unique windshield, Sparks believes demand won’t be a problem for Tesla’s newest electric vehicle.

Further, Sparks believes Tesla CEO Elon Musk was spot on when he said Model X is a better SUV than the Model S is a sedan.

Its signature falcon wing doors open in tighter spots than traditional doors and allow for easy access to the second and third row seats. Sensors assure that the doors will, for the most part, not hit anything near the vehicle. The front windshield is claimed to be the largest of any car ever. Inside is a 17 inch touch screen with all of the expected Tesla features, including industry leading driver’s assistance.

The fastest version will pull 0-60 in 3.2 seconds, with the base model at 6 seconds. Range is rated at 222-257 miles per charge.

Tesla hopes to sell 500,000 vehicles a year by 2020, with the upcoming Model 3 as the front runner. In order to make this happen, the  Model X is to become a marketing tool for the company.

With Model X orders already exceeding that of Model S, Tesla will need to increase production and turn orders into sales at an impressive rate to assure continued success.

 

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28 responses to "Motley Fool Tesla Model X Video Review"

  1. Big Solar says:

    8 billion in sales this year? Thats pretty strong if they make it.

  2. WARREN says:

    They should understand the difference between fastest, and quickest. Tesla is quickest to 60mph. But not fastest (top speed). There are plenty of SUVs that do over 170mph top speed stock. And almost 200mph modified. Tesla X is definitely not that fast.

    http://www.topcarrating.com/topspeed.php?typefilter=on&jeep=1

    1. Doug B says:

      They do get them confused, but for the 99% only acceleration is of any use. Speed over 100mph is essentially irrelevant and not worth designing a production vehicle to achieve.

    2. super390 says:

      The top 12 SUVs on that list appear to be concept cars (ItalDesign is a design house) or a limited production modified street car (Brabus, G-Power, Mansory) with questionable factory support. Those aren’t mass production cars available at every dealer, and most affluent drivers might not want to deal with the repair hassles that causes. The SUVs at #13 & #26 appear to be true production cars, as well as many after #35.

  3. super390 says:

    I’m just not sure there’s a market for much more than 50,000 S and 50,000 X per year, which leaves the 3 having to sell 400,000 in 2020. Now derivatives of the 3 could make up the difference, but they might not be ramped up in 2020. The small CUV, for instance, will sell well. But a really ripe segment that’s not been discussed is a 2-door Model 3 that competes against all the small BMW, Audi and Mercedes coupes, the Mustang, Camaro, Challenger, all the Japanese coupes. The strength of the Mustang has always been its ability to sell to different people with different performance levels in a wide price range. Mustang and Camaro sold nearly 250,000 between them in 2014.

    A lot of electric car people and EV detractors alike ignore performance as a factor in what a car is worth, and thereby devalue Tesla. So if Tesla is attacked for not making cheap cars, what they mean is, cheap as a Honda, not cheap as a BMW 3-series with world-class performance. With a 2-door, that goes out the window. A $27,500 Model 3 coupe will be quicker than the cheaper Mustangs and Camaros and probably outsteer them too. It would be hard to call a Mustang an elitist car.

    1. Alpha777 says:

      Don’t worry, there’s plenty of BMW, Audi, Jag and MB buyers switching.

    2. Josh says:

      50k S, 50k X, 200k 3, 200k Y would be what I guesstimate their 2020 target to be.

      That is crazy aggressive, but that is Tesla. Usually have to add 20% on the time and cost compared to targets. So say 400k vehicles in 2021, still pretty amazing.

      1. Josh says:

        Also remember Tesla is talking World sales, not US sales.

  4. ModernMarvelFan says:

    “With Model X orders already exceeding that of Model S”

    I would call that a bad news in my opinion…

    1. flmark says:

      Totally Disagree!

      My Model X is supposed to be built at the end of this month and My 2017 Chevy Volt was built last week. I have loved my TWO 2012 Chevy Volts…as my SEDANS. I have ridden in a Model S. It was nice BUT not enough upgrade for the price. Seating for 7- not exactly.

      OTOH, when I want an SUV and all its features, the X now fits the bill. I suppose there are others like me- who don’t see the need for an S, but would like an electric SUV, which nobody else touches. Your comment lacks big picture understanding of alternative purchase options. The S has some, the X has NONE.

      1. Djoni says:

        You just write NONE?
        I doubt is what you meant.

        1. flmark says:

          To repeat…NONE!!!!

          Let’s see, EV, actually seat 7 adults and tow something of substance…

          …and what pray tell, other than an X has these qualities??? Hmmmm????

          I seem to recall an article here at insideevs that said specifically that the X was the FIRST EV rated for towing. And since having read that, I don’t recall anything else added to the list.

      2. ModernMarvelFan says:

        “Your comment lacks big picture understanding of alternative purchase options. The S has some, the X has NONE.”

        The big pictures is that X is aimed at “sporty minivan/CUV” market. It is an expensive, fast and ugly (IMO) people mover.

        Unless you “have to have” eletric (which is already a small market to begin with), the alternatives are way cheaper although not as nice, but way cheaper as people mover and way more flexible than Model X which are still tied to SC network that doesn’t cover a lot of remote area which are what many families need for camping destination. Not all camp sites (especially non RV camping sites) come with NEMA 14-50s….

        1. flmark says:

          Your comment was about it being bad news that X demand outweighed S demand. Your follow on comment is NOT about your original comment whatsoever. My comment addressed your S vs X observation. Your (biased) view of esthetics clearly distorts your valuation of the X. Coming from a big boxy Tahoe Hybrid that seats 7 and tows 6K lbs to a (relatively) svelte, and certainly much more aerodynamic vehicle that (still) seats 7 and tows 5K lbs, I think it a remarkable achievement and looked forward to it as I ditched fossil fuels from my life. In comparison, the really-seats-5 Model S compared to my seats-4 Volt just isn’t much of an uptick. To repeat what I responded with above, being the first EV to get a towing rating puts it in a class of ONE. However, my wife’s EV commuting needs of 20 miles round trip can be met by SEVERAL sedans. You said that it was not a good sign that there were more X orders… and I stand by the comment that the big picture observation is that the FIRST of its kind EV people and cargo hauler might be EXPECTED to have more demand. I know I was NEVER particularly interested in an S, and I assume I have some company in the auto buying world, with or without the $$ premium.

  5. Alex says:

    More often i look the Model X looks like a whale.

    1. Alpha777 says:

      Everyone has their flaws.

  6. Three Electrics says:

    You can order a Model X today and have it inside of six weeks, despite numerous production challenges. That indicates to me that demand is low, at least for now.

    1. TomArt says:

      or a shift in production priorities…their website says about 2-month wait for Model S…can’t blame that on “production challenges”.

      1. Three Electrics says:

        That is not true. A Model S ordered today arrives in April in the US.

        1. TomArt says:

          Ah, yes, it is March now…

    2. TomArt says:

      No, you are absolutely incorrect: Tesla’s website says that, if you reserve today, delivery will be “the latter half of 2016” – that’s not exactly “6 weeks”…

      …now, it is possible that existing reservation holders in the US might be getting their Model X about 6 weeks after they configure it online, but that’s after a several year wait…

      1. Three Electrics says:

        That’s what the site claims, but the forums are rife with people with very high reservation numbers, or no reservation, who ordered recently and are expecting their cars in April.

        1. Mint says:

          If forums are so rife with recent orders being delivered in April, why don’t you post links?

          I looked at several forums and found only a couple examples of high-ish reservation numbers getting delivered soon, and they were anomalies.

          If you make a definitive statement like “You can order a Model X today and have it inside of six weeks”, then you need some serious proof to back it up.

        2. TomArt says:

          You just made my point for me – you said, “who just ordered theirs”. Exactly. If you already have a reservation, you are going to wait a while until you can actually order it. Once it is ordered, then the wait is relatively short.

          They had over 35k reservations, and as of the end of 2015, they had only made 800 or so. Even if 5k reservation holders dropped theirs, then Tesla still would not have worked through their backlog because they have not manufactured 30k Model X yet – not even close. It will take them at least through Q3 to deliver 30k Model X.

          There is absolutely no way that someone who “reserved” their Model X today, 3/16/2016, will be getting it delivered by the end of May.

          This is not a trivial distinction. When you reserve your Model X, you cannot configure it then. The design studio does not exist online yet, except for when reservation holders come up next in line. Then, they can actually order the car, selecting options, etc. From there, it will be some weeks before delivery.

    3. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

      It’s no longer necessary to do any fact checking to know, with certainty, that whatever Three Oil Companies Three Electrics posts about Tesla Motors and its cars… simply isn’t true. At all. He’s 100% reliable in that way. 😉

      1. Three Electrics says:

        This data is publically available on ModelXTracker.com. Think I understand why you prefer not to do any fact checking.

    4. Anon says:

      If you can’t afford your meds, there are community resources you can turn to, for assistance…

  7. Get Real says:

    It’s going to be fun watching all the short-sellers/haters’ circling the bowl on the 31st!