Model X Concept With Falcon Doors
Those unique falcon doors found on the Tesla Model X concept are here to stay...we think.
Falcon Door Patent Drawing
Why else would Tesla move to patent its falcon door technology if the production version of the Model X wasn't to feature them? And why would the patent images (found below) be of the Model X?
Filed on September 14, 2012, Tesla's patent application abstract reads as follows:
"A dual hinged door assembly for a vehicle is provided, the assembly including an upper door portion and a lower door portion. The upper door portion, which may include a window, pivots about a primary axis formed by its juncture with a structural member in the roof. The lower door portion, which may include a window, pivots about a secondary axis formed by its juncture with the upper door portion. Primary and secondary drive systems may be used to provide independent powered motion of the upper and lower door portions. Each drive system may include a powered strut, e.g., a hydraulic strut, and a non-powered strut, e.g., a gas strut."
To us, this implies that the production Model X will stick with the concept's falcon doors.
What remains unknown though is how those doors will function. Will they be fully motorized? Will they be partially motorized? Or will Model X owners be required to waste their own precious energy to operate the doors?
We'll, judging by this patent submission by Tesla, those doors would seem to be fully powered:
Below you'll find more images of Tesla's patented Falcon doors: