Tesla Model X Shown With Ski/Snowboard Carrying Hitch Rack

SEP 18 2015 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 39

Tesla Model X With Hitch Rack

Tesla Model X With Hitch Rack

With its unusual falcon-wing doors, the Tesla Model X can’t be fitted with your typical roof racks for carrying items such as skis, snowboards, kayaks or bikes.

Tesla looks to solve this cargo-carrying issue with the hitch rack shown here.  This particular rack is designed for skis and snowboards, but surely other racks will accommodate bikes (a kayak-carrying rack might be a bit too much to ask for though).

The uniqueness of the Model X has created some other cargo-hauling problems too.  Just the other day we posted images of the Model X’s rear cargo hold and from those images it appears as though only the third row of seats fold (flat into the floor for the third row), while the second row of seats have no ability to fold down whatsoever (instead, they slide far forward, but still take up cargo space).

In trying to reinvent the wheel, has Tesla sacrificed the utility aspect of its first electric SUV/CUV?  We tend to think so, but the final verdict will be delivered as customers use the X in the real world.

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Yeah, expected this solution. Probably a trailer for kayaks.

Much better for aero drag, hence range. I am sure most people don’t realize the mpg hit from a roof rack on a gas guzzler.

I think the Oru Kayak would fit in the frunk.

http://www.orukayak.com/

I dont even like kayaks, and I think that is awesome!

My cargo carrier that i put on top of the minivan takes the MPG from 29 to about 26. The 250 miles range X would become about 224 and likely less. I think the X is much more aerodynamic than my Honda minivan.

It might be awesome, but at a whopping $1,575.00 a pop that’s one big pill to swallow.

Your Honda minivan goes 29 miles a gallon? That’s awesome. Imagie what a pplug-in minivan could do.

Putting the roof rack on our 32 MPG car noticeably affects the mileage, but it makes no difference whatsoever on our brick-like SUV. The X is probably somewhere inbetween the two.

Here is a real electric Sensible Utility Vehicle. No need to carry a photoshop bicycle in back either.

Your website doesn’t work. What does it cost and do you sell this only in Sweden? This thing would solve all my commuting issues. Not that I have that many but still…

It’s not my website. I found this on YouTube.

But I just found his website.

http://www.jmk-innovation.se/?lang=en

Not sure where in the world you are, but velomobiles have been around since the 1920s. More popular in Europe than North America. This example is very nice, and being a four wheeler, is less prone to tipping than a three wheeler of the same width.

Here is a site with links to sellers in NA.

http://www.velomobilenews.com/

It’s a horrible solution when there is snow or slush on the roadway, and the skis and snowboards will get covered in a thick coating of road salt, sand, and hyper-corrosive sodium-chloride and magnesium chloride. The ski bindings, ski and snowboard edges must be protected from the elements when driving in the snow/slush. That’s why a very large percentage of skiers and snowboarders opt for a cargo carrier. The best that you can do with a hitch carrier is to use ski bags or snowboard bags, but closing the rack will be difficult.

It’s supposed to be a soccer mom’s car so compromises for non-soccer moms had to be made. I always thought that suicide doors would have been the best solution, but I guess Elon didn’t agree with me on this one…

Some Superchargers don’t have open space in the back and you can’t get close enough to it. Too short cables.

http://insideevs.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/921672_10152065146897801_1637646247_o.jpg

Agreed. I think supercharger stalls should be rotated 90 degrees and place between spaces. That way bike racks don’t hit the stall. Oh, and MOVE THE SIGNS for the same reason. Of course, all of these problems (like trying to charge in a head-in angled spot) would be eliminated if Tesla had put the charge port in front, like the Leaf, where it should be.

Yeah, that supercharger arrangement doesn’t make sense – sure, it may reduce the risk of someone running into them if they are located between spaces, but given their profile, they should be arranged like gas pumps (like the Hawthorne(?) supercharger pics we always see).

From now on Tesla should move their charging plugs to the front grill of the car.

Why on earth should they do such a horrible thing? Wouldn’t a 2-feet longer cable enough?

Cover the cargo.

The best that you can do with a hitch carrier is to use ski bags or snowboard bags, but closing the rack will be difficult.

I see a lot of hard-shelled ski carrying cases online. I also see a lot of hitch mounted racks for carrying skis vertically. Surely it’s not much of a challenge to bolt the former onto the latter?

They also sell a wide variety of bicycle carrying cases, in case you need to mount multiple ski boxes side by side.

There are a number of limitations the Model X will have, but this does not appear to be one of them, at least not for anyone who knows how to use an electric drill.

Oops… the above was posted before editing! That should read:

sven said:

“The best that you can do with a hitch carrier is to use ski bags or snowboard bags, but closing the rack will be difficult.”

I see a lot of hard-shelled ski carrying cases online. I also see a lot of hitch mounted racks for carrying skis vertically. Surely it’s not much of a challenge to bolt the former onto the latter?

They also sell a wide variety of bicycle carrying cases, in case you need to mount multiple ski boxes side by side.

There are a number of limitations the Model X will have, but this does not appear to be one of them, at least not for anyone who knows how to use an electric drill.

sven –

+1. You definitely got it right. It’s a horrible solution. I ski a lot, and you would never see me transport my skis to the mountains like that.

Generally I transport my skis inside my SUV (or friends SUV). Otherwise, the skis go in a sky box (Yakima or Thule) above the vehicle.

That will do.

Although that is a weird rack that extends out much further than it needs to. Make it shorter and wider.

I had a 4 bicycle rack for my Jeep that didn’t extend that far out.

It’s probably to facilitate the opening of the rear door, when the rack is loaded.

That rack is just an off-the-shelf Yakima FullTilt 5 of FullTilt 6 hitch carrier bike rack with a HitchSki adapter to carry skis and snowboards. The FullTilt is also available in a swingaway version.

https://www.yakima.com/fulltilt-4

Here is the FullSwing swingaway version of the hitch rack.

https://www.yakima.com/fullswing

Here is the HitchSki adapter add-on that straps onto the FullTilt to convert the bike rack into a ski/snowboard carrier.

https://www.yakima.com/hitchski

Great, now the 0.1% of people who actually use a sport utility vehicle for sport utility will be inconvenienced.

If the 2nd row seats of the Model X are configured to make it impossible to carry large items such as furniture, unlike every other CUV/SUV made, this will certainly have a serious impact on sales; certainly a lot more than 0.1%.

I hope, as others have suggested, that Tesla will offer a different type of 2nd row seats which can be either folded flat or removed. If Tesla doesn’t, it will be a sign it has seriously misjudged the CUV/SUV market.

I guess you never drive the I-80 to Tahoe during a ski season weekend…

Most of the SUV owners might NOT do that. But I would say that % among those price range owners are much higher…

Then again, they might just fly to Whistler or Vail and have their bag valet carrying their skis for them.

Well, Elon went with a different design compromise than what we are used to: unprecedented easy access to all rows of seats (a daily convenience) by sacrificing roof utility (not a daily need).

I know that most modern minivans and SUVs allow the 2nd row seats to fold. I wonder why they didn’t do that here? Are we certain that they do not fold flat?

I remember my family’s old minivan had the 2nd and 3rd row removable. It wasn’t easy, but it worked.

Well it’s difficult to be certain when all we have been shown are CGI images, not actual photos. But unless Tesla has deliberately obscured details, then the Signature type of 2nd row seats (not standard equipment) have the seat and the seat back as one unit, with no hinge, and therefore it will be impossible to fold them. Furthermore, the newest images Tesla has released show the car full of boxes with the 2nd row seats shoved all the way forward against the front row seats, but not folded up (see image below). If Tesla was trying to show off how much cargo the car can carry, and the seats either fold up or can be removed, then you’d think they would show this to increase the amount of cargo space.

That rack looks really stupid – what do you see in the rear-view mirror?!?

If you can see the middle of the back of your vehicle with the driver’s side mirrors– you’re using them wrong. 😉

Nice solution for the less than 2% of Model X owners that will use a ski rack. The Model X looks like it would be fun to drive on a daily basis.

I ski/snowboard and use my SUV for them. I have carried them on top of my SUV, behind my SUV and inside of them. My Bike carrier also mount to hitches. They all have advantages and disadvantages…. Roof Carriers are more compact and easier to install, takes up less space. But they are hard to get to with shorter people and can be completely covered in snow and ICE if they left them out for food stop during the snow storms. They impact aero slightly on already poor aero SUVs. Hitch carriers are easier to retrive skis/boards. Kids can reach them. But they require you to install a hitch mounting carrier which are more annoying if you live them on when you don’t use them. (skis on weekends and annoying for the rest of week). If you constantly install and re-install, it is a big hassle. Roof top carrier, you often see people leave them for an entire season. The Hitch mounted carrier also impact parking sensors and reversing since the extra distance is NOT typical use. It also impacts rear storage loading. The newer version can swing out, but your shin always managed to find the hitch mount somehow… Read more »

I hope one can slide skis under the seats; while wet skiis may dirty the carpet, it’s better than having to navigate a busy and cramped ski resort parking area in a ginormous car with an extra rack on the back.

All of the people who whine want the car to be something that Elon never wanted it to be. Ever tried asking your wife “why cant you look more like her?” 😀

It seems to be a great car but maybe it wasn’t meant for you 🙂

Looking at the picture, it seems like it is foldable. So, when you are driving it is wide a close to the trunk.