Video: 32 Nifty Things About The Tesla Model X

2 years ago by Jay Cole 29

Some person named Elon Musk earlier this week brought to our attention a video (above) on something called a “Tesla Model X” and 32 “cool” things it can do.

No shouting on the internet!

No shouting on the internet! (via YouTube/Edmunds)

Apparently, the Model X is some type of futuristic vehicle that you can plug in at home or at special public “charging” places, and requires no petrol.

Can this technology be real?  Will someday the public be able to buy their own “electric” vehicles?

We think the addition of the crazy “space” doors in the promotional video really hurt the credibility that this SUV could ever become a real thing.

Recently, there has also been a rumor of individuals being able to “produce” energy at home using the sun…could this fantastical new vehicle be used in conjunction with “sun power”?

Editor’s note:  In other news, with a readership closing in on ~2 million in April, InsideEVs has now completed its (painful/not-so-easy/nightmare) switch to a much larger platform of dedicated servers this weekend, and this post may (or may not) have also served as a “first test” to live check that system.

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29 responses to "Video: 32 Nifty Things About The Tesla Model X"

  1. Anon says:

    The touch dome lights are nicely thought out. Cool idea.

    1. sven says:

      I don’t get it. Why would anyone want less dome light? That’s like someone wanting less cow bell. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

      I didn’t realize that the front passenger’s seat moves forward when accessing the third-row seats. That would be kind of annoying for people sitting in the front passenger’s seat. Does anyone know if it moves forward only if no one is sitting there, or does it always move forward regardless of whether or not someone is sitting there. Also, does the driver’s seat move forward when someone accesses the driver’s side third-row seat?

      1. Anon says:

        Why would anyone ever want to easily change the brightness of a cabin light, just by tapping it? Gee, I can’t think of any single reason why… 😛

        1. sven says:

          Paradise by the dashboard dimmed doom lights? 😕

          1. sven says:

            D’oh! 😳

            Paradise by the dashboard dimmed dome lights? 😕

  2. Four Electrics says:

    They forgot: the CEO must camp on the production line in order to prevent defects. Actually, that’s a point of shame, not of pride. There something wrong with the organizational health of Tesla.

    1. Bevo says:

      It’s a brand new product. I love how folks act like certain products are supposed to be 100% perfect on their first roll-out. And if they aren’t 100% perfect, they’re 100% imperfect and should be discarded.

      “Let’s go back to ICE, because Tesla has bugs it’s working out on it’s brand-new stuff..” That makes a lot of sense.

      1. Anon says:

        It’s OK. He’s never had to build the worlds most complex Crossover, and assumes every new product manufacturing process is always 100%, or something is seriously wrong with the company.

      2. Claude says:

        That’s what brought GM to bankrupcy!

      3. TomArt says:

        It’s not whether the product is manufactured perfectly the first time, but whether it is reasonable for the CEO to be, quite literally, camped out at the assembly line.

    2. RexxSee says:

      It’s because it’s a quiet spot, FUDster.

      1. RexxSee says:

        He did that while building PayPal. It’s his way of not loosing time in traffic, since he is divorced… again… 😉

        1. RexxSee says:

          Because this guy loves what he is doing so much, he does not have time for anything else than his projets, and bringing them to the world in the best way possible.

          His cars are the most trustworthy on earth.
          And I will get mine sooner than planned 🙂

          1. sven says:

            RexxSee said:
            “. . . he does not have time for anything else than his projets . . .”

            Not true. I ran into Elon at work last weekend. I’m a bouncer at NYC’s Top of the Standard rooftop lounge. Thee A-list Met Gala after-party was being hosted here. I was working the velvet rope at the door when Elon showed up with his mother, after attending the Met Gala. You should have seen the look on Elon’s face when I told him that his name wasn’t on the list and that he couldn’t get in. I checked again at his insistence, and told him that I saw that some guy named Anton Wahlman has his name on the list multiple times, but that Elon Musk was definitely not on the list and I could not let him past the velvet rope.

            Truth be told, Elon’s name was on the list. I was just screwing with him. 😉

            http://pagesix.com/2016/05/03/elon-musk-denied-entry-into-a-list-met-gala-party/

            /s

        2. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

          Indeed! If I was a hands-on engineer-cum-CEO who was such a workaholic that I was running not just one, but two, cutting edge tech companies, then I wouldn’t want to waste time driving home at night and back in the morning just to get some sleep, either.

          But the toll on Elon’s personal life has been terrific. Divorced yet again. Is that the second time, or the third? It’s the second divorce from the same woman.

    3. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

      Four Electrics whined:

      “They forgot: the CEO must camp on the production line in order to prevent defects.”

      Looks like the well is running rather dry on things for serial Tesla bashers to complain about.

      There were reports of Elon doing personal inspections of the interior of the first Model S’s off the line, too. This seems to be the same behavior.

      But whether Elon’s obsessive-compulsive behavior hands-on attention to detail is a good thing or a bad thing… well, it’s probably a two-edged sword. On the one hand, it’s good that the CEO is getting down on the actual production floor and rubbing shoulders with the actual floor workers doing the actual work and/or overseeing the actual robots doing the actual work, instead of getting second- or third-hand reports filtered by multiple levels of management in between.

      On the other hand, for those employees doing the actual work of building Model X’s, it must be rather nerve-wracking, not to mention distracting, to have a billionaire CEO of not one, but two, major corporations looking over your shoulder while you’re working.

      1. TomArt says:

        I agree insofar as it’s a mixed bag…like anything else, there are potential advantages and disadvantages.

  3. Four Electrics says:

    Congrats on your page view milestone! Alexa 12K in the U.S., not too shabby at all.

    1. Jay Cole says:

      Thanks, having almost 2 million people check us out when we started never crossed our minds; heck I don’t think the whole market of people familar with EVs was that large at time…it is a good sign of EV adoption though I think.

      Not sure about that Alexa estimated traffric tracking system, we don’t put a lot of stock into it, as it can be up to ~1000% percent off…it just depends how well you network/self promote, so can’t say if that 12,000 rank is too high or too low. Taking a look at it now, the Alexa traffic curve certainly looks weird, growth has been fairly linear in actual fact. But we just do whatever we do, and that is okie-fine.

      Just as a random thing/point of interest on the growth, here is the readership curve from the last 3 years:

      1. RexxSee says:

        I can see my dot… right there!

        1. Anon says:

          As long as most page hits are from actual EV Enthusiasts and not posers from the Fossil Fuel Industry or Wall Street, looking for ways to spread their FUD.

      2. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

        Glad to see the website/server upgrade is finally happening! And Jay, congratulations on hitting a major milestone. Odd that the rise in InsideEVs viewership has risen so steadily; you seldom see that close to a mathematical simplification reflected in real-world data.

        @RexxSee: Hey! That’s my dot, not yours! 😀

  4. drpawansharma says:

    Congratulations on your new server shift.

    1. Jay Cole says:

      Thanks dr!

  5. Stephen Hodges says:

    Seemed painless, at least from the outside!

    1. Jay Cole says:

      Hehe, it was originally planned for just before the Model 3 launch on March 31st…so, not so painless from our end.

      Also not so smooth I think for all readers, as over the last month, there was 107 occasions were the server tipped (avg downtime of 4mins 45 secs) because we were close to maxing out – and then we got slashdotted or some big news came out. Our spare cushion was only about 40% of normal load, whereas now it is around 700%

      But we got there…slowly, (=

      1. TomArt says:

        Thanks!

  6. David D. Nelson says:

    Congrats. Must be why comments were closed on the articles.

    1. Jay Cole says:

      Yes, we shutdown all the comments on the “old” server after we mirrored it to the new one…just because anything that was posted would have “disappeared” ~12 hours later.