Elon Musk has today officially launched the Tesla Model X, the SUV successor to the highly successful Model S sedan.
“It’s important we move to a sustainable world sooner rather than later”, Musk noted whilst opening the presentation in a glittering event at the company’s headquarters in Silicon Valley. “It’s also important to show that any type of car can go electric, we’ve done it with a sports car, the sedan, and now we’re doing it with the SUV”.
No, really. The biodefense mode button is available in the dash display, it pumps up the Model X’s HEPA air filter to maximum level, which Musk claims would be able to rid any toxins from biological weapons, making the SUV the new panic-room should any apocalyptic events occur.
The all-wheel drive Model X has a range of 400 km with a 90kWh battery. The P90D version – with ludicrous mode -accelerates from 0-100km/h in just 3.2 seconds. Not bad for a people mover that can tow over 2 tonnes.
How? Tesla double-hinged the doors, and fitted each with an ultrasonic sensor and put a third on the roof. This means the doors will open knowing exactly how much room it has and will adjust accordingly.