Tesla Model X Faces More Delays (Report)
In an email to Model X reservation holders, Tesla Motors warns that an order placed Tuesday for the electric SUV won't be filled until "well into 2016"
As Tesla Motors' stock price is hammered by concerns buyers will abandon electric cars as fuel prices plunge, the company's much-anticipated follow up to the Model S sedan won't be available until the third quarter of 2015 at the earliest, the company said in an email to customers obtained by Treehugger.com.
Acknowledging the delay to the estimated 20,000 customers who have placed $5,000 deposits on the Model X as long as two years ago, Tesla said that "Model X demand has been intense, and orders are continuing to come in at a rapid rate. We'll be spending much of 2015 building and testing production-intent prototypes before delivering the first cars to customers in North America in the third quarter. While we'll be working through all orders as fast as possible, anyone ordering the car today should not expect delivery until well into 2016."
In the same email, Tesla confirmed that the production Model X will have the autopilot and dual motor all-wheel drive upgrades unveiled in October for the Model S, as well as the radical Falcon doors from the prototype. A Morgan Stanley analyst raised concerns in a report last month that the company would have difficulty producing the doors on a large scale and would possibly scrap the design, which Tesla CEO Elon Musk refuted on Twitter.
"Rumors about canceling Falcon wing doors are false," Musk wrote. "At Tesla, the production car will always be better than the show car."