Yesterday we took part at a Tesla Clubhouse event in London hosted by Tesla Motors Director for UK and Ireland Georg Ell; the invitation said: “Come and meet your local Tesla team, spend time with current and future owners, keep up to date with the very latest company news, and look forward to meeting an Xtra special guest” if you were as keen as we are in seeing first hand the model X you would have picked up on the hint!
But before rushing into the main attraction of the day…
some news as announced by Tesla Motors Director for UK and Ireland: Georg Ell, very briefly (he gave plenty more info but this is what we noted):
- Tesla to launch “Destination Charging” programme: 150 destinations throughout Europe where Tesla Motors is providing wall chargers and the venues parking space and free electricity to Tesla users; these locations will also show up on the vehicles SatNav; Tesla recommends always calling the venue so to check on opening times and details, as some venues are not open to the wider public; follow this link to recommend you favourite venue.
- in 2016 Tesla Motors will double capacity of Superchargers in UK (not the number of locations,the capacity), with top priority being Superchargers at South Mymms (there will be 12 points!!!), Brent Cross, etc…
- Tesla Motors to increase number of service garages, body work garages, and speeding up the whole process of parts replacement and servicing.
- Tesla is rolling out 4G to most vehicles.
- Georg recommended the services provided by a London based start-up called Vallie : they pick-up your car and park it for you for very moderate tariffs, in case of Tesla and other evs they even charge them up! Whole night service available, fully insured, app available for android and apple, great flexibility as you chose drop-off and pick-up point.
- Tesla Motors is making great improvements with the self driving features, for more info watch this TedX talk by Director of Autopilot Programs: Sterling Anderson
But let’s move on to the Tesla model X! Directly fro Geneva Motor Show (a left hand drive in truth…rather disappointedly), the fastest SUV on the planet: 0-62mph in 3″2! here we go:
there is no doubt that model X is a fantastic car! We look forward to a test drive, which we were told should be possible by summer 2016.
The model we have seen is the 7 seater, it will also be available as 6 and 5 seater, but the 7 seater is probably the best option because the rear 2 seats can easily fold down and that leaves a huge boot; there are cup holders for the 2 rear seats but rather annoyingly still no arm rest or cup holders for the mid row; we checked the 6 seats configuration but this doesn’t mean that the mid row has 2 extra spacious seats or a nice armrest in the middle, instead it simply leaves an empty corridor for supposedly easy access to the rear row: we are far less than convinced by this choice. A welcome addition are the 2 usb ports for the mid row seats.
The front cup holders remain on the arm rests as per Model S, with an addition of bottle holders in the centre, that’s all.
A good advantage compared to the Tesla S is the fact that the platform is a fair amount higher and the mid row is a lot easier to access and leave.
The huge windscreen is simply awesome, jawdroppingly beautiful, and will allow plenty of light into the car, which together with the fact that all doors can open and close automatically should make happy the chauffeurs community.
On quality of details and material choice we are a bit more than perplexed: sorry Tesla, but European clients are used to very high quality standards and you are still not matching these.
We wonder if the efficiency and battery range won’t be affected heavily by the size of this car.
All in all: if it’s true that Tesla model X will be priced at 5k more than the Tesla model S it will be definitely be an interesting proposition!