Danish TV Interviews Tesla CEO Elon Musk

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Tesla Launches Model X.

The seven-seater car has falcon doors that open upwards instead of outwards, can drive 250 miles per charge and will hit 60mph from a standing start in 3.2 seconds with a top speed of 155mph. FREMONT — Tesla Motors delivered the first of its long-awaited Model X electric sports-utility vehicles (SUVs) on Tuesday, a product investors are counting on to make the pioneering company profitable after years of losses. The Model X is Tesla’s most advanced car yet, with a range of sensors including cameras, radar and sonar systems enabling partial self-driving and automatic braking safety features that can even work at high speeds. Admittedly, the stuff he does is quite stupendous–from building reusable rockets to batteries that can power homes, it’s all potentially life changing really. Tesla claims its double-hinged falcon wing doors can open with only 30cm of space either side of the car and have sensors to detect objects and people and avoid hitting them when opening or closing.

On the consumer level, his electric supercar the Tesla Model S has been breaking all kinds of records, even prompting reviewers to redefine their benchmarking standards. Mr Musk estimated that 25,000 customers had pre-ordered the crossover online or in its stores and that it would take eight to 12 months for those ordering from now to receive the SUV. “There is far more there than is really necessary to sell a car. The new model is a full-size crossover utility vehicle that promises to be “the safest SUV ever.” Musk said it’s the first SUV that has five stars in every category.

It also features a large 17in touchscreen for controlling in-car and driving systems, all-wheel drive and an air filtration system that Musk says can protect customers from a biological attack with a “bioweapon defence mode”. And some of the things are so difficult, they make the car better but the difficulty of engineering those parts is so high.” Between 4,000 and 6,000 guests filled a cavernous space for the launch. A lot of information has already been released in the lead-up, but I am here to find out the things we don’t already know and to attempt to rub my face on this sweet-looking vehicle.

Mark Paolella and his wife, who started their own Tesla accessory business in Orange County, were so excited about the online launch they skipped the movies and watched the launch. “May be it’s the fact that it’s American-made, non-union factory in California. These doors have built-in sensors preventing them from bumping into anything while unfurling up and outward, making it so evocative of the predatory bird. Mr Musk has said the all-wheel drive Model X — with two electric motors, the ability to travel about 400km on a single charge and seating for seven people — was “the hardest car to build in the world”. The SUV and crossover market is expanding, with models such as the Nissan Qashqai placed fifth in the UK with around 40,000 new registrations in 2015 already, according to data from Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders.

Mr Musk said the biggest challenges were making the doors open in a graceful “balletic” manner; the expansive windshield, which he said was the largest piece of glass ever used in a car; its sun visor; and the moveable seats, which he said were deceptively tricky. The ‘P’ indicates the performance mode (boasting its infamous Ludicrous launch control mode), 90 is the capacity of its batteries in kilowatt-hours (kWh), and D is for its all-wheel drive. Even though this is a proper seven-seater with room for luggage, the high-end version of this car can propel its passengers from standstill to 100 Kmph in about 3.8 seconds, which is about the same as an Aston-Martin Vantage V12 S. It is betting that high-performance and stylish offerings will boost acceptance amid a sea of alternatives, such as hybrids or electric vehicles powered by hydrogen.

Tesla predicted its SUV would receive five-star safety ratings in all categories, based on data from its crash tests, due to its low centre of gravity, which helps reduce rollovers. Pre-orderers are getting the specced-out Signature Edition, and they’re long sold-out, which means that a whole lot of people were willing to pay upwards of $130,000 to be an early adopter. The buzz surrounding Tesla’s Model S sedan — whose P85D variant won a top score of 100 from Consumer Reports magazine in August — has managed to pre-empt high-end German rivals such as Volkswagen’s Audi and Porsche, BMW and Daimler’s Mercedes-Benz. It is also perhaps one of the only cars that have a medical grade filter in its air conditioning system that strips air of pollen, bacteria and viruses before it enters the cabin. At the Frankfurt Auto Show earlier in September, Audi unveiled its e-tron quattro SUV, and Porsche showed off its first battery-powered sports car, although neither will be available before 2018.

The safety smarts come from the design of the car: not having an engine allows Tesla to re-engineer the car, making a much larger front-impact crumple zone, and great strength for side-on impacts. True to Tesla style, it’s even got a ‘bioweapon defense’ mode that actually creates a positive pressure within the cabin to protect its occupants–ideal when you’re rolling past that open swamp. There’s no need for clever software to defeat emissions, but there is a giant HEPA air filter, which should make that dirty city air cleaner to breathe. Tuesday’s unveiling showcased the top-of-the-line “Signature” Model X, priced between $132,000 and $144,000, with optional add-ons such as acceleration upgrades, packages for subzero weather package or towing. The doors will “auto-present,” or in other words, open for you; the windshield is gigantic, so it feels like “sitting in a helicopter cockpit”; and the middle row of seats moves around automatically, so you can get your children in when your hands are full.

Either way, you’ll have to get in line: the first six customers got their keys tonight, but if you order one now, you’ll be waiting months or years for delivery.

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