With well over 20,000 reservations and millions of dollars of deposits in the bank, it’s pretty safe to say that the Tesla Model X is a hotly-anticipated product. 2015 is supposed to be the year Tesla’s electric SUV finally launches but halfway in we still don’t have an official launch date. During yesterday’s annual stockholder meeting though, Musk revealed that Model X deliveries would begin sometime in the next three or four months.
That will put the launch of the Model X firmly in the third quarter of 2015, about 9 months later than Musk’s original plan to launch the electric crossover in late 2014. Tesla is relying on those initial deliveries to help it meet its 55,000 unit production goal for 2015, which Musk insisted the automaker was still on track for. Tesla is also planning to roll out its new autopilot software to a limited number of owners later this month, with a full rollout coming later in the year.
Tesla has already sent a note to Model X reservation holders saying that any new orders wouldn’t be delivered until mid 2016 at the soonest, and that was back in the fall of 2014. Tesla continues to say that it’s production constrained, and with a year backlog of orders on the Model X, it’s hard to disagree with that assessment. As it stands, we’re looking at a September launch at the soonest, though October is looking even more likely.
That will leave just two months of Model X production for Tesla to meet its 55,000 unit goal. Can Musk and co. still do it?