Elon Musk Tweets About Model X & Model 3

It’s been a busy week for Tesla Motors and its irrepressible billionaire CEO, Elon Musk. Early this week, the company started notifying those intrepid souls who plunked down $40,000 years ago to reserve a Model X that they can now go online and start configuring their Signature Edition cars. Those lucky few get to choose their exterior and interior colors and their preferred wheel and tire package. They also get to decide if they want to pay extra for the tow package or the cold weather package.

Tesla Model X Signature Edition

Then there is the decision whether to opt for the $10,000 Ludicrous Mode upgrade. With it, the Signature Series Model X with its 90 kWh battery can  scoot to 60 mph in just 3.2 seconds. Without the upgrade, the car takes a leisurely 3.8 seconds to get up to speed.

Some people were taken aback by the $132,000 price of the Model X Signature Series and said so publicly. And there was some confusion about how much ordinary folks (if people who will buy an $75,000+ car can be considered ordinary) will have to pay for an ordinary Model X. Elon Musk took to Twitter on Wednesday to address those questions.

The tweet seems to suggest that buyers can choose a Model X with a 70 kWh battery if they wish and will have a choice of a single motor or dual motor configuration, just as with the Model S. The base Model S 70 with a single motor lists for $70,000. That means a similarly equipped Model X should cost $75,000.

Musk tweeted a few hours later that the first Signature Edition cars would be delivered to buyers personally at the Fremont factory on September 29, thus keeping his promise that the first Model X deliveries would begin in the third quarter, but just barely.

But Musk’s day wasn’t over yet. He still had news about the company’s smaller, less expensive Model 3 that is supposed to have more than 200 miles of range and list for $35,000. If you really, really want to be the first on your block to own one, you will be able to reserve one starting in March, 2016.

Musk’s tweet goes on to say that the Model 3 is about 2 years away from production and will depend for its batteries on the Tesla Gigafactory being in operation first. That shouldn’t be a problem, as construction of the factory appears to be ahead of schedule.

Whew, that’s a lot of news for one day.

Steve Hanley

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