According to a Fortune reporter, Elon told him there were already 20,000 and 25,000 pre-orders/reservations for the Tesla Model X. However, there’s also been a surge of reservations since the unveiling, and they have reportedly risen to >30,000.
Unfortunately, new orders won’t be delivered until sometime in late 2016 (or later) owing to the backlog, so those late to the party still have quite a lot of time to wait.
Beyond the issue of the current backlog, though, those on the fence about buying a Model X also have to consider the fact that the official unveiling of the Model 3 is coming up, currently being set for early next year. While the two models aren’t quite in the same price range, presumably, there are some who, while interested in the Model X, are probably more interested in the Model 3. Elon tweeted last night that the Model 3 or Model Y (crossover version of the Model 3?) will have falcon-wing doors.
Hmm. Wait for a Model 3 or plop down a deposit for a Model X right now? Surely, that question is on some people’s minds right now?
Regarding that Fortune interview mentioned at the top, here are some other interesting comments made by Musk to the reporter:
“I think we got more carried away with the X,” Musk said about an hour before the event. “I’m not sure anyone should make this car.”
“There’s far more there than is really necessary to sell a car,” Musk added. “Some of these things are so difficult; they do make the car better, but the difficulty of engineering those parts is so high, that in retrospect, if we had known the true engineering costs and the amount of complexity associated with it I think we would have probably done fewer new things.”
Interesting. The extra “gizmos” will probably pay off for the company, though. The presumed target audience for the Model X is, after all, the “tech industry affluent.” Myself, while I won’t be purchasing one, am quite interested to see the first buyer video reviews — it’ll be interesting to see how many of these things work out in actual practice.