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Tesla Model X Special Features = No Show Before Delivery

We’ve got a lot to report from Tesla’s 2014 4th quarter earnings report and conference call. This post will discuss some of the Tesla Model X stuff. First, however, the Model X has been spotted testing a couple of times this week. Below are six pictures snapped of a black and not heavily camouflaged test vehicle.

Looks hot to me!

For video, compare with this test vehicle, which looks like it could well be a Model X.

Interestingly, on the press call, Elon Musk said that the Model X would not be shown publicly until delivery. There’s not going to be any unveiling at a motor show. The specific question that prompted the statement was: “Is there going to be, you know, any advanced showings of it at any auto shows ahead of the launch?”

Elon’s his exact words: “You know, because there are these different features that I mentioned — I’m being sort of intentionally obtuse — we’re not going to show it until it gets delivered.” Hmm, Elon is fond of these secret clues/hints, and he has many of us trying to figure this one out now.

What these “different features” are that Tesla doesn’t want to (or can’t) show before delivery, we’re not really sure, but there’s a good thread about this topic over on the Tesla Motors Club (TMC) forum that I recommend checking out.

Some of the initial speculation includes:

  • cool self-driving features
  • the lack of rear-view mirrors (side cameras approved by the NHTSA instead)
  • much-improved batteries

What’s your guess?

Despite no unveiling at a motor show, word is the Model X will be shown at a private unveiling beforehand in the second quarter of the year — after all, people need to configure and see a good approximation of their Model Xs before finalizing their orders.

Images can be found on TMC here & here.

 
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is the director of CleanTechnica, the most popular cleantech-focused website in the world, and Planetsave, a world-leading green and science news site. He has been covering green news of various sorts since 2008, and he has been especially focused on solar energy, electric vehicles, and wind energy since 2009. Aside from his work on CleanTechnica and Planetsave, he's the founder and director of Solar Love, EV Obsession, and Bikocity. Zach has long-term investments in TSLA, SCTY, FSLR, SPWR, SEDG, & ABB. After years of covering solar and EVs, he simply had a lot of faith in these companies and felt like they were good companies to invest in as a portion of his retirement strategy. To connect with Zach on some of your favorite social networks, go to ZacharyShahan.com and click on the relevant buttons.

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