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Tesla Model X SUVs Rolling Off Line Being Personally Examined By Elon Musk

Originally published on CleanTechnica.

Tesla Model X production hasn’t gone swimmingly … to put it in soft terms. I’m convinced it’s the Model X is the best production vehicle on the planet, and it won our “2016 CleanTechnica Car of the Year” award, but the innovation comes at a price as well — the X has been hard to produce. Whether it be due to lack of supplies from hard-to-replace suppliers, unsatisfactory parts, or just manufacturing difficulty, ramping up of the X has been delayed several times since launch.

Model X production delays

Earlier this week, Twitter user @SacEV took the plunge of so many before and tried to get an answer directly from Elon regarding 2nd-row-seat functionality, asking: “when is firmware update for full 2nd row seat control and customization coming for Model X? It is quite limited currently.”

Elon’s response was swift and succinct: “next month (with a lot of other good stuff)”

That, of course, alerted people to the fact that Elon was on Twitter and answering questions again. So, @MacTechGenius (well, a bit later) lamented, “I upgraded to the 90D ($15k) after being promised mid-April delivery. VIN 57xx in SoCal, any ETA? No response from my DS ):”

Not über happy, and Elon seemed to understand but also wanted to explain that the quality of final Xs off the production line had not been super great, and he was personally attending to the matter. Sir Elon: “Have been reviewing end of line production quality personally. Slowed things down temporarily, but it’s for the best.”

Good news? Bad news? Hard to say. Depends on the extent and degree of the problems, and whether or not the factory workers (+ robots) just need a careful eye for a bit to get things going in a more precise and adequate manner.

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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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