The Model X launched in the San Francisco Bay Area and was a huge success. Although the event celebrated the green tech company’s accomplishments, CEO Elon Musk also took the opportunity to explain just how much of a pain the Model X was to build.
The vehicle is complicated and insanely high-tech, to the point that Musk described it as “the most difficult car in the world to build”.
At a press conference later, he even said that he’s “not sure anyone should have made this car. We probably should have just [modified the Model S]. There are so many features and difficult to build parts on [the Model X] than it is necessary for us to sell the cars”.
The Model X’s features include a panoramic windshield, “falcon wing” doors, and air-filtration system complete with “bioweapon defense mode”. There are even ultrasonic sensors that keep the falcon wing doors from hitting other cars and a triple-layer carbon air filter.
That’s a lot of new designs and features coming from a single car from a single company.
All that advanced technology significantly slowed down the car’s release, the CEO explained. They need to make a lot of them to recoup what they spent on research and development. The intricate nature of the car could also slow down production, Elon Musk.
In an article for Business Insider, Benjamin Zhang reported on his experience test driving a Model X P90D, saying that the advanced technology in combination with luxury and performance is both amazing and yet still just a bonus to the Ludicrous Mode’s incredible 0-60 acceleration and 250-mile range.
He doesn’t believe Tesla will have any difficulty selling the cars. The tricky part will be keeping up with demand.