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Tesla Model X needs to be sure to include this

The Tesla X has some great things going for it prior to its initial launch which is expected soon (I fail to put a date here because Tesla has missed the dates on more than one occasion). What features are people waiting for?


Has any research been done to determine what the key benefit of the Tesla Model X is that people are waiting for?

More and more I am hearing from people that one distinctive element is going to put the Model X on the map and for good reason. No other EV by any other manufacturer has this feature so if you need this, you will surely need to wait for this car to hit the market.

What am I talking about? No it is not the Gullwing Doors! It’s not a 60 inch navigation screen, on the insanity button, but it is something that truly would make the Tesla X unique. If you live in the Northeast or any mountain area that has snow, you know what I’m talking about. The Tesla X’s 4 wheel drive is what people have been asking me for in an EV for over 5 years.

Now why do people ask me for this? It’s an energy drain, it more expansive to produce and will cut down the range! As an EV driver of 8+ years, cutting off range to make sure all wheels are propelling the car seems stupid however the last two winters here in NJ has made me appreciate the people that want 4 wheel drive. As stated in previous articles, I live on a hill and getting up the driveway with eco tires on a snowy day leaves you seriously questioning Eco low rolling resistance tires.

The 4 wheel drive treat that the Tesla X will be, will surely fill a void that is currently missing from the current EV fleet of cars! Here is video of the Tesla X spotted testing back in January.

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Drucifer (not verified)    June 8, 2015 - 10:55AM

Most Tesla Model S being made in 2015 are AWD/4WD. You don't need to buy the Model X to get that. You know that, right?

chris bailey (not verified)    June 8, 2015 - 11:24AM

The model S can be had with all wheel drive....and what is more important then how many wheels are driven is what is touching the ground. Winter tires. FWD, RWD, winter tires will make any car snow worthy. Just like a pair of shoes, no one tire does everything well. A tire designed to do many things does each of those things, but none of them well.

Steve (not verified)    June 8, 2015 - 3:38PM

It's only "an energy drain and cuts down the range" when there is a single engine/motor in the car driving all 4 wheels. It's impossible for that single engine/motor to adapt to the needs of the 4 wheels as quickly as a car that has multiple engines - no matter how much "viscous coupling" and all that crap is installed in the car. Not to mention, all that stuff increases the weight of the car. The Tesla dual-motor drivetrain that is already present in most Model S cars produced these days, allows for motors to adapt to the needs of the front or rear wheels independently, and with very fast reaction speeds. Also, when the car is cruising, only one motor is used, the other is disengaged. You get EXTRA range due to the dual motors. The only thing you're right about is that it's more expensive to produce than a single engine/motor car. Hopefully over time, electric motors will be shown to be cheaper to produce than combustion engines... at least for the simple fact that they're incredibly more complex to build and maintain, whereas electric motors have very few parts, and only one moving part, and comes with a lifetime warranty no matter how many times the car changes owners - nobody provides that with a combustion engine!

Davide (not verified)    August 11, 2015 - 7:14AM

In reply to by Steve (not verified)

Electric motors are already significantly cheaper to produce than ICE. The cost is in the batteries (and for Tesla in the lack of economies of scale and the fact that they make nice margins, thank you).

Wattson (not verified)    June 8, 2015 - 3:45PM

Not only can you get an AWD Tesla now, its MORE EFFICIENT than the RWD model. This article was written by someone not in the know ....

Tony Williams (not verified)    June 8, 2015 - 4:18PM

Not only is my Tesla Model S an all-wheel drive car, it's also more efficient than the rear wheel drive version.

Drucifer (not verified)    June 8, 2015 - 4:47PM

In reply to by Tony Williams (not verified)

True. The painful reality for me is the 2015 S85D is just as fast, all wheel drive, more efficient and has much better regen than my RWD P85. OK, maybe not all that painful...1st world problem, really.

Marco (not verified)    July 8, 2015 - 11:22AM

Why do people write ignorant columns before ever checking & providing their sources properly.
Is this a grade 6 kid scrambling to throw up a quick blurb just to cover his ass just enough not to get fired?
Maybe they're to busy doing 3 hour lunches/coffee breaks, but most likely 'cause they're just brain dead drones playing Candy Crush all day.