The long-awaited, oft-delayed Tesla Model X electric crossover may finally have found a launch time that will stick, in late 2015.
This news comes to us from the folks at Auto Guide, who had a look at Tesla Motors’ annual filing with the SEC. According to that filing, the Tesla Model X has reached both the Alpha and Beta prototype milestones. The next step: a production-ready version.
AG notes that the Beta prototype of the Tesla Model S was first announced in October of 2011, about 9 months before the first production example was delivered in June of 2012. The automaker’s filing with the SEC was dated Wednesday, April 22nd. Had the Beta prototype of the Tesla Model X only on the same date, assuming another 9 months of gestation would push its first delivery back to January of next year.
But of course, we can likely presume that the Tesla Model X Beta arrived sometime prior to Wednesday’s filing, and a more brief gestation seems likely. After all, the Model S sedan was the automaker’s first offering entirely of its own design, the Tesla Roadster having been built on the Lotus Elise. Furthermore, the Tesla Model X makes use of the same basic architecture as the Model S, and Tesla has increased production capacity substantially since that car first arrived.
All things considered, Tesla’s planned delivery start-date in Q3 of this year looks possible. But even if the electric-carmaker misses that mark, at the very least, the light at the end of the tunnel has never been closer.