By now, we’ve all undoubtedly heard that Tesla Model X deliveries would absolutely, definitely, beyond a shadow of a doubt start by Q3 of this year.
Barring any further delays, that is. And you would certainly be forgiven for doubting the veracity of the claim; after all, the Tesla Model X was originally announced way back in February of 2012, and planned to ship by late 2013.
However, we believe this estimated date of arrival might not be as hollow as the other(s), based on everything from the frequency of Tesla Model X prototypes spotted testing in public, to our own intuition. Plus, it was recently reiterated by Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk at the annual shareholders meeting.
Autoblog reports that at the annual Tesla Motors shareholder meeting earlier in the week, CEO Elon Musk plainly stated that the Tesla Model X would begin shipping “probably in about 3 or 4 months.” That ought to put the start date somewhere in September or October, and given the speech’s proximity to that date, we can safely assume that the kinks have been ironed out.
Musk also stated that he is looking at builds of the Tesla Model X every week, and that he feels the electric crossover will make a better SUV than the Model S does a sedan. “Getting those final nuances right for the Model X is what we’re focusing on right now,” said Musk, meaning the falcon-wing doors, rear seats, and a few other, minute details.