Tesla introduced its Model X crossover concept to the public back in February 2012, with deliveries initially set to begin in 2014.   But although customers have been able to reserve a Model X by…

Tesla to start delivering Model X crossover in 2015

Tesla introduced its Model X crossover concept to the public back in February 2012, with deliveries initially set to begin in 2014. But although customers have been able to reserve a Model X by plunking down a $5,000 deposit, production got pushed back and so far none of the crossovers have been built.

Now in a letter to reservation holders, Tesla has promised that the company will begin prototype production this fall, with deliveries set to begin in early 2015. The Palo Alto, California based company also promised that the production Model X will "exceed the promises made when we first showed the concept."

Two key features Tesla intends to integrate into the production Model X are standard all-wheel drive and falcon wing doors. "Not only do these doors look amazing," said Tesla, "but they also make getting in and out of the Model X so much easier than would a conventional front-hinged door." The company also confirmed that third-row seating would be available, with the Read Full Story
After years of delay, the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently passed a law requiring backup cameras Automakers are testing side-view cameras in an effort to phase out side…

Back-up and sideview cameras may replace side mirrors

After years of delay, the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently passed a law requiring backup cameras on all vehicles under 10,000 pounds. The law sets technical guidelines for the cameras and includes a phase-in period, with the cameras being required on 10 percent of all vehicles built after May 2016, 40 percent of vehicles built after May 2017, and all vehicles built after May 2018.

The new law grew out of the Cameron Gulbransen Kids Transportation Safety Act, which was passed by the US Congress in 2008 and originally set a deadline of 2011 for finalizing backup camera standards and timelines. Studies have suggested that mandatory backup cameras could save hundreds of lives and prevent thousands of injuries each year.

Industry analysts report that automakers are embracing the new law, as the rules finally provide standards to rely on when designing backup camera systems. Many manufacturers already include backup cameras on their higher-end Read Full Story
Led by the Chevrolet Volt and Toyota Prius Plug-in, and with as many as 16 offerings in total to choose from, plug-based cars 2014 Tesla Model S (Photo: Tesla) recorded a major sales surge in 2013, jumping…

Plug-in electric car sales grow in 2013

Led by the Chevrolet Volt and Toyota Prius Plug-in, and with as many as 16 offerings in total to choose from, plug-based cars recorded a major sales surge in 2013, jumping by 84 percent in the US to almost 100,000 units total. While the Volt and Prius Plug-in led in volume, the Tesla and Nissan Leaf posted the biggest year-over-year gains, selling 18,800 and 22,610 vehicles respectively in the US last year - a gain of 130 percent for the Leaf. Conventional hybrids also saw a modest 15 percent increase in sales, reaching an all-time record of just under half a million vehicles sold. To put things in perspective these are still relatively modest numbers, with all battery-based vehicles together representing less than four percent of the total US new vehicle market. That's less market share than the Ford F-Series truck holds on its own. But the numbers show a growing acceptance of plug-in and hybrid vehicles by the motoring public, indicating that these vehicles are here to stay. The numbers Read Full Story