Leading all cars, again

Model X is the safest, fastest and most capable sport utility vehicle in history. Standard with all-wheel drive and a 90 kWh battery providing 250 miles of range, Model X has ample seating for seven adults and all of their gear. And it’s ludicrously fast, accelerating from zero to 60 miles per hour in 3.2 seconds. Model X is the SUV uncompromised.

Every part of Model X is designed with safety as a first priority. The floor-mounted battery lowers the center of gravity so that the risk of rollover is almost nonexistent. The battery structure strengthens Model X against side impact intrusions. And without a gasoline engine, the large front trunk acts as a giant impact-absorbing crumple zone.

Model X continually scans the surrounding roadway with camera, radar and sonar systems, providing the driver with real-time feedback to avoid collisions. Even at highway speeds, Model X will automatically apply brakes in an emergency.

A medical grade HEPA filter strips outside air of pollen, bacteria, viruses and pollution before circulating it into the cabin. There are three modes: circulate with outside air, re-circulate inside air and a bioweapon defense mode that creates positive pressure inside the cabin to protect occupants.

Falcon Wing doors allow easy access to second and third row seats from any parking space. Minivan style sliding doors open at most halfway while traditional doors are not capable of opening fully when parked next to another car.

With only a foot of clearance, Falcon Wing doors articulate smoothly up and out of the way, allowing passengers to enter from both front and rear directions. The side and overhead opening is so large that parents can buckle children in without ducking and without bumping their child’s head on the roof.

Model X is able to achieve 250 miles of range in part because it is the most aerodynamic SUV in production. At 0.24, Model X’s drag coefficient is 20% lower than the next best SUV. In addition, an active spoiler deploys to one of three preset positions when Model X is in motion, optimizing visibility, highway efficiency and stability.

Model X has the largest all glass panoramic windshield in production, providing an unparalleled view of the stars and sky above. Optimized solar tinting and obstruction-free view creates unlimited visibility for the driver and all passengers.

Model X comfortably seats seven people in three rows. Every seat is the best seat in the house, but the second row seats are a work of art. Mounted on a single impact absorbing post and independently reclining, each second row seat is designed to maximize passenger comfort, legroom, under seat storage and access to the third row. The third row seats fold flat when not in use.

Stow everyone’s gear in Model X’s large front trunk, rear cargo area and under passenger seats. The front trunk is large enough to hold two golf bags and the rear cargo area can easily hold large items like bicycles, skis and snowboards. Hitch mounted accessory carriers hold additional gear. Model X is the first electric vehicle with a 5,000 pound towing capacity.

The estimated delivery for new reservations is the latter half of 2016


$15.000 electric cars soon

Foxconn Technology Group Chairman Terry Gou asked shareholders to give him time to invest in new businesses including car electronics and cloud computing as he chases clients such as Tesla Motors amid slowing sales.

“Please be patient, don’t be in a hurry,” Gou said on Wednesday at the annual meeting of Hon Hai Precision Industry, Foxconn’s largest unit. “I’m also the biggest shareholder, so if it’s bad for Hon Hai it’s also bad for me.”

Foxconn’s founder has met with executives including Tesla’s Elon Musk, SoftBank’s Masayoshi Son and Alibaba Group Holding’s Jack Ma to discuss future cooperation.

Foxconn plans to hire at least 15,000 people in Taiwan to increase its research base with positions that won’t replace Chinese manufacturing jobs, Gou said on March 12. The jobs, which include 5,000 at the company’s Taipei headquarters, will be for research-and-development and next-generation technologies, he said.

Musk told Tesla shareholders this month that his company is increasing cooperation with Foxconn, and Gou said today that Foxconn makes touch screens for Tesla cars.

“There’s some very promising potential collaboration with Foxconn,” Musk said June 3. “We do feel that with potential alliances like Foxconn, we could potentially expand our production faster than would otherwise be the case.”

Foxconn plans to make electric cars for $15,000 each and currently has many electric-car battery clients, he said.

Gou also said today he sees Foxconn — a maker of phones, computers and video-game machines for companies worldwide — landing Facebook as a client. He didn’t elaborate.

As the sole chairman and chief executive officer since Foxconn was founded in 1974, Gou has retreated on pledges to retire and appoint a successor. The 63-year-old’s most recent plan is to train as many as 30 company presidents as part of a long-term succession plan.

Hon Hai should be more transparent about its future strategy, financial results and the qualifications of its directors, said Hans-Christoph Hirt, Singapore-based executive director at Hermes Equity Ownership Services.