Falcon Wing Doors? Q & A about Tesla’s Model X

Posted by Decaturish.com December 10, 2014
The Tesla Model X. Photo courtesy of Tesla Motors

The Tesla Model X. Photo courtesy of Tesla Motors

By Dena Mellick, contributor

Electric vehicles sales are hot right now in Georgia, and Tesla Motors has moved in, opening three showrooms in the metro area (Marietta, Decatur, Lenox Mall).

Tesla has fielded a lot of rumors and questions about its upcoming Model X. Decaturish asked about delivery dates, which have been delayed several times, and those much-talked-about falcon wing doors. Here’s what we learned from Alexis Georgeson, Senior Representative for Tesla Motors.

Decaturish: Are you seeing demand for the Tesla Model X?

Tesla: Model X is available to order. There’s a ton of interest in the vehicle. Production will begin next year. … A little bit later in the year we’ll begin delivery.

Decaturish asked about the falcon wing doors following online speculation they wouldn’t make it to the final version of the Model X. Georgeson confirmed the doors would remain.

Decaturish: What is the purpose of the falcon wing doors?

Tesla: The Model X has three rows in it, similar to a minivan. The purpose of the doors is so that you can step in and actually stand up underneath the door and step into the third row without having to do gymnastics to get into the third row. They serve a very specific function. It’s not simply for style. We wanted to create doors that would allow people to step into that third row without having to catapult yourself back there. … They also prevent you from getting wet in the rain, because you can step underneath them and it acts as a bit of a shield from weather.

The Tesla Model X. Photo courtesy of Tesla Motors

The Tesla Model X. Photo courtesy of Tesla Motors

Decaturish: How is parking with those falcon wing doors?

Tesla: You actually only need 10 inches on either side of the vehicle, so you can open them in incredibly tight parking spots.

Decaturish: Anything else you want to tell Decaturish readers who might be interested in electric vehicles?

Tesla: We encourage people to come in for test-drives. They do need to make an appointment. We’ll accommodate walk-ins, but it’s best to make an appointment. They can test drive at all three of our locations.

In a recent email addressed to Model X reservation holders, Tesla also revealed that the Model X will be the first all-electric vehicle with towing capability.


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  • Daniel Hodlick

    Is there a reason (other than marketing) that they’re not called “Gullwing” doors? Like any carmaker that’s used the design since the 30’s has done?

    • Jr

      Maybe because it has a double hinge second hinge where the roof bends to the body . All other doors that open in a similar fashion only have the one that attaches at the car.

      • Daniel Hodlick

        Oooooh – I had to google some additional pictures to get it. That’s a really interesting (and cool) design feature. Still, to us car folks, they’re gullwing doors. Just as any copy machine is called a Xerox by those that don’t know better, a car that has doors that look like this when they’re open will forever be known as gullwing-doors.

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