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Hindsight: What the Model X should have been

Discussion in 'Model X' started by Lex, May 18, 2015.

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  1. Lex

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    Perhaps the Model X should have been a service vehicle.

    A cube van !

    Instead of intricate, rich, and lavish, it would have been bigger, sparse, barren, and ready for business, as well as for customization for those who couldn't wait for a factory-built SUV/CUV... remember the rockin' custom Econoline 150's in the 70s and 80s ?? :biggrin:

    In the same way the Roadster - Model S - Model 3 development strategy (oh and the original one didn't mention the X by my recollection) paved the way in cautious steps, the X cargo van could have created a robust, "overly engineered" service platform that've readily adapted to a luxurious SUV / CUV vehicle with towing capabilities.

    Just an idea, I haven't done a business plan or anything ... the commercial vehicle market is a very different one.

    Thoughts ?
     
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    Cube vans have horrible aerodynamics. 300 miles of range could easily work out to 150 miles real world.

    I do agree that most local delivery trucks will soon switch to electric because they stand to save a ton on gas even if the upfront costs are higher.
     
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    lol both very nice :biggrin:

    How about this:
    voyager.jpg

    Ironically, that beast was born of the opposite strategy I suggested above -- a car that was made into a van that was then turned into a service vehicle. Poor Torqueflite 4-speed car transmissions :scared:
     
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    I suspect the commercial space runs on thinner margins than Tesla seems to want to chase. That said, Smith Electric Vehicles seems to do OK.

    Smith-Banner2.jpg

    And Nissan is doing an electric version of the NV200 van.
    nissan-e-nv200.jpg

    The space is littered with the remains of dead companies though. Sadly Bright Automotive's PHEV Idea van never saw the light of day.

    7_ext_psgrsideon_090413_2.jpg
     
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    Red Sage The Cybernetic Samurai

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    Hopefully Ford will approach Tesla to get an electric drivetrain for their Transit Courier and similar vans. I rather doubt the same will happen with the Mercedes-Benz/Dodge Sprinter vans.
     
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    What the Model X should have been is... in my garage by now.

    :cool:
     

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