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Tesla’s Luxury Electric SUV Is Faster Than A Porsche

The famous electric carmaker unveils Model X -- the first all-electric SUV, complete with falcon wings and acceleration faster than a sports car.

Alice Chan
Alice Chan on March 13, 2012.

Tesla Motors recently debuted the world’s first all-electric SUV — a minivan hybrid called the Model X. Inspired by the Model S sedan, the battery-powered seven-passenger vehicle can also “fly.” The car  is equipped with “Falcon Wing” doors, named after Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s Falcon rocket line, that open upward. The battery pack powers a dual electric motor and gives it a range of between 220 and 270 miles on a full charge. And finally, the Model X boasts an impressive acceleration from 0 to 60 miles per hour in just 4.4 seconds, 0.2 seconds faster than the 2012 Porsche 911.

Model X, as with other Tesla lines, is being developed in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy. A US$465 million loan has enabled the automaker to purchase a discontinued GM-Toyota factory in Fremont, California. The luxury vehicle is set to launch in 2014, with productions beginning by this July. Tesla has not revealed Model X pricing, but said that it will be similar to that of the Model S, which costs between US$67,400-$105,400.

Check out the thumbnails below to see more images of the speedy vehicle:

Tesla Model X

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