Want a Tesla but can’t wait a year for an X? Order an S. Apparently that’s the default MO for a lot of customers, because Tesla witnessed a spike in S orders after the X reveal on Tuesday. Alternate theory, as pointed out by a commenter below: People pulled the trigger on their S order after something about the X rubbed them wrong. Maybe the second row seats’ inability to fold flat? That seems to be the main gripe in forum chatter, to the extent there’s any griping at all. Is China griping about it? Europe? Probably not.
BTW, where’s the X-tacy* in the stock market? It’s likely holding off until the Model X becomes a little more real. Yes, something very exciting flashed before the world stage this week, but it’s still science fiction. Until Tesla shows it can build it en masse, quickly, and without messing it up, it seems the cork will stay on Wall Street’s champagne bottle. The cork might pop right about the time Model III doubles the fizz with its own debut early next year.
Until then, the handful of people with a Model X could easily pay for the vehicle by renting it to the press. Say — why didn’t TeslaMondo think of that totally X-cellent* ploy? It could own a fully paid-off Model X already.
*These X-words will soon annoy the crap out of everyone, so after this post, TeslaMondo will avoid them. Will Elon match this pledge?