The CEO had previously mentioned that the Model X would start at only $5,000 more than a comparable Model S, which starts at $75,000 for an all-wheel-drive version.
The number of Model X reservation holders is estimated to be between 25,000 to 30,000. In the light of possible delays of the base versions of the vehicle, some might have decided to instead go with a Model S, which could explain the recent uptick in sales.
Tesla’s CEO also reported that the company secured just yesterday a “certificate of occupancy” for the Gigafactory in Nevada. He expects to start production of battery cells by “spring 2016”.
Musk went on a tangent about Tesla, but the focus of the interview was on SolarCity’s new panel technology, which we reported on this morning. The company achieved the best efficiency ever for a rooftop panel: 22%. It will start production later this month in its 100 MW pilot plant in Fremont, California.