Tesla Model X guide: The first electric SUV
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October 2013 - November 2021
As the first fully electric SUV in Tesla’s fleet… and the world for that matter, the Model X remains a veteran in the US automaker’s EV lineup. While it has dropped a bit in popularity compared to some of the smaller, more affordable Tesla models, the Model X has seen a recent refresh and looks to blaze trails with its all new Plaid powertrain in 2022.
Table of contents
- History of the first all-electric SUV
- Performance specs
- Other features
- How much does a Tesla Model X cost?
- How long does it take to charge a Model X?
- How much does it cost to charge a Tesla Model X?
- Model X FAQ
History of the first all-electric SUV
The Model X currently sits as a veteran EV in the Tesla family and is the largest EV currently available. That is, until the Cybertruck inevitable makes its debut.
While the Tesla Model X is technically the third model to arrive, it currently holds strong as Tesla’s second longest-running production model behind the Model S sedan.
The Model X was originally unveiled in 2012 on Tesla’s second-generation platform, with first deliveries planned for 2014. The SUV was then put on the back burner so Tesla could focus on meeting its demand for the Model S first.
The Model X did not end up delivering until fall 2015 due to production delays, particularly on its unique Falcon Wing doors.
Soon thereafter, however, the Model X ranked as one of the top-selling EVs worldwide. Since then, sales have since staggered a bit as Tesla has released two smaller, more affordable EVs in the Model 3 sedan and Model Y CUV.
That being said, the Model X saw a complete refresh in 2021, as well as the introduction of a Plaid powertrain model to arrive in 2022 for new customers. Some longer reservation holders are still hoping they will receive their shiny new Model X EVs before year’s end, but there have been delays.
When will the new Model X EVs deliver to customers?
Most recently, a group of new Model X EVs had been spotted outside of Tesla’s Fremont factory, reigniting some shred of hope that customers might see deliveries soon.
Currently, Tesla has yet to receive its official EPA ranges for the new versions of the Model X. However, the units were spotted in a Fremont lot that Tesla is generally used for shipping to delivery centers. This could in fact mean that approval for Model X deliveries could be sooner rather than later.
For people placing new orders now in the US today, Tesla is currently estimating a delivery timeline of May-June 2022 for both the Model X Long Range and Model X Plaid.
The Tesla Model X is currently available in two versions: a dual motor, all-wheel drive (AWD) Long Range trim, and a new tri motor Plaid powertrain. The both trims offer Tesla’s best 91 cubic feet of cargo space.
The newly refreshed Tesla Model X Long Range offers an estimated range of 360 miles, 11 miles less compared to the pre-refresh version. That being said, the Long Range Model X can still reach a top speed of 149 mph and accelerate from 0-60 mph in 3.8 seconds.
With an upgrade to the 22″ turbine wheels for an extra $5,500, you can garner a higher top speed of 155 mph, at the sacrifice of 10 miles of range (350 mi).
The previously sold Performance trim Model X has been dropped in exchange for a new tri motor Plaid version to match its Model S sibling. The upcoming Plaid Model X can travel an estimated range of 340 miles, reach a top speed of 149 mph, and zoom 0-60 mph in 2.5 seconds.
Once again, if you prioritize speed, the 22″ wheel upgrade can get the Model X Plaid up to 163 mph, again sacrificing of 10 miles of estimated range (330 mi).
The 2021 refresh of the Tesla Model X provides an all new interior to customers while maintaining its unique Falcon-Wing doors. The Model X has also adapted a glass panoramic roof from the Model Y, offering ultraviolet and infrared protection for passengers.
The Model X is the only Tesla to come with a tow hitch standard, capable of hauling up to 5,000 lbs. The smaller Model Y is also available with a tow hitch, but it requires an additional fee.
Both the Model X and Model Y are the only current Teslas available with seating for up to seven people.
Furthermore, the Model X now comes with other features that debuted on the Model Y such as Tesla’s heat pump and a chrome delete exterior.
In August of 2021, Tesla subtly updated the Model X on its website with new darker wheels.
How much does a Model X weigh?
Compared to the other Tesla models, the Model X weights quite a bit. The Long Range trim currently weighs in at 5,185 lbs., while the upcoming Plaid Model X weighs 5,390 lbs.
How much does a Tesla Model X cost?
Like all of Tesla’s electric vehicles, prices vary depending on a number of customizable factors. Beyond the model itself, customers must choose a powertrain, interior and exterior, and work through a library of add-ons to configure their ideal Tesla.
To give you the best gauge on pricing for a Model X, we have shared the full spectrum of costs ranging from the cheapest bare-bones model to the fully loaded version.
Note that all prices are relevant at the time of this posting and do not included any taxes, destination fees, or federal tax rebates.
To begin, a dual motor Long Range Model X with white paint and zero added features starts at $94,990.
After adding all available features such as red paint, 22″ Turbine Wheels, cream interior, and Full Self-Driving (FSD) capabilities, the price can climb as high as $121,490.
Note that this top-tier pricing also includes the six-seat interior with captain’s chairs for $6,500. There is also a seven-seat option available for $3,000 less. Five seats come standard on the Model X, pushing the final price to $114,990.
The new Model X Plaid begins at $119,990 and can jump to $146,490 total with the same wheels and six-seat interior. Seven seats will again come in $3,000 less, while the standard five-seat option costs $139,990.
In summary, the most basic Model X costs around $95,000 and can go as high as $146,500 with all the added features.
Sometimes you can snag a Model X deal though, much like Electrek‘s Fred Lambert:
Have Model X prices gone up?
Yes. This began with the 2021 refresh models, which is understandable, but that’s not all.
While Tesla’s prices are known for fluctuating nearly every month, the automaker increased the price of both the Model S and Model X by $5,000 in July 2021.
How long does it take to charge a Model X?
An ever popular question is, How long does it take to charge a Tesla? The answer is not definitive, as a number of factors contribute to how quickly you can get your Model X recharged and back on the road.
It’s vital to have a clear understanding of EV charging standards and how they vary first. Then, you’ll gain a better understanding of the three levels of charging and what sort of charge times to expect.
Charge times may vary based on these factors, but here’s a broad breakdown of charge speeds for a Model X.
- Level 1 AC (110-120V outlet at home): 20-40 hours
- AC Level 2 (220-240V – Third party chargers/Tesla chargers/Tesla home charger): 8-12 hours
- Level 3 DC fast charger (480+ volts – Third party chargers/Tesla Supercharger): 15-25 minutes
The Tesla Supercharger network is the best for speedy charging, especially on a road trip or in a low battery pickle. Due to their massive direct current (DC), however, Superchargers are not recommended for daily use.
Tesla recommends Level 2 charging at home whenever possible.
For more granular facts surrounding Tesla’s Supercharger network, check out our detailed guide.
What is the max Supercharging power available on the Model X?
Tesla’s Superchargers draw massive DC power directly from the grid to ensure your Tesla is charged quickly.
That being said, you’ll want to remember the maximum level of power your Model X can handle while charging, especially on a Tesla Supercharger.
Currently, both trims of Model X have a maximum power of 250 kW, which matches the current max output of Tesla Superchargers. However, Tesla CEO Elon Musk has recently alluded to future Superchargers capable of delivering 300 kW of power.
How much does it cost to charge a Tesla Model X?
Another question that’s even harder to answer is, How much does it cost to charge a Tesla? There are, once again, a number of factors that determine this approximate pricing. This includes everything from the state you live in, to the charging level, and time of use (TOU).
By gathering the average residential energy costs in the US from the Energy Information Administration (EIA), we have calculated an estimated cost to charge at home or at a DC Fast Charger.
Cost to charge your Model X at home
The 100 kWh battery pack on both trims of the Tesla Model X will cost approximately $16.47 to fully charge from 0-100%.
In terms of cost per mile, the Model X Long Range, at an estimated range of 360 miles, will cost about $0.046 per mile and $4.58 per 100 miles of range.
The lower-range Plaid trim and its 340-mile estimated range costs about $0.048 per mile, and $4.48 for 100 miles of range.
Cost to charge on a Tesla Supercharger
Since Superchargers pull DC power directly from the grid, they are much more efficient and can offer much faster speeds, albeit at a higher price.
The 100 kWh battery on both trims of the Model X costs roughly $22.95 to fully charge from 0-100% via DCFC. This number accounts for a 95% battery efficiency as well.
The Long Range Model X comes in at around $0.064 per mile and $6.37 per 100 miles, while the Plaid trim can cost about $0.068 per mile, or $6.75 for 100 miles of range.
Model X FAQ
It is, at least for now. Tesla’s upcoming Cybertruck will be larger, but it’s not scheduled to deliver until 2022.
Naturally. However, we recommend doing your research to determine if a lease is right for you. In the long run with EVs like Tesla, you may end up saving more money by buying.
Check out our Tesla lease guide for more information.
Depends how small they are… Kidding! Current variations of either Model X powertrain allow for seating of five, six, or seven passengers depending on seating on add-ons. The five-seat option comes standard on all Model X EVs.
While the Model X shares a lot of the same assembly as the other veteran, Model S, it closely resembles the Model Y as a larger, better-performing version. Both offer Falcon-Wing Doors and more cargo space than the sedans. Both also have seating for up to seven and the ability to tow.
If you purchased a Model X between 2016 and 2020, you or your EV may still qualify for free unlimited supercharging. You can check out more details here, but we also recommend speaking to Tesla directly to confirm.