Tesla CEO Elon Musk believes the Tesla Model X is one of the electric carmaker’s mistakes. He acknowledged that the Model X should be included in a long list of early mistakes made by the electric car maker. One of the reasons Musk is aware of this is the falcon wing doors, which have long been a signature styling element of electric SUVs. However, the automaker said the Falcon Wng doors caused various problems in Tesla’s early car manufacturing process.
The automaker has hinted that the Tesla Model X’s Falcon Wing doors appear to be more work than they’re worth, especially early in the engineering process. Electric car brands have spent a lot of time fixing bugs and getting things moving quickly, which is why the Tesla Model X falcon wing doors are no longer making headlines for the wrong reasons despite early problems.
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Tesla even posted a video on its Twitter account showing how the auto brand strapped some early Falcon Wing door prototypes to a Model S to see how they work. The video then cuts to the Model X with the actual Falcon Wing doors in action. The automaker further stated in its tweet that the Falcon Wing doors are designed to actively detect obstacles, preventing the doors from moving when an obstacle is detected.
The automaker further claims that the Falcon Wing doors are claimed to be equipped with special sensors that can sense through metal, allowing the doors to adjust to the available lateral and vertical space. These sensors make sure the door doesn’t hit the garage wall, door, roof or other cars. These doors have multiple joints that can be opened and closed, so that the pure electric SUV can be parked in tight places without worrying about the owner. Tesla also claims that the doors provide easy access to the EV’s third row of seats, even if the second row has child car seats. In fact, a few years ago, Elon Musk demonstrated how the falcon-wing doors could open in tight parking spaces, demonstrating what the technology is capable of.
The Tesla Model S and Model X aren’t among the U.S. electric carmaker’s top sellers like their siblings, the Model 3 and Model Y. But the Model S and Model X, two of the brand’s signature electric vehicles, showcase the automaker’s engineering prowess. The Falcon Wing doors are one of the engineering marvels of the EV profession.
First published date: March 12, 2023 at 09:02 AM CST