Tesla says it plans to have Model X Alpha prototypes by next week

Gigaom

Despite some delays for with Tesla’s crossover SUV/minivan electric car, the Model X, Tesla said in its letter to shareholders on Thursday that it plans to have operational Alpha prototypes ready next week. Tesla will use those Alphas to confirm final design decisions, and for testing purposes like tweaking the electronics, testing the durability and maybe even crashing some of ’em.

The Model X prototype unveiled in early 2012. Image courtesy of Gigaom. The Model X prototype unveiled in early 2012. Image courtesy of Gigaom.

Tesla said the Model X Beta prototypes (as close to production ready as possible) will be ready later this year. The production-ready Model X will be shipped starting in the spring of 2015. Here’s what some of the Model S Alpha’s looked like back in 2011. Some of them are just shells and some are more full-bodied.

Because the Model X is based on the basic powertrain design of the Model S, Tesla faces less risk when…

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