is pushing back the Model X
by about a year so that the company can focus on the well-received Model S
. The news was made public in an SEC filing (a 10-K form
that went out late last week) and first reported in the Los Angeles Times
. In a press release in early 2012
, Tesla said that production for the Model X, "begins at the end of 2013, deliveries begin early 2014." But Tesla spokesperson Shanna Hendriks has confirmed to AutoblogGreen
that, "Production for Model X has been pushed back until late 2014."
Tesla's official statement reads:
Tesla has been intensely focused on Model S, its production and product enhancements and believe there is increased volume potential for Model S. As a result, Tesla has decided to slightly push back the development and timing of Model X to 2014. We do not expect a material impact on our profitability in 2013 or 2014.
The use of "slightly" there has us a bit confused, but if that's how Tesla wants to define a year, then so be it.