A recent study found that men and women drive their electric vehicles differently. That might help explain why there is a male bias towards Tesla's electric offerings while the more practical Nissan Leaf get the attention of female drivers. Well, according to Tesla CEO Elon Musk, who spoke with investors yesterday during the company's annual shareholder meeting, the upcoming Tesla Model X could shift the paradigm of the gendered EV.

"We probably got a little too guy-centric on the S. So, we're hoping to correct that with the X" – Elon Musk

Musk didn't get into details, but responding to a question from the audience, Musk said that "we're certainly paying more attention to the needs of women in the Model X. ... We probably got a little too guy-centric on the S. So, we're hoping to correct that with the X." Musk also said that the "production version of the Model X actually looks different from [what we've seen before], it looks better."

When we think about the design of the Model X, the first thing that comes to mind are those falcon-wing doors, which Tesla repeatedly promises are sticking around in the production version. Perhaps the feel of opening them is what he meant when he said the design is meant to appeal to women?

So in the case of Model X that's just taken a bit longer than we would have liked. In particular, getting the falcon-wing door right is extremely difficult. Things that you maybe wouldn't expect are also very difficult, things like the second row seats are quite a challenge because what we're aiming for with the Model X is that when you open the falcon-wing door, you have the second row seats essentially framed and we want that to feel like a work of art. If you open up the door it should be this amazing experience. I mean, it may sound a bit silly, but it should just feel like "ahh!" [laughs] And then the seat, I mean it's just the seat but we want the seat to be like feel like a work of art like something you could have in a museum. Anyway, that's where we're going for with the Model X, and it's bloody hard.

Whatever the case, Model X pre-orders are rolling in. Once the EV arrives in customer driveways some time next year (Musk said he expects volume production to kick in during the second quarter of 2015), we'll have a better idea if it's the soccer moms or the soccer dads who like the AWD-only Model X more.

You can see all of Musk's remarks in the video below. The comments on women and the Model X some are around minute 30, with the falcon-wing door discussion happening at minute 22 or so.





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      joeboarder108
      • 6 Months Ago
      Only gripe with the falcon doors: Where do I put my roof rack for my snowboards, bikes, luggage, etc?
        SethG
        • 6 Months Ago
        @joeboarder108
        One of the big missteps here. People used to shopping for luxury sedans essentially give up nothing (or very little) in terms of usability/experience/status when they buy a Model S. They should have done the same with this car. The family in the GL with the Thule box on the roof is not going to be able to use a Model X because of these doors.
          avanti
          • 6 Months Ago
          @SethG
          Where does it ever say that the Model X is an SUV? It's not!
        ravenosa
        • 6 Months Ago
        @joeboarder108
        Get a bike/snowboard rack for the rear, put extra luggage in the frunk. Definitely some ways around it.
        Actionable Mango
        • 6 Months Ago
        @joeboarder108
        Due to the height of SUVs, putting bikes on roof racks is very difficult. A receiver hitch bike rack on the back is way easier. Snowboards and skis can go back there too. Luggage should be able to fit inside. This isn't a subcompact car.
          EXP Jawa
          • 6 Months Ago
          @Actionable Mango
          I'm a 5'6" tall guy that regularly puts bikes (sometimes heavy ones) or my kayak on the roof of my old Mountaineer. Yes, it is higher up than a car. I keep a folding step ladder in the cargo area. That said, I've used both roof and hitch mounts for bikes (both together on occasion), and I still prefer the roof. They tend to be more secure (both it terms of movement and anti-theft) and I don't like having bikes cantilevered way off the back. They block the lights and are more damage prone. On top of that (sorry, bad pun), a hitch mount is sort of a non-starter for a 14' kayak. Roof is the only option. The only car I'd own that I'd accept not having the option of a roof rack is a convertible.
          paulwesterberg
          • 6 Months Ago
          @Actionable Mango
          Actually you can get small trailers for kayaks, canoes, bikes, cargo etc. http://www.oakorchardcanoe.com/trailex.php
          JaredN
          • 6 Months Ago
          @Actionable Mango
          Roof racks are very useful on SUVs, which is why most of them come with roof racks.
          clquake
          • 6 Months Ago
          @Actionable Mango
          Christmas trees?
          EXP Jawa
          • 6 Months Ago
          @Actionable Mango
          I'm not going to tow a trailer to be able to carry a kayak, when a vehicle that's better suited will eliminate the need. Towing might fine/necessary for a power boat, but a 40 pound kayak is a different story. Aside from that, parking an SUV with a trailer would be a real problem at some of the places we put in.
        paulwesterberg
        • 6 Months Ago
        @joeboarder108
        Roof racks are bad for aerodynamics which means you would have drastically reduced highway range. The model X with its frunk and room for 7 will have tons of cargo space, but if you really need more you are better off with a hitch mounted rack or small trailer.
          Narom
          • 6 Months Ago
          @paulwesterberg
          And a trailer isnt bad for aero?
          Dmitriy Markelov
          • 6 Months Ago
          @paulwesterberg
          No, a trailer hitch rack is not worse than a roof rack setup.
          paulwesterberg
          • 6 Months Ago
          @paulwesterberg
          A trailer sits in the air pocket directly behind the vehicle. As long as it is fairly smooth and lightweight it will cause much less drag. A roof rack is like a sail on the top of a car.
      chrismcfreely
      • 6 Months Ago
      "getting the falcon-wing door right is extremely difficult." So, they are ugly, pointless, and cost R&D money that could go to into something beneficial instead?! Don't start making huge mistakes, Tesla.
        Lab Ninja
        • 6 Months Ago
        @chrismcfreely
        Considering how they nailed the Model S, I don't think you should be too worried.
        Lamborandon
        • 6 Months Ago
        @chrismcfreely
        you call them ugly? well what do you call your face?
        Will
        • 6 Months Ago
        @chrismcfreely
        He gets to sounds all Steve Jobsian when he talks about them, though.
      Lab Ninja
      • 6 Months Ago
      I wonder if we're going to see any teasers/concepts for the Model E at NAIAS? I'm sure we'll see a finalized Model X.
      Bernard
      • 6 Months Ago
      Good news because my wife needs a new car and she wants a Model X.
      Lucky Stars
      • 6 Months Ago
      since 98 percent of the s is driven by men, maybe that will drop by 20% or so... Milfs still prefer Mercedes and Bmw and that is not going to change with their next model.
      Zee Frunch Canadiun
      • 6 Months Ago
      If they are taregtting women with this vehicle, hey should have called it the V, for obvious reasons.
      Ian
      • 6 Months Ago
      They had me at SUV and lost me at Minivan.
        JB
        • 1 Day Ago
        @Ian
        What a difference image and not utility makes.
      fordskydog
      • 6 Months Ago
      Bullshit! I'm counting on an X as a model I can afford! I AM A GUY! Cars for women don't sell in volume like cars for car guys.
        Joeviocoe
        • 6 Months Ago
        @fordskydog
        Yes, the article is Bull. Musk never said such a thing.
      Muttons
      • 6 Months Ago
      The thing with designing things for women... Both men and women gravitate toward the masculine when it comes to styling. However, if you make something more feminine, you may still attract women, but men will lose interest. For the most part, women will still love wearing pants but getting men to wear a little black dress is a losing proposition.
        EvilTollMan
        • 6 Months Ago
        @Muttons
        I guess that makes sense...yeah.
        Joeviocoe
        • 6 Months Ago
        @Muttons
        Yep.... luckily (if you watch the question/answer @ 29:12)... Tesla is NOT actually designing anything "For Women". Elon appeases the question, saying that a bit more thought to women was given for the X.
        Bradford
        • 6 Months Ago
        @Muttons
        I agree with this completely. You see a lot more women driving Jeep Wranglers than you see men driving pink VW Beetles.
      thecommentator2013
      • 6 Months Ago
      Elon, I'm a man and I want a car designed by and for men. I'm in the Tesla league. Got it?
      Joeviocoe
      • 6 Months Ago
      Wow... you want newsworthy: @ 38:53... the delusional guy calling himself a "super genius"... who wants Elon to hire him as "Vice-Chairman of Tesla".... wanting to know when Elon will step down as CEO so he could apply. And be on the board. Obviously disturbed guy.
        Grendal
        • 6 Months Ago
        @Joeviocoe
        Too smart for his own good which causes megalomaniac tendencies. Kinda reminds you of someone that hangs out around here.
      Snowdog
      • 6 Months Ago
      Another ABG headline misinformation. There was a request from a lady in the audience that Teslas take into account smaller women drivers better and Musk essentially indicated that the Model X would take women more into account. Not that it was designed for Women.
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