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Tesla Delays Model X Production

Tesla Motors Ltd.—which once planned to begin making its Model X electric crossover late this year—now says production won’t start until the end of 2014.Tesla Model X crossoverThe delay will allow it to focus on ramping up its Model S EV sedan, according to the company.

Tesla Motors Ltd.—which once planned to begin making its Model X electric crossover late this year—now says production won’t start until the end of 2014.

Tesla Model X crossover

The delay will allow it to focus on ramping up its Model S EV sedan, according to the company. That car went into production last June at Tesla’s plant in Freemont, Calif. But supplier and manufacturing issues limited output to only 3,100 units in 2012—less than half its target.

Tesla says Model S production reached the company’s target annual rate of 20,000 units in December.

The gullwing Model X will share the sedan’s platform and is expected to use the same powertrain. But the company said a year ago that the crossover would offer an optional second motor for the front wheels to boost the vehicle’s torque 50% and enable it to accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds.

The Model S offers buyers a choice of three battery capacities that provide driving ranges of 120, 230 or 300 miles. Tesla said last year that Model X buyers will be able to select one of the two larger power supplies.