Tesla to unveil a new electric car called ‘X’ at a press event
Elon Musk says Tesla will unveil its first new electric vehicle in 2019 and its first car that is powered by non-fibrous materials at the world’s largest auto show.
The company announced the new X electric car at the International Motor Show (IMS) in Barcelona on Friday (February 24), ahead of the 2019 unveiling.
It has been named the X due to its non-functional, aluminium-based body and the “non-fiber” body parts that make up the chassis.
In a statement, Musk said: “I’m so excited about this X, which I think will be the best car that Tesla has ever made, and I think we’ve nailed it with the new Model 3.”
“We’re putting this new X to the test, and it will be our best car yet.
It’s just a matter of time before we make this one of the best electric cars ever.”
The X is based on a design by famed German engineer Dieter Zetsche, who also designed the Tesla Model S and Model X.
The X car is based around a design Zetschel created to create an electric car with zero-emissions technology, but it uses an aluminium-fuelled chassis, with an integrated lithium-ion battery pack.
The car has a range of 220 miles on a single charge.
The Model 3 is the most powerful electric car currently on sale, and is expected to have a range between 265 miles and 380 miles on the highway.
Musk said that the X is powered only by hydrogen, but that Tesla will also be producing hydrogen fuel cells.
In the future, the company plans to use batteries made by SunPower in the X to power the car, Musk told the audience.
The unveiling of the X marks a milestone for the company, which has been in the process of revamping its design and engineering team since it acquired SolarCity in 2014.
Last month, Musk unveiled a new version of the Tesla Roadster, which uses a lower-cost lithium-sulfur battery.
It was the company’s first new car since the Roadster’s unveiling, and Musk’s first car to be powered by batteries made in a third country.
The Roadster was unveiled alongside the Model X and the Model 3, but the Model S is not expected to be unveiled until 2020.