Buying a Tesla Motors Inc Model X requires the customer to not only be able to pay $132,000 and patience to wait for months, but also good rapport with CEO Elon Musk. One buyer learned this but the hard way. Stewart Alsop, who posted an open letter to Musk criticizing Model X’s launch last September, was not allowed to buy the Model X.
Tesla CEO turns down one customer
Alsop – a venture capitalist – posted an open letter to Musk, complaining that the launch event started late, and Musk did not even apologized for it. Alsop said it was “insensitive and poor judgement.”
To this, Musk responded by cancelling his order for the Model X, for which he had put down a $5,000 deposit. This led Alsop to write a second blog on Monday entitled ‘Banned by Tesla,’ where he mentioned the cancelled order.
Alsop wrote that he received a call from Musk that his first post was a personal attack. “I also hear that you are not comfortable having me own a Tesla car and have cancelled my order for a Tesla Model X. I am terribly disappointed,” Alsop wrote.
Alsop is a frequent blogger and a former business journalist besides being a venture capitalist. He wrote that Musk’s reaction left him shocked, adding that earlier he wrote a blog post about his BMW1 car with the title ‘My Car Makes Me Feel Stoopid,’ but the company’s CEO didn’t take his car back.
“I understand that, by writing this post, I am making certain that I will never be able to buy a Tesla,” he wrote. ” Indeed, I’m likely to just keep driving my irritating BMW X1.”
Model X in China before Europe
In separate news, Tesla Motors Inc will begin shipping its Model X in China by June, making the region the second market for the electric SUV after the U.S. On Tuesday, the US firm revealed its decision about the timing, and Electrek was the first to report it. The decision illustrates the importance the world’s biggest car market holds for Tesla. Shipment dates for the European countries like Germany and Norway are in the second half of the year.
Tesla also announced the pricing of the Model X in China. The firm has priced the limited edition signature red version of the Model X P90D at about $225,000 while the standard version of the Model X 90D will cost in the range of $146,000 to $178,000.
The Model X is the third electric car from Tesla, and apparently the most important. It was delivered to the first U.S. customers in September. Tesla Motors Inc will be able to reach a different audience with the Model X, particularly women, and it will generate much-needed revenue to produce and sell the Model 3 – the cheaper and more mainstream electric vehicle.