Rubicon, a sustainable technology group in South Africa, is bringing the first Tesla Model X Performance Edition all-electric SUV into South Africa next week – as reported by MyBroadBand.
The vehicle will make its way across the country for several months, visiting multiple major cities.
This will be part of a promotional campaign for the arrival of the new Tesla Powerwall in South Africa, as well as to celebrate the official launch of Rubicon’s entry into the electric vehicle charging space.
Why the model X
Unfortunately, this initiative from Rubicon does not mean that Tesla cars will come to South Africa.
However, it is being brought in with the aim to expose South Africans to an all-electric future – and to get the ball rolling locally to achieve this.
“The arrival of our Model X gives South Africans the opportunity to see up close what an electric future looks like, and to experience high-performance electric vehicles and the technology showcased within the Tesla Model X for the first time,” said Greg Blandford, director of Rubicon Energy and E-Mobility.
The Model X was launched in 2015, and became the first SUV to achieve a 5-star safety rating across the board from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in the United States (NHTSA).
The 2020 Performance Edition of the Model X, the vehicle that is on its way here, generates 580kW of power and is able to accelerate from 0-100km/h in just 2.7 seconds.
If that wasn’t impressive enough, it does the quarter mile sprint in 9.9 seconds, packs a range of 491km, has permanent all-wheel-drive, and weighs 2,509kg.
The interior is luxurious yet simplistic, and has a 17-inch vertical infotainment screen planted in the middle, self-driving capabilities, and electric gullwing doors for the rear passengers.
The model can be specced in either a 5-seater, 6-seater, or 7-seater layout, and – at its maximum – it can hold over 2,300 litres of cargo.
The price for the Tesla Model X Performance Edition when it was still new was around $100,000, which equates to R1,465,000 in South Africa.