Tesla’s Chief Designer Heads to SXSW; P85D Update


Tesla Heads To 2015 SXSW

We’re just days away from the big music and technology party that’s expected to bring more than 70,000 attendees to Austin, Texas for two weeks of networking, tech talk, music and movie watching. Yes, we’re talking about none other than the 2015 SXSW Conference and Festival.  What’s cool for us, is that this year, cars and transportation are getting their fair share of coverage in the technology vein.

One of the Featured Sessions will bring in Tesla’s very own chief designer Franz von Holzhausen. He’s the guy behind Tesla’s Model S and Model X and he’ll spearhead an event focusing on Designing the Future of Transportation.  Holzhausen will talking about the task of creating uncompromised electric vehicles that are at once accessible and exhilarating. Plus, he’s expected to provide a glimpse of what’s to come with Model X and Model 3.

As the Chief Designer at Tesla, Franz is charged with driving the overall design direction of Tesla. A veteran car designer, he has worked and designed for Mazda, General Motors, and Volkswagen, a company he credits with teaching him how to merge design and quality. Von Holzhausen’s design credits include the Pontiac Solstice, the new VW Beetle, and the Audi TT. He also designed Mazda’s concept car, the Kabura, which debuted at the 2006 North American International Auto Show.

P85D Model S Supply Update

Meanwhile, Tesla is giving an update on its pricey luxury vehicle the P85D Model S. The Wall Street Journal reports Tesla is saying customers can get it all-wheel-drive electric sedan within 20 days of ordering. That’s a lot shorter time frame than its other less expensive models. Tesla launchd the $105,000 P85D late last year.  It’s available for delivery late this month, while orders for the $70,000 and $80,000 Model S versions won’t be ready until May.

The Tesla P85D took center stage at this year’s Geneva Motor Show. It achieves supercar status thanks to two electric motors, one in the font and on in the rear. They combine to produce The P85D features supercar levels of acceleration thanks to two electric motors, one in the front and one in the rear, which together churn out 691 hp and 687 lb-ft of torque. Tesla first announced its dual-motor all-wheel-drive version of its Model S in October.

2,000 Superchargers

Meanwhile, according to Tesla’s website blog, it recently reached a milestone of 2,000 Superchargers worldwide, located at almost 400 Supercharger Stations in North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. The automaker plans to double the number in 2015.

Photo Credit: Tesla
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