Tesla Motors spokesman Simon Sproule told Bloomberg production of the Model S has been stopped to make the necessary preparations for the Model X.

Tesla Motors spokesman Simon Sproule told Bloomberg production of the Model S has been stopped to make the necessary preparations for the Model X.

The retooling process began on Monday and will last two weeks during which 25 robots will be added while the factory's body and general assembly line will also be modified as part of a 100M USD upgrade. It's actually the most important single investment Tesla has made in its Fremont, California facility which is now getting ready for the upcoming Model X programmed to enter series production early 2015. Thanks to these upgrades, the Model S production rate will hit 1,000 units / week before the end of this year.

Set to be more expensive than the Model S, Tesla's first ever electric crossover will be available only with an all-wheel drive layout and will retain the concept's "falcon wing" rear doors. At an additional cost, customers will have the possibility of opting for third-row seating. Speaking of clients, Tesla probably has a huge waiting list since they received 500 orders only a day after the original concept was shown back in February 2012. Just like they are doing with the Model S, a faster Performance derivative will also be offered for those willing to pay more.

Following the Model X's market introduction, Tesla will gear up for the Model III, a smaller sedan scheduled to be unveiled in 2016 before going on sale a year later at an estimated starting price of 35,000 USD and with a 200-mile range.

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