The company expects to signficantly ramp up its production of the Model X this year

Tesla sales: Model S rising only 208 Model X's shipped

Tesla has announced sales figures for the last quarter of 2015 which showed that while the Model S is seeing sales rise dramatically, only 208 of the Model X series have been shipped to customers so far.

17,192 Model S vehicles were shipped in the period representing a 75 per cent rise on the same time last year.

First released in 2012, the Model S is a full-sized, plug-in electric, five-door vehicle that boasted the longest range of any electric vehicle released at the time. It was capable of travelling up to 265 miles before the charge ran out.

The Model X meanwhile, which has been in development for several years but was only formally announced at the end of September http://eandt.theiet.org/news/2015/sep/tesla-model-x.cfm, has only shipped 208 vehicles to customers by the end of 2015.

The Model X is an electric SUV with gullwing doors (pictured) that is touted as having a 250 mile range between charges and is capable of accelerating from zero to 60 miles per hour in 3.2 seconds.

Tesla is selling the vehicle for $80,000 (£52,000) in the US for the basic configuration with further options available at extra cost, such as expanding the number of seats in the vehicle.

Despite significant consumer interest in the model, Tesla’s production capacity is currently limited although it expects to ramp this up in the near future.

At launch, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said the company was only producing around five cars a week, though that number has since grown significantly so that by the end of 2015, the company was making 238 Model X vehicles weekly.

“Our vehicle deliveries represent only one measure of our financial performance and should not be relied on as an indicator of our quarterly financial results, which depend on a variety of factors, including the cost of sales, foreign exchange movements and mix of directly leased vehicles,” said Tesla.

In November, the company announced it was recalling 90,000 Model S sedans to check for a possible defect in the front seat belt assemblies.

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