No problem when in a garage, but thinking about what happens when parked outside during inclement weather. Well it does rain in our area Puget Sound with the Olympic Peninsula getting over 11' of water average. I live just 50 miles from the holder of the world record snowfall, Mount Baker at 95' 2, cm in However, go just a few miles from the wettest 48 states on the Peninsula and there is Sequim pronounced "sqwim" and there is a rain shadow with Tired of rain?
Get in your X and go 5 miles or if nearer Seattle, drive 5 miles up or down I-5 and go through the "convergence zone" to find a totally different weather experience. Oh we will love the X just as we love the weather! If the rain is coming down sideways the doors will be inferior from the prospective of time to close. These doors are going to take a lot longer to close compared to getting in a car with traditional doors and quickly pulling them shut. I just can't get my mind around it being a very significant issue though.
HUMOR or an attempt thereof - vandacca's information although correct is a bit premature as testing to ensure the AirBlade does not decapitate, stab, puncture, dismember or impale bicycle riders passing close by AirBlade enveloped X. Early tests have not been pretty. Power doors have to close slower because they have to detect objects in the opening so as not to crush them. Yes, they could close as fast as the vertical doors in the first "Star Wars" movie thanks to skip framing , but that would be at the risk of slicing through something like the cow in the first "Under the Dome" episode.
I'm pretty sure Tesla has already thought this out, and has incorporated a manual grab the door, and either pull or push it as fast or as slow as one wants, one way or another, just like mini vans. My guess is that jumping into the vehicle in the rain, grabbing the door and bringing it down very fast will be doable. Shouldn't that much worse than a minivan with double automatic sliding doors open in a snowstorm! Sorry to report that there has been misinformation flying around regarding the operation of the falcon wing doors in the presence of precipitation.
There will be no giant fan blades. When the car senses precipitation in the form of rain, the climate control system fan will simply activate its hyper mode when a falcon wing door is opened. The positive pressure created will repel the rain while passengers turn sideways to enter. Exiting the car will be much easier in this mode. When the car detects an accumulation of snow on the roof, the door will open at hyper speed thus throwing the snow off in the opposite direction.
People will learn not to stand on the other side of the car in this mode. The falcon wing doors actually open with less space required to the side of the car than the conventional front doors. In the ferry mode the car will detect the close quarters using its peripheral ultrasonic sensors and alert all passengers to enter and exit via the falcon wing doors or back hatch only. After the passengers in the second and third rows have exited, the front seat backs will recline enabling the front seat passengers to exit via the falcon wing doors.
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Otherwise some of us would have been alarmed by the violent implications of your post EternalChampion illuminated, "It doesn't rain in California. Just enter and exit the vehicle here.
Buckling kids up in the back seats, cleaning up snot, getting the bottle off of the floor where the baby flung it, distributing the stuffed animals They would get wetter with conventional doors, hunched over with their butts out in the driving rain. I don't see it as huge problem bcuase I once forgot that I left the sunroof open on my MS and it started to rain but I was inside the mall and just decided to check on it and I saw that the sunroof was open so I closed it and ran out to the car and it was soaked but I just got in the backseat and turned on the front seat heats to see if that would work and it did but now that's why I always remember to close my sunroof now.
You'll never forget to close the rear doors. I can't even picture someone going to the mall and forgetting to close the rear doors. Particularly falcon wing "Look at me!!
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You don't enter and exit though the sunroof, but you have to use the doors to get into the car. If it's raining, you're not going to open the sunroof willy-nilly but you'll have to open the rear doors in the rain to get into the back seat, if you don't want to clamor over the font seats and center console.
Conveniently, California is in the throes of a major drought which will make rain a moot issue for the early deliveries. Pacific Northwest is almost 3" short of rain in our rainy cycle which starts in October. It is part of our cycle I used to live in Truckee, CA. The first winter there we had 30' of snow!
A neighbor tried to walk around his house, fell headfirst into a pit in the snow at a corner of his house and died. One afternoon we had 5 feet of snow. Nature gives and takes away. I loved driving in the snow. My wife not so much.
Still have scars from the nail marks in my right arm from hurtling through a foot of snow on I80 in the Donner area driving a Lexus LX with AWD, a great snow car. I think the X will be even better. We brought a little rain to CA last month when we were there but not enough to make any difference. The landscape from LA to the Bay Area was crackling dry. I heard an explanation earlier that the hinge region would have a gutter that diverts water around the door opening.
Of course some driven rain will get in, but most of the vertical rain will be blocked by the door. I think it will be nice to get out of the car with a little canopy over my head that keeps the rain off as I open my umbrella.
Attempt at Humor: in the snow removal mode I think both doors will open and pack the icy snow into block. They then close and the block tips toward one side or the other and slides off the sloping roof. Owners will be advised to avoid standing on that side of the car during this maneuver. Tesla researchers searched high and low until they found the mythical snow falcon of Sarvonia to study its snow shedding techniques in order to develop the snow removal mode. P,ease note the block of icy snow to the left of the falcon's left wing.
George, I can't believe you got one fact wrong. Once the block is formed, the rear suspension lowers and allows the block to slide off the back. Please take better care in your fact checking The doors have built in sensors that will not allow them to hit anything. The FW doors require less distance to the sides to open than the standard hinged front doors. Snow and rain will cause havoc with the MX.
Please cancel your MX reservation.
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Save yourself from rain or snow on your head and shoulders. I think for tesla it would have been better to think about sliding doors like in the Ford Grand C-Max with 7 seats. My wife and I each have such a car.
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It is the best solution when you want a minivan and you have kids. But car-electrification is unstoppable, so we think about tesla Thanks, fuuks, your observations must be so correct because of your vast knowledge of vehicle design and manufacturing. Thank you for pointing out the dangers and the leaking ability of the Falcon wing doors.
I am amazed at your expertise totally and completely what engineering school did you go to, design school did you go to I am waiting.
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I know people that would like to go to your school that you went to to learn all about car manufacturing , thank you so much for your time. I await my flawed X, with my Falcon Doors. Remember to cancel your X if you have a reservation. I am keeping my reservation, with pride.. Be happy with the Bolt, Jolt, or molt, with sliding doors.
What am I missing here? Are all of the naysayers going to be owners that will be seated in the back being chauffeured around. I expect to be driving mine, in which case the falcon doors will be a non issue. Are you guys really worried about melting in the snow or rain.
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