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We took GigaOM TV’s Green Overdrive show down Tesla’s sneak preview of its Model X, electric SUV/minivan launch, and got this first hands-on video with the car and an interview with Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk. Check it out:

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Tesla unveiled its third electric car the Model X, an electric SUV/minivan hybrid, during a sneak preview at its design studio in Hawthorne, California on Thursday. We took GigaOM TV’s Green Overdrive show down to the event and got this first hands-on video with the car and an interview with Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk. Check it out:

  1. how does this woman get to interview elon musk at the model x unveiling and she knows nothing about cars?

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    1. When you are a cute 5.11 blonde – subject matter expertise and asking relevant questions is optional. Being cute get you the interview I suppose. Heck – I’d let her interview me about pretty much anything.

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    2. Perhaps because she’s the target market?

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    3. Seriously. Amazed at his patience with some of the questions.

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    4. @brad, I write about cleantech and startups and business. GigaOM is a site where we write about entrepreneurs like Elon Musk. Yes, I’m not an auto reporter.

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      1. Mischa Steiner-Jovic Friday, February 10, 2012

        Katie,

        Don’t listen to these clowns. That was a good interview. Same types of questions you would expect from Motortrend or Car&Driver

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    5. Brad, it’s you who clearly knows nothing about the car business. Tesla is not selling the Model X to engineers. It wants to sell to families, so Katie’s questions about the roominess of the car, its safety and pricing are questions that consumers will ask. And her questions about how Tesla plans to market it — a van with a cool design and extra functions — are what any good business reporter should ask.

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  2. Don’t most people who own minivans and SUVs put stuff on the roof: bikes, skis, kayaks, etc? Seems like the falcon wing doors make a roof rack an impossibility.

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    1. Yes they do. I had the same thought, however if they offer a trailer hitch (do they?), then you could get away with a hitch mounted bike / ski rack. In addition, while the multiple sun roofs look cool, 90% of the time you want those windows covered so they kiddos don’t get sun burned.

      Elon’s description of the 4wd system sounds like an electric version of the Subaru has had for years. (good)

      When you look at 7 passenger cars, there are very few options. If people will drop $57k for a Toyota Highlander Hybrid, I’m sure they will sell plenty of these.

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    2. I prefer the tailgate system. It is no fun lifting bikes, ski’s, kayaks and other things onto a roof. Also, it appears more people have hitches.

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      1. As a kayak owner I’m genuinely interested in this: how do you put a kayak on any type of rack mounted to a hitch? Mine is 10.5 feet and I don’t see it happening.

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  3. She looks so un-interested talking to Elon Musk (founder of a successful electric car company and space company), I would be jumping out of my seat! She doesn’t looked engaged at all about this amazing car that has never been made before.

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    1. dude, I’m not Tesla PR, I’m a reporter

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      1. And a damn fine one at that!

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    2. Simmer down, George. If you jump out of your seat while talking to Elon Musk, then you’ll look like an idiot or someone who needs to go to the bathroom stat!

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  4. poor girl is all sweating… @6:17

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    1. It was hot yo.

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      1. greatest response ever.

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  5. What happens when the door is opened while its raining outside?

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    1. Heather Marie Below Smith Saturday, February 11, 2012

      it is raining outsinde and the door is open

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    2. Unlike a normal car door it won’t get wet inside the car (much unless it’s windy…) and you can stand under the door in shelter…

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  6. Reblogged this on Matt Thomas and commented:
    Tesla continues to impress (other than their ability to host a webcast, anyway).

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  7. Yes, she is not excited. And I am glad my docter does not jump out of his seat either. It’s a job.

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  8. How tall are the doors when they open? Can the doors open in a parking garage?

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    1. A pic on Tesla’s site shows them just fitting under a standard residential garage’s roll up door, so parking garage ceiling better be at least 7 feet.

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  9. She is a horrible interviewer.

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    1. How about we have you over for an interview ? Wanna try your hand at it?

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      1. That’s really not a sensible response is it?

        It isn’t that she did not know everything about the product or technology, it is that during the interview she seemed uninterested and bored.

        That is important.

        She wasn’t terrible, but maybe instead of being defensive something can be learned from the negative responses to the interview.

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  10. What about when it’s raining? Wouldn’t water be more likely to touch the interior?

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