The Electric Showdown: Tesla Model X vs. Lotus Eletre

In the world of electric cars, it’s almost inevitable to compare any newcomer to the reigning champion, Tesla. That’s exactly what happened when a brand new Tesla Model X crossed paths with the Lotus Eletre on a backroad in Norway. While the Model X is a 1,020bhp Plaid version and the Eletre is an S, it’s still worth exploring how these two electric vehicles measure up.

The first thing to note is that despite being launched in 2015, the Tesla Model X still holds its own in terms of performance and innovation. With its six seats, tri-motor setup, over 1,000bhp, and impressive 0-62mph time, it’s a force to be reckoned with. Additionally, Tesla claims that the Model X has the title of being the most aerodynamic SUV in the world.

On the other hand, the Lotus Eletre has its own unique appeal. The interior of the Eletre is more visually busy compared to the sleek, minimalist design of the Tesla. The Lotus offers a bit more personality and a variety of materials, including recycled materials, which contribute to its excellent quality and fit.

In terms of exterior design, the Tesla may appear larger next to the Eletre, but the Lotus is wider and longer, giving it a more athletic look.

When we dive into the raw stats, it becomes clear that the Model X is still a formidable contender. It outperforms the Eletre in terms of aerodynamics, power, torque, acceleration, efficiency, and range. The only category in which the Lotus triumphs is charge power, as it can charge at a faster rate than the Model X. However, Tesla’s Supercharger network mitigates this advantage.

In terms of driving experience, the Lotus Eletre eclipses the Model X. The Eletre offers a delicacy in steering, turn-in, and braking that the Tesla lacks. The Lotus exhibits superior body control and traction on twisty roads, making the Model X feel like a heavy, cumbersome bus in comparison.

Ultimately, the choice between these two electric vehicles comes down to personal preference and needs. The Lotus Eletre offers a more satisfying driving experience and may be faster on twisty roads despite having less horsepower. On the other hand, the Tesla Model X is more practical and delivers extreme power and torque that can be exhilarating but lacks finesse.

In conclusion, the Lotus Eletre and the Tesla Model X each have their own unique strengths and appeal. Whether you prioritize driving pleasure or practicality, both of these electric vehicles make a strong case for themselves in the ever-evolving world of electric mobility.


Cd: Coefficient of drag, a measure of how aerodynamic a vehicle is.

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