Tesla Model X is arguably the standard in automotive technology and innovation, but its flashy upswing Falcon Wing door removes any chance of a roof rack and roof-mounted cargo. Activities involving any kind of large luggage or hauling of equipment can be a logistical challenge, particularly if the trip involves the use of Model X’s third-row seating, be it for passengers, cargo or the family pet.
Tesla Model X owner, Nick Deninno, with his family of six, knows that all too well.
As an active New York-based Dad to four kids, the trunk region and seats of Nick’s Tesla Model X gets loads of use. But it has its limitations.
“I discovered that once you have the 3rd-row seat up, all cargo space is lost. For a couple of years, I left one back seat back and filled cargo next to my children that would fall on them,” Nick informs Teslarati.
During the daytime, this Tesla owner runs a successful engineering and design company. Putting his experience in action, Nick invented a way to increase the storage capacity of his Tesla Model X, but without compromising battery array, rear-visibility, or parking in tighter locations, such as Supercharging.
He called it X-Rack.
X-Rack Tesla Model X Cargo Carrier
Made in the USA, especially for the Tesla Model X, the X-Rack incorporates the shape of the automobile ’s trunk deck into the cargo carrier’s form. This design enables the rack when not in use to be at-the-ready without interfering with rear space.
X-Rack is manufactured out of lightweight aluminum as opposed to range-robbing steel, and engineered to withstand cargo around 500 pounds (227 kg).
Weighing only 16.5 pounds for the ultra-light X-Lite Cargo Carrier and 21 pounds for the heavier-duty XHD carrier, both versions are extremely lightweight, corrosion resistant due to the aluminum construction, and has a powder coated finish.
The X-Rack was designed with efficiency in mind, both to battery array and for ease of use. Unlike other steel racks on the marketplace that are often bulky and cumbersome to use, Teslarati discovered the X-Rack to be relatively simple in use and can be installed or detached in roughly 90 seconds. Most of the time is spent loosening pin and the bolt that secures X-Rack to Model X’s receiver.
There’s also a sliding receiver tube which stores flush and empowers Model X to return to its factory look when not in use.
“The problem with hitch cargo carriers is that most are poor quality, heavy, and big. But also you had to find a place to put it after you made it to your destination, or forced to drive around with it attached to the car for the entire trip. ” – Nick, owner of X-Rack
The X-Lite and XHD Cargo Carrier can function as a substitute for Model X’s carpeted trunk floor cover or stow beneath it on a lower tier. The X-Rack mimic the specific function and can tilt up.
The frame of the X-Rack cargo carrier is powder coated in either black or white, while the deck is offered in black or silver.
Together with color options, the X-Rack frame has a back receiver port for additional attachments such as a fishing rod carrier, a swing-out bicycle rack, along with other lifestyle accessories. There are also points on the frame for the relocation of the license plate mount. Nick informs us that a snowboard carrier adapter and X-Rack’s snow accessory mounts are on the way, along with an assortment of other solutions for nearly any cargo need. Nick also tells Teslarati he’s happy that he doesn’t get this look from his daughter .
“A photo of my daughter with cargo next to her like the old days. Glad I don’t get these appearances. – Nick” (published with permission)
As avid Tesla drivers, we’re well aware of the perks offered by driving electrical, particularly when combined with Tesla’s extensive Supercharger network. Now, with the extra convenience and flexibility of cargo transportation provided by X-Rack, that experience could be made even better.
Go to X-Rack’s website for more information and pricing.
Teslarati was in need of carrying equipment for team activities and media shoots. A big thanks to X-Rack for providing us with the XHD carrier and for sponsoring our movie.
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