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Elon Musk: First Model X cars to be delivered on September 29

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Franz von Holzhausen, chief designer, Tesla Motors, with the Model X.Photograph by Paul Sancya — AP

Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted Wednesday afternoon that his company’s first Model X electric sports utility vehicles will be delivered to customers on September 29, just one day before a self-imposed deadline.

The third quarter ends on September 30, the date by which Tesla has long promised to get the cars to customers. The company plans to ramp up production in the fourth quarter.

Tesla (TSLA) plans to deliver 55,000 cars—both the Model X and the Model S— in 2015.

The electric car maker held a similar event to deliver the first Model S cars to those first customers in 2012 at the Fremont, Calif. factory.

Earlier this week, Tesla started letting the first Model X customers—those that had the first reservations—start picking their paint colors, wheel sizes and other aesthetic details.

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