This is the problem when comparing specs to reality.
Calling the Model S a 7 passenger vehicle and putting it anywhere remotely in the same dept as the Yukon is just being dishonest.
The Yukon actually seats 7 people in reasonable comfort, either 6 adults or 4 adults and 3 children fit very nicely, plus room left over.
Speaking of dishonest, I didn't simply say that the Model S seats 7. I specifically stated that it seats 5 adults plus two children. The Model X seats 7 full sized, living, breathing, adults with plenty of room for their stuff. Do you need me to look up the video from the unveiling for you so you can see for yourself? It's not that difficult to find. As for the Model S, if you have the two children seated in the rear-facing seats, you won't have much space for extra stuff. That said, it's a sedan with more space for people and things than anything else it's up against.
How much does the Model S tow? How much storage space does it have when 7 people are in it? How long does it take to refill the battery? What is the off road ability?
You likely shouldn't be towing with an EV, much like you shouldn't be with most gas cars or SUVs. Trucks are built for that; most other consumer gasoline vehicles are not. I can probably tow quote a bit with my heavy sport car's extremely powerful engine, but it'll pretty much destroy the car doing it. The same thing goes for off-roading, except that you now have to exclude most trucks as well. Sure, if we're talking about level ground, and cut grass, but much else and you're looking at a small subset of jeeps, trucks, and an even smaller group of SUVs actually designed to do it. Throwing a lift kit in there doesn't do anything for the fact that the engine was never designed or tuned to handle the conditions of real off-roading. EVs don't have to be all things to all people.
As for storage space, the Model S will have little when you use the two rear-facing child seats. The Model X will have plenty even with 7 adults in it. As for the battery refill, at any Tesla Supercharge station (which are free and will always be free per Tesla), you get 50% battery charge in 20 minutes. For the smaller battery, that's about 110 miles. For the larger, that's about 150 miles. 40 minutes brings it to 80%. You can also opt for a battery quick-swap which takes 90 seconds and gets you a fully charged battery. That costs $60 - $80 and you can either pick up your own battery on the way back or pay the difference in value between your old one and the one you picked up (based on the battery conditions). I see that at current average gas prices, that Yukon XL costs about $110/tank and I'll bet it takes about 2.5 - 3 times longer to fill up than the 90-second battery swap.
The web site you linked to is dishonest, it says "zero emissions. zero compromises."
That is a lie. There are plenty of emissions both during production of the car and during production of the electricity it consumes. There are also compromises in both the cost of the car as well as in having to wait hours and hours for the battery to recharge.
Actually, it's quite honest. The vehicle produces no emissions. It doesn't state that the production is done without emissions. Nothing is constructed without emissions. It also doesn't state that the source of the electricity is zero emissions. There's no way to know that; it depends entirely on where you are and to what it's connected. In any event, the vehicle produces zero emissions while it's driving. Should you choose to charge it at Tesla stations (for free), those run off solar power, so you're even charging it for zero emissions (in terms of the OPERATIONS of the charging station).
There car costs money, and I'm not sure what your complaint is there. It's priced against Audi's A8, BMW's 7 series, etc. People interested in those kinds of vehicles aren't compromising anything buying a Model S. In fact, they're getting a vastly safer vehicle by any measure. As for the "wait hours and hours for the battery to recharge", you're either speaking from ignorance or flat lying. It doesn't take hours and hours for the battery to charge. In fact, if you plug it in at home (and any owner will do just that), you'll start each day with a 'full tank'. No other type of vehicle does that. Further, if you're on the road, you have the option to either charge it for 20 minutes for 50% charge or swap the battery for 100% in 1.5 minutes. That's quicker than a gasoline car's tank is filled. Neither involves waiting hours for anything.
Maybe you're ok with that. No problem, more power to you. If it fits for you, go buy one. But don't knock me when I tell you it doesn't work for me.
The comparison to the Model X is just as bad. It is basicly a taller version of the Model S, it doesn't tow, it doesn't go off-road, and it doesn't have the interior room of the Yukon XL.
That doesn't make it a bad car, it just means that it gives up something to get something else.
I'm not knocking you for saying it doesn't work for you - that's a perfectly valid statement. I'm knocking you for stating reasons which differ from reality. If you need something that tows and goes offroad, you don't want to buy a Model S or a Model X. In fact, you probably don't want to buy a Yukon or most other consumer vehicles on the road today. There's a small subset of trucks and an even smaller subset of SUVs actually built to perform both towing and off-roading tasks. Certainly plenty of people abuse their vehicles to do those things when they shouldn't (and those same people could choose to do the same with a Model S or a Model X), but that doesn't change the fact that much of the rest of the arguments against buying a decent EV are based in fiction.
This is typically what happens any time a discussion of EVs comes up anywhere: you get tons of people coming out of the woodwork telling you that EVs will never work because they drive 350 miles to work each way every day off road over mountains and through several hours of traffic in blizzard conditions while hauling 9 passengers and their luggage, and towing a boat, a car, and 6 jetskis, and they always need to make seventeen stops on their trek home after work to drop the kids off at soccer, football, baseball, gymnastics, calisthenics, modeling shoots, cheerleading, and karate classes, and visit the grocery store, the butcher, the baker, and the candlestick maker.
Somehow, I get the sense that perhaps some of them are being a little disingenuous about the whole thing.