Tesla Begins Deliveries of New Model S Plaid
Automaker Tesla has started delivering its latest model, the Model S Plaid, to its customers. The first 25 cars have now been delivered, and the delivery speed will be increased in the coming weeks, from a few hundred per week to thousands per week in the coming quarter.
That’s what CEO Elon Musk promised at the presentation of the Model S Plaid during a special event.
Musk demonstrated the Model S Plaid in Fremont, California. He drove the car there himself, and a select number of customers and Tesla fans were invited. Musk called the Model S Plaid the “fastest-produced car ever” despite production delays in recent months.
Musk was also enthusiastic about the speed with which the Model S Plaid is increasing. According to him, the car can go 100 kilometres per hour in two seconds. “We broke the 2-second barrier,” Musk shouted several times.
The Model S Plaid, where Plaid is a reference to the extremely high speed at which a spaceship in the comedy film Spaceballs (1987) moves, has a range of almost 650 kilometres and a top speed of approximately 320 kilometres per hour.
The car costs about 130,000 dollars, converted about 106,000 euros. Musk went on to say that the Model S Plaid is “faster than a Porsche, but safer than a Volvo”. Tesla currently produces four cars: the Model S, X, 3 and Y. The 3 and Y are the most sold worldwide.
During the presentation, Musk did not say anything about other models the company is working on, such as the electric truck Semi Truck or the Cybertruck, the electric pickup truck. The production of batteries, for which Tesla is building its own factory near Berlin, was also not discussed.