Elon Musk reveals the Tesla Model S Plaid

Tesla finally held the long-awaited, and once rescheduled, “delivery event” for its ultra-fast Model S Plaid at its factory in Fremont, Calif. The electric vehicle company will begin with 25 deliveries on Friday evening, expanding to several hundred cars per week and a thousand cars per week in the next quarter, CEO Elon Musk said at the event.

There were no big surprises with the latest iteration of the Model S, which features a new battery pack design, an improved heat pump, carbon over-wrapped rotors on the motors, and a new record for a drag coefficient of 0.208, a figure at which Musk has rated Emphasized perhaps as a poke at up-and-comer Lucid Motors. The Lucid Air, which is set to go into production later this year, has a drag coefficient of 0.21.

While wielding a sledgehammer as preparation for “breaking some records”, Tesla Model S designer Franz von Holzhausen triggered the event, with Musk introducing himself, who swung a shiny black model around the test track. S, gliding across the stage to the dulcet sounds of dubstep.

“It’s nine years since we delivered the first Model S, the first car built here in Fremont, so almost a decade, and I think we’ve really taken it to a whole new level with Plaid,” Musk told the audience. Said fans are crazy about it. “Some of you may know that our product plan has been stolen spaceball, We’ve gone plaid speed. So… why make this really fast car, that blazing fast and all, and I think that’s something that’s quite important for the future of sustainable energy, which is what we’ve got to show that An electric car is the best car, hands down. It should be clear, like, man, sustainable energy cars may be the fastest car, may be the safest car, may be the most kick ass car in every way. “

The four-door electric sedan accelerates from 0 to 60 in 1.99 seconds, which Musk says breaks the two-second barrier that no production car has ever been able to break. According to Musk and the company’s website, it produces 1,020 horsepower, has a top speed of 200 mph (with proper tires) and can complete a quarter mile in 9.23 seconds. The battery can travel 390 miles on a single charge, but Musk said the car can go up to 412 miles with the dual-motor configuration (the Model S Plaid has a tri-motor set up). The improved charging speed gives drivers a range of 187 miles in just 15 minutes.

The new Model S also features a new battery pack, but Musk didn’t elaborate on that. He spent a great deal of time describing the carbon-sleeve rotors for the motor, which Musk claims is a first for a production electric motor due to the difficulty of pulling it off. The end result is a motor that goes up to 20,000 RPM.

Musk said the new heat pump powering Plaid’s HVAC system has 30% better cold weather range and requires 50% less energy for cabin heating and freezing conditions, meaning cold weather Slight decline in

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The Model S’s interior also gets a number of updates, some that have already surfaced, including a yoke steering wheel – which has raised eyebrows and has received the attention of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration – a panoramic main screen and ventilated front. seats. The GPU is apparently on PlayStation 5 level (Nerdshala noticed someone was playing CD Projekt Red’s Cyberpunk 2077 in the vehicle at one point during the incident).

The car’s software is designed to learn from the driver’s behavior, to adapt to the driver’s needs, so that if, say, you exit your driveway in a certain way, the car geocodes to that location. And finally you perform that action through the autopilot system.

“It will just keep reducing the amount of input you need to do until the car can read your mind,” Musk said.

The vehicle’s first deliveries, which start at $129,990, come the same week Musk officially announced plans to cancel production of the Model S Plaid+, a faster version of the Model S’s Plaid. Tesla stopped taking pre-orders for the vehicle on its website in May, prompting speculation that the Plaid+ was off the table.

“The Model S will go to plaid speed this week,” Musk tweeted on Sunday. “Plaid+ has been cancelled. No need, because Plaid’s speed is great.”

Musk equates driving it to powering a spacecraft Tweet Whatever that means, because of the car’s indescribable “limbic resonance”.

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