Tesla has canceled the most expensive version of its flagship sedan Model S Plaid Plus, according to a statement from CEO Elon Musk on Sunday.
Earlier, Tesla and Musk promised fans the three-engine version of Plaid Plus on their new S model would give drivers 1,100 horsepower, 520 miles on a fully charged battery and acceleration from 0 to 60 miles per hour in less than two seconds.
On Sunday, Musk wrote on Twitter, which has more than 50 million followers:
“Plaid + has been canceled. No need, because Plaid is just so good.”
In March, Tesla raised the price of the Model S Plaid Plus by $ 10,000, bringing it to about $ 150,000. The option to order the S Plaid Plus variant was removed from Tesla’s website around the last week of May, according to a CNET report.
The rest of the high-end version of the Model S Plaid will cost about $ 119,900 and will have a battery with a range of 390 miles, 1020 horsepower and acceleration from 0 to 60 miles per hour in two seconds, among other features.
Earlier, Musk planned a “delivery” ceremony at the Tesla plant in Fremont, California for the Model S Plaid on June 3. As the date approached, he postponed it until June 10, saying the vehicle still needed “another week of tweaking.”
Like other carmakers in North America, Tesla is struggling with supply chain problems, especially the shortage of computer chips.
The company recently removed radar sensors and lumbar support from the front passenger seats in its cheaper Model 3 sedan and Model Y crossover for North American customers.
In the first quarter of 2021, it did not produce any of the more expensive Model S or Model X cars, although Musk had said production was underway during the call for profits for the fourth quarter of 2020.
Until April 26, on the next call to Tesla, Musk said:
“The Q1 had some of the toughest supply chain challenges we’ve ever encountered in Tesla’s life. Insane supply chain difficulties with parts, across the whole range of parts. We were obviously upset by the lack of chips. It’s a huge problem. . “
He also talks about the technical challenges that are being developed and figures out how to produce new versions of the Model S sedan and SUV Model X.
“There were more challenges than expected in the development of the Plaid Model S or Paladium program, which is a new version of the Model S and X, which has a redesigned interior and a new battery pack and new powertrains and new internal electronics and resembles an infotainment system. level. “He added: ‘It took a lot of development to ensure that the battery of the new S and X was safe.’
Meanwhile, the company has increased the prices of various variants of its more popular Model 3 and Model Y cars in the United States several times this year. Musk also blames the rise in prices on supply chain issues. He tweeted on May 31, “Prices are rising due to high pressure on supply prices across the industry. Especially raw materials.”