Tesla has finally held the long-awaited and once rescheduled “delivery event” for its ultra-fast Model S Plaid at its factory in Fremont, California. The electric vehicle company will begin with 25 deliveries on Friday night, expanding to several hundred cars a week and a thousand cars a 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 design, improved heat pump, carbon-wound engine rotors and a new resistance coefficient of 0.208, a figure Musk highlighted as perhaps a mockery in Lucid Motors. Lucid Air, which is due to go into production later this year, has a drag coefficient of 0.21
As he swung a hammer in preparation for breaking several records, Tesla Model S designer Franz von Holzhausen kicked off the event, introducing Musk himself, driving a shiny black Model S around the test track, gliding straight onto the stage to the sounds of dubstep dulce.
“It’s been nine years since we delivered the first Model S, the first car built here in Fremont, so it’s been almost a decade, and I think we’ve really taken it to a whole new level with Plaid,” Musk told an audience of adoring fans. “Some of you may know that our product plan has been stolen Space balls, we went at checkered speed. So … why make this really fast car, it’s crazy and all, and I think there’s something very important about the future of sustainable energy, which is that we need to show that the electric car is the most good car, hands down. It should be clear, for example, man, sustainable energy cars can be the fastest cars, they can be the safest cars, they can be the fastest cars in every way. “
The four-door electric sedan goes from 0 to 60 in 1.99 seconds, which, according to Musk, breaks the two-second barrier that no production car has ever been able to break. It produces 1,020 horsepower, has a top speed of 200 miles per hour (with the right tires) and can travel a quarter mile in 9.23 seconds, according to Musk and the company’s website. The battery can travel 390 miles on a single charge, but Musk added that the car can travel up to 412 miles with a dual engine configuration (the Model S Plaid has a trimotor tuned). The improved charging speed gives drivers a mileage of 187 miles in just 15 minutes.
The new Model S also has a new battery pack, but Musk has not developed these details in more detail. He spent considerable time describing the carbon-sleeved rotors for the engine, which Musk claimed was the first for the production electric motor because of the difficulty in removing it. The end result is an engine that reaches 20,000 rpm.
The new heat pump, which powers Plaid’s HVAC system, has a 30% better cold weather range and requires 50% less energy to heat the cabin and freeze conditions, which means little deterioration in cold weather, Musk said.
The interior of the Model S also has a number of updates, some of which have already been revealed, including a steering wheel with a yoke – which has raised eyebrows and has the attention of the National Road Safety Administration – a panoramic main screen and ventilated front seats. The graphics processor is obviously at the level of the PlayStation 5. (TechCrunch noticed that someone was playing Cyberpunk 2077 on CD Projekt Red in the car at one point during the event).
The car’s software is designed to learn from the driver’s behavior by adapting to the driver’s needs, so if, say, you tend to deviate from your path in a certain way, the car geocodes to that location and eventually does this action for through the autopilot system.
“It will just keep minimizing what you have to do until the car just reads your mind,” Musk said.
The car’s first shipments, starting at $ 129,990, came the same week when Musk officially announced plans to discontinue production of the Model S Plaid +, which was to be a faster version of the Model S’s Plaid version. a tool on his website back in May, which sparked speculation that Plaid + was not on the table.
“The Model S is moving to checkered speed this week,” Musk tweeted Sunday. “Plaid + is canceled. No need, because the plaid speed is so good. “
Musk described that his driving was similar to powering a spaceship on Twitter because of the indescribable “limbic resonance” of the car, whatever that means.