Elon Musk announced Sunday that Tesla is canceling the announced Model S Plaid+ trim because the regular Model S Plaid is “very good.”
The $149,990 Plaid+ is set to be the fastest mass-market car in the world with 0-60 mph in 1.99 seconds and the longest electric car with 520 miles, compared to Plaid’s claimed figure. $119,990 at 1.99 seconds and 390 miles
Musk told Electrek that the reason behind the Plaid+ drop was “basically no more than 400 miles of travel where the driver doesn’t have to stop to go to the toilet, food, coffee, etc.”
The Plaid and Plaid+ both use three-motor powertrains with 1,020 hp and 1,100 hp respectively, but it is unclear whether they use the same battery technology. Tesla’s next-generation 4680 battery cell which is more energy dense and efficient than current technology. It is said to increase the operating range by about 30%, but is still under development recently at the pilot plant.
The upcoming Tesla Cybertruck, Roadster, Semi and Texas-built Model Y are all designed with new cells in mind. But Musk previously said they would use it in Plaid, without specifying whether he meant both or just Plaid+, which isn’t scheduled to enter production until mid 2022.
Plaid+ initially advertised $139,990 in January, but increased in March by $10,000.
However, the standard Model S Plaid seems to have taken its place. ‘World’s fastest,’ Jay Leno, who is in line for Musk, told Spike’s Car Radio podcast he recently registered his second NHRA-certified quarter-mile run of 9.247 at a trap speed of 152 miles. per hour That would make it faster than almost any actual production car that saves $2.5 million. The Rimac Nevera electric supercar, which is reported to be able to reach 60 mph in 1.85 seconds, covers a quarter mile in 8.6 seconds.
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Even without Plaid+, Tesla could soon have a faster car. The new Roadster will allegedly have a SpaceX option with a gas-cooled engine that can accelerate to 60 mph in 1.1 seconds.
After a delay since February, deliveries of the Model S Plaid are scheduled to begin on June 10.