At an event last night, Tesla delivered its first 25 Model S Plaid high-performance electric vehicles while CEO Elon Musk detailed all the new features that give it extra speed and range. He also demonstrated the performance in person to several reporters to show what 0-60 MPH looks like in 2 seconds.
Musk pointed out that the Model S Plaid is not only fast, but will deliver repeatable performance thanks to a new heat pump and a new radiator that is twice the size. “You’ll actually be able to do 0-60s in a row, go out on the track, shoot ass,” Musk said. “This car can do it over and over and it doesn’t run out of steam.”
On top of that, Tesla said the new heat pump provides 30% more range in cold weather while using 50% less energy for heating. “You will see very little degradation in cold weather,” according to Musk.
It also reiterated the performance characteristics and specifications, noting that it can hit 0-60 MPH in 1.99 seconds, go the quarter mile in 9.23 seconds and hit 200 MPH, thanks to the new tri-engine system. of 1,020 peak horsepower. At the same time, it offers 390 miles of EPA range and will let you add 187 miles in just 15 minutes thanks to a faster charging system.
Why the need for such extreme speed? “We have to show that an electric car is the best car, hands down,” said Musk. “It must be clear that sustainable energy cars can be the fastest cars, the safest cars, can be the most exciting cars in every way.”
Other updates to the Model S Plaid include a new 17-inch horizontal touchscreen, as well as a digital dashboard behind the wheel. Passengers also get a third screen behind the center console as well as a “legitimate rear seat,” Musk said, describing the Model S’s previous seat as “no wonder.” It also offers dual inductive chargers on the back and front with 36-watt USB-C power that can charge phones, tablets or laptops. And of course, it comes with a powerful new processor that can run AAA games on these screens at up to 60fps.
It also comes with that famous yoke style steering wheel and no physical controls to select the driving modes. Instead, it will automatically switch between park, reverse, and drive by default, with a touchscreen option for manual selection. “I think generally all entries are errors,” Musk said.
Tesla delivered the first 25 Model S Plaid models at the event and promised “several hundred a week soon,” with plans to grow to around 1,000 a week by the next engine. Its price starts at $ 130,000 after Tesla raised the price by $ 10,000 yesterday.
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