Tesla has officially announced the start of deliveries to the market of the new Model S Plaid. This is the high-performance version of the company’s flagship. The electric vehicle is slated to be the first mass-produced model to go from 0 to 60 mph in less than 2 seconds. These characteristics of an electric vehicle make it the fastest and most affordable vehicle in the world.
While working on the creation of the Model S Plaid, Elon Musk planned an even more productive version of this electric car. But after a meeting with the team, it was decided not to release Plaid + with extreme technical characteristics, since consumers do not feel much need for it.
During the presentation of his brainchild, Musk emphasized: “Today we are demonstrating the best car in the world, the fastest and most productive. It can move faster than sports cars and any Porsche, but it is safer than Volvo. Sitting behind the wheel, you will feel as if you are entering the future. “
Tesla says they always pay a lot of attention to security, and Plaid is no exception. However, during the presentation, it was said that NHTSA had not yet had time to assess the safety parameters of the Model S Plaid.
Rotors with carbon cladding
Plaid’s innovation is called rotors equipped with carbon bushings, which are installed in a new electric motor. Musk emphasized that connecting carbon to copper was not easy because the elements have different rates of thermal expansion.
According to information posted on the Tesla website, the Model S Plaid all-wheel drive electric car has three 1020 hp engines, is equipped with a battery with a range of 628 km, and reaches speeds of up to 322 km / h when equipped with a certain brand of tires. It is indicated in small print that such a configuration will be available in the fall.
The key news is that the electric car will run without the performance degradation that Tesla has long been accused of. Musk says Plaid won’t have a problem. It is important that Plaid will be able to operate at peak power for a long time, which adds attractiveness to the electric vehicle in the eyes of users.
During the presentation, Plaid showed higher power when compared to the previous Model S. In addition, power does not drop for a long period, like the Porsche Taycan.
Improved heat pump performance
The new Model S Plaid heat pump improves electric vehicle performance by up to 30%, now requiring 50% less energy in cold weather to heat the vehicle interior. Musk said that during the cooler seasons, there will be only a slight loss of power reserve when compared to how it was before. This feature is an important factor in the life support of an electric vehicle.
Tesla confirms that the Plaid will be powered by the most advanced battery available today. However, Musk did not talk about the 4680 battery cells that the company plans to produce.
The charging time has decreased. It will take no more than 15 minutes to charge the battery up to 300 km. Today, there are more than 25,000 Supercharger stations around the world.
The exterior design of the Plaid has been redesigned to be more athletic and muscular. The test pieces were labeled PLAID. But in the latest version, a new icon was developed and approved – a checkered graphic pattern.
Tesla managed to allocate more space for the second passenger row. In addition, the company made its own acoustic glass. According to Tesla’s CEO, they will significantly improve cabin soundproofing, which has been problematic in past Tesla models.
Updated user interface and custom sound system
The manufacturer demonstrated a new interface and its advantages, now it is even easier to customize (https://loki-tesla.com/).
Elon Musk made an advertisement for an electric car entertainment system, claiming that in terms of characteristics and computing power, it is not inferior to the PlayStation 5, and the speakers of the sound system resemble a home theater in sound.
Musk said: “The future is not only about autopilot and autonomous driving. The user will want to use the Internet, play games. We are doing everything to make entertainment available, the driver and passengers can watch movies and play games. “
An innovative sound system with a new audio codec will deliver the best possible sound, Musk says. He told the steering wheel very briefly, mentioning that the standard round form of driving will also be available to users.
After the end of the event, Musk noted that 25 electric vehicles appeared on sale, in a week there will be hundreds of them, and in the next quarter – thousands.
The price of Tesla Model S Plaid starts at $ 129,990. The car in the maximum configuration costs $ 142,000.
Today Tesla is the manufacturer of four flagships: Model S, X, 3, and Y.