Tesla cancels 'world's quickest' Model S Plaid+ equipped with new battery technology

ザ・ $ 149,990 Plaid+ was set to be the world’s quickest mass market car with a 0-60 mph acceleration time under 1.99 seconds and the longest-range electric vehicle at 520 マイル, compared to the $ 119,990 Plaid’s claimed figures of exactly 1.99 seconds and 390 マイル.

Musk told Electrek the reasoning behind dropping the Plaid+ was thatthere are essentially zero trips above 400 miles where the driver doesn’t need to stop for restroom, 食物, coffee, etc. anyway.

The Plaid and Plaid+ were to both feature tri-motor powertrains rated at 1,020 hp and 1,100 hp, それぞれ, but it’s not clear if they use the same battery technology. Tesla’s next-generation 4680 battery cells, which are more energy dense and efficient than the current technology, are said to increase range by approximately 30%, but were recently still in development at a pilot facility.

The upcoming Tesla Cybertruck, Roadster, Semi and Texas-built Model Y are being designed with the new cells in mind, but Musk previously said they would be used in a Plaid, without specifying if he meant both or just the Plaid+, which wasn’t scheduled to enter production until mid-2022.

The Plaid+ was initially advertised in January at $ 139,990, but the price was increased in March by $ 10,000.

The standard Model S Plaid looks like it will claim the ‘world’s quickesttitle, しかしながら. Jay Leno, who has an inside line to Musk, told Spike’s Car Radio podcast that it recently registered an NHRA-certified 9.247 second quarter-mile run with a trap speed of 152 mph. That would make it quicker than nearly any production car save for the $ 2.5 million Rimac Nevera electric supercar, which can reportedly reach 60 mph in 1.85 seconds cover a quarter-mile in 8.6 秒.

Even without the Plaid+, Tesla may soon have a car that’s quicker than that. 新しい Roadster will allegedly be available with a SpaceX option with a cold gas thruster that can accelerate it to 60 mph in 1.1 秒.

After being delayed from February, the start of Model S Plaid deliveries is scheduled to begin on June 10.