Tesla launches its fastest car, the Model S Plaid
Tesla has launched a high-performance version of its Model S, with the aim of rekindling interest in the nearly ten-year-old sedan and pushing away competitors such as Porsche, Mercedes-Benz and Lucid Motors in the electric vehicle market. luxury.
Tesla redefined electric cars in 2012 when it launched its premium Model S with a sleek design and long battery life, and CEO Elon Musk said the new version, the Model S Plaid, was designed for a future where cars drive themselves.
“This car is crashing,” Musk said at a delivery party Thursday at Tesla’s US plant in Fremont, Calif. “Sustainable energy cars can be the fastest cars, the safest cars, they will be the most exciting cars in every way,” he said.
The model is “faster than any Porsche, safer than any Volvo,” Musk, wearing a black leather jacket, said after driving the Model S Plaid on a test track to ‘to the stage.
The launch of the Model S Plaid, which was previously featured online, has been delayed and has been the subject of some controversy over an airplane-style panel steering wheel.
Musk canceled another variant, the Model S Plaid +, which would have had a 33% greater driving range than the Model S Plaid and would have used advanced battery technology, known as 4,680 cells.
The Model S Plaid accelerates from 0 to 60 mph (97 km / h) in 1.99 seconds and has an estimated range of 390 miles (628 km).
While it offers little change in body style, the Plaid charges faster at Tesla boost stations, has a more spacious rear seat, and an improved entertainment system.