Tesla Model S Plaid unveiled
Tesla finally staged its long-awaited, and previously rescheduled, "delivery event" for the ultra-fast Model S Plaid at its Fremont, California facility. CEO Elon Musk said at the ceremony that the electric vehicle company will start with 25 deliveries on Friday evening and will grow to several hundred cars per week and a thousand cars per week in the next quarter.
There were no major surprises in the latest Model S, which includes a new battery pack design, an upgraded heat pump, carbon overwrapped rotors on the motors, and a new record for drag coefficient of 0.208, which Musk stressed as a possible dig at Lucid Motors. The Lucid Air boasts a drag coefficient of 0.21 and is expected to go into production later this year.
The four-door electric sedan accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 1.99 seconds, breaking the two-second barrier that no production automobile has ever managed to breach, according to Musk. According to Musk and the company's website, it produces 1,020 horsepower, has a max speed of 200 miles per hour (with the correct tires), and can complete a quarter mile in 9.23 seconds.