The giant car maker, Tesla, is about to unveil the new Model S Plaid. This will arguably be the biggest update to the vehicle program. Tesla aims to reignite interest in the almost decade-old sedan. The company wants to fend off competitors such as Porsche, Mercedes-Benz, and Lucid Motors in the luxury electric vehicle market.
The company redefined electric cars in 2012 when it launched its high-end Model S with a sleek design and extended driving range. After that, however, it is facing a raft of new challenges.
New Model S cars have more range, charge twice as fast. Moreover, they have generally better construction than Tesla’s earlier version of the premium electric sedan.
Tesla announced its plans to Livestream to deliver the first Model S Plaid at its U.S. factory in Fremont, California.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk has not said whether he will take the stage. However, he has been on Twitter promoting the new Model. It will cost $129,990 against $79,990 for a long-range Model S.
The latest price for the Model S Plaid is $10,000 more than what was presented a few days ago on Tesla’s website.
The launch of the Model S Plaid has faced delay and some controversy over an expected airplane-style yoke steering wheel. The billionaire canceled another variant, Model S Plaid+, which would have had a 33% higher driving range than the Model S Plaid. It allegedly uses advanced battery technology, known as 4680 cells.
The Model S Plaid Is the Fastest Accelerating Car
The billionaire Elon Musk has called the Model S Plaid the fastest accelerating car ever.
Ed Kim, vice president at consultancy AutoPacific, the Model S Plaid should help reduce the migration of current Tesla owners out of Tesla.
He announced that Model S Plaid is a low-volume, halo model to showcase the automaker and generate enthusiasm around the sedan. Significantly, Tesla needs to roll out new models like Cybertruck and Semi trucks to increase its customer base.