Tesla has apparently temporarily halted the deliveries of the new Model S that began in June, according to several customers of the model. Fixed dates for the delivery of the Model S have been cancelled at short notice. The reason for this can only be speculated.
Several portals report with regard to forum entries that the Californians have stopped further handovers of the new Model S to customers probably already about two weeks ago. According to the portal Electrek, customers have been supplied with different reasons by Tesla, but mostly it was mentioned that there is a "hold" instruction for the Model S.
The latest production and delivery figures show that a total of 1,890 Model S were handed over in June. When handing over the first 25 units, Tesla CEO Elon Musk had talked about initially producing "a few hundred units" per week before ramping up production to 1,000 units per week in the third quarter. This would bring Tesla to over 12,000 Model S plaids per quarter. Musk did not specify at the time when the long-range version with two engines and the Model X with the two powertrains would be added. To date, there is no news on this.
On the other hand, it is clear that the Model S Plaid will be more expensive. Shortly before the first delivery in June, Tesla had increased the price on the US site by 10,000 dollars to 130,000 dollars. The Model S Plaid has also become more expensive in the German configurator: instead of 116,990 euros, Tesla is now calling for 126,990 euros.
Elon Musk, meanwhile, has confirmed on Twitter that there will be no option for a regular steering wheel for the new Model S and Model X besides the "yoke" steering wheel without a wrap-around steering wheel rim. The steering wheel unveiled by Tesla as part of the refresh of its Model S and Model X was initially thought by many to be a marketing stunt with no chance of coming to fruition, but as reported, it is apparently actually eligible for registration in Europe.