Tesla will begin deliveries of the new edition of the Model S on June 3, specifically the Plaid variant, for which Tesla is planning its own event at its factory in Fremont, California, on the aforementioned day.
This was announced by Elon Musk on Twitter. The Model S Plaid is the middle variant, which already has three motors with a total of 750 kW, but still has a battery from the familiar 18650 cells. Below that ranks the Model S Long Range (in Germany "Maximum Range") with 18650 battery and two E-motors, and above that the Model S Plaid+, which will probably have the new 4680 cells. The top model is expected to come to more than 810 kW of power and, most importantly, a range of an estimated 837 kilometers. This version, however, will only come to market a little later.
While the changes to the body are only minor, the interior has also received a major update in addition to the powertrain. The large display is now installed transversely and no longer vertically, as in the Model 3 and Model Y. The most striking feature, however, is the "yoke" steering wheel without a surrounding steering wheel rim. In addition, there are no longer any steering column levers, and the turn signals and lights are now operated via buttons in the steering wheel.
With a delivery start of the Model S Plaid (and the Long Range following shortly after, according to US media), the statistics for the second quarter will once again include some copies of the Model S. Tesla had only achieved the current delivery record from Q1 2021 with the Model 3 and Model Y - production of the Model S and X had been at a standstill since mid-December 2020.