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Elon Musk says that Tesla officially canceled the Model S Plaid Plus

Elon Musk says that Tesla officially canceled the Model S Plaid Plus

June 8, 2021: On Sunday, according to Elon Musk’s tweet, Tesla has canceled the most expensive variant of its flagship sedan, the Model S Plaid Plus.

Previously, Tesla and Musk promised the fans the tri-motor, Plaid Plus version of their new Model S would provide drivers 1,100 horsepower, 520 miles of range on a fully charged battery, and acceleration from zero to 60 mph in less than two seconds.

On Sunday, Musk tweeted, saying, where he has a follower count of more than 50 million, “Plaid+ is canceled. No need, as Plaid is just so good.” He added, “zero to 60mph in under 2 secs. Quickest production car ever made of any kind. Has to be felt to be believed.”

Tesla raised the Model S Plaid Plus price by $10,000, bringing it to about $150,000 in march. According to a CNET report, the option to order the Model S Plaid Plus variant was removed from the website around the last week of May.

The remaining high-end version of the Model S Plaid will cost around $119,900 and feature a 390-mile range battery, with 1,020 horsepower and acceleration from 0 to 60 miles per hour in two seconds, among other features.

The company recently removed radar sensors and lumbar support from the front passenger seats in its lower-priced Model 3 sedan and Model Y crossover for customers in North America.

It produced none of the higher-priced Model S or Model X vehicles during the first quarter of 2021, even though Musk had said production was underway during a 2020 fourth-quarter earnings call.

By April 26 on Tesla’s subsequent earnings call, Musk was saying:

“Q1 had some of the most difficult supply chain challenges that we’ve ever experienced in the life of Tesla. Insane difficulties with the supply chains with parts over the whole range of parts. We were upset about the chip shortage. This is a huge problem.”

He also spoke about technical challenges developing and figuring out how to manufacture new versions of the Model S sedan and Model X SUV.

“There were more challenges than expected in developing the Plaid Model S or the Palladium program, which is a new version of the Model S and X, which has a revised interior and new battery pack and new drive units and new internal electronics and has resembled a high-station level infotainment system.” He added, “It took quite a bit of development to ensure that the battery of the new S and X is safe.”

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