Tesla plans to deliver Model S Plaid in June after months of delays
Elon Musk said in a tweet Thursday that You’re here will host a “delivery event” at the Fremont, Calif., plant on June 3 for the long-delayed Model S Plaid.
Specifically, he wrote: “Tesla Model S Plaid June 3 delivery to our California plant. The fastest production car ever from 0 to 60 mph in less than 2 seconds.”
The Model S Plaid is an updated version of the company’s flagship battery-electric sedan, which has been in production since 2012.
Musk and Tesla first promoted and promised the Plaid versions of the Model S, Model X SUV and Tesla Roadster in September 2019. At that time, the CEO told his tens of millions of Twitter followers that a Plaid powertrain was about a year away from production.
Tesla drew criticism when it revealed the interior of the Model S Plaid during a results update in January this year. The design includes a yoke of leadership option, instead of a round steering wheel. Steering yokes are more suitable for the racetrack than everyday vehicle use, in part because of the steering ratio and because average drivers frequently have to reposition their hands on the steering wheel.
During this quarterly earnings call, Musk said the Model S Plaid is already in production. In February, he said in an episode of the popular podcast “The Joe Rogan Experience” that the Model S Plaid would start shipping in February, and he spoke about its wider wheelbase and acceleration and called the car “uncomfortably. fast”.
Following those promises, Tesla revealed in its Q1 Vehicle Production and Delivery Report that it had not produced a single Model S or Model X during the first three months of the year.
The delays frustrated Tesla loyalists but did not drive them all away.
Barry Stuppler, a longtime Tesla owner who ordered his first Model S in 2014, spoke to CNBC about his long wait for the new version of the Model S.
He ordered a Model S Plaid in January 2021, intending to give his old Model S to his son. Tesla’s sales and delivery teams initially told it to expect delivery by the end of March.
The month was approaching, and without warning Tesla updated its estimated delivery date several times, telling it to expect the Model S Plaid to arrive as late as July. His son is renting a vehicle in the meantime.
Stuppler said he loved his old Tesla Model S and never needed gas. At the same time, he acknowledges that Tesla is fortunate to have extremely patient customers.
Stuppler runs a rare coins and precious metals wholesale business, Stuppler & Co., and said he has developed an appreciation for value for money, but also strong customer service. If the Mercedes-Benz EQS electric battery was already available, he says, he would have ordered one instead of the Tesla.
Tesla faces increasing competition as other automakers enter the pure electric battery segment. The competition for the S Plaid model today includes the Porsche Taycan and the Audi E-tron and will include, among others, the future Lucid Air and Mercedes EQS.
Tesla has yet to say when deliveries of the Plaid version of its Model X SUV or the reinvented Tesla Roadster will begin. Musk previously said these vehicles, but not the Model 3 and Model Y, would be equipped with the Plaid powertrain.