In January 2021, Tesla introduced an updated version of the Model S and Model X, which brings a new powertrain, new interior, and updated exterior design to Tesla’s two flagship electric vehicles.
When launching the new vehicles, Musk said deliveries are expected to start in a few weeks – putting the first deliveries in February.
Unfortunately, the automaker couldn’t make it happen.
When releasing Tesla’s financial results for the first quarter of 2021, the automaker noted that “the first deliveries of the new Model S are expected to start very soon,” and Musk said he believed it would take place next month, which is now in May.
The CEO said the delay was due to making sure the updated Model S’s new battery is safe.
Deliveries of the new Model S and Model X vehicles in May were also not scheduled.
Last week, Musk announced that Tesla would host a delivery event for the first deliveries of Model S Plaid on June 3 at the automaker’s Fremont plant.
Now the CEO has confirmed that the event should be delayed for a week because the new Model S is not yet ready:
“The delivery of the S Plaid model has been postponed to June 10. Needs another week of tweaking. ”
Tesla has developed a new “Palladium” powertrain to power the new Model S and Model X.
He might need more time in validation.
In addition, the automaker has developed a new user interface for the new Model S and Model X, which are equipped with new displays with different form factors.
This could also be part of what needs to be tweaked.
Although the delivery event has been delayed, Musk is making sure the hype doesn’t die out by promising the new Model S “looks like a spaceship”:
“This car looks like a spaceship. Words cannot describe limbic resonance.
Much of the focus has been on acceleration, with the new Model S supposedly able to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in under 2 seconds, but there could be some surprises at the event as well.
We expect Tesla to release more details on the new Model S and Model X during the delivery event.
For example, the new forked steering wheel should have a new cable steering system which could give a very fun adjustable driving feeling to the driving dynamics of the vehicle.
It looks like we should know more now on June 10. Musk has confirmed that the event will be broadcast live.
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