Elon Musk, Telsa CEO, announced over the weekend that the Model S Plaid+ has been cancelled. The reason for this is that Model S Plaid is good enough. The news comes as a bit of shock, especially as the Plaid+ was due to arrive later this year.
Musk announced the news on Twitter over the weekend saying: “Plaid+ is cancelled. No need, as Plaid is just so good.”
Both the Model S Plaid and Model S Plaid+ offered some impressive specifications. They both offered a top speed of 200mph (322kph) and could accelerate from 0-60mph (0-96.6kph) in less than 1.99 seconds.
The big difference between the two models is that the £139,980 Plaid+ was set to offer a range of up to 520 miles (836km) compared to the £110,980 Plaid’s 400 miles (644km). This would have made it the longest range electric vehicle (EV) on the road.
This might come as a disappointment to some but 400 miles (644km) is still a hugely impressive range. Even for those taking the longest trips, this would be more than enough before the need to stop and take a break, let alone charge up.
Lucid claim their new Lucid Air Grand Touring model will have a range of 517 miles (832km) which make it the longest range electric car on the market. Similarly, it’s no slouch either with 1,080 horsepower and a top speed of 168mph and can accelerate 0-60mph in two and half seconds.