Tesla revamps Model S, ups performance ante

The ground-breaking electric vehicle gets its most significant update since it launched in 2012, with the Plaid performance version promising straight-line performance even few supercars can match.
Global electric vehicle (EV) market leader Tesla briefed investors and analysts during its online Q2 2021 update last week. The electric vehicle and energy company gave an update on financials, but top execs also provided an inside look at a product roadmap focused on the rapidly expanding portfolio that includes a new Model Y and big plans related to production, vehicle technology, and battery advances.

Closer to reality, Tesla’s attention is focused on ramping up production in Freemont of its new flagships — its revamped Model S — and Model X soon after. In June, the company held the delivery event for the first significant update to its groundbreaking Model S, the new high-performance Plaid version, at the test track of the company’s main factory in Fremont, CA

Kicking off that event was Franz von Holzhausen, Senior Design Executive at Tesla Motors.

“Almost nine years ago, on June 22nd, 2012, we had our first Model S delivery event right over there in the factory,” he said. “So, we’ve come a long way in a few years.”

“With the new car, we set out to design engineer and manufact
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