The official presentation of the fastest version of the Tesla Model S electric car in the Plaid specification made it possible to understand what changes the car has undergone, and not all aim only to improve fast features. The EV gets a new interior, a more efficient power train with increased load rates, and a built-in entertainment system that rivals game consoles.
Remedy Electrek He began to follow the preparations for the presentation of the Tesla Model S Plaid yesterday, it was he who discovered that the declared speed of 320 km / h that the car could reach only using wheels and tires with a special project, affordable. only from the fall of this year. Other dynamic features have not changed since their formal disclosure. The electric car approaches the speed limit of 100 km / h in 1.99 seconds, and covers a quarter mile (402 meters) distance in 9.23 seconds with a speed of 248 km / h.
The power plant based on three electric motors at the top produces a total power of 1,020 horsepower. As Elon Musk explained during the presentation, in order to improve the torque characteristics of electric motors, it was necessary to develop technology to cover the copper winding of the rotor with carbon fiber. Technically this task was not the easiest, as both materials have different coefficients of thermal expansion, so the insulation must have a strong pre-tension. To produce such electric motors, Tesla was forced to develop new equipment used to cover the rotor windings.
At the level of traction batteries, improvements in the Pleated Tesla Model S are also given, but this was not taken into account at the presentation. The traction coefficient of the body was reduced to 0.208, the lowest among a production vehicle. Better aerodynamics allow for both battery saving and more impressive fast performance.
The surprise of the presentation was a modified heat pump, which is used for more efficient redistribution of heat energy. The Tesla power plant generates heat during operation, it can be used to heat the passenger compartment and pull battery in cold weather. The improved heat pump in the Pleasant Tesla Model S increases the size by 30% in winter, and also decreases energy costs to heat the passenger compartment by 50%. The extended radiator of the cooling system, among other things, improves the performance of consecutive races at the same time, because the power plant will cool down faster and will not lose efficiency.
High-speed charging has also been improved, now the Tesla Model S is capable of recharging 300 km of energy in fifteen minutes. Shortly before the start of deliveries, the company canceled the edition of the more expensive version of the Plaid + with increased range, and now the electric car in this series can be purchased only in the version with batteries, which provides a range of 624 km without recharging . In the next quarter, Tesla will be able to produce thousands of Model S cars with a week, but currently production quantities are limited to a few hundred weeks.
The interior of the Tesla Model S Plaid has become more spacious due to redesigned seats from the first and second row, it uses three interactive screens, the center has a 17-inch diagonal and a landscape orientation. The interface had to be seriously redesigned, now the user has the ability to customize its elements to suit their preferences by dragging and dropping the necessary elements. Passengers in the back row could not only have fun with games on their own screen, built into the back of the center console, but also charge mobile phones wirelessly.
The actively discussed “wheel” at the presentation proved devoid of Elon Musk’s attention, he just reminded that the automatic switch function of transmission operation modes will allow to abandon the traditional selector, because the autopilot will be able to guess. the moment to change. Whether it will be possible to get a regular round steering wheel when you order is not yet specified, but the upgraded Tesla Model S en route meets controls in two versions.
Tesla has been working to improve the sound of the standard sound system, and specially designed glass is to add silence in the cabin. The first 25 units of the Model S Plaque went to the owners, the car is available to order on the Tesla website at a price of $ 129,990 excluding additional options.
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