WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Elon Musk tweeted on Monday that Tesla’s Model S Plaid Plus is “canceled.”
- The company will continue to launch and sell the Model S Plaid standard version.
- The news came amid the crisis of the microchip shortage worldwide.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced on Twitter Monday that the electric car company will no longer offer the Model S Plaid Plus.
“Plaid+ is canceled. No need, as Plaid is just so good,” Musk tweeted Sunday. “0 to 60mph in under 2 secs. Quickest production car ever made of any kind. Has to be felt to be believed.”
The news came prior to a June 10 “delivery” ceremony for the Model S Plaid. The event was originally scheduled on June 3.
Previously, Tesla announced its plans to market its most expensive flagship sedan at $150,000 ($30,000 higher than the S Plaid), which is capable of running over 520 miles when fully charged.
The Model S Plaid, with over 390 miles on a fully-charged battery, will still be available in the market.
The latest announcement came amid the scarcity of microchip supplies being experienced globally across the automaker industry and other economic stakeholders.
Last month, Musk said that the recent price hikes were because of “major supply chain price pressure industry-wide. Raw materials especially.”
“Our biggest challenge is supply chain, especially microcontroller chips. Never seen anything like it,” The billionaire mogul tweeted last week. “Fear of running out is causing every company to overorder – like the toilet paper shortage, but at epic scale. That said, it’s obviously not a long-term issue.”
The name “Plaid” reportedly came from the 1987 Star Wars parody film “Spaceballs.” In the movie, stars turn into plaid when spacecrafts make fast acceleration.
Source: New York Post