Elon Musk Describes Electric Motor, Powertrain and Other Upgrades to Model S, X and Roadster in 2020

Elon Musk says a Plaid Powertrain upgrade for the Model S, X and Roadster will be available in 2020. The new Model S will have a three-motor configuration which is also available for the next-generation Roadster. Tesla is currently racing a 7 seat Model S at Nürburgring. They will be trying to beat a track record set by a Porsche electric car.

A prototype Tesla Model S with a plaid powertrain set a Lugana Seca race track record. Tesla lapped Laguna Seca in 1:36.55 during advanced testing of their Model S Plaid powertrain and chassis prototype. This was a second faster than the record for a four-door sedan.

Other Tesla Plans for 2020

Tesla Semi production launch has been delayed until the end of 2020.

SOURCES- Elon Musk Twitter, Teslarati
Written By Brian Wang, Nextbigfuture.com

20 thoughts on “Elon Musk Describes Electric Motor, Powertrain and Other Upgrades to Model S, X and Roadster in 2020”

  1. he’s got a good point, the reason for a pickup truck is cargo, adding extra seats means you can’t put in a sheet of 8 foot plywood or boards without them sticking out the back, forcing you to tie them down.

  2. There are a surprising number of dual cab pickup trucks where putting in the second row of seats means the actual cargo bed is little bigger than the rear of a station wagon.

    They then have the nerve to charge MORE for these models, despite the obvious inferiority.

  3. Yes, I think the best thing for Tesla is some competition nipping at their heels rather than just idly hoping Tesla will spontaneously implode.

  4. Porsche successfully made a car that is just a modest amount worse than a Model S and costs twice as much. Smaller car, less range, similar power, no decent charging infrastructure.

  5. The class 8 trucks are going to make so much money. In an industry with ridiculously slim margins, they’re offering a product with a 2-3 year payback without subsidies.

    Many states have huge subsidies for electric trucks that are going unclaimed because there are no trucks. With these, the return on investment occurs on or before day zero.

    Delivery fleets have been begging for electric trucks for decades. They understand lifecycle costs down to the penny.

    I hope they’re on the ball with day cab versions for class 3-7.

  6. I agree Porsche gave it a good effort, took Tesla model S apart down to a screw, spent a few billion bucks but Tesla will still be number 1 because 3 motors is a bigger bang for the buck than 2 motors and a two speed transmission.

  7. Pretty sure these messages are automated. Rather than talking to a computer, click the little arrow on the top right, and then Report.

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