According to a leaked internal memo written by Elon Musk, and shared by Twitter user Luke Otter, Tesla is ready to restart the Model S & X production lines. In addition, demand for the refreshed versions of these vehicles is so high Tesla “will soon need to go back to two shifts for the S and X”. In the memo, Musk asked Tesla employees to recommend friends to the recruiting department.
Elon also gave an update on the timeline. Musk said they are “currently almost done retooling” the Model S & X lines and production of the refreshed versions will begin soon. As Tesla ramps up production, Musk expects the company to reach max capacity on an unspecified date next quarter.
Sales volume for Tesla’s Model S & X has been going down since the company introduced the Model 3 & Y. Tesla’s newest vehicles on top of being cheaper were also introduced with some features which are better than their larger brethren.
One major example is while the Model S and X were capped at 150KW max charging the Model 3 & Y were able to charge at a max 250KW rate. Tesla has currently brought the Model S & X to the same 250KW max charging however, due to the larger size of the S & X, their charging time when calculated in miles per hour still lags behind the 3 & Y.
There are also other examples of better features found in the 3 & Y but which were absent in the S & X. These are a new heat pump, superior ventilation, a better center console screen, and more.
However, with the new refresh, Tesla is bringing the S & X to their flagship status. On top of incorporating all the technology such as the heat pump and the air vents from the 3 & Y, Tesla has also added some bells and whistles.
These include a new second screen for rear passengers. A powerful GPU for gaming. A new drive system where AI replaces the gear and shift stalks. And active noise cancelation to decrease noise in the cabin of the vehicles.
Tesla has also improved the performance numbers of the S & X. The Model S can now go 0 to 60 in 1.96 seconds, can do the quarter-mile in under 9.3 seconds, and has a top speed of 200 miles per hour. The Model X will also see its 0 to 60 time improve to 2.5 seconds and now will be able to do the quarter-mile in 9.9 seconds.
So what do you think? Are you excited for the refreshed Model S & X to come to production? Do any of you have reservations for the vehicles? Let me know your thoughts down in the comments below.
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