The refreshed Model S & X incorporate the boldest design change in Tesla’s history, at least, since the EV maker unveiled the Model 3 without an instrument cluster back in 2016.
The new Model S Long Range & Plaid have started customer deliveries and they have been met with unanimous admiration for their performance and tech.
Especially the Plaid Model S which has been setting world records as the first production vehicle that can go 0 to 60 miles per hour in under 2 seconds. According to Elon Musk, the Plaid Model S accelerates 20% quicker than gravity.
The tech in the vehicles has also been met with equal awe. The new Model S & X come standard with an AMD GPU on par with the latest gaming consoles such as the Playstation 5.
The new Model S & X also have active noise cancelation where microphones in the vehicle emit sound waves which cancel out road noise giving the vehicle a quiet luxurious drive.
With all these amazing features interest in the refreshed Model S and X has been through the rough. However, where the problem lies for the two vehicles is in their low production numbers and limited geographical access.
Tesla stopped producing the Model S and X in late 2020. At the time, Tesla said production was halted to upgrade the Model S and X lines to produce the refreshed version of those vehicles.
Tesla initially expected to only shut down the Model S & X lines for 18 days. However, worldwide parts shortage coupled with battery scarcity forced Tesla to extend the shutdown for several months.
In July 2021, Tesla restarted the Model S production line and at the time Elon Musk said “we’re in production and going to deliver the first 25 cars now, and then basically should be at several hundred cars per week soon and a thousand cars per week next quarter.”
Since then, Tesla has been able to significantly increase Model S and X production. Up to the third quarter of 2022, Tesla has delivered slightly more than 50,000 Model S & Xs.
Although impressive, this is significantly less than Tesla’s plan to produce 100,000 Model S & Xs per year. And the limited production number has meant, Tesla has been forced to restrict Model S & X deliveries to North America.
This has meant, Model S and X reservation holders in Europe and China have been forced to wait for more than 2 years to get delivery of their vehicle.
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Undoubtedly, this has caused a lot of frustration among enthusiastic customers who can’t wait to get their hands on the new vehicles. However, today the wait has finally come to an end.
Last week we reported that a ship carrying Model S Plaids is expected to dock in Zeebrugge, Belgium in the next few days.
Goodmorning Europe! This is the day the @Tesla plaids arrive in Zeebrugge, Belgium!! Are you as excited as I am? Welcome @Tesla! pic.twitter.com/6WaJldP6Nk— Esther Kokkelmans (@EstherKokkelman) December 3, 2022
At the time, based on all the available information, we assumed the ship was only carrying the Model S Plaid meaning, the wait for Long Range Model S and Model X reservation holders will still continue.
However, yesterday we saw a Tesla transport truck in Belgium carrying not only the Model S Plaid but also the Long Range Model S, Long Range Model X, and Model X Plaid.
And today, Tesla has made the first customer delivery of the refreshed version of the company’s luxury vehicles and it happens to be a white Model X Plaid delivered to a lucky owner in Germany.
The first #Tesla Model X Plaids were delivered to customers in Germany today This guy got a call around noontime that a trailer had just arrived & if he could pick it up right away in Hannover. They were so happy & just took the video. Congrats https://t.co/MofU6UC2Hu pic.twitter.com/dDW3xr6mjJ— Berlinergy (@Berlinergy) December 9, 2022
To the delight of the new owner of the white Model X Plaid, he “got a call around noontime that a trailer had just arrived & if he could pick it up right away in Hannover.”
Even though the wait was long, we want to extend our congratulations to the new owner of the white Model X Plaid, and it’s nonetheless really exciting to see the first refreshed Model X in customers’ hands in Europe.
Having said that, currently, we only have one confirmed delivery of the Model X Plaid and we have yet to see the Model S Plaid/Long Range, and the Model X Long Range in customers’ hands.
However, we will be sure to keep you posted as Tesla begins deliveries of these vehicles. Until then, make sure to visit our site torquenews.com/Tesla regularly for the latest updates.
Image: Courtesy of Tesla, Inc.
So what do you think? Excited to see the first Model X Plaid in customers’ hands in Europe? Also, do you think the vehicle will be worth the 2 years wait? Let me know your thoughts in the comment below.
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Tinsae Aregay has been following Tesla and The evolution of the EV space on a daily basis for several years. He covers everything about Tesla from the cars to Elon Musk, the energy business, and autonomy. Follow Tinsae on Twitter at @TinsaeAregay for daily