Less than six hours after Tesla’s delivery event for the new top of the Model S Plaid line on Thursday night, the automaker reduced the estimated range for entry-level Model S Long Range without explanation.
Prior to the event, the Model S Long Range was built with a range of 41
“In the two-engine configuration, it has a range of 412 kilometers,” Musk declared, laughing in response to something an audience said and adding “420 give or take. That joke will never end.”
Musk often uses the 420 number, which is a reference to marijuana, and was fined by the SEC in 2018 for falsely stating on Twitter that Tesla had “secured funding” to be published at $ 420 per tonne.
Neither Musk nor Tesla has provided an explanation for the updated figure, and the EPA has not yet listed the two new versions of the Model S on its Fueleconomy.gov website.
The Model S Long Range has a starting price of $ 79,990, and Tesla says it can accelerate to 60 mph in 3.1 seconds compared to the $ 139,990 Model S Plaid tri-engine, which can do so in less than two seconds.
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Tesla has not said exactly when deliveries of the Model S Long Range will begin.