Tesla CEO Elon Musk says production of the company's next Roadster won't begin until "next year", roughly two years after the auto was initially scheduled to go into production. According to the Wall Street Journal, "Tesla Inc. posted its first full-year profit and laid out plans for a sharp increase in production over the coming years after meeting rising demand for electric vehicles with record deliveries".
For 2020, Tesla reported a profit of $721 million on about $31.5 billion in sales compared with an $862 million loss and sales of $24.6 billion in 2019.
Apart from these, the up to date Tesla Model S can also be claimed to be the "first production vehicle ever to achieve 0 to 60 miles per hour in less than 2 seconds". He also said that its triple-motor powertrain (which includes one electric motor in the front and two in the rear) will allow the vehicle to accelerate from 0 to 60 in just 1.9 seconds, and from 0 to 100 in 4.2.
There will be an option to change drive modes on the touchscreen, but CEO Elon Musk made the case for automatic shifting on Twitter late Wednesday night. "And like I say, we'll start delivering it in a matter of weeks". For a closer look, we've provided images of the outgoing Model S and refreshed Model S below.
While the exterior showcases some subtle refinements, the interior has undergone a stunning overhaul. It's reminiscent of the same style of steering wheel we saw on the new Roadster concept. The last auto I remember with a similar wheel fitted was K.I.T.T.in Knight Rider.
The removal of the PRND stalk that the Model S and Model X previously featured is part of a wider overhaul of the interior design of those vehicles, the report said.Tesla has ditched its circular steering wheel in favour of one that's U-shaped - a decision that Roadshow reports have already drawn the interest of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the federal safety regulator for motor vehicles, it added.
The company is showcasing the new system in the promotion materials with the display showing the cover of Witcher 3.
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