2021 Tesla Model S and Model X Refresh Includes Heat Pump, Joining Model 3 and Y

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Tesla today unveiled its new 2021 Model S and Model X refresh, bringing new interior and exterior features.

One feature not talked about, but mentioned within Tesla’s Q4 2020 deck is the inclusion of a heat pump in the new Model S and Model X. This means Tesla’s entire lineup now includes a heat pump, as Model S and Model X join the Model 3 and Model Y.

In regards to battery and powertrain for Model S and Model X, Tesla says both the battery pack and modules have been “fully redesigned.” The company has now also included “Model 3 and Model Y motor technology throughout”. These updates allow for 5x more high-speed quarter mile runs, plus increasing efficiency, says Tesla.

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Performance versions of Model S and X replaced by Plaid, which brings a trial-motor powertrain “with a unique high-speed, high-power rotor”.

Tesla included a chart showing the Model S Plaid is now the fastest accelerating car ever made, beating out the Porsche 918 Spyder:

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Elon Musk said on Tesla’s Q4 2020 earnings call the new Model S refresh comes with a $10,000 USD price increase compared to before. “Hopefully, people aren’t too upset if they bought the old model last month, but this one $10,000 more,” said Musk.

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