Tesla released a pre-production Model S prototype in 2009, following up with the first officially-released Model S P85 in 2012 – and the electric sedan has come a long way since.
During Tesla’s Model S Plaid Delivery Day Event, the company shared a slide comparing the specs from different Model S units released throughout the years, and showing how far the electric sedan really has come (via @Tesla_Raj). We saw part of this slide during Tesla’s special event but it was not fully shown.
In the slide, we can see bar graphs containing data about Tesla’s four fully-released Model S units, including the 2012 P85 model, the 2018 P100D model, the 2019 Performance model, and finally, the 2021 Model S Plaid, which saw its first deliveries on Thursday.
0 to 60 in 1.99, 390 mi range, 187mi in 15min pic.twitter.com/AOLBzP9Yt3
— Tesla Raj (@tesla_raj) June 11, 2021
While the original 2012 Model S P85 had a 4.2-second 0-60 mph, an EPA range of 265 miles, and an 89-mile per 15-minute charging speed, Model S units since have only steadily improved.
Following the 2012 P85 was the 2018 P100D, featuring a 2.5-second 0-60, a 315-mile EPA range, and a 120-mile per 15-minute charging speed.
Then, the third iteration of the Model S, the 2019 Performance variant, featured a 2.3-second 0-60, with a 348-mile EPA range, and 132 drivable miles per 15 minute period charged.
Tesla’s newly-released Model S Plaid, however, boasts insane improvements even over the 2019 Performance model, with a 1.99-second 0-60 mph acceleration, 390 miles of EPA-rated range, and 187 miles of range for every 15 minutes of Supercharging.
Zachary Visconti is a writer with a knack for electric vehicles, technology, and climate change. Currently residing in Fort Collins, Colorado, Zach loves his partner, his cat, and a good cup of coffee.