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Electric Vehicle Maker Tesla Teases Model S with ‘Plaid Powertrain’

Earlier, Musk had said that Tesla was reserving the "Plaid mode", which is a reference to Spaceballs like Tesla's other performance modes, for the next-generation Roadster

Visitors inspect Tesla electric cars at Brussels Motor Show, Belgium, Jan. 18, 2019. VOA

Electric Vehicle (EV) maker Tesla has released a video showing a Model S with a ”Plaid powertrain” and a new ”chassis prototype” that its CEO Elon Musk reportedly said can go faster than the “ludicrous” speed the company”s vehicles currently achieve.

Musk said that they broke the fastest lap record for 4-door vehicles with a Model S at the Laguna Seca racetrack, and they are going to release a video about it soon. The automaker has now released the video, but we learn that the vehicle has been modified, Electrek reported on Wednesday.

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk. (VOA)

With this new version of the Model S, the EV maker completed a 1:36.555 lap time, achieving a new record lap for a four-door sedan, which is a big improvement over the previous best time in a Tesla Model S P100D.

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Earlier, Musk had said that Tesla was reserving the “Plaid mode”, which is a reference to Spaceballs like Tesla”s other performance modes, for the next-generation Roadster. (IANS)

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Electric Vehicle Maker Tesla Denies Driver Complaints of Sudden Unintended Acceleration: Report

Last year on a Chinese couple driving their Tesla into a river and claiming it accelerated on its own

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A Tesla logo is seen in Los Angeles, California. VOA

Electric vehicle (EV) maker Tesla dismissed the complaints that its electric vehicles may suddenly accelerate on their own, calling it completely false.

127 customers filed a petition complaining about Tesla automobiles accelerating all of a sudden and called for a federal defect investigation of the matter.

“This petition is completely false and was brought by a Tesla short-seller. We investigate every single incident where the driver alleges to us that their vehicle accelerated contrary to their input, and in every case where we had the vehicle’s data, we confirmed that the car operated as designed,” the company said in a statement on Monday.

Electric vehicle maker Tesla has started rolling out holiday updates, including a “full self-driving sneak preview”, teased by CEO Elon Musk last week. Pixabay

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) last week said that it is looking into claims that Tesla vehicles have a defect leading to ‘sudden unintended acceleration’ after receiving a petition.

“We are transparent with NHTSA, and routinely review customer complaints of unintended acceleration with them. Over the past several years, we discussed with NHTSA the majority of the complaints alleged in the petition. In every case we reviewed with them, the data proved the vehicle functioned properly,” the company added.

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According to Electrek, several claims of sudden unintended acceleration involving Tesla vehicles have been made public over the years. The most publicized one involved a South Korean celebrity claiming his Model X accelerated on its own into his garage.

Last year on a Chinese couple driving their Tesla into a river and claiming it accelerated on its own. (IANS)