Estimated delivery dates for both Tesla Model S trims pushed back by several months
The estimated delivery dates for the Tesla Model S Long Range and Plaid trims have been pushed back by several months, the Palo Alto, California-based electric car maker’s official website informed. According to the updated official website of Tesla Motors, the deliveries of the Model S Long Range electric sedan will likely start in February or March of 2022.
Previously, the Long Range version of the electric sedan was scheduled to be delivered starting sometime in the September or October of 2021. Thus, the updated estimated delivery date for the upcoming version of world-famous electric sedan has increased waiting time by four months.
As far as the Model S Plaid version is concerned, the estimated delivery date has been pushed back to September to October period of this year. Previously, this version was expected to be delivered sometime in or around August of 2021. For those who wants to get their hands on the Model S Plaid equipped with carbon fiber interior upgrades will have to wait many more months as the company’s website shows the estimated delivery time in the February to March period of next year. Thus, the carbon fiber trim will take two to three months more than the wood trim interior option to hit public roads.
The EV giant had also indicated during its second-quarter (Q2) earnings call that it foresaw delivery delays for the Model S electric sedan because of backlogs in its supply chain. There was shortage of chips, which are one of the fundamental governing factors. Thus, backlogs in the supply chain severely hit the company’s output by limiting its production worldwide.
At the time, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said, “One big struggle during Q2 was the module that controls the airbags and the seatbelts. And obviously, you cannot ship a car without those. That limited our production severely worldwide in Shanghai and in Fremont.”
Postponing estimated delivery dates for new EVs is not uncommon for Tesla. The delivery dates for the eagerly-awaited Tesla Semi electric truck has been delayed for several times. The semi-autonomous commercial vehicle was first expected to be delivered by the end of 2019. But, its deliveries kept being postponed repeatedly, and it is now expected to be rolled out no sooner than the second quarter of 2022.
However, the postponement of both versions of the Model S these versions are being looked-for by a large number of potential buyers around the globe.