Tesla is known to have shut down its PR division and now not responds to requests for remark.
A requirement shortfall wouldn’t be an entire shock. Manufacturing of extra reasonably priced EVs outstripped the posh autos a very long time in the past. Tesla delivered simply 15,200 Mannequin S and X models within the third quarter of 2020 out of a complete 139,300 vehicles. There’s additionally the query of pent-up curiosity for the souped-up “Plaid” Mannequin S — when you can afford to splurge on an upscale EV, you is perhaps tempted to attend for probably the most highly effective model.
The complete-fledged manufacturing shutdown continues to be important, although, and reinforces simply how a lot Tesla’s technique has modified in a number of years. Even within the early days of the Mannequin 3, the S and X have been nonetheless thought-about vital components of the lineup — now, they’re area of interest vehicles. Tesla is now aiming extra on the mainstream (if nonetheless above typical costs), and that’s unlikely to vary when the corporate hopes to supply a $25,000 automobile within the subsequent few years.