Tesla Motors has now EU type approval to sell the 100 kWh versions in the European Union. This was given by RDW, the Dutch authority responsible for vehicle registrations.
From the RDW database we can see that the Tesla Model S 90D NEDC range is 557 km, while the 100D gets 613 km. That’s a 10 % range increase from a 11 % battery capacity increase. Weight matters.
Off course the NEDC figures are very optimistic and we should wait for the official EPA results to have realistic figures. The Tesla Model 90D is rated at 294 miles EPA range, the 100D version will surely reach the 320 miles.
Now that electric cars from traditional automakers are finally surpassing the 100 miles EPA range, with some upcoming 2017 models finally getting 200 miles, Tesla is setting the bar again at a higher level, 300 miles.
The Tesla Model S 100D will probably get a 320 miles EPA range, that’s 515 km. How much more is needed to convince the general public that electric cars don’t have to be low range cars?! Also with 320 miles EPA range it will surpass the Toyota Mirai fuel cell car that is rated at 312 miles.
With further energy density improvements of the batteries, maybe it’s time to settle at the 3 digits figure of 100 kWh and start reducing the battery weight instead of increasing capacity. This will make the kWh cost cheaper and the car more efficient.