Tesla Model X and S will get 100 kWh battery soon

Tesla Model S in white

Tesla Motors has now EU type approval to sell the 100 kWh versions in the European Union. This was given byย 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 reachย 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.



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Pedro Lima

My interest in electric transportation is mostly political. Iโ€™m tired of coups and wars for oil. My expectation is that the adoption of electric transportation will be a factor for peace and democracy all over the world.

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5 years ago

Sure, EVs don’t have to have little range. But as of now, there aren’t ANY that have long range and an affordable price. This situation will improve a great deal with the Bolt, hopefully the new LEAF, and later the Model 3 and hopefully many others.

In the US of course the Bolt goes on sale in just a few short months. But it isn’t clear yet when its sibling Ampera-e becomes available with an Opel badge in Europe. In fact, it isn’t even certain that GM/Opel will be the first to offer 200 miles at an affordable price in Europe! While they seem the favorite to do so, the rumours about the new LEAF perhaps debuting sooner than many think are still swirling around (along with a lately seemingly stronger rumor of only a new battery pack upgrade, to 40 kWh, for 2017).

Anyway, I don’t think the public needs any convincing that long range is possible. They know this. Even if they respond that “low range” is the main problem for EVs, they are probably thinking of cars in their own price range.