The confirmation of the 100 kWh batteries for both Tesla Model S and Model X is in Tesla’s official website.
Here is the announcement:
“The Model S P100D with Ludicrous mode is the third fastest accelerating production car ever produced, with a 0-60 mph time of 2.5* seconds. However, both the LaFerrari and the Porsche 918 Spyder were limited run, million dollar vehicles and cannot be bought new. While those cars are small two seaters with very little luggage space, the pure electric, all-wheel drive Model S P100D has four doors, seats up to 5 adults plus 2 children and has exceptional cargo capacity.
The 100 kWh battery also increases range substantially to an estimated 315 miles on the EPA cycle and 613 km on the EU cycle, making it the first to go beyond 300 miles and the longest range production electric vehicle by far.
The larger battery pack is also available on the Model X, making the world’s quickest SUV even faster. Model X P100D with Ludicrous mode accelerates to 60 mph in 2.9* seconds and travels up to 289 miles EPA and 542 km EU on a single charge. Model X is also a pure electric SUV and can seat up to seven adults.
Model S and Model X are engineered to be the safest cars on the road and to have the highest ratings from NHTSA. Both have access to the Tesla Supercharger network for the freedom to travel long distance for free. And every Tesla will improve over time with free over the air upgrades.
Tesla customers who have ordered a P90D Ludicrous, but not taken delivery, can upgrade to the 100 kWh pack for $10,000. Existing P90D Ludicrous owners can also upgrade to a 100 kWh pack, but for $20,000, as their used 90 kWh pack will have to be recycled.
While the P100D Ludicrous is obviously an expensive vehicle, we want to emphasize that every sale helps pay for the smaller and much more affordable Tesla Model 3 that is in development. Without customers willing to buy the expensive Model S and X, we would be unable to fund the smaller, more affordable Model 3 development.”
The bigger battery and improved performance are important for various reasons:
- Tesla Motors needs to sell more Model S and X to support the Model 3 production.
- Hydrogen fuel cell cars have no longer the advantage of better range, only fast refueling. But that refueling will be even more expensive than gasoline and hydrogen stations are almost non existent.
- Tesla Motors proves that performance is cheaper with electric cars. We’ll definitely start to see more sports and super cars with electric drivetrains.
In late 2017, we’ll probably see another battery improvement for the Model S and X. With the increased energy density of the cells built in the Gigafactory, the battery will gain more capacity or have its weight reduced.
After the movie “Who Killed the Electric Car?” it’s time for “Who Killed the ICE Car?”. Elon Musk gets the main lead.