Just a couple of weeks ago, Tesla announced it was stopping sales of Model S and Model X electric vehicles with a 75 kWh battery, leaving only the more expensive versions with a 100 kWh battery in the product line. Apparently, the dissatisfaction of potential buyers turned out to be so noticeable that the company management again changed its decision.
When ordering the Tesla Model S electric sedan, two versions are now available – the standard Model S worth $ 85,000 and the advanced Model S Performance for $ 112,000. As you can see, the battery capacity is now clearly not indicated, the manufacturer has limited itself to a power reserve of 310 miles and 315 miles, respectively.
However, as the specialized publications have found out, the same unit per 100 kWh is installed in electric vehicles. In this case, in the initial version, the driver will not have access to the entire capacity, and in order to unlock the full volume of 100 kWh, he will have to pay $ 8,000 and then he will receive 8% more power reserve (335 miles). Judging by the power reserve, the minimum battery capacity will be higher than 75 kWh in previous configurations.
With the Tesla Model X electric car, the situation is similar – the standard Model X is offered for $ 88,000, and the Model X Performance version for $ 117,000. In the first case, we are promised a power reserve of 270 miles (or 295 miles after additional payment of $ 8,000), in the second – 289 miles. The situation with batteries is similar – in all versions they put the same unit at 100 kWh, but if you chose not a Performance modification, then you will have to pay for the full volume.
Interestingly, the “Ludicrous Mode” mode is now also sold separately, although it was previously part of the Performance versions. Thus, fans of the most active acceleration will have to pay an additional $ 20,000 to the cost of an electric car for improved dynamics.
Note that even during the refusal of the 75 kWh version, Ilon Musk said that the company plans to gradually switch from direct indication in the name of its electric vehicles battery capacity to more “marketing” designations such as “Standard Range”, “Mid Range” and “Extended Range ".
Recall that this is not the first time when Tesla abandons versions with less capacious batteries. For example, the canceled 75 kW version was introduced in 2016 as a cheaper alternative to a 90 kWh battery, which is also no longer on sale. At the very beginning of sales, the Tesla Model S was equipped with a 40 kWh battery, and a little later, customers could choose the 60 kWh and 70 kWh versions, which in turn were software-limited versions of the 75 kWh base battery.
Source: Electrek, Tesla