TECH: Tesla Model S P100D Gets 315-Mile Range

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There are all sorts of reasons people cite for not buying an electric car. They’re not affordable. They’re too small. They have too short a range to handle my driving. Tesla aims to eliminate a few of those complaints with a new battery that gives the Model S a 315-mile range.

The 100-kWh battery will be available for the Tesla Model S and Model X as P100D models. The Model S will be the first electric car to break the 300-mile mark, which might be enough to get those who were on the edge to take the plunge and buy electric.

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The Model X P100D will be available with the same battery, but with a slightly shorter range of 289 miles. That’s a lot of miles and more than most of us will drive before we have a planned stop.

It’s still a challenge finding a charging station. There are more and more locations where you can charge your environmentally friendly electric car, but you have no guarantee that you’ll be able to access those chargers.

You might be faced with waiting for a minute or two for a free pump at a gas station, but the wait is a lot longer if someone beats you to that charging station. The increased distances offered by the new battery will make that scenario a little easier to bear since most people could run a day’s worth of errands and still have juice to spare.

The Model S P100D with Ludicrous mode will also be one of the fastest production cars in the world. It will have a 0-60 mph time of 2.5 seconds. The only cars that beat it are the LaFerrari and the Porsche 918 Spyder, which happen to be limited run cars that cost more than most people’s houses.

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The Model X P100D is also impressively fast with a 2.9-second 0-60 mph time. Not bad at all when you consider this is a seven-passenger SUV.

They’ve got a longer range and they’re quick, but one thing they’re not is cheap. Anyone who has ordered a P90D Ludicrous, but doesn’t have their vehicle yet, can upgrade for $10,000. Owners already in possession of their cars can do the same, but it will cost them $20,000.

If you’re looking to buy one new, then you’ll have to shell out $134,500 for the Model S P100D or $135,500 for the Model X P100D. Tesla even acknowledges that they’re expensive cars, but notes that these pricey cars help develop more affordable cars like the Model 3.

You can look at it as community service when you park that $100,000 car in your driveway and plug it in each night.

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Nicole Wakelin

Nicole Wakelin