The Tesla Model S and Model X have been upgraded with larger batteries – and an even faster ‘ludicrous mode’.
Elon Musk confirmed the arrival of new 100kWh battery packs, an improvement on the 90kWh batteries currently available.
The new Model S P100D with Ludicrous mode will be 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,’ Tesla said.
‘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.’
Musk said that the drivetrains for both cars will remain the same, with only the larger capacity batteries being new.
He also said supercharge times would be unaffected.
The new battery option will extend the range of the Model S to 315 miles per charge, making it the first electric car on the market to exceed 300 miles of range.
Tesla drivers who currently own a Model S or Model X P90D Ludicrous can upgrade to the 100 kWh packs for $20,000.
‘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,’ the firm said.
‘Without customers willing to buy the expensive Model S and X, we would be unable to fund the smaller, more affordable Model 3 development.’
esla chief executive Elon Musk had said earlier on Tuesday that the company planned to make a product announcement later today.
‘Tesla product announcement at noon California time today,’ Musk tweeted, before then delaying the public announcement until 12:30pm.
The company declined to offer details before the announcement.
Shares rose more than 1 percent after the post and were recently trading up $3.69, or 1.7 percent, to $226.62 a share.
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