Following up on previous rumors and multiple reports, Tesla has confirmed that it will be offering all new 100-kWh battery packs for the Model S sedan as well as the recently launched Model X SUV dubbing them the P100D in the process.
Tesla claims that the bigger battery will boast an equally impressive driving range with the company claiming that a Model S equipped with this option can get up to an EPA-estimated 315 miles on a single charge. This makes the new flagship sedan the longest ranged electric vehicle in production, and could signal significant progress for Tesla and its battery technology.
However, this battery also has a split personality and is also capable of serious performance when hooked up to Ludicrous Mode and its Dual Motor all-wheel drive system. When equipped to the newly named P100D (the only model with this battery) Tesla claims that the Model S is the third fastest accelerating car on the market with the car achieving the feat in a blistering 2.5 seconds. For those that would like to counter this assertion and claim that the Porsche 918 and the Ferrari LaFerrari are faster, Tesla has prepared a quote just for this elite crowd of enthusiasts.
“However both the LaFerrari and the Porsche 918 Spyder were limited run, million dollar vehicles and cannot be bought new” stated the company. “While these 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.”
As for the Model X P100D, the all electric SUV sees its driving range increase from 250 miles to 289 miles on a single charge. It will also see a bump in performance with the SUV capable of clawing its way to 60 mph in 2.9 seconds. This figure would cement its claim of being the “world’s quickest production SUV” a title that was previously held by the Bentley Bentayga. All of this range and performance will not be cheap, and the P100D package is a sizable premium over other Model S and Model X variants. Despite this, Tesla claims that it still has high hopes for the package, and claims that it will also play a critical role within the company.
“While the P100D Ludicrous is obviously an expensive vehicle, we want to emphasize that every sale helps pay for the development for the smaller and much more affordable Tesla Model 3 that is currently 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.”