Tesla Model S News
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Tesla announced this week that it plans to double its charging network by the end of 2017. It will add new locations in city centers while expanding existing highway sites so drivers don’t have to wait for access to a charger. The company said that it’s taking these steps to prepare for sales of the Model 3, its first mass-market car.
Tesla updated the price of its Model S and X today, dropping the cost of the 75-kWh Model S by $7,500. That version of the Model S, which offers 249 miles of range on a single charge, is now Tesla’s least expensive model. It starts at $69,500.
Tesla is now shipping 100D versions of its Model S and Model X vehicles. These vehicles with 100 kilowatt-hour battery packs are similar to the previous Performance versions, but with a slight reduction of power. The 100D (sans P) models now lead all electric vehicles for range. The EPA, as of today, lists the Tesla Model S 100D as providing 335 miles of driving range on a single charge. (The Model X 100D is rated to go 295 miles on a charge.)
There’s good news for EV shoppers who are waiting for long-range electric cars like the Tesla Model 3, the Audi E-Tron Quattro and the second-generation LEAF. The price of a used Tesla Model S—a big, gorgeous, fast, long-range EV that has been on the market since late 2012—is dropping to what new-car buyers will pay for upcoming models with less range and space. Should EV shoppers consider a used Model S?
Tesla announced last week that it will bring back the Model S 60—a version of the car with slightly less driving range. The change is coming about one year after the 60-kWh version was discontinued. The new S 60 will start at $66,000.
Elon Musk, Tesla's chief executive, announced at a shareholder meeting last week that Model 3 owners will be required to pay to access the company’s Supercharger network. For the Model 3 to succeed in the long run, Tesla needs to slice off as much starting cost from the car as possible without compromising the brand’s luxury credentials.
The Volkswagen E-Golf may not be the best-selling eco-friendly compact car on the market—or even the top-selling compact all-electric vehicle. But in terms of what makes a small car great and green, according to AAA, the E-Golf is the best overall compact green car on the market.
This week, Tesla began the process of wirelessly updating the software in all Model S and Model X vehicles to version 7.0. As a result, drivers will also be given the option of a fee-based upgrade to Tesla’s Autopilot system, which provides automated driving features. Could this be a step toward a future when electric cars autonomously drive to the nearest EV charging station?
With the recently unveiling of the Chevrolet Bolt concept car—and quick replies from Nissan and Tesla—the race for an affordable long-range electric car reached a new level of competition. All three companies are targeting 200 miles on a single charge, thus establishing a new industry-wide target for a relatively affordable vehicle running solely on batteries.
The mere fact that a car can use grid-supplied energy no longer grabs headlines the way it did just a few years ago. Nonetheless, notable plug-ins from Hyundai, Honda, Audi, Volkswagen, and Mercedes could be found in Detroit.