Tesla Is Now Delivering Model S Version with Record-Breaking 335 Miles of Range

By · April 13, 2017


How far does the Model S go on a single charge? That depends on the specific model.

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.)

The previous Model S P100D accelerates from zero to 60 miles per hour in an astounding 2.5 seconds. The longer-range non-P version is moderately slower with zero-to-60 sprints at 4.2 seconds. By opting for the non-performance version, still plenty fast, the starting price drops to $92,500—a savings of nearly $40,000. It also picks up the additional 20 miles of range.

The shift from performance-oriented to the longer range Model X SUV adds six miles of range.

The Model S 100D costs only $3,000 more than the 90D, which has a range of 294 miles. In effect, the privilege of being able to travel an additional 40 miles before needing to charge is available for the $3,000 upgrade from the 90D to the 100D. The two vehicles offer similar performance levels.

For Tesla, the 100D version of the Model S allows the company to claim bragging rights as the longest-range production EV ever at 335 miles (even as the expanding number of variants potentially creates some confusion).

The emergence of big-battery electric cars—like the Tesla models, the 238-mile Chevrolet Bolt, and an anticipated 300-mile Audi SUV—raises questions about how much range is typically needed by drivers. Automakers are searching for the right combination of range, efficiency and cost. In the case of the two 100-kWh version of the Model S, the longer-range version (while slightly slower) is more affordable.

Comments

· · 23 weeks ago

Using the EPA cycle the Toyota Mirai has a total range of 312 miles on a full tank of hydrogen. I don't know what the true full cost of the Mirai is (consumer cost $57,500) but given continuing battery cost reductions, it appears that electrics may soon routinely exceed the range capabilities of FCVs at a similar or lower cost.

· · 23 weeks ago

Yes, it looks like we could get to the point where there's some level of parity between EVs and fuel-cell cars in terms of range. The challenge will be with refueling/recharging times, given the ability to fill up a hydrogen tank in about five minutes. Of course, it's hard to beat the convenience of charging at home--especially compared to trying to find one of the rare H2 stations. It will take some time, but hopefully, the future will bring super-fast-charging of long-range EVs and more abundant hydrogen stations for FC cars--all co-existing.

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