Tesla Model S With 60 kWh Battery Rated at 208-Mile Range

By · December 10, 2012

Tesla Model S

The EPA last week released the officially efficiency and range numbers for the mid-level 60-kWh version of the Tesla Model S. Though Tesla was gunning for a rating of 230 miles, the EPA's test results assigned 208 miles as the official number. That's 57 miles less than the 85-kWh version of the Model S.

In terms of efficiency, the 60-kWh version of the Model S outperforms it's 85-kWh sibling with an official EPA rating of 95 MPGe versus 89 MPGe. The EPA says that the 60-kWh version uses 35 kWh to cover 100 miles, compared to 38 kWh for the 85-kWh Model S.

Tesla Model S 85-kwh versus 60-kwh

A side-by-side comparison of the 60 and 85-kWh versions of the Tesla Model S.

There's still one version, the base 40-kWh Model S, that has not been tested by the EPA. Tesla expects this version to return 160 miles of range, but judging by the previous discrepancies between Tesla's estimates and the EPA official figures, the official number will fall short by 10 miles or so.

The 85-kWh version of the Model S, starting at $69,900 after incentives, is available now. The 60-kWh Model S, with a base level price of $59,900, is expected to enter the production in January, with deliveries scheduled to commence about one month later. Finally, the arrival of the base-level 40-kWh version, beginning at $49,900 after incentives, is tentatively set for late March to early April. All Tesla pricing will slightly increase beginning in 2013.

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