Tesla Model S and Model X get range boost
The Tesla Model S Long Range has set a new record for the longest range of an electric production car, with an update handing it 375 miles from its 100kWh battery.
Elsewhere, the Tesla Model X Long Range has seen its range increased to 315 miles: the new figures are a WLTP estimate, with the company having previously quoted ranges derived from the old, more generous NEDC efficiency test.
The improvements are largely thanks to new drivetrain technology, with a ‘permanent magnet motor’ driving the front wheels and an ‘induction motor’ powering the rears.
Tesla says this setup helps maximize both range and performance, with acceleration figures improving across the board: even the slowest Model S will now do 0-60mph in just four seconds.
The updates form part of yet more sweeping changes to the Model S and Model X line-ups, which have been in a near-constant state of flux in recent weeks.
The prices for the Model S Long Range and Performance have increased again, rising to £80,800 and £88,300 respectively. Long Range and Performance variants of the Model X have also crept up, now standing at £84,800 and £92,300.
Ludicrous Mode - which boosts acceleration - remains an optional extra on top-spec models, costing £8,700 on the Model S Performance and £8,200 on the Model X Performance. Previously, it cost £11,500 on both cars.
Tesla says existing owners who want to purchase a new car will be rewarded for their loyalty with Ludicrous Mode thrown in for free.
Meanwhile, a new entry-level variant has been introduced on both cars: the Model S Standard Range costs from £71,700, returning 280 miles of range. Prices for the Model X Standard Range start at £75,700, with an official range of 230 miles.
Only last month, Tesla scrapped the previous version of the Model S Standard Range - after just three weeks on sale - claiming it wanted to simplify the line-up.
|Tesla Model S Standard Range||£71,700||280 miles||4.0 secs||155mph|
|Tesla Model S Long Range||£80,800||375 miles||3.7 secs||155mph|
|Tesla Model S Performance||£88,300||365 miles||3.0 secs||155mph|
|Tesla Model X Standard Range||£75,700||230 miles||4.6 secs||155mph|
|Tesla Model X Long Range||£84,800||315 miles||4.4 secs||155mph|
|Tesla Model X Performance||£92,300||300 miles||3.4 secs||155mph|
It’s not clear how permanent this latest base version will be: earlier this month, the much-lauded $35,000 Model 3 Standard Range was removed from sale online, again having been available for just a matter of weeks.
As well as drivetrain updates, Tesla has also introduced adaptive damping to its air suspension system in an effort to improve ride comfort. The company says its software will detect bumps in the road ahead and automatically adjust to driver inputs on the move.
Tesla has also managed to increase charging speeds: the Model S and Model X are now capable of up to 200kW on the latest V3 Superchargers, which are gradually being rolled out worldwide. The older, vastly more common V2 Superchargers will now deliver 145kW, up from the 120kW seen previously.
Both the Tesla Model S and the Model X are eligible for the Government’s plug-in car grant, which equates to a discount of £3,500 for cars delivering at least 70 miles of zero-emissions range.