Tesla Introduces New 100kWh Battery and Higher Sticker Price

To say that Tesla Motors is an innovative automaker would be an understatement. After all, the company is not only a leader in electric automobiles, but they aim to make these cars as impressive as the leading production vehicles—like the Ferrari LaFerrari and the Porsche 918 Spyder. These are both million dollar hyper-cars, of course, with accelerations of 0 to 60 mph in under 2.5 seconds.

Of course, no electric vehicle has ever come close to these acceleration ratings; until now. The Tesla Model X has just improved from 3.2 seconds to 2.9 seconds. But the new Tesla Model S can hit 60 mph in just 2.5 seconds.

And that makes the all-electric Tesla Model S the third-fastest production car in the world.

So how did they do it?

Well, the added speed comes as a result of a keen new battery: the long-rumored 100kWh battery, an option available for order with both Tesla Model S and Model X vehicles. Obviously, this comes with an additional charge, but it will give you an additional 10kWh of storage over the previous industry-leading models to deliver the biggest shock of all: 315 miles of EPA-estimated driving range (in the Model S P100D version). This is nearly 20 miles more than the model equipped with the previous 90kWh battery. Similarly, the Model X P100D—with the new battery—has improved from 250 miles to 280 miles.

So lets get down to business, then: the new Model S P100D has a price bump of $9,500, to start at $134,500. However, it is available now and deliveries will begin next month. Similarly, you can get the Tesla Model X for $135,000, but production will be limited to roughly 200 packs per week, with production increasing over the next few months.

This will round out Tesla’s lineup, which now includes Model S and Model X vehicles with 60kWh, 75kWh, 90kWh, and the new 100kWh batteries. This also broadens the price range for vehicles, now at $66k to $134k for the Model S and $74k to $135k for the Model X.

The company admits that the price is high, but Tesla has never been one to shy away from innovation—which always comes at a cost. And they have already announced that they plan to immediately reinvest sales of the higher end vehicles into production of yet more vehicles.

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