The Tesla Model S has reclaimed the title of having the longest range of any production electric car. The company recently introduced the 100D variant for the Model S which will replace the outgoing 90D.
Compared to the previous 90D which only had a maximum range of 473 km, the new non-performance 100 kWh battery pack on the 100D gives the Model S a total range of 539 km. This equates to about an 11 to 14-percent increase in range over the older version. 0 – 97 km/h remains the same at 4.2 seconds, as well as its top speed of 250 km/h.
Those that prefer performance will be glad to know that Tesla also brought the P100D which is also set to replace the P90D. With a bigger battery pack, the P100D's maximum range sits at 506 km, dwarfing the P90D's range of 434 km.
The Model S is not the only car that benefits from the increase in range as the Model X also gets the new 100 kwH battery. The non-performance version has a maximum range of 474 km and can go from 0 – 97 km/h in 4.8 seconds. Top speed is at 250 km/h. With the P100D package, the Model X will have a range of 465 km while 0 – 97 km/h is clocked at 2.9 seconds.
Tesla apparently plans to keep the battery capacity at 100 kilowatts but aims to extend their range through technology and research. Tesla, along with Panasonic, is currently working on new battery technology at their Gigafactory in Nevada.