Tesla punches up speed and range with new battery pack

Tesla Model S
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Most people who buy an electric vehicle are in it for the speed, right?

Even if they aren't, car makers are always striving to go faster and farther, and that is exactly what Tesla has done with its new 100kWh battery pack, which allows the Model S to accelerate from 0-60 in only 2.5 seconds. Car enthusiasts are bound to be excited about that. 

In IT Blogwatch, we have a need for speed. 

So what do we know about Tesla's new cars? Tanya Gazdik gives us the background:

Tesla announced new versions of its Model S sedan and Model X crossover, with substantially faster acceleration and longer battery range...Range anxiety has long been one of the biggest obstacles for the adoption of electric cars, says Jessica Caldwell.
“By developing vehicles with longer-range batteries, Tesla is moving the ball forward...for...the entire EV industry,” she says.

Sounds exciting. But what exactly are the details? Robert Ferris fills in the blanks:

Tesla's new battery pack is all about going the distance...The company claims its Model S P100D with Ludicrous mode is the fastest production car in the world, in terms of acceleration...The Model S has a 100 kilowatt hour battery, with a 315 mile EPA range.
The Model X P100D, which also has Ludicrous mode...is built to go from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 2.9 seconds and will...travel 289 miles on a single charge.
The Model S P100D will start at $134,500 and the Model X P100D will start at $135,500.

That is all well and good for new cars, but what about people who already have Tesla's vehicles? Alexandria Sage and David Shepardson explain how they can get the faster battery:

Tesla...owners who...ordered a so-called Model S P90D Ludicrous but had not yet taken delivery could upgrade to the 100 kWh pack for $10,000, while existing owners can upgrade for $20,000 because the old pack must be recycled.
Tesla acknowledged that the LaFerrari and Porsche 918 Spyder...were faster than its new high-end S and X models. But Musk said those were...million-dollar, two-seater specialty cars that cannot be purchased new today.

While these cars may be spendy (though not million-dollar spendy, mind you), the Tesla team wants you to keep one very important point in mind:

While the P100D Ludicrous is...an expensive vehicle...every sale helps pay for the...much more affordable Tesla Model 3 that is in development. Without customers willing to buy the expensive Model S and X, we would be unable to fund the smaller, more affordable Model 3 development.

So are people excited? Robert Llewellyn sure is:

Prepare for expletives if Tesla let[s] me have a go in one of these.
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