If you're the sort of person who's chronically late, Tesla has some amazing news. The automaker has unveiled a 100 kWh battery pack that could really speed up your morning commute--if it weren't for all the stop-and-go traffic, that is.
The new battery is being offered on performance models of the Model S sedan and the Model X crossover (i.e. the versions with "Ludicrous" driving mode). Previously, the Model S P90D was able to hit 60 miles per hour in 2.8 seconds, but move over, pokey, because the P100D gets there in 2.5 seconds.
According to Tesla, the new battery pack makes the Model S P100D the third-fastest accelerating model ever made--and because the other two were limited-run supercars, the Model S is the fastest production vehicle on the planet. Also, unlike the LaFerrari and the Porsche 918 Spyder, you can actually carry stuff in the Model S.
The Model X was already the quickest SUV on Planet Earth, and now, it's even quicker. The Model X P90D hit 60 in 3.2 seconds, but with the 100 kWh battery pack, it can get there 0.3 seconds faster.
Not so interested in speed? Perhaps you'll be swayed by the added driving range.
Previously, the longest-hauling Model S was the non-performance 90D, which boasted a range of up to 302 miles. With the 100 kWh battery pack, though, that figure edges up to 315 miles. On the Model X, max driving range is now 289 miles, up from the 90D's 257.
How much would you pay for that added power and range? If you're buying brand-new, the Model S P100D will cost $134,500, or $20,000 more than the previous top-of-the-line Model S P90D. The Model X P100D costs $1,000 more at $135,500, which is also $20,000 above the Model X P90D.
But wait: if you've ordered a P90D model and haven't taken delivery, you can upgrade to the P100D for just $10,000! If you already have a P90D sitting in your garage, you can upgrade, too, but it'll cost you the full $20,000 because, as Tesla explains, the company will have to recycle your 90 kWh battery pack.
And if you're not at all interested in the added power but own Tesla stock, you'll be happy to know that the markets reacted positively to the new battery pack. After the announcement yesterday, Tesla share prices rose from about $223, flirted with $229, closed at $227, and have now settled down around $225. That's a better reaction than Tesla got after unveiling its new "Master Plan, Part Deux".