Tesla Now Offers Model S 60 kWh To 75 kWh Upgrade For Only $2,000

2 months ago by Eric Loveday 16

Tesla Model S 60 kWh To 75 kWh Upgrade Now Just $2,000

That’s a big bump in range for what appears to be a bargain to us.

Effective today, Tesla has officially discontinued the Model S 60 kWh version. This means the base version of the Model S now comes with a 75-kWh battery pack. Tesla communicated the cancellation of the 60 kWh version a month or so ago with this release:

We’ve now learned that Tesla is making the upgrade from 60 kWh to 75 kWh more attractive by offering it for just $2,000! That’s a huge price drop from when Tesla initially announced the upgrade option more than one year ago. Here’s how we reported on the 60 to 75 kWh upgrade at the time it was first announced:

“For a mere ~$6,500, buyers could choose to unlock the battery’s full potential at the point of purchase. After the fact, it would cost ~$10,000.”

Tesla Model S “60” is no more.

It didn’t seem like a bad deal back then, so we’ll say that this $2,000 price point is a raging bargain now.

Update:  Shortly thereafter making this deal available, Tesla  reduced the pricing on the 75 kWh versions of the Model S by $5,000 – making that model’s MSRP start from $69,500.

Teslarati reports:

“…Model S 60 and Model S 70 owners are being prompted with a very welcomed surprise in the form of a heavily discounted offer for an ‘unlockable’ battery upgrade.”

“Teslarati forum user lTRKBLU shared a photo showing Tesla’s 75 kWh in-car Range Upgrade option being offered for $2,000, which represents a near 80% discount from the original $9,000 price tag first introduced in mid-2016. Tesla would later cut the price of the Model S range upgrade to $7,000, which took place earlier this year.”

15 kWh unlocked for $2,000 works out to just $133 per kWh. Yes, you’re only paying to unlock what’s already there, but who wouldn’t at that price?

See detailed EPA range data for 60 and 75 kWh versions of the Model S below:

EPA Range Rating For Tesla Model S 60, 75, 60D, 75D

Furthermore, reports are confirming that Model S 70 kWh owners are being offered a $500 upgrade to unlock 5 kWh. This 70 to 75 kWh upgrade originally cost some $3,500. The math on this upgrade comes in at $100 per kWh.

Our recommendation? Unlock those extra kWhs now while this crazy cheap pricing lasts.

Source: Teslarati

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16 responses to "Tesla Now Offers Model S 60 kWh To 75 kWh Upgrade For Only $2,000"

  1. Now we are talking Deals! Even at the $133.00/kWh, that is better than the quoted price Chevy pays (@ $145.00/kWh) for the Bolt EV! For S 70 owners, getting an extra 5 kWh for $500.00 ($100.00/kWh) is a downright STEEL!

    1. MrEnergyCzar says:

      What happens if you just always charge the 60 to 100%? How much difference is that from doing a regular charge on the 75?

      1. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

        You can’t charge the cells in any Tesla pack to 100% of Panasonic’s rated capacity, even if it says “100” on the car’s readout. Tesla limits the charge level for all its cars. It’s just that usually the limit is somewhere around 95%, but for the electronically limited S60, the limit is significantly lower.

        Or at least, that’s my understanding. At any rate, regardless of the exact method Tesla chooses to electronically limit the S60, you certainly can’t drive an S60 as far as you can drive an S75, assuming similar driving conditions.

    2. theflew says:

      Actually we don’t know if it’s cheaper than Chevy’s $145/kWh. All we know is they are willing to greatly reduce the price to increase the number of people that upgrade. Since the 15kWh is already in the vehicle it’s a sunk cost. If you upgrade they get some money back regardless of what it cost to put in the vehicle.

      Maybe they were seeing a low conversion rate to the 75kWh upgrade and see the cost per kWh dropping. So no would be willing to spend the initial upgrade price in the near future.

  2. mmezo says:

    This is the way to go. Maybe 2000$ is very cheap, but 6500$ or 10000$ as originally planed was very expensive.

    You can buy cells for ~11kWh for 2000$ buying in “single unit” quantities. For Tesla it must be infinitely cheaper. I know you must add the pack, etc.

    I also know this is a common schema in the car industry. No way a navigation system costs 1000$ as some makers do want to pretend, or map upgrades in the order of 400$. Or a bigger engine is probably marginally more expensive to make than the base model and they charge quite a lot more…

    It would be nice if the price difference of the model 3 battery sizes reflects more or less the cost increase, but unfortunately I doubt it.

  3. bro1999 says:

    Whoever upgraded for $9k back when the option was first made available….ouch.

    Good for people that got a software restricted 60 that didn’t upgrade yet though.

    1. Bacardi says:

      Takes a bit hit on resale value as well but that’s why leasing is great!

  4. DTM says:

    With everyone enticed into unlocking their KWh’s, what does this say about the possible battery sizes of the upcoming M3?

    1. bro1999 says:

      And wouldn’t this mean a 3 75 will have more rated range than a S 75?

      And since the S 75 has the older battery chemistry, a 3 75 would also charge faster than a S 75, no?

      1. Bacardi says:

        They will be moving to new denser and tallest cells which will be standard across all Tesla Vehicles at least for the time being…

        The 75kWh M3 will most likely be the top tier battery and most likely would exceed a 75kWh Model S’s range…Since they’re going make a new battery anyways, a popular theory is the smallest battery for the S/X may be larger than 75kWh…

      2. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

        “…wouldn’t this mean a 3 75 will have more rated range than a S 75?”

        Absolutely. There appears to be no reasonable doubt that the Model 3, being a smaller car with less drag from wind resistance, and possibly a bit lighter (despite more steel in the body), will go farther than a MS on a 75 kWh battery pack.

        “And since the S 75 has the older battery chemistry, a 3 75 would also charge faster than a S 75, no?”

        I expect the Model 3-75 to charge faster than an existing Model S75, but because the cooling system and the electronics have been improved. Those upgrades are already seen in the Model S100.

        We don’t know that the new battery chemistry and/or new 2170 form factor will enable faster charging. Maybe yes; maybe no. All things being equal, achieving the same kWh capacity with fewer, larger cells would actually make charging slower, because cells are charged individually, and the more cells you have, the more power the pack as a whole can accept without overheating. However, it seems reasonable to assume Tesla and Panasonic have engineered the new batteries with the ability to accept a faster charge on an individual cell basis, possibly by tweaking the chemistry to enable faster charging.

  5. Tummy says:

    I wonder if your credit card price protection would cover this price drop if you purchased the upgrade recently.

    1. DJ says:

      At best $500 but it’s an interesting point 😀

  6. jelloslug says:

    Done! I just did a trip this weekend with the 60D and I got ~245 miles so with the 75D upgrade I should be able to get close to 300 miles on the highway.

    1. Gears says:

      What was your speed?

  7. Fabian says:

    Time to jump on this!

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