Upgrading From Tesla Model S 60 kWh To 75 kWh Just Got $2,000 Cheaper

5 months ago by Steven Loveday 18

Tesla Model S

Tesla Model S

We reported a few months back that Tesla was increasing the price of its Tesla Model S 60 by $2,000. The price went from $66,000 to $68,000 in November. Apparently, Tesla had a plan in mind, related to this adjustment. Now, the over-the-air software upgrade, from the S 60 to the 75 kWh hour option, is $2,000 less.

Tesla Battery

Tesla Battery

Tesla offers a myriad of over-the-air software updates/upgrades that users can pay for “after the fact.” So, you can purchase the vehicle and then decide later if you want to add or upgrade. Upgrading the battery is the most significant of these offers, and also the most expensive. It is a pretty amazing concept, as you can’t just decide you want your ICE car to be faster and push a button for a new powertrain.

The offer is shown to Tesla owners through their My Tesla page, and currently shows $7,000 for the power bump, as opposed to the recent, $9,000. You can still upgrade prior to delivery for $500 less, but nonetheless, the after-purchase upgrade just got more appealing.

Keep in mind that awhile back, we revealed some battery hack information that showed the “actual” capacity and usable capacity of Tesla’s various batteries. The original S 60 turned out to be a better deal than the 75. But, the best deal was the software limited S 60, being that it actually has the 75 kWh limited pack. You get more for your money, and you can charge it to a full 100 percent. When you pay to upgrade it, you are only getting about 10 kWh of extra capacity (not 15), so maybe Tesla is taking note of this and adjusting the cost to mirror the actual bump.

Don’t forget that you need to head into a service center if you want the new badge for your Model S. At this point, there’s no word if other over-the-air battery upgrades will also receive a price break.

Source: Electrek

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18 responses to "Upgrading From Tesla Model S 60 kWh To 75 kWh Just Got $2,000 Cheaper"

  1. Bill Howland says:

    Sounds like a good business practice to me.

    Giving the customer what they want, without costing the corporation ANYTHING is a good idea.

    That is why corporations in general love to do things that don’t cost anything, such as:

    “You’re the new EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH!!”

    (Hopefully it increases moral, friendly competitiveness, and all at no-cost)

    1. jimjonjack&jill says:

      That Option at $2000.00 would be more than enough money paid, since it’s already There. Battery prices better come down because $7000.00 for 15kWh Is INSANE! & $9000.00 Was LUDICROUS! …..Pun intended….lol…So how much is a new 100kWh Battery $46.666.66 or $60,000.00 @ $9000 per 15 kWh’s ??? That is Absolutely F*cking Nuts!!!

      1. jimjonjack&jill says:

        BTW….There goes all your Gasoline savings down the crapper. Down the crapper to the Musk Bank.

        1. Jelloslug says:

          Wut?

  2. Bill Howland says:

    Of course as far as this ‘software battery upgrade is concerned’, it is better than free.

    Most of the cobbled 60 kwh models must have not been being ‘upgraded’ at a sufficiently quick rate, so Tesla is ‘sweetening the pot’ to try and get some extra cash at infinite markup.

    If this doesn’t have the desired results, Tesla can always lower the price again and get more free cash. Then do it again.

    1. What would happen to sales, if a buyer could buy in at the 45 kWh level, and then upgade to a 60 kWh step, after getting their tax credit or rebate? The final upgrade to the 70 or 75 kWh level could be a big future present to ones self!

      In some areas, like Ontario, such an entry could get the Model S, and maybe the Model X, below the $75,000 base limit for our full $14,000 rebates, instead of the current limits of $3,000, until the car is priced over $150,000, where it gets no rebate!

      1. Guly says:

        And what about the customers who wouldn’t upgrade? Tesla would lose a lot of money doing that. But, then again The Model 3 should get the whole rebate assuming the car shows up before the new government scraps the overly generous rebates.

      2. jimjonjack&jill says:

        That $14,000 Rebate In Ontario is Really $12000..because you gotta Pay 13% Sales Tax on the entire amount First…Not Bad still but there’s always that Government catch…cheers!

        1. JJJJ – but if you did not know – there is a change in the wind coming in Canada….Tax Free EV’s!

          It is, unfortunately about a year away, but that is still maybe not as big as the US Federal $7,500 Tax Credit!

          1. jimjonjack&jill says:

            No no There is Tax on the Entire EV’s But there is a $14,500.00 Rebate to the Buyer , I’d rather take the Rebate Than the N0 Tax,,Because the Rebate adds up to 2X’s the sales tax value. Maybe they’ll offer Both? no way too good to become true ..I think they may lower it & make Sales tax exempt which is not as Good As the $14,500.00 EV Rebate..

      3. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

        Robert Weekley said:

        “What would happen to sales, if a buyer could buy in at the 45 kWh level, and then upgade to a 60 kWh step… The final upgrade to the 70 or 75 kWh level could be a big future present to ones self!”

        As a reminder, Tesla originally offered a 40 kWh option for the Model S, but that was cancelled because there was so little response; less than 2% of the pre-production pre-orders were for the 40 kWh version.

        There doesn’t appear to me to be any reason why that situation would have changed since 2012, and the coming Model ≡ will be available for those who want a less expensive Tesla car.

  3. Jason says:

    Sounds like a lot for 10-15kwh battery increase, especially as it is ota update.
    Nissan Leaf 24kwh battery is being discussed as $5k, so this works out about twice as expensive.
    Tesla batteries seem to be mentioned as less expensive to produce than Leaf, so this really sounds like a price gouge.
    I know Tesla is significantly more expensive, but this battery price does not make much sense in terms of what we are being told about battery prices in general.
    Maybe one differentiation of M3 vs MS/X will be that M3 only gets 75kwh? Otherwise you might see M3 really cannibalising MS/X sales.

    1. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

      If you think the Leaf is a better deal, then by all means buy a Leaf.

      But Leaf sales are declining, partly due to the well-known problems with premature battery aging — which Nissan refuses to fix — and partly because Nissan hasn’t made any serious attempt to update the car, as Tesla has with its cars. The Leaf also has a poor resale value, especially as compared to the Model S’s exceptional resale value.

      By contrast, Model S sales continue to grow significantly every year. Of course the Model S isn’t for everyone, but the market seems to be saying pretty clearly that the Model S is perceived as a better value than the Leaf.

      Go Tesla!

      1. Anon says:

        Ah, if you have a Dealers License, you can get a used Model S for about $30k…

    2. jimjonjack&jill says:

      Too bad someone hasn’t figured out a way to hack into their Tesla Car & release that extra Battery capacity. After all., it’s their car & they’re Dragging around that extra Battery weight that is rightfully theirs , they should be able to release the Extra, already PAID FOR Battery capacity it’s in their possession & it belongs to them NOT TESLA.. Possession is 9/10ths of the Law!

  4. Nix says:

    Here is a crazy thought. Perhaps the Gigafactory launch is working way better than they had planned.

    Heck, they actually HIT their production target month of Dec 2016! How often has Tesla hit an exact target month?

    Perhaps they have rethought their plan to wait until after the M3 has been launched to switch the S and X to 2170 batteries, and now they are preparing to switch over the S and X early.

    With the lower battery prices, battery upgrades will soon cost less. And to avoid 60 owners from feeling like Apple iPhone owners who found out their phone just got massively cheaper, they are cutting the cost well ahead of the S/X battery update. That way people don’t say “I just paid a ton to upgrade with old 18650 cells, and now it is cheaper to upgrade with 2170 cells!).

    Ok, not likely.

    But I hope people enjoy their less expensive upgrade.

  5. Anon says:

    I expect prices for the higher “Low End” S & X models to drop relatively soon, as GF1 works up steam and pops out cost-reduced batteries like a gatling-gun. Bam bam bam!!!

    Bet there is likely a revised 2170 S/X battery pack based on Model III design, already in testing.

    1. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

      Elon said revamping the Model S & X battery packs to use Gigafactory cells would happen only after they got the Model ≡ into production. So I wouldn’t hold my breath on that happening soon.

      Actually, I’m glad that Tesla is sticking with the older 18650 cells for the MS and MX for now. That means the M≡ won’t have to compete with the other cars for battery supply from Gigafactory 1, and so M≡ production can grow as fast as possible.

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