Model S Could Eventually Come With AWD and 100-Plus kWh Battery Pack

Model S Could Eventually Come With AWD and 100-Plus kWh Battery Pack

What the Tesla Model S really needs is a higher capacity battery pack, says perhaps only a handful of individuals.

The Tesla Model S 85 kWh carries the highest capacity battery pack of any passenger EV in mass-production today, yet that's not quite BIG enough for Tesla.

Tesla has never been one to wait for the competition to catch up.  So, as other automakers are now beginning to promise longer range EVs within the next few years, Tesla is moving forward with an even longer range EV of its own.

Loosely hinted at in the video below, Tesla CEO Elon Musk says that an AWD Model S is coming (likely when the AWD-only Model X enters full-scale production in April 2015) and that a larger battery pack option could arrive as early as 2015.

So, put it all together and what do you get? We're thinking the end result is this:

  • Tesla Model S AWD - 100 to 110 kWh battery pack option -  rear jump seats likely not available due to battery pack size - EPA range estimate of up to 350 miles
  • Tesla Model X AWD - 100 to 110 kWh battery pack option - EPA range estimate of up to 325 miles
And then, if we're lucky, maybe even this:
  • Tesla Model S P 100 to P 110 - The ultimate performance Model S - rear jump seats likely not available due to battery pack size - EPA range estimate of up to 350 miles