Tesla Model S Options No Longer Include 85 kWh Version
Recently Tesla Motors had made the option for the 85 kWh battery pack found in the Tesla Model S unavailable for countries such as Canada and Mexico, and we had suggeseted that the United States and the rest of the world would likely soon follow.
Original Tesla Model S Battery Choices (40/60/85 kWh) Now Defunct
Now, as of Monday (February 8th, 2016) the 85 kWh Model S is officially no more, as the option disappeared from Tesla's Model S configuration pages in the US and elsewhere.
This officially closes the book on the original battery pack configurations the car launched with in 2012 (40, 60, and 85 kWh).
Given the addition of the 90 kWh option added late last year, the demise of the 85 kWh version really should come as a surprise to no one. It probably had only lasted as long as it did as Tesla looked to work its way through old/existing 85 kWh pack inventory.
InsideEVs spoke to a Tesla spokesperson today for comment on the changes:
"The recently introduced 90kWh battery pack offers unprecedented range and value that has been well received by our customers. As a result, we will no longer be offering the 85kWh battery. Model S is designed to be completely customizable, ensuring that customers are able to build the car that meets their unique needs and Tesla is committed to continued innovation and the development of industry-leading technology."
This does mean a slight price bump for anyone looking to upgrade past the base 70 kWh battery. The Model S 90 kWh sedan starts at $88,000. The 85 kWh Model S sedans had a range of 265 to 270 miles, whereas the new 90 kWh cars can travel up from 288 miles (90D/EPA).