How Much Would Range Increase If P Was Removed?
With the introduction of the new Tesla Model S P100D, the rated range was pushed to 315 miles (EPA estimated), but what if Tesla were to offer a non-Performance version of the 100?
...and really, how could they not
Say in a future Model S 100D or Model X 100D? Where then would maximum range stand?
Teslarati recently examined this and concluded the following:
"According to range specifications listed on Tesla’s Design Studio, the Model S will see a range increase from 270 miles, based on the EPA cycle for the P90D, to 315 EPA-rated miles on the new P100D. The extra 45 mile boost from the larger 100 kWh battery pack represents a 17% increase over the 90 kWh pack, or an additional 4.5 miles per single kilowatt hour."
Current Tesla Model S and X Lineup Range Comparison for U.S. (August, 2016) - click to enlarge
Well, since the non-Performance Model S 90D is rated by the EPA at 294 miles combined, then our napkin math of a 17% increase in range for 100 kWh pack would lead us to believe that a 100D version of the Model S could have a rated range of up to approximately 343 miles combined, give or take.
While the performance version of the Model S 100D surely is impressive in its own right, we think that 343 miles of range would be just as strong of a selling point (at a lower total cost) too.
Furthermore, by dropping the P from the Model X P100D, it too would be in the 300-plus mile range bracket, up from its current estimate of 289 miles combined for the P version.
With these numbers in mind, we think it's just a matter of time before Tesla release both the S and X in non-Performance 100D versions. Keep your eyes peeled for a future announcement of the availability of these two range-topping versions.