Tesla Launches Model S 100D – Range Of 335 Miles, Starts At $92,500



Tesla Model S 100D Now Available To Order

Tesla Model S 100D Now Available To Order

Tesla has just launched the 335-mile Model S 100D at a starting price of $95,800 (plus destination) or $92,500 (plus destination) if you remove the pre-selected, upgraded interior.



This version of the Model S has been long anticipated and we all knew it would be arriving soon.  In fact, a few months ago, the 100D emblem was found in some source code for the Model S and X design studio, so we suspect the X will get the 100D version in the near future too (UPDATE: As expected, the Model X 100D is now listed too).

*UPDATE: If you remove the pre-selected, upgraded interior, the entry price for the Model S 100D drops to $92,500. The $3,000 price difference from the 90D remains the same though, if optioned identically.

Back when speculation of the 100D began to surface, we at InsideEVs took a shot at guessing the range of the Model S 100D in the past and this is what we came up with:

“…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.”

Well, turns out we were a bit optimistic as the actual figure listed by Tesla is 335 miles (note: that’s still an EPA estimated figure, so the final number may change slightly). That’s still more than enough to make it the longest range production electric car available today and puts it 20 miles ahead of the next closest Model S, the P100D with a rated range of 315 miles.

Perhaps more importantly, the 100D costs just $3,000 more than the 90D, which has a range of 294 miles.

We suspect the 100D will be an immediate success for Tesla. What it lacks in performance (0 to 60 MPH in 4.2 seconds compared to 0 to 60 MPH in 2.5 seconds or less), compared to the P100D, it more than makes up for in range. And do you really need a car that accelerates to 60 in under 3 seconds anyways?

According to Tesla’s design studio, 100D Model S EVs ordered today will be delivered starting in late March.

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Starting at $95,800

Pfff, a mere bagatelle !

For some people it is.

That’s about the same range as my Honda Civic 1.8 i-VTEC.

Who knows what a Model 3 with 2170 cells will do or a gen ii Model S with the new cells

And about 100 miles more range than a Dodge Viper.

Wow, a Viper only goes 235 miles on a tank?! Must not be a very big tank, or the gas mileage must be from the 70s!

Most supercars have terrible fuel economy and very small fuel tanks to keep the weight down as much as possible.

It appears that the only thing Tesla needs to do at this stage, would be enable their car to better go around the track without overheating. This of course is a minor quibble because most of these supercars are not driven on tracks when sold, but at least that would make Tesla exceed ICE cars in all respects.

Still, Tesla does an admirable job triggering power cuts, before batteries get too hot. One can have fun with ~250HP, and it only happens after much higher demands than typically made on the street.

Tesla doesn’t give a sh*t about the fictitious
track. Neither do majority of the people that own Tesla’s

Model S custom builds now have interior packages like X, not selecting seats, dash and roof colors individually.

That scribbling sound you hear is German luxury car PR executives, writing new specs for press releases of their 2020+ EVs.

That was very funny!… and probably very accurate.
I would be happy with 0-60 in 6 seconds and $10,000 cheaper though. (if I could afford it at all. Fun to dream)

“And I’ll take “Shave off another 2 seconds of acceleration for $10,000.” , Alex”.

“Answer – what is cancelling your Model 3 preorder, and ordering and driving, this Summer, a 6 sec./0-60 mph Model S Telsa for $85,800?

“Model S 100D?” – Alex

The 2025 ‘WUNDERWAGEN’ will do 0-100 kph in .2 seconds faster than whatever Tesla says its car can do!

Well, since Elon commented that 100 kWh is likely as Big a Pack as he will build, when the 2170 cells come to the S & X, in about 18 to 24 monthes, either they will just be lighter packs, or have some all new numbers:
70kWh / 95 kWh / 120 kWh!

They could also go to:
75 kWh, 100 kWh, and 125 kWh – to keep just a bit of a secret reserve!

(These #’s amount to about 25% Greater Capacities over current sizes, a bit less than the 30% improvement they suggested would be delivered from the new cells, so there still should be a bit extra reserve in them fore safety!)

I believe that the 30% improvement is over original Model S battery, not the current one wish would be around 6% improvement per year wish they have talked about. 30% improvements over 85 kWh is 110 kWh and then the battery would be little higher so maybe 115-120 kWh. But then Elon have said that they will probably stop at 100 kWh because most of the time it’s pointless to drive around with a so big battery.

The 2170 cells are 30% larger which gives you the same energy for the same volume, but cheaper. The chemistry of the cells is supposed to improve by 10% to 15% which is where all the improvement comes from.

These early projections are getting a bit stale so the actual results may differ.

“Well, since Elon commented that 100 kWh is likely as Big a Pack as he will build, when the 2170 cells come to the S & X, in about 18 to 24 monthes, either they will just be lighter packs, or have some all new numbers:
70kWh / 95 kWh / 120 kWh!”

And yet he is describing the 350kW chargers as “toy power” when talking about Supercharger v2. So I guess we will probably see cells that charge at 3C o 4C in the not so distant future. (350kW would be 3.5C for a 100kWh battery.)

A car with 200 miles range and charging at 3C or more (20 minutes or less), and “reasonable” prices, would be the game changer for fossil fuels.

You bring up a good point. Larger battery packs can take more charge for longer time than a smaller pack.

Tesla may end up with packs larger than the 100’s just so they can take 200 miles worth of electricity faster, and get you headed to the next charger sooner.

“And yet he [Elon] is describing the 350kW chargers as ‘toy power’ when talking about Supercharger v2.”

I’d like to see the context of that remark. If he was talking about power provided to the entire station, then yes 350 kW would be a “joke” for a typical Supercharger installation of 6 or more stalls… which would be 3 or more superchargers.

If Elon was talking about an individual Supercharger, then I can only think that was a joke. It’s clear that fast-charging Tesla cars is limited by how much heat is generated when Supercharging them. Upping the power to a Supercharger isn’t going to help much unless newer cars are engineered to accept significantly higher current.

I know that Tesla did re-engineer the cooling system for the P100D, but did they improve it that much? I would expect only an incremental change, not a radical improvement.

It was in the context of what Tesla is working on for an individual supercharger.

Don’t expect it any time soon, but I expect they are going to aim to get charge times down much closer to a gas fill-up type time frame.

And yes, they’ve a lot of engineering to do to control temperature and damage to the battery

I think we will see Elons comment is like Bill Gates comment about PCs. While chemical process is different to circuit process,I think we are going to see some incredible advances in battery technology to come. Today we think 100kwh battery is something special. In 50+ years I think we will see 1gwh battery is normal.

Wow…335 miles. There’s absolutely no need to increase the range any more…increased supercharging speed and decreased battery costs/weight would be much improvements.

Bigger batteries still allow for more power output, higher charging speed (in miles per minute) and the option to skip superchargers more often.

To me the “mass market” ideal range will be something like 450 miles. That will give a 350 mile range in the winter in the colder parts of the US, on par with ICE vehicles.

You don’t need range on par with ICE vehicles. You need refueling speed and reliability at peak times on par with ICE vehicles, then 200+ mile range is enough. This is the hard part however. Longer range by cramming too much battery cells in can mask the problem somewhat, but then the price tag becomes unreasonable and “green” aspect becomes a joke.

No, BEVs don’t need a “refueling” speed on a par with gasmobiles. A 10-minute charge should service the market quite well. Let’s remember that in general, EV owners do 90% of the charging at home or at work, where they don’t have to spend time waiting for the car to charge.

I think for the average person, waiting 10 minutes for a charge 10% of the time — or less — shouldn’t be a deal-killer. Most of that 10% will be on long trips where they’d likely need to visit the rest room, so they’ likely occupy much of that 10 minutes doing something else anyway.

400K Model III orders sez you are wrong. Price is king once range is adequate and “adequate” is different for every person. 450 may be your threshold but clearly most people’s is much less. Nearly all battery capacity over 200 miles will rarely get used only will mostly be lost to the calendar rather than cycles. Of course fully automated cars will change things greatly with regards to needed range and car ownership.

I think the upgrade rate for the software-limited packs has been very disapointing for Tesla. They are probably going to give up on the idea.

Only 3000$ between the 90 and 100kwh batteries is nice. Tesla might go with a new range of battery options before the release of the model 3.
Something like this for the model S:

60 : 72’500$ (real 65kwh, less powerful than the software-locked 75kwh)
60D : 77’500$
80 : 80’000$ (265 miles, 0-60 in 5.2s)
80D : 85’000$ (270 miles, 0-60 in 4.9s)
100D : 92’500$ (335 miles, 0-60 in 4.2s)

The price gap with the P100D seems hard to justify at that point. The upgrade cost them less than 10k$ so it’s really a money maker.

I agree, especially with the new pack architecture, it would make sense to go with three battery versions, especially since the top versions have grown more and more costly.

But I disagree on two points.

First, I think the 60 will be called 65, which will still be less powerful than the new 80. Even though I am not too sure about that.

Second, and this one I am more confident of, I think the lowest version, 65/60, will decrease in price, it will compete with the Model 3, so further price reductions would make sense. I’d say $65,000 for the 65(or 60) and 77,500 for the 80. Otherwise the 80D and 100D would be too close in price. They can easily justify the $3000 jump from the 75 to the 80 and the 65(or 60) will be cheaper, since it can’t be upgraded.

R.S – your prophecy “I think the lowest version, 65/60, will decrease in price, it will compete with the Model 3” is exactly what I’m waiting for … it should happen when the Model 3 nears production.

I think you guys are dreaming. Why on earth would Tesla want to compete with its own Model 3? They would want to keep the S and X as their premium brands and in fact I could see that the 75D will become the minimum configuration after the Model 3 is in high volume production.

The only justification they need for the price of the P100DL is that people will pay it to have the quickest mass production car ever built.

They’d be fools to leave money on the table.

I’m going to say that the 90D will be gone very soon.

I agree, likely just using up inventory.

$3,000 more, for a 40-50 mile range jump? Deal!

There are plenty of weather, daily use scenarios, and occasions where over-night charging is not available. I like range. It’s cow bell, and I want more.

It is almost like paying $3k for an entire iMiev….


So far this is not available on the Canadian site.

Select 90D then you can choose 100D after.

The price gap between 90D and 100D vary from one country to another. It’s about 3% for US, UK, Hong-Kong or Norway but more like 7% for Canada, Germany or Switzerland.
Anybody has a valid explanation ?

In Brussels, instead of 114900 € for the 100D, the P100D is at 158400 € but you have included options in the P100D that you cannot remove from it or, in another way, you need to add those to the 100D to compare. You can’t have the red brakes but the air suspension option bring the 100D to 117700 €. So that is like 35% extra to go from a 100D to a P100D. That is much more than 7%.

Note that with 1.06571 $ needed for 1 €, these prices in $ are, 122450 $ for the base 100D, 125434 $ for the 100D with air suspension, and 168808 $ for the P100D.

I just seen the price indicated at 114900 € in Brussels with delivery in April.

So a Tesla Model S with 335-mile EPA-AER with access to a convenient & reliable Tesla Supercharger Network.

Tesla has methodically built a wide moat for itself in the EV Large Luxury Sedan segment. A moat that will take 3+ years for any other EV automaker to match…but by then the Tesla moat will have been further widened. Ditto Model 3 for the EV Midsize Luxury Sedan segment when Model 3 volume production kicks in.

Traditional car makers are currently not serious about competing against Tesla especially on the topic of addressing Tesla’s growing Supercharging Network. Same goes for startup EV car makers. As much as I like Tesla I’d like to see a robust competitive EV market emerge.

I hope the “moat” doesn’t get too wide. I’d also like to see more serious players in the EV space.

When all of the Tesla model 3 preorders are fulfilled, and the newest orders can be shipped within a month or two, I suspect, there will emerge, some better competition from traditional ICE carmakers. Their offerings probably won’t be compelling enough, to narrow Tesla’s “Moat”, by any significant margin, at least for the next few following years.

And the only way to really cross that moat will be to help fund a nationwide network of SAE-CCS DC fast chargers that are at least 150 KW. Those chargers just don’t exist in the field nor do cars that can use them.

Tesla will have a lead over everyone else for several years to come.

From a Californian perspective, this boost relieves a little of the charger congestion anxiety. No? To a Northeastern’r, its more like getting closer to the range of the Californian’s 90KWh car. Different strokes.

@pjwood1, yes. And good point about NEr (cold states).

Elon Musk quote: “The need for recharge stations and battery pack swap stations drops with the square of the range because that defines the area you are able to cover. As the range gets bigger and bigger the need for recharge stations drops quite a bit…”

335 miles of range. I can’t see how ICE fans can complain about that. But the price is still way out of reach for the average person. But the Bolt and Model 3 will work to address that.

So the biggest things to accomplish are:
1) Get the price of the cars down.
2) Improve the DC fast-charging speed.

I’d put a higher priority on breaking the sub-2 second 0-60 barrier myself.

Just kidding.

I just love that face-lifted Model S in red, I would even take the basic 60 and be happy with it.

Does this make it the first Production EV capable of 300+ miles?

Anyone else think the 335 is an underrated value?

The Model S P100D had already pushed the MS above the 300 mile mark; it’s EPA rated at 315 miles.

Of course, driving at freeway speed will give a lower range, and driving in cold weather lowers range even more. So I expect to see competition drive BEV ranges up to… well, my napkin math says 444 miles, before BEVs get an actual ~300+ mile range in freeway driving in all weather, after which I would expect the law of diminishing returns to really kick in.

(My premises here are a 20% loss in very cold weather, and a 23.26% loss between EPA range and freeway driving speed. The latter because the original MS 85 was EPA rated at 265 miles, but real-world range at freeway speed was reported at between 210-220 miles, so I used the average of 215 miles. Choose different premises, you’ll get a different number. If you’re a speed demon who typically drives at 80-90 MPH on the freeway, then you’ll want more range.)

Going further on that reflection the 444 miles would mean a battery of about 135 KWh, so we still have some potential increase before hitting diminishing return. Also to charge such a battery in 10 minutes we will need a supercharger of roughly 810 KW, so 1 MW for some spare. That kind of power will demand more contact area or more voltage or both. On the other hand, even if the cells heating is high 10 minutes is a short time to evacuate heat so we will likely rather end up with a type of cell that is made to both generate low heating and that is able to take big temperature swings between a precharge preconditioning low temperature and a post Megacharge high temperature. The cooling system would mainly be there to precool and post cool instead of really cooling during the Megacharging itself. It can cool a little during Megacharging but the main heat evacuation would actually be in the form of thermal inertia of the cells themselves. So heat absorption between a preset low and high temperature.

Interesting thoughts. I agree that while 335 mile EPA range is good, to really get near full ICE replacement of no-compromise long-range driving that we’ll want even more. Even many relatively conservative people will want to be able to drive at 75 mph for 1/2 a day before taking a lunch break. Four hours travel time at 75 mph is 300 miles, at that speed the efficiency will be lower than EPA estimates, and with climate control blasting, you may well need 400+ mile EPA range to get it done. If you can then recharge in 30 minutes you should be ok because everyone needs an extended break to eat and stretch legs after 4 hours driving.

“Anyone else think the 335 is an underrated value?”

I agree it’s huge. We’re getting much closer to a true un-compromised long range EV.

This car should be able to go 3 hours at 75 with a reasonable recharge time of about 1/2 hour, which is pretty good. I wouldn’t feel limited in my long distance travels by that, at all.

Remember folks, that the 335 mile range is an “estimated” EPA range. The last time Tesla estimated the EPA range, the actual value once it became available was higher. They had to estimate on the low side just to be safe so as not to be false advertising a range higher than what the final number was to be. It is quite possible that once the actual EPA range is available it may very likely exceed 335 miles. Perhaps it will even exceed the speculated 343 miles.

Fantastic Job Tesla. So now you have a 7 Seater luxury car which can sprint like a sports car and also go 335 miles on a single charge. All this for a price tag of just $92,500.

This is much better than the competing cars and even better than Mercedes S Series Plugin at $95,000 (10 mile range) and BMW 7 Series Plugin at $90,000 (15 mile range). All this competition forced Lexus to pull out their LS600h (Hybrid) priced at $120,000.

I did a simple calc. For a person who drives 12,000 miles / year. In Tesla Model-S, it will cost
12,000 / 3(Miles/KWh) = 4000 KWh.
At 12 cents / KWh, it costs $480 and in 10 years, it works out to $4,800.

In a similar sized luxury car, which can go 25 MPG, it will cost 12,000 / 25 = 480 gallons and at $2.5 / gallon, it will cost $1,200 and in 10 years it will be $12,000. With Tesla, you gain $7,200.
And no oil changes which will lead to further gain.

And please note that 100D has a all wheel drive, 7 seater functionality and 0-60 in 4.2 seconds which no luxury car in that $90,000 price range can match.

No wonder, Tesla sold 5,500 + Model-S cars in 2016-12. And for a person who drives 15,000 miles / year, the gain will be more.


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