Breaking: Tesla Model S 100D Gets Record-Shattering EPA Range Of 335 Miles


Tesla Model S 100D Versus P100D – EPA Ratings

Constantly raising the electric range bar, Tesla has now shattered its previous production electric car range record by a whopping 20 miles to put the Model S 100D way ahead of the nearest competitor.

The Tesla Model S 100D (non-performance version) was just officially rated by the EPA and the numbers are impressive. Here’s a detailed rundown:

  • City range – 331.1 miles
  • Highway range – 337.2 miles
  • Combined range – 335 miles

We should note that the combined range was voluntarily lowered to 335 miles instead of it being a decimal figure that’s ever-so slightly higher.

At 335 miles, the Model S 100D is 20 miles ahead of its nearest competitor: Model S P100D.

Here’s the spreadsheet rundown of the two cars via the EPA’s internal database:

Tesla Model S 100D Compared to P100D

As for the MPGe ratings for the S 100D, those check it as follows:

  • City – 101 MPGe
  • Highway – 102 MPGe
  • Combined – 102 MPGe

See spreadsheet below for MPGe comparisons between the Model S 100D and the P100D.

MPGe For Model S 100D Compared To P100D

100D Specs Via Tesla

Tesla launched the Model S 100D three months ago and had it listed with an EPA-estimated range of 335 miles, so in that regard the automaker was spot on.

First Model S 100D deliveries actually began a few weeks back in some state before the EPA released finalized figures.

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

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 who needs a car that accelerates to 60 in under 3 seconds anyways?

You can configure your own Model S 100D here.

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I am expecting Tesla to bundle 5 to 10 solar panels with a Powerwall or 2 with the car. This will provide almost free electricity to charge the car and run the AC at home, fridge etc for LIFE.

It surprises me when these financial boys at say Barclays think that Tesla should not have a market cap more than Ford or GM. I ask you guys just how many gallons of gas does GM or Ford sell? Or how many kWh for that matter. By right Tesla should have a market cap of not only a technology company that makes computers on wheels, but we should add the market cap of Shell BP etc and Ford and GM on top.

All of them combined and the GDP of OPEC too.

Serial anti tesla troll thomas

minus the dept of the USA ???

“how many kWh for that matter.”

I assume you are alluding to the “solar city” portion of Tesla which isn’t doing that great…yet.

Their market cap should really be whatever the value is of the fuel left in the sun.


Alaa’s frequent wishful thinking fantasies are so wildly over-optimistic that they’re very hard to parody by exaggeration, but here I think you’ve succeeded!
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Take a bow, DJ.

When you say voluntarily lowered.. are you sure they’re not just taking the geometric mean?

EPA doesn’t report decimal range anywhere else, it’s always an integer number.

2/(1/297.1 + 1/336.9) = 315.8

2/(1/333.1 + 1/337.2) = 335.1

No, it is actually OEM/Tesla lowered, and not without past precedent…the numbers are just a lot closer for this model year.

All OEMs test their own cars and report the data back to the EPA, at that time they can choose to understate data. Tesla goes the extra mile and reports…the under-reporting.

A recent example of this, somewhat ironically, is in the 2016 MY edition of the P100D (see data/article here)

The “old” combined number would have been something like ~323 miles, making the 100D only a dozen or so miles greater in range. So Tesla has re-tested and re-interpreted the result for the 2017 MY version…basically its a truth we all know, but is unsaid, OEMs control the EPA data on their cars. But if you “over shoot” by too much and someone catches you ie) Hyundai, Ford, etc., then your gonna find yourself in trouble.

Protomech: you mean harmonic mean, not geometric. And it should be 1/, not 2/.

Jay Cole: The situation you reference is not the same at all as this one. In that situation doing the math on the city and highway figures produces a combined figure that is higher than Tesla agreed to. Noticeably higher. In this case the math produces a figure that is essentially identical (actually slightly below agreed figure).

A 90% charge has been indicated by our S100D as 309/310 with the one time we charged to 100% showing 340. Haven’t had a chance to test that out yet, but glad we held for the 100D since we’ll be traveling with it.

“Haven’t had a chance to test that out yet…”


We can all celebrate that finally people have that “problem” after buying an EV!!!

Everyone go out and ask random people when was the last time they traveled more than 335 miles in one day with their car.

For me it’s been 13 years ago…

Cool. But this doesn’t seem that impressive for the energy content.

A Bolt EV gets 238 miles with 60kWh. If you extrapolate that would be 396 miles with 100kWh. Granted a 100kWh battery would weigh more, but I suspect the range would still be much higher than 335.

Either way, the more electric cars with 200+ mile ranges, the better!

Would you be more impressed if a large gasoline car got 335 miles on 3 gallons of gas?

Are you referring to the MPGe of the Tesla? Using that metric/comparison, the Bolt EV gets 357 miles on 3 gallons of gas.

I’m not trying to say one is better than the other therefore the other one is pointless. I was just surprised that, with everyone’s focus and hammering on the poorer Cd of the Bolt, it gets better mileage thanks to a more efficient drivetrain.

I’m glad both cars are available, and hope there’s about 12 more models with 200+ mile range by 2020.

It’s also a very small car compared to the Tesla.

Small exterior dimensions yes, but more interior room than a Tesla.

Not sure how you are landed there. C&D lists the passenger volume of the Bolt at 94 cu ft and the Model S at 95 cu ft. (you have them reversed in your other comment). In addition, they list the Bolt’s cargo volume at 17 cu ft and the Model S at 3+26 cu ft.

Size and weight are much bigger factors in the Bolt’s superior efficiency than “more efficient drivetrain”.

The Bolt cannot fit a 100kwh battery, so your hypothetical “woulda/coulda” range of a 100kwh Bolt is just hot air.

I don’t think anyone is under the impression that Model S is out to win efficiency awards. It’s a high performance full size luxury car, not an econobox.

Yet it is drastically more efficient than most (gasoline) econoboxes.

Sorry, meant to say “all”.

$3 gallons of gas would run me about $10.

100 kWh of electricity would cost me about $45 at my oh so lovely SDG&E tier rates.

$45 worth of gas is roughly 15 gallons which a larger car should easily be able to get 300 miles out of.

Seems that your comparison has a downside too…

Under my electric plan, I get free electricity between 8pm and 5am. I Pay slightly more during the day than the lowest plan available. Set my Tesla to charge at 8pm. Therefore free fuel. Check your own local electric plans. My overall electric bill is lower than before I owned a Tesla.

The bolt is about half the size in and out they are not in the same League.
I feel one mistake that elon may have made was naming the battery packs by kilowatts because now everyone thanks that these vehicles should do certain miles without taking into consideration everything else

“The bolt is about half the size in and out”

No, Bolt has more interior room, despite smaller dimensions, because the car was reimagined and redesigned in light of an entirely new powertrain.

Tesla obviously has faster acceleration, but the Bolt is no slouch. Each has their own stregnths, Tesla obviously has the “cool” factor.

Tesla also has the manufacturing capability and motivation to mass produce their vehicles, so people can actually buy them nationwide…

The Bolt, as nice as it is– is still very much a CARB Credit Grab and PR Stunt from GM. Try getting one outside California. Almost impossible.

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Initially yes, but it will eventually be in all states, slowly but surely they will get through their rollout schedule.

Sadly though, if a new sloppy OPEC swallower model is deployed, they deploy to most states all at once.

Goes to show you where GM’s mindset is.

“getting one outside California. Almost impossible.”

Those people in Canada, Germany, Norway and South Korea, Oregon, VA, MA, WA, MD…etc must accomplished something that is “Almost impossible”…

You missed the point. The Bolt is a smaller car in cross section, which matters for aerodynamics. It’s also much smaller in mass (~1600kg vs the 100D’s ~2200kg), that alone confers a huge efficiency advantage. Elon himself said that the Model 3 will have an energy efficiency advantage over the S due to the smaller size and mass. It will probably be on par with the Bolt.

Bolt frontal area is actually MORE than Model S (25.8 sqft vs. 25.2).

Bolt has a big mile/kWh advantage in town due to much lighter weight. They’re very close on the highway, where the Tesla’s superior aerodynamics offset the extra weight.

(βŒβ– _β– ) Trollnonymous

The Bolt has an “Econobox” factor.

The more I see the Bolt on the streets, the less appealing it is to me.

“No, Bolt has more interior room, despite smaller dimensions, because the car was reimagined and redesigned in light of an entirely new powertrain.”

The Model S was also designed from the ground up around an entirely new (at the time) powertrain. Bolt edges out the Model S in passenger volume by making it a tall-roofed vehicle with upright seating. 1 cubic foot difference is negligible really, and how well either car accommodates a given combination of passengers will depend on the passengers’ sizes: 4 tall guys might do better in the Bolt thanks to the tall roof. 5 normal sized adults better in the Model S because of more hip room.

It’s not apples to apples…Tesla is a larger full size vehicle, the Bolt EV is several segments below, a sub-compact…The M3 is a compact and according to Musk can only fit a 75kWh (with todays battery tech)…You’d imagine the best way to accomplish more battery/range in the Bolt is to create an extended wheelbase version…Bolt’s battery consists of 10 modules but is 2 modules wide by 4 long with the rear double stacked…60kWh / 10 = 60, if you can make the battery 2 x 5 (long) and double stack the rear two you go from 10 modules to 14…238 / 10 = 23.8 (miles of EPA range per module) x 14 (extended wheelbase) 333.2…Now there is a weight some and areo will go down but this could give the small vehicle much more room including possibly a small 3rd row (the tiny Mists outlander has it optional) or like the Equinox, have the backseat put on slider rails so you can choose between legroom vs cargo space…The beauty of extending the wheel base is the car is tiny so adding 1.5-3′ wouldn’t have a huge impact…Also there’s also so much engineering exists in extending wheelbases, many automakers offer models… Read more »

I’ll reiterate that it’s not as easy as comparing classes and it’s a stretch to say “several” classes which implies the Bolt has less passenger volume; it does not.

The Tesla Model S has 94 cubic feet of passenger space.

The Chevrolet Bolt EV has 95 cubic feet of passenger space.

But, you’re right that they’re very different cars.

Back to my main point, everyone harps on the Cd differences and criticizes the Bolt, I was pointing out that it is not the know-all-end-all statistic (far from it).

But to your point, of course the Cd is worse, it’s a different car class! A wagon versus a sedan, according to the EPA. So yes, a wagon has a higher roofline and therefore will almost always have higher Cd.

Interior volume is minimal, there’s even debate that the Model S is not full size as it has interior volume closer to a midsize…But it’s the exterior that really matters as is the case here, there’s only so much room to fit battery and aero is both Cd and frontal area…By no means was I saying stretching the frame is an easy task, just saying its possibly the easiest method for GM…While everyone is wanting GM to drop the Bolts drivetrain into an AWD Equinox, since it was never designed to have 1000+lbs of batteries or EV gear it would be a lot harder…GM took the ICE Spark and EVed it but it was a much smaller battery…Multiple reports state that the Bolt EV started life on the ICE Sonic and was abandoned to create it’s own platform…Then it was reported that the Gen2 ICE Sonic will use the Bolts platform…So it would appear stretching the wheelbase of the Bolt EV to accompany 4 additional modules may would be an extremely cost effective way to significantly increase range while adding significant cargo room…

Definitely true, larger exterior dimensions help you get more battery in.

Which everyone in this thread mentioned the Bolt’s CD negatively?

Feel free to grind axe’s. The number of people cross-shopping the S100D and the Bolt is likely close to nil. Besides, I’d guess most Bolt and Tesla owners aren’t as concerned about pulling out their proverbial bits out for pedantic energy efficiency comparisons.

Klaus, not mentioned here (yet) but I see it mentioned everywhere else to justify biases. You’re right though, no axe to grind really so I’ll leave it at this comment.

It really is pretty awesome to have a 335 mile EV available on the road today. It proves there’s a huge future for EV’s as the tech improves and the cost decreases, and at this point, we simply don’t have too far to go now on either. πŸ˜‰

Agreed, cost decreases are needed (and coming) to really make a dent against ICE vehicles, along with travel charging infrastructure (hopefully coming) between metro areas and solutions for renters (a tougher nut to crack atm).

Usw the Highway range to compare Them, then the difference is not that high and who drives 300 miles through town in one stretch?

“….who drives 300 miles through town in one stretch?”

Bolt is designed for robotaxi service. 250+ miles of city range is important for that market (16 hour day * ~15 mph average in cities). Highway range doesn’t really matter to them. Same with highway fast-charging.

There is a crossover point as the speed increases where the Model S is more efficient than the Bolt. The much higher mass of the Model S is a penalty for EPA standards because there is a lot of start and stop in the testing, even the highway portion of the testing. The average speed of the highway portion is only ~48 mph, even though for a very short period it hits almost 80 mph. The testing therefore favors smaller and lighter vehicles. The Model S is designed for efficient highway cruising with priority on range at high speeds. The Bolt is not. Drive at 60 mph, and the Bolt will be slightly more efficient. Drive at 75 mph, and the Model S is more efficient. The MPGe on highway is 102 for the 100D and 110 for the Bolt, or a difference of less than 10% with an average speed of 48 mph and the vast majority of time at under 70mph. Drive in stop and go traffic, and the Bolt is more efficient. Neither will get maximum range in stop and go traffic. Given the specific energy of the batteries in the Bolt, you would have to design… Read more »

What is Model S60 hwy range at 80mph vs. the Bolt?

If I have to guess, I would think the “cross over” point would have to be around 90mph.

Bolt isn’t terrible compared with Tesla in terms of CdFA. Combined with much lower weight, the cross over point is much higher than “typical people” thinks.

Best figures I’ve found put Bolt CdA at 8.0 sqft vs. 6.2 for Model S. That’s a pretty big difference (1.29x ratio). Weight is 4608/3580, coincidentally also a 1.29x ratio.

All else equal Model S would pull ahead when rolling resistance and aero drage are roughly the same (typically 50-60 mph). All else is not equal, though, it seems the Bolt has a more efficient drive train. It’s also possible GM’s Cd is more conservatively measured. Still, I’d expect Model S miles/kWh to beat Bolt at 70 mph and higher.

I was thinking the same thing. Not sure what all the fuss is about because it’s analogous to a bigger gas tank. The range is not due to engineering/efficiency improvements. So, big surprise…if you’ve got lots of money to spend on an EV, you can get one with more range.

“A Bolt EV gets 238 miles with 60kWh. If you extrapolate that would be 396 miles with 100kWh.”

A significantly smaller and lighter car, with significantly less frontal area and thus much less drag, can go significantly farther on the same amount of energy.

Gosh, who wouldda thunk?


Bolt has more frontal area. 25.8 vs. 25.2 sqft.

Wake me when EVS can cross the country on a single charge. /sarc

With dynamic charging EVs could do coast-to-coast non-stop today. Even the lowly Smart ED.

I really wish that Tesla would come out with a 100 without the D if they did I wonder how far that would go

The dual motors actually increase range. It is part of the reason Tesla started using them in the first place.

The D improves range, because of more efficient regenerative braking and power distribution while accelerating. These things have a larger effect than the mass increase.

I think motor size and “torque sleep” are bigger effects. Tesla shuts one motor down when cruising along. Since electric motors lose efficiency at low torque, it’s advantageous to cruise on one of the smaller dual motors vs. the larger RWD motor.

Tesla goes one step further, tweaking the two motors such that one is more efficient at 60-70 mph and the other at 25-40. They choose which motor to put to sleep based on speed, so they’re always making the most efficient choice. It’s kind of like having two gears.

Of course they use both motors during hard acceleration.

Was there ever a question as to whether a huge battery could propel a car a long way? I think the interesting part is that there are people with the money, and interest to buy them.

An EV needs to have at least 500 miles of range before it’s practical for most people.


Yes. You never know when you might want to call in sick, and run up huge debts in Vegas.

That is silly

That never gets old. It will be 1000 after the 500 miles plateau is breached. Sadly, some fools actually believe this.

I had a old book called You want a EV or You If Want to build a EV.

If I ever went a event I would have Elon Musk sign it in that their is a statement on the first page about about 300 to 400 mile range EV’s not being able to exist.

This book was made way back in 2005 and in the first page of the book it said most people don’t need a car that can go 300 to 400 miles on a charge and take ten to fifteen minutes to charge up.

Ironically though Tesla and the Superchargers are quickly changing that.

OMG the same lame argument of 2012 all over again.

There was a persistent anti-EV troll on forum who kept insisting that a BEV could never be practical until it had at least 600 miles of range, and as I recall he claimed 800 miles was what everybody really wanted.

I hope all reasonable people can just recognize that different people have different needs or at least wants, and that no matter how long any EV’s range is, it will never satisfy everyone. Even if EVs had an electric range of 600 miles and could be recharged in 5 minutes, I’m sure there would still be people who would complain it’s not good enough because it “has to be” 2 minutes or less, or because you can’t find an EV ultra-fast charger on every street corner, or whatever.

Technically, this is the battery powered record. The electric powertrain record is held by the Clarity FCX.

Electric powertrain?

By what definition? Doesn’t any other series hybrid would have easily beaten the Clarity FCX?


Indeed, the S100D holds the production BEV range record, the Clarity holds the FCEV range record (366 miles), and I don’t know which PHEV and HEV holds the record in their specific categories, but all are EVs.

That is impressive. 335 miles is pretty much exactly the same range I get in my 55hp Fiat Panda when I run the tank almost completely dry.

Indeed. 335 miles is more or less exactly what I got in my fuel-efficient 1975 Honda Civic CVCC gasmobile, when driving from Kansas City, KS to Garden City, KS on freeways and two-lane highways. One tank of gas wasn’t quite enough to go the ~350 mile distance when driving at highway speeds.

Of course, the Tesla Model S 100D luxury premium liftback sedan is rather more expensive, even in 2017 dollars, than that 1975 Honda sub-compact hatchback!

Fantastic! 335 miles range combined with nationwide SuperCharger network allows for long range travel with little downtime. If fully charged you’re looking at about 4 hours travel time at 75 mph before you have to re-charge. 3-3.5 hours at 80 mph should also be doable. That’s a great start on a road-trip.

For a car with the Model S’s size and performance to deliver 102 combined MPGe is impressive.

Voluntarily lowered?

EPA uses 55% city and 45% highway, right?

333.1 * 0.55 + 337.2 * 0.45 = 334.945

They seem to have rounded up.

Maybe it’s a harmonic mean (based upon efficiency)?

1* (1/333.1 * 0.55 + 1/337.2 * 0.45) = 334.93

They still seem to have rounded up.

I don’t see any lowering. And even if they did voluntarily lower it, is there a reason to call out that they allowed it to be rounded down to an integer value? When was the last car company that advertised a range with a fractional mile on the end?

Come on. You’re treating Tesla very strangely compared to how you treat other car companies.

335 is a great range. And it’s the longest yet for any new BEV. But I dunno if I would call a 6.3% increase versus the previous longest range “record-shattering”.

“But I dunno if I would call a 6.3% increase versus the previous longest range β€œrecord-shattering”.”

Hey unlucky I’m a lucky man with fire in my hand! Oops I meant:

When you are already in the top spot 6% is great! Of course for an e-golf or the likes 6% would be nothing to talk about…

Now they just need to add 250W solar to the roof and they will breach 340 miles on a Sunday! Sunday driver never took a test… Oh yeah! Once upon a time in the West!

BTW can we get a list of countries the S100D can cross on a single charge?

Lichtenstein should be easy.
Luxemburg too…
Belgium. OK.
Netherlands. OK.
Portugal. Nearly… Well on Sunday maybe πŸ˜‰

I hope once Model 3 is done Elon will throw at least some of his engineers onto the efficiency topic. Wouldn’t it be cool to breach the 400 mile landmark by the end of the year?

Push harder! Even if it costs 150K, some people still might buy it…

Once, Tesla runs out of the “enthusiast with money” sort of buyers, the price will start to matter fast. AT some point, the investors will want their money too, don’t you think?

That’s what the Tesla haters were saying back in 2008, when the Roadster was new.

How is using tired, old, long-discredited anti-Tesla FUD working out for you, dude?
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