Should You Buy A Tesla Model S 100D?

4 months ago by Steven Loveday 21

Tesla Model S 100D

Tesla Model S 100D (Image Credit: flickr via Arto Katajamaa)

Autocar calls the Tesla Model S 100D the perfect choice for range anxiety, but it will put a deep dent in your wallet.

If you’re looking for a long-range electric car, the Tesla Model S 100D is a top choice. In fact, it’s the longest range EV on the market today. This car is not to be confused with Tesla’s range-topping (not EV range) Model S P100D, which is even more expensive, and won’t take you quite as far. Though, putting the “P” in there gets you from zero to 60 mph in 2.3 seconds (or less).

Tesla Model S Interior, Image Credit: Tesla

Autocar says that if your number one priority is range, you should buy this car. However, keep in mind that it’s not cheap, and it doesn’t feel quite as luxurious as other cars at a similar price point.

Essentially, you are paying for the range … you are paying for an EV … and it’s a Tesla. If it’s top-notch interior and creature features that you require, you may have to look elsewhere. But, you’re not going to find a a long-range all-electric car that meets that criteria yet, and surely not one that is better than the Tesla Model S.

The Model S 100D will take you 335 miles on a charge. Stepping up to the P100D shaves off about 20 miles. Tesla models are not distinguished by their model years, or by trim level, like traditional automakers’ offerings. Instead, they are classified by battery size and range (this concept is about to change as Tesla is introducing a more streamlined, “trim”-based configurator).

So, for practical purposes, a Model S 100D is the same car as a base Model S, aside from having a 100 kWh battery pack, as opposed to a 75 kWh. Pricing is $97,500 versus $69,500, respectively. An all-wheel drive Model S 75D will cost you $74,500, and a P100D will cost you $140,000.

Autocar also mentions that the satellite navigation does a great job of finding charging options along your route, and showing stall availability. Even though it’s not the P100D, it still feels very powerful, which makes sense since it has a 100 kWh battery. Aside from the panoramic roof, the Model S interior remains pretty much unchanged from previous models.

Source: Autocar

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22 responses to "Should You Buy A Tesla Model S 100D?"

  1. darth says:

    So Tesla charges more than $1000/KwH for the bigger battery. If they make these for under $150/KwH now we know where their profit is coming from!

    Similar to the Apple model where they charge exorbitant amounts for bigger flash, way more than the chips cost them.

    1. cmina says:

      Don’t forget the “Smart Air Suspension” & “High Amperage Charger” that aren’t available on the 75D but are standard equipped on the 100.

    2. John says:

      “..way more than the chips cost them..”

      No way! I thought the companies are for charity!

  2. Georges says:

    Bad move eliminating the 85. Not enough range on the 75 and too much money for the 100.

    1. vdiv says:

      There is a point of diminishing return. With an ever growing charging network, including supercharging and destination charging, the 75D with 240 miles of range or over three hours of driving are more than sufficient to get anywhere.

      1. GeorgeS says:

        It depends where u live. Problem for me is no sup chgr in east phx.

        1. vdiv says:

          Yes, but besides the Casa Grande supercharger you do have destination charging in Payson and Globe, and DC fast charging options in Tuscon. Not all bad.

          1. John says:

            And the rest of the world..?

            1. vdiv says:

              The rest of the world has electricity too. At least the parts where you can or you want to go.

  3. BillT says:

    To me it is disappointing that starting with the 90 KwH models Tesla seems to have started forcing buyers to get dual motor highly optioned cars to get the largest available battery. I hope they reverse this with the model 3 because I for one want a RWD car with leather, the largest available battery and nothing else.

    1. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

      I for one want a RWD car with leather, the largest available battery and nothing else.

      You’d spring for the very largest battery pack, but not the “D” dual motor option?

      Doesn’t make much sense. The “D” versions have better energy efficiency, and therefore better range. It would also save you slightly on the ยข/mile cost of electricity.

      It would make more sense to settle for a slightly smaller battery pack and dual motors. Optioning the largest battery pack but only a single motor sounds like the choice of someone with more dollars than sense!

      1. Tim West says:

        Consider a used Model-S.

        I bought a 2013 Model-S 60 (RWD) with 200 miles of range, leather and all upgrades except the stereo and only 19000 miles for $53k last September. Plenty of superchargers here in CT. Love the car and highly recommend the 2 cents per mile cost of driving.

      2. BillT says:

        “It would make more sense to settle for a slightly smaller battery pack and dual motors. Optioning the largest battery pack but only a single motor sounds like the choice of someone with more dollars than sense!”
        Actually I am not as bad at math or finance as you think. Dual motor is a very expensive method of getting additional range at highway speeds which is what I care about. For example, at 70 MPH according to Tesla’s online calculator it nets me 9 whole miles (75 Vs 75D). I suspect a the speed limit of 75 MPH the difference is less. I would much rather have $5K worth of extra battery.

  4. orinoco says:

    How deep the dent depends on the wallet.

    And how you could spend the money in a better way. Yes, a car is not environmentally friendly by definition, but you can cause much more harm by spending the same amount of money for traveling by plane or buying and driving a comparable ICE car/motorcycle. A Tesla is just the lesser evil.
    And: yes, you shouldn’t expect top-notch interior, but what I expect from Tesla is more use value of the expensive battery: tow hitch for Model S, V2D (230V/400V AC) at least as an option to use the battery as a source of grid power in the middle of nowhere. And I expect a different, more consumer-oriented policy than the arrogant ICE car makers. The supercharger policy is a desaster. It’s not enough to be the one-eyed among the blind.

    1. Some Guy says:

      If Tesla would have a V2G option, and at the same time allows “Free Supercharging”, there would be surely more than one person who would try to switch their entire energy consuption to a “free supercharging” mode (and power the home from the car outlet).
      Also, why is Supercharger policy a disaster?
      One get’s free (or affordable electricity), and a moderate fee for parking when finished charging to incentivise freeing the spot when done. Did ICE makers recently start giving out free gasoline for life of the car and allow to park at the pump? If not, Tesla’s Supercharging Policy is a disater only to the ICE manufacturers…

  5. Patrica Martin says:

    We have a p100d and will be shortly picking up a 100D for my daughter. It is the exact car she needs and are so grateful to Tesla for having built it.

    bob 1000

    1. katawia says:

      I have a P90D and want to upgrade to a P100D before December 31st. My prayer is to have the P100D with a longer range of at least 400-500 miles @65 MPH on a single charge; however I may take the current range before SC benefit runs out by December 31st, 2017. I may drive in Sport mode to increase my range, although the Sport mode does not have the same smooth ride as Insane/Performance for my P90D. My wife is waiting for the Model 3 and IF it does not meet her requirements, she’s agreed to get a Model S 75D. I would rather invest in Tesla than continue sinking my money in the ICE car makers whose business (profit) model is to gouge through maintenance. Extremely grateful to Tesla for the transformation in the transportation industry.

  6. Toni says:

    I don’t get it. Why do people that have the money for a Model S care so much about the free supercharging? The electricity costs for the MS will be neglectable compared to its price.

    1. TM says:

      The self made ones are misers at heart. But you are 100% correct. Unless one is constantly doing cross country trips, the KWh purchased is peanuts.

  7. ksfrogman says:

    I’m grateful for my 2014 CPO P85+ @ $63,500. It has a more powerful motor, decent range, air suspension, and can accommodate an additional charger.

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