Just a couple of days ago, via a CARB leak, we were able to confirm that Tesla will be offering the Model S in 75D.
The 75D version adds 5 kWh over the existing 70D Model S and goes up to 259 miles on a single charge, according to Tesla. That’s 19 miles more then the existing 70D.
The extra 5 kWh is expected to set buyers back an additional $3,000 and the official launch of the 75D Model S is expected any day now.
However, we’ve now learned, via a post on Tesla Motors Club Forum, that existing/future 70D owners (since around the time of the refresh) will be able to upgrade to 75D via a firmware update.
Update (confirmed): Tesla states that all newly refreshed Model S cars either have the 75 kWh or 90 kWh battery. Meaning that if one purchases a “70D”, the battery is actually a 75 kWh pack and has been electronically limited to provide less range.
According to a post from gcgp, his Tesla delivery specialist was told by Tesla that new 70D owners will also have the option to upgrade to 75 kWh via an over-the-air software update.
gcgp states (via TMC):
“We’ve just found out that your Model S is going to have the option to upgrade via firmware to the 75 kWh battery pack. We don’t have official Australian pricing yet, but you’ll be able to do it before or after delivery. The US price will be $3,250, but our Sales team will have a call campaign to confirm with you once pricing is out.”
The question is, would you pay $3,250 for 19 more miles of range?