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Με την χθεσινή ανακοίνωση της Tesla ότι θα μας δείξει κάτι νέο σήμερα, υποθέσαμε ότι θα βλέπαμε είτε κάτι για το Model X ή κάποιο νέο σχετικά με το Gigafactory. Η πραγματικότητα όμως είναι ότι η αμερικάνικη εταιρία ανακοίνωσε μια σειρά από αναβαθμίσεις για το Model S, αν και ο Elon Musk επιβεβαίωσε ότι οι παραδόσεις των πρώτων Model X θα ξεκινήσουν τον Σεπτέμβρη, το Model 3 θα φτάσει σε κάτι παραπάνω από δύο χρόνια και η νέα γενιά του Roadster σε τέσσερα από σήμερα, δηλαδή το 2019.

Αρχικά, το Model S P85D θα μπορεί να εξοπλιστεί με μια αναβαθμισμένη συστοιχία μπαταριών χωρητικότητας 90 kWh (χωρίς να αλλάξει η ονομασία του μοντέλου). Αυτή του χαρίζει επιπλέον σχεδόν 24 χλμ. αυτονομίας, με την εταιρία να αναφέρει ότι και οι υπάρχοντες πελάτες μπορούν να αποκτήσουν την καλύτερη μπαταρία, αλλά δεν συνίσταται καθώς η αύξηση της ηλεκτρικής αυτονομίας θα είναι οριακή.

Ακολούθως, το αυτοκίνητο μετά το “Insane mode” διαθέτει πλέον και το νέο “Ludicrous Mode” (γελοίο), το οποίο του επιτρέπει να επιταχύνει από 0-96 χλμ/ώρα σε μόλις 2,8 δευτ., ολοκληρώνοντας το 400άρι σε 10,9 δευτ. Ξεκάθαρες επιδόσεις supercar, γι’αυτό και η Tesla χρεώνει επιπλέον 10.000 δολάρια για το Ludicrous Mode. Οι υπάρχοντες ιδιοκτήτες του Model S θα χρειαστεί να πληρώσουν 5.000 δολάρια συν τα εργατικά κόστη. Μάλιστα ο Musk τόνισε πως το Ludicrous Mode θα προσφέρεται και στο Model X, που θα του επιτρέπει να κάνει τα 0-96 χλμ/ώρα σε 3,3 δευτερόλεπτα.

Τέλος, η Tesla ανακοίνωσε ότι μειώνει τη τιμή κατά 5.000 δολάρια του Model S με το μονό ηλεκτρικό κινητήρα και την μπαταρία χωρητικότητας 70 kWh, όπου πλέον μαζί με την οικονομική πριμοδότηση, η τιμή του ανέρχεται στα περίπου 60.000 δολάρια.

Δελτίο Τύπου

THREE DOG DAY

– 90 kWh battery pack option for $3k

– 70 kWh rear drive Model S for $70k (effectively ~$50k after incentives & gas savings)

– 2.8 sec 0 to 60 mph upgrade to “Ludicrous Mode”

First, I should address something that might be on your mind, like: “Where the heck is the Model X and the Model 3!? You should really get on that.” Don’t worry, those remain our focus and good progress is being made on both. X is on track for first deliveries in two months and Model 3 in just over two years.

Now, on to the awesome news of today. New buyers now have the option of upgrading the pack energy from 85 to 90 kWh, which provides up to 15 miles of additional range. This takes our current longest range model, the 85D to almost exactly 300 miles of highway range at 65mph.

Existing owners can also purchase the pack upgrade, but I wouldn’t recommend doing so unless your usage is on the edge of current range. On average, we expect to increase pack capacity by roughly 5% per year. Better to wait until you have more time on your existing pack and there is a larger accumulated pack energy difference.

70kWh for $70k

We are now offering the 70kWh version of the Model S in the single motor version for $5k less than the dual motor, consistent with the price differential for the single and dual motor 85 kWh car. Importantly, enough options are now standard that you will have bought a great car even if you pick the base version. Various purchase incentives mean the actual net price is around $60k and annual gasoline and servicing savings are around $2k. These savings are captured immediately if you lease the car.

Luuudicrous Mode

While working on our goal of making the power train last a million miles, we came up with the idea for an advanced smart fuse for the battery. Instead of a standard fuse that just melts past a certain amperage, which means you aren’t exactly sure when it will or won’t melt or if it will arc when it does, we developed a fuse with its own electronics and a tiny lithium-ion battery. It constantly monitors current at the millisecond level and is pyro-actuated to cut power with extreme precision and certainty.

That was combined with upgrading the main pack contractor to use inconel (a high temperature space-grade superalloy) instead of steel, so that it remains springy under the heat of heavy current.

The net result is that we can safely increase max amp throughout from 1300 to 1500 Amps. If you don’t know much about Amps, trust me this is a silly big number of Amps to be going through something the size of your little fingernail.

What this results in is a 10% improvement in the 0 to 60 mph time to 2.8 secs and a quarter mile time of 10.9 secs. Time to 155 mph is improved even more, resulting in a 20% reduction.

This option will cost $10k to new buyers. In appreciation of our existing P85D owners, the upgraded pack electronics will be offered for the next six months at only $5k plus installation labor.

It is important to note that the battery pack size upgrade and the pack electronics upgrade are almost entirely independent. The first is about energy, which affects range, and the second is about power, which affects acceleration.

There is of course one speed faster than ludicrous, but that is reserved for the next generation Roadster in 4 years: maximum plaid.

MORE ON THE ANNOUNCEMENT

Model S already offers the highest possible safety ratings, the longest range of any EV, and over-the-air updates that continuously make it better. The performance improvements we’re announcing today demonstrate, yet again, that an electric car can soundly beat any gasoline car on efficiency and pure performance.

Today’s three new options give customers the ability to order the Model S for their lifestyle:

90kWh Battery

Model S with maximum range. Available as an option on all 85kWh Model S, the new extended range option gives customers the ability to order a 90kWh battery. The upgrade increases range on all 85 kWh Model S by 5%.

Ludicrous Speed

Ludicrous Speed decreases the 0-60 mph time for Model S 10% to 2.8 seconds with a quarter mile time of 10.9 seconds. Time to 155 miles per hour is now 20% faster than a standard Model S Performance.

Model S 70

In line with our mission to make our cars increasingly affordable, 70 RWD offers the best value of any Model S released to date, $5,000 less than the current lowest priced Model S with all the current standard equipment. Model S 70 RWD starts at $70,000.

Here are a few examples of what a customer can now order:

Model S P90D: truly Ludicrous performance; 0-60 in 2.8 sec with a quarter mile time of 10.9 seconds. Motor Power: 259 hp front, 503 hp rear, 253 miles range

Model S 90D: the longest-range Model S ever produced, 90D travels up to 270 miles on a single charge. 417 hp

Model S 70: 230 miles range, 0=60: 5.2, 328 hp