Tesla’s New Battery Proves Electric Cars Can Seriously Compete

August 23, 2016

3:59 pm

Tesla Motors just announced a new battery that will offer faster acceleration and a longer lasting charge. New versions of Tesla’s Model S sedan and Model X crossover will both feature the 100 kilowatt hour battery.

“I think this is going to send a great message to the public that sustainable transport is the future,” CEO Elon Musk said in a statement to CNBC, which further reported on the abilities of both new cars, built to compete with non-electric cars in several metrics:

“Tesla claims its Model S P100D with Ludicrous mode is the fastest production car in the world, in terms of acceleration, with a 100 kilowatt hour battery, with a 315 mile EPA range.

The Model X P100D (also with Ludicrous mode) is built to go from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 2.9 seconds and will be able to travel 289 miles on a single charge.

‘This has been a very difficult development,’ Musk said, ‘going from roughly 90 to a 100’ was ‘more like a 50 percent increase in difficulty.'”

Production volume, Musk said, will be “quite low.” The Model S and Model X will start at $134,500 and $135,500, respectively.

Following Musk’s cryptic tweet earlier today about a product announcement, Tesla shares went up 2.5 percent.

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Adam is a writer with an interest in a variety of mediums, from podcasts to comic books to video essays to novels to blogging — too many, basically. He's based out of Seattle, and remains a staunch defender of his state's slogan: "sayWA." In his spare time, he recommends articles about science fiction on Twitter, @AdamRRowe

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