It’s totally ludicrous, having a car that can go from 0 to 60 in 2.5 seconds. Why would you want to? But it’s not so crazy to have an electric car that can go 315 miles on a charge. That’s what the new Tesla Model S can do with its new battery pack. Elon Musk told reporters on a call:
Looking at the bigger picture here, it’s just amazing that an electric car is now the fastest car in production in the world. I think it’s a great message to the world and really speaks to the fact that electric cars are the future. That’s just a very positive message for the electric vehicle industry as a whole beyond just Tesla.
According to Electrek, it’s not a new battery cell, but “a new module and pack architecture, new cooling system and electronics”. Musk says that it is pushing the theoretical limit of what they can get out of the existing battery design. A nice feature: Owners of existing P90D cars can upgrade their batteries for US$ 20,000; the existing battery packs will be removed and recycled. It’s another great feature of electric cars: modularity and upgradeability.
In the Tesla press release, the company justifies the new, more expensive, more ludicrous battery, which brings the cost of the car up to US$ 135,000:
While the P100D Ludicrous is obviously an expensive vehicle, we want to emphasize that every sale helps pay for the smaller and much more affordable Tesla Model 3 that is in development. Without customers willing to buy the expensive Model S and X, we would be unable to fund the smaller, more affordable Model 3 development.
A lot of people are looking forward to that.