Tesla Motors Announces 70 kWh Model S for $70k
Further maintaining its position as a leader in the electric auto industry, Tesla Motors introduced its 70 kWh Model S on July 17, 2015. As CEO Elon Musk writes in Tesla's blog, the new and improved entry level car is a 70 kWh rear-drive, single-motor car starting at $70,000, and is a more affordable version of the dual-motor S model. There were also a number of upgrades announced, which can come installed in the base model of a new Model S or installed into a currently-owned Tesla car.
70 kWh at $70k
The 70 kWh model of the car, the single-motor version, is a lower-performance car compared to the P85D version of the Model S, but its major draw, aside from its performance, is its affordability compared to the highest-performance P85D. At $5,000 less than the dual motor version of the Model S, it is perhaps better as an entry-level EV (electric vehicle), though it will certainly not lack in speed, reliability, and energy efficiency. The upgrades will surely make for a great vehicle, even when upgrading the base version of the Model S.
Taking a cue from the 1987 hit comedy Spaceballs, Tesla's “ludicrous mode”, which can reach 60 mph in 2.8 seconds, comes from an upgrade to the battery that involves its own smart fuse and improved battery pack contactor. Where most fuses simply melt when they hit a certain amperage, the fuse for the Model S' battery is upgraded to one with its own electronics that closely monitor the battery's electrical output down to the millisecond. The improved battery can reach max amperage of 1500 Amps, compared to 1300 amps in the previous model.
For those who buy a 70 kWh Model S instead of the incredibly high-performance P85D, this upgrade can be installed for $10k in addition to service and labour costs. For owners of the P85D, the upgrade will cost $5k for the next six months.
With the battery pack's new electronics, and smart fuse that tracks the battery usage, what could this mean for integrated technologies? For the performance-focused driver, integrating Tesla's self-designed dashboard with smartphones, tablets, and other personal computers, could provide some important statistics on mileage, battery use, and other data in real-time. Allowing a driver to track these things real-time, in cloud storage, could be beneficial for a number of uses.
This could come in handy for more accurate GPS tracking and mapping — every incremental change in battery use, location, and weather affects travel time. So, with a dashboard like Tesla's, and its impressive data exchange with the rest of the vehicle, this could allow for more in-depth Internet and V2V integration.
Musk notes that the “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.” Whatever your Tesla needs, this impressive upgrade is sure to deliver, and it is just another chapter in Tesla's impressive climb to the top of the electric car industry.