In a latest replace on Twitter, Elon Musk introduced that Tesla can be discontinuing the 75 kWh variants of the Mannequin S and Mannequin X. Beginning this coming Monday, Tesla’s two flagship automobiles would solely be supplied at 100 kWh and 100 kWh Efficiency variations, widening the worth hole between the automobiles and the corporate’s latest providing — the Mannequin three.
In a approach, retiring the 75D line appears to be the fitting choice for Tesla. In any case, the Mannequin S 75D, which is priced at $76,000 earlier than choices, just about overlaps with the worth of a fully-loaded Mannequin three Efficiency. That mentioned, this variation additionally leads to the bottom worth of the Mannequin S and Mannequin X growing considerably. The Mannequin S 100D — the automobile’s base model beginning Monday — would begin at $94,000, whereas the Mannequin X 100D would begin at $97,000, far larger than the Mannequin X 75D’s beginning worth of $82,000.
Other than widening the hole between the extra reasonably priced Mannequin three and the flagship Mannequin S and X, although, the retirement of the 75 kWh battery pack additionally opens the doorways to a really seemingly battery improve for the full-size sedan and SUV. The Mannequin S and X, in spite of everything, are nonetheless outfitted with 18650 cells, that are smaller and a bit older than the 2170 cells getting used on the Mannequin three. These cells are additionally imported from Panasonic’s amenities in Japan, as an alternative of being produced in Gigafactory 1.
By retiring the 75 kWh battery pack, Tesla would give itself a possibility to roll out the newer cells to its flagship automobiles. The 2170 cells, for one, would in all probability even enable the Efficiency-branded Mannequin S and X to deal with prolonged observe driving. A part of the rationale behind the present era Mannequin S and X’s incapability to be aggressive on the observe, in spite of everything, is their batteries, which tend to overheat after a number of laps round a closed circuit. This specific problem has been largely addressed by Tesla with the Mannequin three and its 2170 cells, as evidenced by the automobile’s devoted Monitor Mode setting.
A Monitor Mode characteristic for the Efficiency Mannequin S and X would make the automobiles much more fearsome than they already are. Even with their normal incapability to be pushed on a racecourse, the Mannequin S and Mannequin X have nonetheless developed a popularity as monsters in straight-line races over time. Outfitted with a battery that has the identical tech because the Mannequin three — from its 2170 cells to its intelligent cooling programs — the Mannequin S and X can be downright scary.
Other than opening the doorways to Monitor Mode, an replace to 2170 cells would seemingly lead to extra vary for the Mannequin S and Mannequin X as nicely. That is one thing that Tesla may undoubtedly use as a promoting level for its flagship automobiles, contemplating that the competitors, together with the Porsche Taycan and the Jaguar I-PACE, are nonetheless just about competing towards the bar set by automobiles that had been created throughout the 18650 cell period. One can solely speculate how a lot vary a Lengthy Vary model of the Mannequin S would have if it had been outfitted with 2170 cells. Maybe even a 400-mile vary? Such a state of affairs is believable.
Hidden inside this new replace from Elon Musk, although, is one thing that bodes nicely for the corporate’s upcoming automobile — the Mannequin Y. Seeing as Tesla retired the Mannequin X 75D, the corporate’s solely SUV in its lineup now begins at $97,000. That’s very costly, and this worth notably reduces the dimensions of the automobile’s potential shopper base in an extremely widespread phase. By adopting this technique at this level, Tesla seems to be hinting on the launch of one other, extra reasonably priced SUV that may compete extra aggressively than the entry-level Mannequin X. This automobile, after all, can be the Mannequin Y.
The Mannequin Y has been within the rumor mill for a while now. In latest months, although, Elon Musk has supplied a lot of updates on the automobile. Throughout the firm’s third-quarter earnings name, for one, Musk talked about that he had already authorised the development of the Mannequin Y’s alpha prototype. Musk has additionally joked that the upcoming SUV can be unveiled this 2018, maybe someday within the first half of the yr.
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