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Tesla is discontinuing its cheapest car, the 60kWh Model S

Sat Mar 18, 2017 10:03 pm

Tesla is planning to do away with the Model S. I can see why. The battery pack is quite small at 60kWh compared to other models at 75 kWh and now with the release of the Tesla pricing starting from $35,000.00 there seems to be no need for a mediocre model in a line up of champions. They have tapped into an audience that has less economic abundance which in essence is taking the place of the Model S. I have been reading over the last couple of months about some innovation in batteries or at least theorized battery innovations and this might be a factor as well. Maybe something better in battery production or longevity is coming out soon - just a guess on my part. It could also be Tesla offering a budget priced vehicle to appeal to the masses but not wanting the Model S to tarnish their luxury name with only a 60 kWh battery providing inferior power.

Next month, Tesla will no longer offer the Model S sedan with a 60 kilowatt-hour battery pack — the cheapest car it sells. With the change, the Model S will start at $74,500 with a 75kWh battery before any state or federal tax incentives, up from $68,000 currently. Of course, Tesla will launch the Model 3 later this year, which will be much cheaper still, starting around $35,000.

Model S cars with a 60kWh battery pack purchased since last spring (and 70kWh versions, which were available for a limited time as well) actually come equipped with a 75kWh battery pack, only buyers could only access 80 percent of that pack.

After purchase, if buyers decided they wanted the extra range that the full battery pack could give them, they could “unlock” the extra battery capacity through a sort of in-app purchase. In the case of the Model S 60, upgrading the battery to 75kWh is a $9,500 option.

The news was first revealed by Electrek and confirmed by Tesla. The company sent this email to customers today:

One year ago, we introduced the Model S 60 kWh battery as a more affordable option to accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles. However, most customers ended up buying an equivalent to the Model S 75kWh. To simplify the ordering process for our customers, we will be removing the 60 kWh option from our lineup.

Customers who still want the opportunity to own a 60 kWh Model S will have until April 16, 2017 to place their order. Any 60 kWh Model S will have the ability to upgrade their battery to 75 kWh via an over the air update.

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Re: Tesla is discontinuing its cheapest car, the 60kWh Model S

Sat Mar 18, 2017 10:20 pm

I have to disagree with you a bit on this one. The Model S 60 and 60D had some funky stuff going on with the battery having limitation due to its software. Tesla gave options to the buyers to upgrade (not really upgrade but order an equivalent to the 75kWh) This made ordering more labour intensive and in short Tesla was giving away 15kWh for free in a sense. So all in all not a money maker for Tesla and no one was really purchasing the 60KWh without the equivalency. There are probably other reasons as well but that is the main reason I have read about.

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Re: Tesla is discontinuing its cheapest car, the 60kWh Model S

Wed Mar 22, 2017 5:09 pm

This might explain things a bit better as quoted from Car and Driver

Model S: Earlier this year, Tesla surprised some buyers of its base Model S 70 by revealing that it had actually installed larger 75-kWh batteries in its cars. But there was a catch: Owners could access the extra capacity only after paying $3000 for an over-the-air software update. This “in-app purchase” model has since been applied to the 2017 315-hp rear-drive Model S 60 and 328-hp all-wheel-drive S 60D, which start at $67,200 and $72,200, respectively. Both cars harbor a 75-kWh battery but are software limited to allow only a 60-kWh capacity; unlocking full battery energy runs $9000. At the other end of the pricing spectrum, the 417-hp Model S 90D ($90,700) and 463-hp P90D ($110,700) pack larger batteries than last year’s top models, and the P90D’s $10,000 Ludicrous Speed option offers 532 horsepower. Need more? Tesla just introduced the $134,500 P100D, which gets standard Ludicrosity and a new 100-kWh battery pack that ups range to 315 miles—making it the first Tesla capable of going farther than 300 miles on a charge. Tesla also claims the extra juice drops the sedan’s zero-to-60-mph time to just 2.5 seconds. Tesla now includes a “summon” feature, which allows the Model S to park and unpark itself, sans driver. Other updates include interior upgrades, a new grille-free front-fascia design that resembles the forthcoming Model 3’s, and a standard 48-amp onboard charger. Tesla recently introduced a new Model S P100D and claims it can get to 60 mph in a mere 2.5 seconds. The Model S P100D could be the quickest current regular-production car on the planet if the California automaker’s claims prove true. See official photos and info ››

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