Date
24 September 2017
Elon Musk says a larger upgraded battery pack for performance versions of its Model S and X vehicles will extend range while also allowing for super fast acceleration. Photo: Reuters
Elon Musk says a larger upgraded battery pack for performance versions of its Model S and X vehicles will extend range while also allowing for super fast acceleration. Photo: Reuters

Tesla scorcher coming with new battery upgrade

Tesla Motors Inc. has unveiled the world’s fastest production car — a zero-60 mph scorcher in just 2.5 seconds.

Chief executive Elon Musk said the company is offering a larger upgraded battery pack for performance versions of its Model S and X vehicles that will extend range while also allowing for super fast acceleration, Reuters reports.

Tesla has long laid claim to bragging rights in the highly competitive luxury car market.

But Tuesday’s news is unlikely to change the equation on a host of challenges the company faces, from production and finances to regulation.

The new 100-kilowatt hour battery pack means the high-end version of the Model S sedan, called the P100D, will be the world’s fastest accelerating car in production, the Silicon Valley automaker said. The new battery pack is also available for the performance version of the Model X sport utility vehicle.

The Model X is already the quickest SUV ever, Tesla said. But with the 100 kWh battery pack, it said the Model X P100D — as the new performance model is known — will now accelerate from 0-60 mph (0-97 kph) in 2.9 seconds.

The new battery also extends the driving range of the vehicles, taking the performance version of the new Model S beyond 300 miles (482.8 km), Tesla said.

Musk said that meant a driver could now travel from San Francisco to Los Angeles in temperate weather without recharging.

“These are very profound milestones and I think will help convince people around the world that electric is the future,” said Musk on a conference call with journalists.

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