Tesla is dropping their prices and renaming trims on the Model S and Model X to bring it in line with the Model 3’s naming conventions.
Electric carmaker Tesla is evolving. Gone are the names of its previous generation of vehicles, such as 75D, 90D, or P100D, and instead the Model S and Model X are receiving names that are more like their little brother, the Model 3.
Previously, Tesla’s trim names were based on the size of the battery pack installed. With the new naming convention, you’re just going to have to read the brochure like everybody else.
For example, the Model S 100D is now to be renamed simply the Tesla Model S. The P100D will be renamed “Performance”, while the Ludicrous version of the same car will be called “Performance with Ludicrous Mode.”
All models of the Model S and Model X will come with the same 100 kWh battery pack, but Tesla is going to be sneaky about how many miles you can get out of it. For the base model, software will lock the battery’s capacity such that the Model X will have a range of 270 miles. Getting an extra 25 miles will cost an additional $8,000 to unlock the “extended range.” For the base Model S, range starts at 310 miles and that extra 25 miles likewise costs an extra 8 grand.
However, it’s still the same battery installed in both cars, so an enterprising engineer/hacker can easily defeat the vehicle’s limiter to unlock that extra range for free, although probably at the cost of the vehicle’s warranty.
Tesla is also dropping prices on their vehicles now that the federal $7,500 tax credit is starting to wind down. Base model versions are now $1,000 cheaper, although still more expensive than the previous 75D versions that are no longer available. The Model X starts at $78,950 (including tax credits), while the Model S starts at $75,750.