Go 0-to-60 in 2.5 Seconds with Tesla’s New Battery Upgrade

Electric vehicle maker Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) unveiled a new upgraded battery pack for its high-end cars, and if you’ve got the need for speed, then this battery is for you.

That’s because the new battery not only improve the range of the Model S and X — meaning more driving distance in between charges — it’ll also supercharge acceleration performance.

The souped-up Model S P100D can travel zero-to-sixty miles per hour in just 2.5 seconds with the battery upgrade, making it the fastest production car in history. Meanwhile, the Model X SUV will see speeds of zero-to-sixty in only 2.9 seconds.

From Reuters:

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.


Tesla shares are seeing a tepid response to the announcement, rising $1.27 (+0.56%) to $226.11 in premarket trading Wednesday. TSLA stock has fallen more than 6% since the start of 2016, compared to a 7% rise in the S&P 500 during the same period.

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