In the meantime, it will no longer be possible to purchase a Tesla Model S with a 60 kWh battery pack. Tesla sent an e-mail to potential buyers informing them of this change.
The US manufacturer had already removed the 60 kWh version of the Model S in 2015, before bringing it back to 2016. At present, the autonomy offered is 338 km for the basic model and 351 km for the 60D all-wheel drive. For a few dollars more than the original price, buyers who had purchased a 60 or a 60D could unlock an additional 15 kWh through a software upgrade.
Tesla confirmed the news with Electric. In the email sent to customers, the electric vehicle manufacturer explained: “A year ago, we introduced the 60 kWh Battery Model S, which was a more affordable option than the current model, Accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles. However, most buyers eventually chose a version equivalent to the Model S 75 kWh battery. In order to simplify the ordering process for our customers, we will withdraw the 60 kWh option from our product range. “
If you wish to purchase a Model S 60, you have until April 16 to place your order. After that date, the Model S base price will rise above the $ 100,000 mark before tax credits.
By removing the 60 kWh battery, the Model S will follow the traces of the Model X which is currently offered as a base with the option of a 75 kWh battery. This change will also make it possible to distinguish the Model S from the Model 3, a less expensive model that will make its entry later this year.