Tesla’s 75 kWh battery pack removal opens doors to ‘Track Mode’ for Model S & X



In a recent update on Twitter, Elon Musk announced that Tesla would be discontinuing the 75 kWh versions of the Model S and Model X. Starting this coming Monday, Tesla’s two flagship vehicles could only be available at 100 kWh and 100 kWh Performance versions, extending the cost difference between the cars and the company’s new offering — that the Model 3.

In ways, retiring the 75D lineup appears to be the right decision for Tesla. After all, the Model S 75D, that is priced at $76,000 before options, pretty much overlaps with all the price of a fully-loaded Model 3 Performance. That said, this change also contributes to the base cost of the Model S and Model X rising significantly. The Model S 100D — the vehicle’s foundation variant beginning Monday — will begin at $94,000, although the Model X 100D would begin at $97,000, much higher than the Model X 75D’s beginning cost of $82,000.

Starting on Monday, Tesla doesn’t longer be taking orders to your 75 kWh edition of the Model S & X. In the event you’d enjoy this model, please order by Sunday night at https://t.co/46TXqRJ3C1

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 9, 2019

Aside from extending the gap between the cheaper Model 3 and the flagship Model S and X, though, the retirement of the 75 kWh battery package opens the doors into a very likely battery upgrade for its full-size automobile and SUV. The Model S and X, after all, are still outfitted with 18650 cells, that are smaller and a bit older compared to 2170 cells used over the Model 3. These cells can also be erased from Panasonic’s centers in Japan, instead of being generated in Gigafactory 1.

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By upgrading the 75 kWh battery package, Tesla would give itself an opportunity to roll out that the newer cells into its flagship vehicles. The 2170 cells, for instance, will likely even allow the Performance-branded Model S and X to handle extended track driving. Part of the reason for the current generation Model S and X’s inability to be competitive on the monitor, after all, is that their batteries, which have a propensity to overheat after a couple of laps round a closed circuit. This specific issue was mostly addressed by Tesla using the Model 3 and its 2170 cells, according to the vehicle’s dedicated Track Mode setting.

Even a Track Mode attribute for your Performance Model S and X could make the vehicles much more fearsome than they are. Even with their general inability to be pushed onto a racecourse, the Model S and Model X have developed a reputation as monsters in straight-line races over recent years. Equipped with a battery that has the identical tech as the Model 3 — from its 2170 cells into its clever cooling systems — that the Model S and X could be utterly frightening.

A Tesla Model 3 Performance together with Track Mode rips through a tube that is closed. [Credit: Motor Trend]

Aside from opening the doors to Track Mode, an update to 2170 cells will likely result in more range for your Model S and Model X also. This is something that Tesla could definitely use as a selling point for its flagship vehicles, considering that the competition, such as the Porsche Taycan along with the Jaguar I-PACE, are still fairly much competing against the bar set by vehicles that were created during the 18650 cell era. One can only speculate just how much range a Long Range edition of the Model S could happen if it had been outfitted with all 2170 cells. Perhaps a 400-mile selection? Such a scenario is plausible.

Hidden inside this new update by Elon Musk, though, is something that bodes well for your company’s forthcoming vehicle — that the Model Y. Seeing as Tesla retired the Model X 75D, the company’s only SUV in its lineup today begins at $97,000. This ’s quite costly, and this cost especially reduces the magnitude of the vehicle’s potential consumer base in a remarkably popular section. By embracing this strategy at this time, Tesla appears to be hinting at the launch of another, more affordable SUV that can compete more harshly compared to entry Model X. This vehicle, naturally, would be the Model Y.

The Model Y was in the rumor mill for some time now. Recently, though, Elon Musk has supplied a range of upgrades on the motor vehicle. During the company’so called third-quarter earnings forecast, for one, Musk mentioned that he had approved the construction of the Model Y’s alpha model . Musk has also joked that the forthcoming SUV will be introduced this 2018, perhaps sometime in the first half of the year.

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