Tesla Model S Overview Updated April 27, 2017

Tesla Model S

First volume production car developed from the ground up by Tesla

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August 2013 - April 2017


The Tesla Model S is an all-electric luxury sedan and the first vehicle developed from the ground up by Tesla. The Tesla Roadster was the first vehicle developed by Tesla, but it was based on a chassis by Lotus.

The Model S start at $66,000 for the Model S 60 base version and can go up to $130,000 in the US for the all equipped Model S P90D with Ludicrous mode.

The range varies from 210 miles to 284 miles.

You can read our latest stories on the Tesla Model S below:

Tesla Model S Stories April 27

Last month, the Tesla Model S P100D 1/4-mile record was broken on three separate occasions in a single week. The folks over at the Tesla Racing Channel held the record by removing the frunk (front trunk).

Now they went a step further and removed most of the interior to cut 360 lbs. expand full story

At one point last year, Tesla offered almost $20,000 in software-upgradable options when buying a vehicle and started advertising upgrading to the software-locked features through in-car purchases – pictured above.

After the recent changes in its vehicle lineup, Tesla has now slashed the prices of the most important software-locked features: the battery capacity upgrades. expand full story

Tesla Model S Stories April 26

Yesterday, we reported that Tesla is planning to push the ‘Automatic Emergency Braking’ (AEB) feature to its second-generation Autopilot car by the end of the week.

Knowing this, Consumer Reports decided to lower the ratings of the Model S and X until the feature is released. expand full story

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Tesla Model S Stories April 20

Tesla spotted a “manufacturing issue” with a part in the parking brakes on 53,000 Model S and X vehicles produced between February and October 2016.

While they believed that only a small percentage of those parking brakes could be at risk, they decided to issue a voluntary recall on all 53,000 vehicles in order to replace the electric parking brakes. expand full story

Tesla Model S Stories April 19

We have reported before on Tesla owners crediting their vehicles’ safety features for saving their lives after severe accidents, like when a Model X crashed into a semi-truck earlier this year, but probably none as spectacular as a crash that happened in California last week.

A Tesla Model S driver and his passenger walked away unscathed after their vehicle tumbled ~500 feet down a cliff and ended up upside down in a trail. expand full story

Tesla Model S Stories April 18

AAA released its “Top Green Vehicle award” based on its evaluations of plug-in electric vehicles and other “green cars”. Tesla took two of the top spots, including overall best for the Model X 75D and best green “large car” for the Model S 60.

With the awards, the non-profit automobile association released a study based on a survey of its members in order to gauge “consumer interest in electric vehicles”. expand full story

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Tesla Model S Stories April 17

Earlier this morning, Tesla updated its online design studio for the Model S and X in order to change pricing and standard options for the base models (75/75D and 90/90D) and to introduce new features in the Model X.

The company has now explained that they will implement “slight price increases to their higher end 100D and P100D models”, Tesla’s longest-range (and consequently the world’s longest-range) vehicles, next week, which should result in a similar price average as before today’s changes. expand full story

Update/editor’s note: the article was updated to correct information on previous pricing and to include a statement from Tesla about the changes made today – read at the end of the article.

Tesla has updated their design studio overnight and made significant changes to pricing and options for the Model S and X, seemingly streamlining them in anticipation of the upcoming Model 3 release. The 75kWh Model S, now Tesla’s cheapest vehicle, has received a $7,500 $5,000 price drop to $69,500 – just $1,500 more than the 60kWh version which was discontinued yesterday. They’ve also added the all glass roof (formerly $1,500) and automatic rear power liftgate as standard equipment on the Model S, so the base model has become a significantly better value with these updates.  The 90D also received a $2,000 price cut.

A few other changes were made to option availability – the smart air suspension can no longer be added to the 75kWh Model S (still available on all other models), and the high amperage (72 amp) charger is now included with 100kWh models but unavailable on all other battery sizes. The high amperage charger is separate from the DC Supercharging system, and allows faster AC charging if paired with a Tesla wall connector ($550) and attached to a circuit capable of delivering 72 amps.

Tesla also released a few new Model X features overnight, which you can read about over here in Fred’s post.

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Tesla Model S Stories April 14

A quick PSA to remind readers that as of this morning, there are only 3 days left to order Tesla’s Model S 60 and 60D since Sunday, April 16th will be the last day to place an order for the company’s two least expensive vehicles.

It will change Tesla’s lineup significantly and while the company claims that it’s to “streamline the ordering process”, it looks like the updated lineup is in preparation for the imminent launch of the Model 3. expand full story

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Tesla Model S Stories April 13

After deliveries of Tesla’s new Model S and X 100D being delayed by a few weeks due to hiccup at the EPA, they finally started shipping last month and became Tesla’s, and consequently the world’s, longest range all-electric vehicle.

The EPA made it official today by updating their ratings and list the Tesla Model S 100D for 335 miles (539.1 km). expand full story

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