Tesla CEO Elon Musk slapped a delivery date on the new Model S, which is great news for customers who have had ants in their pants for several months on the waiting list. The Tesla Model S will embark on June 22nd, though that’s not the only big news here. George Blankenship, Vice President, Worldwide Sales and Ownership Experience, Tesla also divulged a few key updates to the Model S on Tesla’s Blog, one of which includes adjustable regenerative braking. Musk also tweeted that the Model S received a 5-star safety rating after completing the necessary crash tests.
The last we heard about the Model S was that the car had reached a 320-mile range plateau, but new surprises were in store today. First off, the regenerative braking system on the Model S will be fully adjustable. Regenerative braking happens when the driver lets off the acceleration pedal and power is put back into the battery. This slows the car a bit, reducing the wear on brakes and improving efficiency. Many hybrids and EVs have varying standards of regenerative braking power. The Chevy Volt’s is much more powerful than the Toyota Prius’s in my opinion, and I like a strong regen braking power because it reminds me of engine braking on a motorcycle. Tesla Model S owners will be able to customize the level of regenerative braking power to suit their style of stopping.
The steering resistance can even be adjusted between Comfort, Standard and Sport modes, and the suspension and ride height can be personalized as well. All of this can be controlled via a few swipes on a smartphone application, which means you can transform a Model S from a muscle car to a luxury sedan in seconds. White Plains, New York will be getting a “new design” store to suit drivers on the East Coast, and Tesla will be driving beta Model S vehicles throughout Canada.
For more on the Model S and its availability, check out the Tesla Blog.