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Tesla just announced faster cars with longer range

by Jacob Kleinman | August 23, 2016August 23, 2016 1:18 pm EST

Tesla is upgrading its already-impressive Model S and Model X electric vehicles with a bigger battery option, offering better range and faster acceleration as a result. The new models each pack a 100 kWh battery, up from the previous 90 kWh maximum.

The new Model S P100D with Ludicrous mode is now the fastest production car on earth, according to Tesla, offering an acceleration of 0 to 60 miles in just 2.5 seconds. Only a couple of limited edition vehicles from companies like Ferrari and Porsche have it beat. The upgraded Model X is capable of accelerating from 0 to 60 miles per hour in just 2.9 seconds.

Tesla’s new battery also pushes the Model S range up to 315 miles per charge, making it the first electric vehicle to offer a range of over 300 miles. The Model X P100D Ludicrous now boasts a range of 289 miles.

Of course, these new cars won’t come cheap. The new Model S P100D Ludicrous starts at $134,500, while the upgraded Model X starts at $135,500. Tesla says it’s starting with a limited run of about 200 units per week, though that should increase moving forward.

If you already have a P90D Ludicrous model of either car you can also upgrade to the 100kWh battery for $20,000, which covers the cost of the new power pack and recycling the old one. If you recently ordered a P90D but it hasn’t arrived yet you can switch to a P100D for $10,000 instead.

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Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...