Tesla Plans to End the 85-kWh Battery Version of the Model S

Posted by at 12:06 pm on February 9, 2016

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The possible configurations for a Tesla Model S is now starting to make sense for the buyer. Tesla has phased out both its 85-kWh battery and rear-wheel-drive option for its 90-kWh package. Now, you have simple choice of four versions: the 70 or 70D, the 90D, or the P90D.

The changes mean that, while you can still get a bare bones, rear-drive Model S 70 for $70,000 (plus $1,200 in destination and documentation fees), the ticket for top battery bragging rights now starts at $88,000 for the 90D.

The 90-kWh battery was introduced last summer, at the same time as Ludicrous mode and the 70-kWh version, and with dual motors returns a stated 288 miles per charge.

The Model X, which Tesla launched last September, never had the 85-kWh option, with buyers always having to choose between the 70- or 90-kWh pack.

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