Tesla Motors is reintroducing a 60 kWh version of its Model S, in both rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive models. The starting price is $66,000 for the Model S 60 (RWD) and $71,000 for the Model S 60D (AWD).
The Model S 60 has an estimated range of 210 miles; the Model S 60D of 218 miles. For $8,500 (which works out to $566.67/kWh), all Model S 60 customers can upgrade (via a software update) to a 75 kWh pack, extending the range to 249 miles and 259 miles, respectively. I.e, the Model 60s are factory-equipped with a 75 kWh pack software-limited to 60 kWh. (Upgrading to the full 75 kWh costs $9,000 after delivery.)
When the Model S was first introduced, Tesla offered a choice of three battery pack configurations: 40, 60, and 85 kWH packs. In 2013, Tesla dropped the 40 kWh version; in 2015, Tesla dropped the 60 kWh and introduced a 70 kWh version, while first offering an upgrade from the 85 kWh model to 90 kWh and then dropping the 85 kWh configuration entirely.
The current Tesla line-up is thus:
|Base price Model S versions as of 9 June 2016|
|Pack capacity (kWh)||60||60||75||75||90||90|
|Est. range (miles)||210||218||249||259||294||270|
|0-60 mph (seconds)||5.5||5.2||5.5||5.2||4.2||3.1|
|Top speed (mph)||130||130||130||130||155||155|
As with every Model S, the 60 and 60D will receive free over-the-air software updates that add functionality and continue to improve the driving experience.