New Tesla Model S P100D with Ludicrous mode.

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Tesla Model S P100D with Ludicrous mode.

Tesla Model S P100D with Ludicrous mode.

Tesla announced the release of the Model S P100D with Ludicrous mode.

It was upgraded to 100 kWh battery that enables the Model S to travel from 0 to 60 mph in 2.5 seconds.

New Tesla Model S P100D with upgraded battery gives it the fastest acceleration of any available production car. Its slightly quicker Ferrari LaFerrari and Porsche 918 Spyder. Like all electric vehicles, that more powerful battery delivers 100% of its dual-engine torque immediately, pushing the four-wheel-drive saloon past records heretofore the domain of million-dollar supercars.

But while the world is focusing on 2.5 seconds, another, much larger number is ultimately more important.One that pushes Tesla into the domain of mid-sized family sedans range — 315 miles of it.

There is also a phenomenon, known as the fear of running out of juice while you’re out running errands. This primal emotion was baked into our consciousness by early modern EVs — cars like the first Nissan Leaf — which had ranges of under 100 miles. It’s coupled with the complexity of roadside refueling in an EV; it’s not as if you can call for a gallon of electrons. More and better charging stations is one form of automotive Ativan. Tesla and others are working hard on that, but it will be a long time before better batteries are a more convenient option.

Interior of Tesla Model S P100D with Ludicrous mode.

Interior of Tesla Model S P100D with Ludicrous mode.

The limit of EV range has long been 300 miles, which would bring electric-cars into the full-tank range of most petrol-powered vehicles. Now, 300 miles doesn’t make for a stress-free cross-country road trip. But there’s a lot to be said for enjoying while your Tesla charges in the 10 minutes it takes to gas up your petromobile. Besides, when you leave the charging station at high speed, you’ve made up for some of that lost time.

The Model S P100D Saloon and the Model X 100D sport-utility vehicle will be soon available.

The Model S P100D Saloon and the Model X 100D sport-utility vehicle will be soon available. Older Teslas can upgrade their battery packs for a reasonable cost. Tesla is approaching to your wallet. “While the P100D Ludicrous is obviously an expensive vehicle, we want to emphasize that every sale helps pay for the smaller and much more affordable Tesla Model 3 that is in development.” In other words, your need to go very far, very fast helps fund the electric vehicle needs of others less fortunate than you. Everybody wins! Unless the guy in the left lane is driving a 918 Spyder.

Mr. Musk is betting big on batteries. He’s going to make sure we get to the future  — and quickly.

Information and Images are shared from Tesla Motors and BBC Autos by David K. Gibson – August 26th., 2016



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