Tesla Model S P100D does 0-60 in 2.5 seconds and has 315 miles of range

Is that more or less than 1.21 gigawatts?

In what was one of the worst kept secrets in automotive news, Tesla announced today that it's releasing a 100-kwh battery pack for the Tesla Model S and Model X. The new P100D models will sit at the top of the Tesla range, giving the Model S 315 miles of all-electric range and thereby making it the first EV to top the 300-mile mark.

The Model X P100D will have a range of 289 miles. Tesla is claiming that the Model S P100D with Ludicrous mode will be the quickest accelerating production car - if you don't count the Porsche 918 or Ferrari LaFerrari - in the world with a 0-60 mph time of 2.5 seconds. There's no word on horsepower quite yet.

The Model S P100D will start at $134,500 and the Model X 100D will start at $135,500, but Model S and Model X P90D owners can upgrade their battery packs for $20,000. If an owner has already ordered a P90D but hasn't taken delivery, they can spend an extra $10,000 for the extra power and range. Tesla says the extra $10,000 goes to recycling the old battery pack.

"This has been a very difficult development," Musk said to reporters, "going from roughly 90 to 100" was "more like a 50-percent increase in difficulty." He also said that the battery's complexity will lead to low production numbers.

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