Tesla’s long-range Model 3 gets 80.5 kWh battery, per EPA

There are new details on the battery capacity for Tesla's much-awaited long-range Model 3 sedan, courtesy of some preliminary information from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The lithium-ion batteries that will enable the long-range Model 3 to go 310 miles between charges will carry 350 volts and 230 amp hours, adding up to 80.5 kilowatt hour of maximum capacity, according to the EPA certification documents. The long-range Model 3, which starts at $44,000, can go 0-60 mph in 5.1 seconds.

A 258-horsepower AC 3-phase permanent magnet motor powers the rear-wheel-drive EV.

The EPA hasn't published a similar document online for the standard Model 3, so we can't say for certain what its battery capacity is yet. The standard model has a 220-mile range and a 0-60 time of 5.6 seconds. It starts at $35,000 but climbs quickly in price from there.

Both vehicles come with a 15-inch center touchscreen display in place of an instrument cluster.

Tesla said Monday it's seeking to raise $1.5 billion in a bond offering to help it ramp up production of the Model 3. Founder Elon Musk says the company has 455,000 advance reservations for the vehicle.

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