For more than a decade, Tesla engineers have been obsessed with making the world's most efficient electric vehicles. It's worth noting the changes mentioned also apply to the Model X crossover, with the Model X Long Range now getting 325 miles of range, up from 295.
All Model S and X vehicles now benefit from Tesla's latest generation of drive unit technology, which combines an optimized permanent magnet synchronous reluctance motor, silicon carbide power electronics, and improved lubrication, cooling, bearings, and gear designs to achieve greater than 93% efficiency. The end result is improved range from the same 18650 cells being used in the Model S and Model X 100 kWh battery pack.
While the Model S and X are already the longest range production vehicles on the road, the improved efficiencies mean that using the same 100kW battery pack, they will be even harder to beat for long-range ability. Ludicrous Mode usually costs $20,000. Tesla also notes that 0-60 miles per hour times are faster for the standard and long-range models.
By improving drivetrain efficiency, Tesla has been able to effectively increase range by more than 10%. As part of its Supercharging improvements, the new Model S and X can charge at 200 kW when connected to V3 Superchargers. Together, these improvements enable our customers to recharge their miles 50% faster.
Musk last week said that the Model 3 is being built to last 1 million miles to make the robo-taxi plan economically viable, but at the time he admitted that the battery would not last that long and would need to be replaced.
All Model S and Model X will now come with an upgraded air suspension system that uses software intelligence to adapt to various driving and road conditions. According to Tesla, it's also better at keeping the auto low while cruising to cut down on wind resistance. All these, Tesla, says, is thanks to its in-house dynamic software.
To complement these changes, we've also re-engineered several other components of Model S and Model X in keeping with our philosophy of continuous improvement.
Rumors that a Tesla Model S and Model X refresh was arriving this year have been partially confirmed, with the electric carmaker announcing Tuesday afternoon that its flagship vehicles have been updated to use a completely new and highly-efficient drivetrain design, along with a new adaptive suspension. While these changes may seem minor, together they have a meaningful impact when it comes to EV design.
Tesla is giving its Model S and Model X cars much-needed boosts - just as its older offerings have seen sales languish.
Tesla is also bringing back the Standard Range configurations of both Model S and Model X for those on a tighter budget.