Euro-spec Model S 100D listed with 613-km range.
Many people had hoped the 100-kWh battery would debut together with the grille-less Model S facelift, but that wasn’t the case. The good news is it won’t be much longer until the long-rumored 100 kWh pack will be introduced, as it has been found in the database of the Dutch Vehicle Approval Authority (RDW). It’s a sign the larger battery is on its way to Europe and will likely be offered for both the Model S and Model X in three versions: 100D, P100D, and P100D with Ludicrous upgrade.
RDW’s database also shows the Model S 100D with a maximum range of 613 kilometers (380 miles), but keep in mind that’s based on the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC). As a consequence, the EPA rating is going to be considerably lower, but nevertheless it should still be well above the 300-mile mark.
It remains to be seen whether the Tesla Model X will be able to hit the 300-mile sweet spot seeing as how the all-electric SUV is heavier than the sedan. Even if it won’t get there, the Model X 100D will bring a serious boost in range over the 257 miles (413 km) offered by the 90D model.
Not only will the two EVs get an extended range with the 100-kWh battery pack, but also a bump in power which will make the Model S and Model X even quicker. As a reminder, the P90D can conquer the 0-60 mph (0-96 kph) run in 2.8 seconds with the Ludicrous mode active, while the Model X P90D needs an extra 0.4 seconds.
It’s unclear at this point when the 100-kWh battery will be out, but it shouldn’t be too long now.