Tesla CEO Elon Musk Talks 300-Mile Range Upgrade, Three New Model S Variants

ELON Musk and Tesla announced some major upgrades for the Model S overnight, including bigger batteries and a “ludicrous” mode that makes the already insanely quick electric car even faster.

Just in case the Insane mode of the Model S wasn’t enough, the new Ludicrous speed upgrade will see the Model S go from 0-100km/h in less than three seconds and run the quarter mile in just 10.9 seconds. This speed rivals that of some of the world’s fastest cars, including the Lamborghini Huracan, Ferrari 488 GTB and Nissan GT-R.

Musk told media this morning that the advancements come as a result of being able to increase that maximum amp throughput to 1500 Amps from the car’s batteries, up from 1300 Amps.

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“We came up with the idea for an advanced smart fuse for the battery. Instead of a standard fuse that just melts past a certain amperage, which means you aren’t exactly sure when it will or won’t melt or if it will arc when it does, we developed a fuse with its own electronics and a tiny lithium-ion battery. It constantly monitors current at the millisecond level and is pyro-actuated to cut power with extreme precision and certainty.

“That was combined with upgrading the main pack contractor to use inconel (a high temperature space-grade superalloy) instead of steel, so that it remains springy under the heat of heavy current.”

The package will cost an additional $13,500, plus an extra $4100 for the required range upgrade.

The new bigger 90 kWh battery option gives the Model S an extra 24km of range, taking the Model S’s highway range to around 500km.

Tesla’s Model X SUV is expected to be a higher seller than their current Model S sedan.

Tesla’s Model X SUV is expected to be a higher seller than their current Model S sedan. Source: Supplied

On top of that, a new base model Model S 70 RWD hs been introduced starting at $108,554 in Australia. That’s actually around $6000 more expensive than the previous base model, the Model S 70D thanks to the weak Aussie dollar.

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The Model S P90D, including the ludicrous pack and range extending option starts at $193,704 drive away in the ACT, with the total price varying between states.

Musk added that he expects Tesla’s upcoming Model X SUV to not only be the fastest accelerating SUV ever made, but will even rival the pace of the recently updated Model S.

The Model X is due to go on sale in the US in September and is expected to be on Australian roads by the end of 2016.