More Tesla Model S versions on the way: 75kWh battery is up next

tesla-model-s-update
2016 Tesla Model S
Tesla may be boosting its Model X production and preparing for a massive wave of Model 3 sedans in 2017, but the EV automaker hasn’t forgotten about its first major success: the Model S.

Electrek noticed that the California Air Resources Board published a new designation of the Model S sedan on its website. A Model S 75D was listed on the agency database and Tesla later confirmed that indeed a mid-range, 75kWh battery would find its way into a Model S in the near future.

The 75D will slot between the entry-level 70, and range-topping 90kWh battery vehicles. This move makes sense considering Musk’s enterprise just announced a base-trim Model X with the same powertrain. The 75D may not remain the mid-grade for long, though. If we reference Tesla’s move to sell the 85kWh Model S for a while after it introduced the 90kWh unit, the EV maker might simply be phasing out its entry-level motor/battery combo.

Read More: Tesla Is Racing Towards Annual Volume of 500,000 Cars

In the bigger, heavier Model X, the 75kWh battery added 17 miles to the crossover’s electric range, but the sleeker Model S might gain as much as 25 miles of range for up to 259 total miles per charge. More power should also translate to a slightly quicker 0 to 60 mph run. Presently, the 70D performs the sprint in 5.5 seconds.

Even with the additional range, Tesla will have over a 40-mile range gap between the 75D and the 90kWh models. It’s also being reported that the new battery will cost buyers an additional $3,000, with all-wheel drive sticking around as a $5,000 upgrade.

The Verge claims that while you can’t go spec out a 75kWh Model S quite yet, Tesla plans to make the designation available on its website before the end of the week.

Emerging Tech

Awesome Tech You Can’t Buy Yet: Illuminated keyboards and a retro gaming console

Check out our roundup of the best new crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the web this week. You may not be able to buy this stuff yet, but it sure is fun to gawk!
Mobile

Samsung Galaxy Note 10: Everything we know

The Samsung Galaxy S10 range isn't exactly old, but Samsung is already working on the next big release. Details about the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 are making their way online, and we've gathered them all for you.
Cars

Nissan’s high-tech ice cream truck removes the fumes from your order

Nissan has given the traditional ice cream truck a modern makeover to create a cleaner, greener, high-tech alternative that also gives aging electric-vehicle batteries a new life.
Cars

Here’s what’s happening if you see someone steering a Tesla while it’s in park

The just-launched Tesla Arcade brings all of its games into a single hub, and includes a new kart racer — Beach Buggy Racing 2 — that lets you play using the vehicle’s steering wheel.
Mobile

Galaxy Fold's screen problems have mostly been fixed, Samsung says

The Samsung Galaxy Fold is real, but for how long? Folding out from a 4.6-inch display to a tablet-sized 7.3-inch display, this unique device has six cameras, two batteries, and special software to help you use multiple apps.
Cars

What is Android Auto? Pull over and we'll tell you everything you need to know

What is Android Auto? Google's app overrides native infotainment systems to reduce distractions while driving. Here's everything you need to know about it, including the feature set and compatible car models.
Cars

Volvo invented the three-point seat belt, and it might be the company that kills it

Volvo didn't invent the seat belt, but the firm patented the three-point configuration found in every new car in 2019. Autonomous technology will force automakers to rethink how they keep motorists pinned to their seats, and Volvo is…
Cars

The hottest of all Mini hatches is coming with a Batman-approved design

The Mini John Cooper Works GP concept first seen at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show will go into production in 2020, Mini has confirmed. The John Cooper Works GP is the ultimate performance version of the Mini Cooper.
Cars

Airbus-backed Voom could take on Uber’s on-demand flying taxi service

Airbus-backed Voom says it's planning to take its on-demand helicopter taxi to more U.S. cities this fall, a move that could put it in direct competition with Uber's app-based air taxi service launching soon in New York City.
Cars

Airstream inspiration Road Chief puts an off-grid luxury camper on the road

Updated for off-grid camping for four people, the Bowlus Road Chief Endless Highways awaits your tow hitch and your wallet. Bowlus design, build quality, and technology in a world-class trailer towable by most mid-sized SUVs.
Cars

Ford promises exciting GT supercar news at Goodwood Festival of Speed

Ford will make an announcement regarding its GT supercar at the 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed. The GT's racing career is winding down, but could Ford be planning a hotter road-going version?
Cars

This ’60s Ford Mustang EV has Tesla-like specs and a Rolls-Royce-like price

British startup Charge Cars planted its flag where electric cars and muscle cars meet when it unveiled a battery-powered 1960s Ford Mustang. Starting with a reproduction shell, the firm added an electric powertrain and modern electronics.
Product Review

2020 Mercedes GLS shows what happens when unstoppable force meets immovable luxury

The 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS is more than a luxury family-hauler. Yes, it’s got all the luxury features and all the bells and whistles of modern technology, but this three-row Teutonic tank has some serious off-road chops as well.
Cars

U.S. firm plans to power soccer stadiums using aging Nissan Leaf batteries

We've heard of aging EV batteries being repurposed to power homes and other facilities, but how about an entire sports stadium? An American firm is already doing just that, and now has plans to expand its system across Europe.