Usually, when an EV automaker has found a way to bump the range on one of its models, it will heavily promote the news … but that’s not Tesla’s style.
Still, it’s worth noting that Tesla’s new Model X crossover, due for delivery starting later this month, was originally quoted with a range of 240 miles, but now Green Car Reports has revealed that the updated specs show a maximum electric range of 250 miles — a four percent jump.
To achieve the full range, owners would need to opt for the range-topping P90D Signature Series with its 90-kWh battery pack. The same battery in the Model S gives it a range of 268 miles, accounted for by that model’s more aerodynamic shape and reduced weight compared to the Model X. The EV crossover could have possibly managed a greater range if the NHTSA had allowed Tesla to use video monitors instead of traditional door mirrors.
Tesla has yet to fully detail the options and specs for the Model X, but if the EV automaker releases a rear-wheel drive or non-performance variant with the same 90-kWh battery, the Model X could boast an even greater range.
The Signature Series is priced at $132,000, significantly more than the range-topping Model S P85D, which starts at $105,000. Considering Tesla boss Elon Musk claimed the crossover will only cost about $5,000 more than an equivalent Model S, we can expect a new top-tier Model S to arrive shortly.
Once the initial Model X deliveries have been fulfilled, Tesla will begin full production at the end of this year. Entry-level Model X trims won’t arrive until sometime in 2016, and will offer an electric range of between 10 and 30 miles less.
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