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Tesla adds a 75kWh battery option for the Model S

It's a $3,000 upgrade, and matches the smaller battery pack available in its Model X.
Richard Lawler, @Rjcc
May 3, 2016
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Later this week Tesla will add a new battery option for buyers of its Model S sedan. Currently available with either a 70 or 90kWh pack, the new option will be 75kWh -- the same size as the smallest battery currently available for the company's new Model X crossover. Electrek first spotted the new variant in a list on the California Air Resource Board (CARB) website, and a Tesla spokesperson confirms that the upgrade will be a $3,000 option, available for both rear-wheel and AWD setups.

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There's no word on exactly why Tesla is making the change, but a similar process occurred when its larger battery option jumped from 85 to 90kWh late last year. Eventually the older battery was phased out and it wouldn't be surprising to see the same happen here, although for now Tesla says the 70 and 70D models will still be available. Combined with the recently refreshed Model S design and options like a faster standard charger, it fulfills earlier rumors of a slight price hike on the way, so if a few grand (or 15-20 miles of range) is enough to swing your next electric vehicle purchase, it's something to be aware of.

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