Jan 10, 2019 - 11:41 am

Tesla to discontinue 75 kWh versions of Model S and X

Musk also announces Roadster with hovering capability

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Tesla is taking the 75 kWh versions of Model S and Model X off the market. Elon Musk announced via Twitter that the last orders for this version of the two models can only be taken until this Sunday evening. Meanwhile, Musk announced the new Roadster would take off, quite literally.

The latter the Tesla boss teased in another series of tweets, in which Musk suggested that the new Roadster electric car will have boosters that will lift it off the ground. More about that shortly, but first to the more mundane issue of the 75 kWh versions of the Model S and X:

Discontinuing these versions will significantly increase the price of the Model S and X. With the 75 kWh battery pack, Tesla was asking 76,000 USD (approx. 66,000 euros) for the Model S and 82,000 USD (approx. 71,000 euros) for the Model X. Those days are obviously over.

Now both models will only be available with the 100 kWh battery pack starting at 94,000 USD (approx. 82,000 euros) and 97,000 USD (approx. 84,000 euros) for the Model S and X respectively.

Tesla did not announce any new battery pack development to replace the discontinued version. However, the new pricing policy makes sense in order to set the premium models apart from the “economy” Model 3.

Musk also said that they want to move away from marketing battery packs based on kWh capacity in general. A move Tesla have done with the Model 3, which is simply advertised with a ‘Long Range’ battery pack and a ‘Mid Range‘ battery pack.

When asked if the Model S and X, were being phased out over the next year or two, Musk answered. “Def not!” (sic!)

However, and now for the more futuristic part, Musk did say that their new Roadster may have turbo booster options with a SpaceX cold gas thruster system. Exactly what this will enable the electric vehicle to do, wasn’t discernible from the series of tweets.

But it does conjure up pictures of the ‘Back to the Future’ movies and the iconic DeLorean. So, the hovering electric car might be a novel way to overtake in the future. With Tesla driver’s taste for driving too fast, one can imagine what a turbo boost will do.

electrek.cotwitter.com (Model S & Model X), teslarati.comelectrek.co (Roadster)

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