Tesla has just announced a 100Kwh battery pack for its Model X and Model S variants, which will be an improvement over its existing 90Kwh model. With the upgraded battery, the Model S P100D has become the third fastest accelerating production car ever produced, with a 0-60 mph time of 2.5* seconds. The two faster cars, the LaFerrari and the Porsche 918 are no longer in production, which makes the Tesla the fastest production car available in the market.
In addition to the enhanced acceleration, the battery pack will enable the Tesla to exceed 300 miles (500 km) on a single charge, which is an improvement over the previous model.
The announcement was made by Tesla CEO Elon Musk at an earnings call last night. Musk had earlier tweeted about the upcoming announcement. The simple tweet had caused the Tesla stock to rise 2.5% in anticipation.
Tesla product announcement at noon California time today
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) August 23, 2016
The new battery pack that was announced is roughly the same shape and size as the 90 kWh version, though it’s more densely packed and features improved cooling mechanisms. The standard charging rate for the 100 kWh battery remains the same as its predecessor. Its new 315 km range makes it the first to go beyond 300 miles the longest range production electric vehicle by far.
The Tesla model S P100D has a ridiculously fast acceleration, which means it can even outstrip gravity which has an acceleration of 9.8 m/s^2. In simpler terms, the electric car can drive faster in a straight line than if it were dropped from an airplane.