Tesla updates Model S and X with longer range and new tech

The American EV maker claims to have significantly upgraded the power unit suited for each vehicles, introducing the “optimised everlasting magnet synchronous reluctance motor” from the Model three, and using silicon carbide within the unit’s electronics. Redesigned gearing, new bearings and progressed cooling and lubrication improve all-round motor efficiency.

The result is a claimed EPA cycle range of 370 miles (595 km) for the top-spec Model S and 325 miles (523 km) for the equal Model X. This is seemingly finished without any changes to the 100kWh battery p.C. In both motors.

At the identical time, Tesla claims to have progressed power and torque “considerably” with out quoting unique figures. Charging instances have come down, too, with each automobiles able to reaching 200kW at the modern day ‘V3’ Superchargers and 145kW at the extra not unusual ‘V2’ Superchargers.

The improvements make bigger beyond the powertrain, but, with both motors receiving a totally adaptive damping device for the air suspension. Developed in-house, it’s claimed to constantly adapt to the road floor and driver behaviour, whilst bringing the automobiles decrease to the floor when cruising to optimise aerodynamics.


More minor modifications encompass new wheel bearings and new tyre designs for sure variants claimed to enhance guidance experience, experience fine and variety. By way of recompense to those who purchased a Model S or X before the updates, the company is offering a unfastened ‘Ludicrous Mode’ upgrade to current proprietors buying a new ‘Performance’ model.

In an uncommon move, the enterprise has backtracked on its exceptionally current decision to awl ‘Standard Range’ editions with the aid of reintroducing them on each fashions.

The updated Teslas are entering production at the firm’s manufacturing facility in Fremont, California, this week, with online ordering open now. A Tesla UK spokesperson claimed that any of the new fashions ordered could be situation to a similar shipping wait time as the outgoing variants.

Ashley Stephens

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