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Here's The New Battery Pack Option For The Tesla Model S

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Thanks to an update on the California Air Resource Board’s website, its been revealed (and confirmed) that Tesla will be adding a new 75 kWh battery pack option to the Model S lineup, which was supposed to be announced later this week.

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The update to CARB’s website was picked up by Electrek earlier this morning, which announced a new 75 kWh battery pack for the Model S was now eligible for single occupant carpool lane certification.

A Tesla spokesperson confirmed to Jalopnik that there is in fact going to be a 75 kWh battery pack available for the Model S soon, which isn’t expected to replace the current 70 kWh entry-level battery pack. Right now there’s the P90D, 90D, and 70, which comes either in rear-drive and all-wheel drive D form.

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Both the 70 and 75 kWh packs will be available for the D (all wheel drive) upgrade, with the 75 kWh pack adding $3,000 to the 70 kWh’s $71,500 base price and an additional 19 miles of range, bringing the new mileage to 259.

The 75 kWh battery pack made its debut as the new 75d base model for the Model X earlier last month, which starts at $83,000. If the shoe fits, why not throw it on to the Model S range?

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Duke of Kent

Here's my simple idea for electric cars (and what I immediately thought of when I read "battery pack"): Most people drive fewer than 40 miles in a day or whatever number the Leaf/Volt/Bolt/non-200-mile-range-guys target. But occasionally, people want to drive farther for longer trips, and these occasional trips scare people away from electric cars — especially if they are a single-vehicle household. So, why don't the car companies make an add-on battery for those odd instances. It would work like those battery packs everybody has for their phones nowadays — just plug it in when you need it, but you don't necessarily need to haul it around every day. The supplemental car battery pack could fit in the trunk or even be pulled in a little trailer (with the added benefit of adding cargo space as well) and either be purchased or rented when needed. I'm sure the logistics and engineering would pose some challenges, but it seems like a solution for the rare range problems that keep so many potential customers out of the market for an electric vehicle.