It was announced today that the Tesla Model S 60 and 60D will be discontinued as of April 16, so if you want an Model S that lists for under $71,301, you have one month to get your order in. The two 60 kWh models offer between 210 and 218 miles of range.
In advance of the beginning of production of the midsize Model 3, Tesla is anxious to streamline its range of options in order to maximize the efficiency of the assembly line and also make certain there is a sufficient price difference between the Model S and the Model 3 to keep sales of the smaller car from poaching sales from its big brother. As of today, the Model S 75D lists for $82,800. The company did not say if the single motor rear wheel drive option will be available with the 75 kWh battery.
Tesla has quietly been streamlining the options available on the Model S recently. In January, the company discontinued ventilated seats in both the Model S and the Model X. Last fall, it eliminated Solid White and Titanium from the palette of available colors. With the introduction of the 100 kWh battery on the Model S and the Model X, it will soon discontinue the 90 kWh battery as well, leaving customers for its two largest cars with a choice of just two batteries — a 75 kWh unit or the 100 kWh option.
‘Tesla released a statement about the model changes today. “One year ago, we introduced the Model S 60 kWh battery as a more affordable option to accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles. However, most customers ended up buying an equivalent to the Model S 75kWh. To simplify the ordering process for our customers, we will be removing the 60 kWh option from our lineup.
“Customers who still want the opportunity to own a 60 kWh Model S will have until April 16, 2017 to place their order. Any 60 kWh Model S will have the ability to upgrade their battery to 75 kWh via an over the air update.”
The company has not specified the size of the battery that will be available in the Model 3 but speculation has centered on either a 50 kWh or a 55 kWh battery in the base model. If so, the 75 kWh battery would make an enticing upgrade for more range and higher performance. Potentially a P75D would be the top performance configuration for the Model 3.