Tesla Model S 60 and 60D Will Be Discontinued In One Month


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.

Tesla Model S Red

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.

Source: Teslarati

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  • kevin mccune

    That’s the way , dumb it down so much, no one will want it .( I see ideals falling here )

    • Steve Hanley

      I think it is smart marketing. The Model S will now become the premium choice. I look at it this way: Model S = Mercedes S Class; Model 3 = Mercedes E Class.

      Hmmmm…. it just occurred to me. Could that be why Musk chose S and E for his cars, even though E already belonged to Ford? Mercedes sells a ton of its E Class cars compared to a few of its S Class. Just a thought…..

      • Steve, what does the over-the-air upgrade to 75kWh battery cost, not that I really need the extra range or speed in my Model S 60. Just curious.

        • Leeper

          $9,000 which is $500 more than doing it at the time of car purchase.

    • How is that “dumb it down”?

      • kevin mccune

        I consider making the battery smaller dumbing it down , no one would want Mercedes to install smaller petrol tanks on their automobiles.

        • Tesla is discontinuing the smallest battery, not making it smaller.

  • WebUserAtLarge

    I bet this is in response to a ~240 mile Bolt. I know, I know they are not the same cars, and are not necessarily in the same market segment. But, still, it just doesn’t look good for what is supposed to be a ‘premium’ EV to be outdone on a very important metric by a ‘mass market’ entry. IMHO.

    • There’s absolutely no comparison. The Bolt is a piece of junk compared to a Tesla.

    • Steve Hanley

      That probably is part of it.

    • Joe Viocoe

      Actually, you’ve got that in reverse.

      The Bolt was GM’s response to Tesla. GM could launch a bit faster with considerably more resources.

      The 3rd model was always part of the master plan as the Blue Star.
      And a lower range 2nd generation Tesla was never going to be permanent if it overlapped the capability of the 3rd generation series.

  • kevin mccune

    I want a big battery so I can power my house during a blackout, don’t want 50 0r 55 , want 75.I can see this company being more profit motivated now.
    BTW do you know how big the base engine in an F150 is now ? 200 cid, really? , I got sick of the BPI engines from Dodge BPI ( bpi= barely pull it- don’t think I will ever own another Ram) I want a decent drivetrain in something I might be able to afford .