Posted on April 09, 2015 by Matt Pressman
Yesterday, Tesla Motors announced some big news, including its 70kWh dual motor vehicle, the 70D, which will replace the 60kWh option as the new "base" model in their ever-improving Model S portfolio. This is not the first time Tesla cancelled their base model, in 2013, soon after the Model S launched, Tesla discontinued the 40kWh version of the car as well due to lower sales within their overall product portfolio. We wouldn't be surprised if the 60kWh version was a lower percentage of their product sales mix at this phase. And, it's also possible that the progress being made with the Model X pushed Tesla to change their Model S product mix to better serve their in-house production optimization needs, perhaps the heavier Model X SUV needed it's base to be the 70D for better range/performance? We'll soon find out. We suspect (our guess) that the rear wheel drive Model S (85kWh) version may also be phased out soon.
In addition, Tesla has also introduced three new beautiful color options: Warm Silver (champagne), Obsidian Black (very, very dark), and Ocean Blue. This could also likely hint at possible Model X colors and may be the result of Tesla ramping up it's in-house paint shop -- it's rumored that Tesla ordered from Germany’s Durr AG no less than 100 new paint robots to be installed in Tesla’s Fremont factory.
Source: Tesla Motors
At $75,000 before any tax credits, the new 70D has 240 miles of EPA-rated range and now comes standard with access to Tesla's Supercharging network (this used to cost $2,000 for those ordering the 60 kWh Model S and now comes standard with every Model S ordered). To get a better understanding of the performance capabilities of the new Model S product mix, check out the chart below.
Source: Motley Fool
There are plenty of changes on Tesla's website. To keep you updated on what's changed, below is a handy summary* of some key changes taking effect with the introduction of the 70D yesterday...
And, already we're seeing photos* surfacing of the new colors and the 70D, we can't wait to test-drive one soon.