Tesla Motors has unveiled a brand new battery pack for the efficiency variations of its Mannequin S and X vehicles that may lengthen the vary and imply sooner acceleration.
Elon Musk, chief govt of the electrical automotive maker, hailed the upgraded battery as a “profound milestone”.
He stated the battery cell chemistry is identical, however the reconfigured product saved extra vitality in the identical house.
Tesla, which this month posted a steeper-than-expected loss, is including a brand new sedan automotive to its sports activities line-up.
Mr Musk claimed that the brand new 100-kilowatt hour battery pack means high-end variations of the Mannequin S sedan, known as the P 100D, would be the world’s quickest accelerating automotive in manufacturing.
“These are very profound milestones and I feel will assist persuade folks all over the world that electrical is the long run,” he stated on a convention name with journalists.
The brand new battery extends the vary of efficiency variations of the brand new Mannequin S nicely past 300 miles (482.eight km), from about 290 miles, Tesla stated.
Mr Musk stated that in cool climate, a driver may journey from San Francisco to Los Angeles – an almost 400 mile drive – with out recharging.
In Could, Tesla stated it was stepping up manufacturing plans for its upcoming Mannequin three mass-market sedan and would construct a complete of 500,000 all-electric autos in 2018, two years forward of schedule.
However the firm additionally warned that funding would ramp up as nicely.