The battery will be available in the Model S sedan and Model X SUV (the latter's range is 289 miles).
When Tesla launched the Model S P90D a couple of years ago, it set some incredible records for electric cars, proving that EVs can accelerate from 0 to 60 in less than three seconds and return a range of over 200 miles at the same time.
On Tuesday afternoon, Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) announced that it has opened reservations for a new 100 kWh battery pack option for its Model S and Model X. The new top-of-the-line not only makes the Model S the world's fastest production vehicle; it also makes it the first electric auto with range of more than 300 miles.
Just as impressive, the estimated driving range for the P100D is 315 miles on a single charge. The new P100D Model X starts at $135,500.
Tesla says the Model X P100D can go from 0 to 60 in just 2.9 seconds.
Musk said that means a driver could now travel from San Francisco to Los Angeles in temperate weather without recharging.
He further stated that, grasping another 10 kilowatt hours out of what was already the world's largest vehicle battery posed a hard task for the company.
The new range is well beyond 480km. In creating this more powerful battery pack, Tesla has loaded more energy capacity while still incorporating the same design. Musk's Tuesday afternoon announcement about this new battery development led Tesla's stock to spike up nearly 2 percent in value before leveling off at the end of the day.
While the P100D Ludicrous is obviously an expensive vehicle, we want to emphasize that every sale helps pay for the smaller and much more affordable Tesla Model 3 that is in development. Nevertheless, the automakers are watching Tesla nervously as they try to ramp up the production of their EV models. BMW is also on target to make its BMW i8 all electric.
On Tuesday US time, Tesla announced new versions of its luxury cars that break big barriers for electric vehicles.