Tesla drops price on 75kWh Model S, upgrades for 60kWh batteries

The California automaker dropped prices by $5,000 for the Model S and $3,000 for the Model X with each car's 75 kilowatt-hour batteries, according to Tesla. The price drop comes as Tesla stops selling the 60kWh model, which it discontinued recently and sold only until remaining stop ran out.

Changes to the website also shows that new Model S orders will come standard with a glass roof, power liftgate, and high-speed charger. We expect our total average selling price to remain nearly exactly the same, the spokesperson added. The 75-kWh auto remains the only Model S to offer rear-wheel drive. But the company recently announced that it would discontinue the Model S 60 and 60D by April 16, the last date to book the vehicle. The Model X received a similar but smaller price drop, with the 60- 75kWh upgrade price being lowered from $9,500 to $6,500.

For owners of the 70 kWh Model S, an upgrade to 75 kWh can be had for $500, though only face lifted Model S 70 models were made with the larger battery pack, which means early-build models can't be upgraded. In short, the Tesla you buy today may very well be outdated in just a few months time. The Model S with the 75 kWh battery, for instance, has significantly more range than the 60 kWh one did. Additionally, Tesla's own pricing scheme is constantly in-flux given that the company has an insatiable taste for tweaking the selection of features and performance capabilities across its Model S lineup.

In a statement released to Electrek, the company wrote: "Periodically we have adjusted pricing and available options to best reflect the value of our products and our customers' preferences". The base price of Model X 75D is now $82,500. The sunroof option is still available on the Model S, at $2,000.

The company says next week it will implement a price increase for its higher end 100D and P100D models.

With its 335 miles rating, the Model S 100D sits 20 miles above the Model S P100D.

  • Joey Payne