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New Tesla model marks speedier drive

TESLA on Tuesday unveiled speedy new model electric cars capable of traveling more than 482 kilometers before needing to be recharged.

A Model S P100D with “Ludicrous mode” was billed by Tesla founder Elon Musk as the third fastest accelerating production car ever made, capable of going from zero to 96 kilometers per hour in 2.5 seconds.

That is slower only than the LaFerrari and the Porsche 918 Spyder two-seaters, according to Tesla.

In contrast, the Model S P100D sedan has four doors and seating for five adults, two children and some cargo.

A 100 kilowatt battery increases the range to an estimated 507 kilometers by US regulatory standards, or 613 kilometers by a European Union standard, making it the first electric production vehicle to break the 482-kilometer barrier, according to Tesla.

The new Model S had a starting price of US$135,000.

“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,” Tesla said in a blog post.

The larger battery pack is also available on the Tesla Model X, making the world’s fastest SUV even quicker and giving it a range of up to 465 kilometers on a charge.

Early this month, Tesla Motors reported a larger second-quarter loss than expected as it worked to speed output amid strong demand for its electric cars.


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