Unless you're willing to wait a while for Tesla's massively pre-ordered, cheaper Model 3 electric auto, you're looking at spending a pretty penny - or millions of them - to buy one of the company's other vehicles.
The EPA has just recently released the official ratings of Tesla's Model S 100D, launched three months ago, and it looks like the automaker was spot-on with its estimates. Alongside, the all glass roff and automatic rear power liftgate have been made standard equipment.
A rep for Tesla tells The Verge that it doesn't expect the price difference to significantly change sales. The 75-kWh vehicle remains the only Model S to offer rear-wheel drive.
Reports coming from the Tesla Motors Club have also validated that the new software limited 60 kWh to 75 kWh battery upgrade is being made available for $2,000. 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.
Now the Model S is the least expensive model on the market, starting at $69,500 before tax incentives and gas savings are factored in. The Model X 100D will jump by $1,000 to $99,500, while the P100D version increases by $9,500 to $145,000.
"Periodically we have adjusted pricing and available options to best reflect the value of our products and our customers' preferences", Tesla says.
Price increases on the 100D and P100D won't go into effect until next week "to best accommodate customers already in the order process", Tesla added. We expect our total average selling price to remain nearly exactly the same. The base 75D saw a reduction of $3,000, bringing it to $74,500. These price hikes don't take effect until April 24, so buyers have one more week to take advantage of these slightly lower prices.
Tesla could use a boost to Model S demand for several reasons.