2019 Tesla Model S and Model X go farther with new drivetrain

Tesla has announced the updated Model S and Model X range for 2019, which now include the Long Range variants for even farther travel on a single charge.

Boasting the longest-range of any production electric vehicles on sale today, the Model S and Model X Long Range can travel up to 370 miles (595km) and 325 miles (523km) respectively from a full battery charge. The new benchmark is the result of an all-new drivetrain design which packs more efficiency into the same 100kWh battery pack.

All new Model S and X vehicles now benefit from Tesla’s latest generation of drive unit technology, which combines an optimised permanent magnet synchronous motor, silicon carbide power electronics, and improved lubrication, cooling, bearings, and gear designs to achieve greater than 93% efficiency – the highest among all production EVs.

In addition to adding 10% range, power and torque have also increased across all Model S and Model X variants, improving 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) times for Long Range and Standard Range models.

Paired with the new more efficient drivetrain design, Model S and Model X are now capable of achieving 200 kW on V3 Superchargers and 145 kW on V2 Superchargers. Together, these improvements are said to enable 50% faster charging time.

For 2019 Tesla has also upgraded the air suspension system for Model S and Model X. The new fully-adaptive damping system promises even more cushioned ride on the highway or when using Autopilot, and a more responsive and sportier drive during dynamic driving. The system uses a predictive model to anticipate how the damping will need to be adjusted based on the road, speed, and other vehicle and driver inputs. The system constantly adapts by sensing the road and adjusting for driver behavior, automatically softening for more pronounced road inputs and firming for aggressive driving.

Complementing the upgraded suspension are new wheel bearings and new tyre designs for certain variants to improve range, ride, and steering.

In addition to the Long Range and Performance variants, Tesla is re-introducing a lower entry price for Model S and Model X by bringing back the Standard Range option. All existing Model S and Model X owners who wish to purchase a new Model S or Model X Performance car will also get the Ludicrous Mode upgrade, up to a $20,000 (USD) value worldwide, at no additional charge.

The full range and pricing for the 2019 Tesla Model X and Model S will be announced closer the local launch.


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