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New Tesla Model S can travel 240 miles on a single charge


Tesla Model S 70D
The new Tesla Model S 70D in Ocean Blue

Tesla has updated its entry-level Model S vehicle with a host of improvements, including boosted range.

The new version, dubbed the Tesla Model S 70D, offers a bigger 70kWh battery and all-wheel drive.

By contrast, the previous vehicle had a smaller 60kWh battery, which means we’ll see increased range on the new car.

Tesla reckons owners of the new Model S will be able to squeeze 15 per cent more driving out of a single charge, which means the 70D boasts an impressive 240-mile range.

This upgrade in range means the cost has been boosted slightly, however; the new vehicle marks up at $75,000 (£50,000), which is $4,000 (£2,700) up on its predecessor.

“Even at a starting price of $75k, the Model S 70D offers a broad and compelling set of features,” explained the Tesla Motors Team, writing in a blog post.

Related: It's now 'basically impossible' for Model S to run flat

Tesla also claims that the new Model S is worth the added cost, suggesting there are huge savings to be had courtesy of the electric motor.

“When one factors in the cost advantages over an internal combustion engine vehicle, including fuel savings and incentives, the actual cost of owning Model S 70D comes to about $55k over five years (the average length of new car ownership),” wrote Tesla.

These savings don’t mean you have to skimp on automotive oomph however, with the new Model S rocking a 0-60mph of 5.2 seconds and a top speed of 140mph.

The Model S 70 D is available from today, April 8, in three new colours, specifically Ocean Blue, Obsidian Black, and Warm Silver.

Zoran Majstrović

April 9, 2015, 8:09 am

Drive it 100 mph on highway and it will do less than 140 miles. Great car but the range is still waaaay to short for normal use... For posing in the city - for that it is great...

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