Tesla Model S
Tesla is not your average automaker in many ways, including how the company avoids the traditional model year designations and model year updates. Instead, Tesla prefers rolling out over-the-air updates and adding and dropping powertrain variants throughout the vehicle's lifecycle. In recent months, Tesla has dropped the base 60 kWh powertrain and the 90 kWh powertrain, replaced by the now base 75 kWh powertrain and the range-topping 100 kWh powertrain, respectively.
The Model S is one of the most popular EVs in the world and is Tesla's flagship vehicle, positioned above the new Model 3 sedan. The Model S has a slightly lower starting price than the Model X crossover but has a longer range and quicker acceleration. During the third quarter of 2017, the 100 kWh models got price cuts.
The base Tesla Model S 75D utilizes a 75 kWh battery pack that powers the front and rear mounted electric motors (all-wheel drive) that together produce 518 hp and have an EPA-rated driving range of 259 miles (listed ratings are for 2017 model year). The mid-level 100D is powered by a 100 kWh battery pack that also consists of front and rear mounted electric motors and has a long range of 335 miles (2017), currently the longest of any electric car. The top P100D utilizes the same battery pack to power more powerful front and rear-mounted electric motors that produce a whopping 680 hp and 791 lb-ft of torque and come rated with a 315-mile driving range (2017). All powertrains use a one-speed transmission.