Tesla now sells “standard range” versions of its Models and Model X, lowering the starting price of both vehicles by $10,000 for anyone willing to compromise on the distance either car can go before needing a recharge. The Standard Range Model X starts at $88,490, up from $98,490 for the next model, while the Standard Range Model S starts at $78,490 up from $88,490. The changes to the Tesla website were initially seen by electric.
The main compromise with these models is their range. The standard range version of the Model X lists an estimated range of 269 miles, a reduction of 79 miles, while the standard range edition of the Model S has an estimated range of 320 miles, 85 fewer miles than the upgraded version. Standard range models also feature slightly slower 0-60 accelerations and lower top horsepower.
electric notes that it’s unclear if the newer Model X and lower-range Model S models have physically smaller batteries or if their capacity is locked in software (raising the possibility that buyers can pay to unlock their capacity after purchase). But one electric commenter points out that the listed weights of both standard range Models they’re the same as their pricier counterparts, suggesting minor differences in hardware.
The Model S and X are notable for being the oldest cars in Tesla’s current lineup, and the S was introduced. over a decade ago in 2012and the X launched in 2015. Tesla’s website reports that both the Model S Standard Range and Model X Standard Range will ship starting in September in the US.