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Tesla adds 75kWh battery to Model X SUV

The Model X 75D offers dual-motor four-wheel drive and a range of 237 miles to a charge, based on the US EPA drive cycle, compared to 220 miles for the version it replaces. This could be closer to 290 miles using the lighter-load European economy test.

Significantly, it’s the first time Tesla has offered a 75kWh battery. It’s likely that this will eventually be offered in the Model S, which was shown in facelifted form yesterday. The Model S is still available with the 70kWh battery, with and without four-wheel drive.

UK deliveries will begin in the latter half of 2016, according to the Tesla website. Pricing has not been revealed as yet. Ongoing battery development at the Californian manufacturer is aiming for a 5-10% improvement in vehicle ranges each year.  

Alex Grant

Trained on Cardiff University’s renowned Postgraduate Diploma in Motor Magazine Journalism, Alex is an award-winning motoring journalist with ten years’ experience across B2B and consumer titles. A life-long car enthusiast with a fascination for new technology and future drivetrains, he joined Fleet World in April 2011, contributing across the magazine and website portfolio and editing the EV Fleet World Website.

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