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Tesla upgrades Model S as sales exceed targets

The California-based carmaker, which is launching a European operation based out of Amsterdam and targeting fleet sales for a market-specific Model S which will be available in right hand drive, said it had delivered over 4,750 units so far, exceeding the 4,500 prior outlook provided in the mid-February shareholder letter.

As a result of orders to date, Tesla has also altered the Model S line-up. The car was originally to launch with three battery options, offering between 160 and 300 miles to a full charge and with the longest-range 85kWh version available in standard and Performance tune from launch.

To date, only 4% of customers have ordered the least powerful 40kWh battery pack, so Tesla will upgrade them to the 60kWh unit with its range electronically limited. This can be upgraded to full 60kWh range later on if the customer requires, but will still offer the larger battery’s 302bhp instead of the 236bhp offered by the 40kWh battery.

Tesla has also revealed that all cars have the required hardware to use its Supercharger network. Targeting US-wide coverage, with other regions possibly following suit, this offers free fast charging for Model S customers with the most powerful 85kWh battery if they become a member of the scheme. The manufacturer said it had also been fitted to cars with the 60kWh battery.

Elon Musk, Tesla Motors co-founder and CEO, said: ‘I am incredibly proud of the Tesla team for their outstanding work. There have been many car startups over the past several decades, but profitability is what makes a company real. Tesla is here to stay and keep fighting for the electric car revolution.

‘I would also like to thank our customers for their passionate support of the company and the car. Without them, we would not be here.’

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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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