The California Air Resource Board (CARB) accidentally released a new version of the Tesla Model S when presenting their latest list of vehicles that are eligible to use to HOV lane on Californian highways. The HOV lane is only to be used by pre-approved vehicles that live up to a certain ‘green’ standard or run on alternative energy.
The upcoming Tesla Model S 75 will get a 75 kWh battery pack and sit between the entry Model S 70 and the Model S 85 variants in the model range. Tesla spokeswoman Alexis Georgeson confirmed the upcoming launch of the new Tesla Model S 75 on a phone call with CarandDriver.
As indicated previously, the Model S 75 will not replace the entry Model S 70 but instead exist alongside it. This was different with the introduction of the Model X 75, which effectively replaced the Model X 70 in recent times. Georgeson further said that the larger battery pack in the Model S will cost an additional $3,000. For now the 90 kWh battery pack will remain the largest available to the Model S but rumors have been going around hinting that a 100 kWh battery pack is likely to be introduced in due course.
Effectively the larger battery pack will increase the range of the Tesla Model S by 19 miles, giving the S 75 a total range of 253 miles for RWD variants and 259 miles for the dual motor variant. Tesla Motors is to officially release the new battery pack soon and it joins a whole range of other updates and modifications of the Model S that were released just a month ago.