2021 Tesla Model S

Tesla introduces more affordable Standard range variant for Model S and Model X

In a move aimed at expanding its electric vehicle lineup’s accessibility, Tesla has introduced the Standard Range variant for its flagship models – Model S and Model X.

Priced at $10,000 (Rs. 8.31 lakhs) less than the next available trim, this new entry-level trim offers a more affordable option for prospective EV buyers.

The Standard Range models employ the same battery as their Long Range counterparts but with their range capabilities intentionally limited through software. This approach opens the door to a potential in-app purchase that would unlock the full battery capacity, effectively extending the range for those who choose to make the upgrade.

The latest iteration of the Standard Range variant comes after multiple introductions and removals from Tesla’s lineup before the 2021 release of the refreshed Model S and Model X in Long Range and Plaid versions.

The Tesla Model S Standard Range comes with a starting price of $78,490 (Rs. 65.30 lakhs). It comes with an approximate range of 515 km with the standard 19-inch Tempest wheels.

Opting for the optional 21-inch Arachnid wheels at an additional cost of $4500 (Rs. 3.74 lakhs) reduces the range to 480 km. Comparatively, the Long Range Model S achieves an EPA range of 651 km on the standard wheels. Performance-wise, the Standard Range Model S features a dual-motor all-wheel-drive system and can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/hr in 3.7 seconds, slightly slower than the regular Model S.

The Tesla Model X Standard Range, priced from $88,490 (Rs. 73.62 lakhs), delivers an estimated range of 433 km with the included 20-inch Cyberstream wheels. Opting for the $5500 (Rs. 4.57 lakhs) 22-inch Turbine wheels reduces the range to 410 km. Meanwhile, the mid-level Model X offers a range of 531 km with standard wheels. The Standard Range Model X accelerates from 0 to 100 km/hr in 4.4 seconds, showcasing slightly slower performance compared to its counterparts.

Tesla has not stated whether the Standard Range models feature a new battery pack or utilise the same pack as the Long Range versions. More details are expected to emerge as deliveries commence in the US next month.