Automaker moves to "simplify the ordering process"
Buyers will no longer be able to purchase a Tesla Model S with a 60-kilowatt-hour battery pack starting next month, according to recent reports. Tesla sent out an email last week to inform potential buyers of the change.
Tesla discontinued the 60-kWh variant of the Model S in 2015 before bringing it back in 2016. Currently, the base model has a range of 210 miles (338 km), or 218 miles (350 km) for the all-wheel-drive 60D. For a fee, those who purchased the 60 or 60D could unlock an extra 15 kWh from the battery with a software update.
Tesla confirmed the news with Electrek. In its email to customers, the automaker said, “One year ago we introduced the Model S 60 kWh battery as a more affordable option to accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles. However, most customers ended up buying an equivalent to the Model S 75kWh. To simplify the ordering process for our customers, we will be removing the 60 kWh option from our lineup.”
If you want a Tesla Model S 60, you have until April 16 to make your order. After that, the starting price of the Model S will shoot up to the mid-$70,000s USD before tax credits.
By discontinuing the 60-kWh battery, the Model S follows the lead of the Model X, which currently starts off with the 75-kWh option. The move also helps separate the Model S from the less expensive Model 3 that arrives later this year.