Life With Tesla Model S Battery Upgrade From 60 kWh To 85 kWh Yahoo Autos

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TESLA Model S – 60 kWh Auto

Life With Tesla S: Battery Upgrade From 60 kWh To 85 kWh

Tesla Model S electric sedan [photo by owner Noland]

A recent 1,200-mile Coast road trip in my Tesla Model S electric car to be something of a turning point in my of the car.

Fitted with the 60-kilowatt-hour battery pack, my car s EPA of 208 miles was not quite enough to it between Superchargers—Tesla s proprietary DC charging stations—at normal speeds in cold weather.

I extend the car s range by driving 60 mph in the lane, with the heat or loiter in the customer lounges of dealers along the way, my car picked up the extra few miles it courtesy of their slower 2 charging stations.

Neither turned out to be much fun.

Motors — Model S battery pack

And it was my first of buyer s remorse.

Not for buying a S—not at all—but for not ponying up the $8,000 to specify the larger version of the Model S, withan EPA of 265 miles, which could covered the distances between with ease.

As I wrote at the Damn. Coulda, woulda, got the 85.

Well, it now appears that has smiled upon me. In an example of timing, I received an unexpected financial windfall. And my tax guy strongly that I spend some of it December 31.

Three upgrade

Yes, sir! Anything you sir!

The way I saw it, there were possible ways to upgrade my car to an 85-kWh version.

Swap out the battery in my car for a new 85-kWh battery

in my car for a new 85-kWh model

Trade in my car for a used 85-kWh Model S, of the  same age/mileage as

Battery swap: We don t do that

I d the Tesla video of its prototype automated battery swapping which may or may not become a commercial one of these days.

But would do a one-time permanent battery for a customer?

2013 Tesla S electric sport sedan by owner David Noland]

I my local Tesla service in White Plains, New York.

question, came the reply. I ve heard of anybody doing we ll look into it and get back to

Being an impatient sort, I to call Tesla headquarters The verdict from the factory guy I talked to there was brief and Sorry, we don t do that.

Okay. On to the second option.

for a new one

The original list price of my car had $73,000. A new Model S, identical to but with an 85-kWh battery of the 60, would today list at

That s eight grand for the bigger battery, plus an $2,500 price increase was levied on all orders placed year (I d ordered my car considerably in the past).

Tesla Motors Model S lithium-ion battery

Add sales tax, delivery, and fees, and the total would to about $88,500.

I called and was given a trade-in value for my car months old, with miles) of $49,900 today.

But the new car t be delivered for two months, and the additional age and on my car would cut my trade-in value at the of delivery to about $46,000.

line: trading up to a brand-new Model S would cost me Ouch.

The $7500 Federal tax wouldn t kick for 15 months, in 2015, but it would cut my net cost to Still: Ouch.

On to the final

Trade for an inventory car

Tesla has a for setting the price of inventory which are store loaners or demonstration cars offered for

2011 Chevrolet Volt and Tesla Model S [photo: Noland]

Their new list is reduced by 1 percent per month the date of delivery, plus $1 per on the odometer.

By that formula, an equipped just like with the same age and mileage, cost $65,500.  With my car $49,900, I d pay  $15,600 to up—if I could find

That proved to be the rub. I expressed interest in the deal, a sales rep was able to come up only two standard 85-Kwh cars (not the pricier model). But both were low-mileage, well-equipped cars cost as much or more as the new one I d

The sales rep told me that cars were constantly available—and if I waited long I d probably be able to get something to what I wanted.

Local to the rescue

But I didn t want to indefinitely, watching my trade-in decline by $2,000 a month. And I t want to end up paying for popular I didn t want, like a or a premium sound system.

to my surprise and delight, the White service center called with good news.

2013 Tesla Model S sport sedan [photo by David Noland]

TESLA Model S – 60 kWh Auto

Yes, could, in fact, swap out my battery for an 85-kWh pack. And could do it next week. The would be about $18,000.

My question: Will this give me the full 85-kWh with its more powerful and slightly better performance?

I was assured, I d get that added The motor and inverter systems in the two are physically identical, I was told, but cars are software-limited to 302 horsepower, 362 hp for 85-kWh cars. Why?

The battery isn t safely able to the necessary current to provide 362 hp.

A tweak would boost my s output to 362 hp, and cut my 0-to-60-mph time 5.9 to 5.4 seconds. Top speed would increase by 5 mph, to 125 mph.

money, money


The cost breakdown looked this: Price of the new battery was The trade-in value of my old battery was number arrived at by discounting its new price of $37,102 by a 20-percent fee.

I had hoped that the value of my old battery would be for its actual use—10 months and miles out of its guaranteed life of years and 125,000 miles. would have amounted to a 10-percent restocking fee rather the actual 20 percent

But Tesla needs to make a on this transaction; I understand

The net cost to me of the new battery was $14,883. five hours of labor minor parts ($125), the shipping cost ($1,520), and tax ($1,257) brought the grand to $18,386.

I thought long and Should I do this?

I remember my process from a year while debating whether to buy the or 85-kWh battery. How often, I would I have a trip was more than 208 miles but than 265? Not very I d answered.

Turns out I was wrong. But 18 grand is a lot of money for a little of mind.

In the end, I justified the to myself (and my wife) the way I originally justified the $10,000 up from the now-defunct 40-kWh S to the 60-kWh version: I ll get a good of that extra cost in added value when I sell or trade in the car.

Tesla Model S P85 service vehicle [photo: David

Quick and easy

The installation was routine. I dropped the car off on a Friday, and home in a P85+ loaner.

I couldn t have any real fun this top-of-the-line loaner. At 25 its 21-inch high-performance tires so hard and traction-free that modest power broke the tires loose on dry pavement; I can imagine how bad they d be on snow or

The battery swap, as well as a upgrade, was done by Saturday Tesla delivered the car back to me on

While it s fun to look at my Rated indicator and see 230 instead of 180, it may be before I ll actually utilize my 50 or 60 miles of range. But that s

I m now, finally, equipped as as I can be to navigate the Great Northeast Desert—my home for the foreseeable


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