The EPA last week released the officially efficiency and range numbers for the mid-level 60-kWh version of the Tesla Model S. Though Tesla was gunning for a rating of 230 miles, the EPA##Q##s test results assigned 208 miles as the official number. That##Q##s 57 miles less than the 85-kWh version of the Model S.
In terms of efficiency, the 60-kWh version of the Model S outperforms it##Q##s 85-kWh sibling with an official EPA rating of 95 MPGe versus 89 MPGe. The EPA says that the 60-kWh version uses 35 kWh to cover 100 miles, compared to 38 kWh for the 85-kWh Model S.
A side-by-side comparison of the 60 and 85-kWh versions of the Tesla Model S.
There##Q##s still one version, the base 40-kWh Model S, that has not been tested by the EPA. Tesla expects this version to return 160 miles of range, but judging by the previous discrepancies between Tesla##Q##s estimates and the EPA official figures, the official number will fall short by 10 miles or so.
The 85-kWh version of the Model S, starting at $69,900 after incentives, is available now. The 60-kWh Model S, with a base level price of $59,900, is expected to enter the production in January, with deliveries scheduled to commence about one month later. Finally, the arrival of the base-level 40-kWh version, beginning at $49,900 after incentives, is tentatively set for late March to early April. All Tesla pricing will slightly increase beginning in 013.