One of Tesla’s Model S sedans goes on a test drive near Tesla headquarters in Palo Alto, Calif. Friday, July 13, 2012. (Patrick Tehan/Staff)
PALO ALTO — Tesla Motors says it’s adding a new “Ludicrous Mode” to high-performance versions of its Model S electric car.
CEO Elon Musk says the upgrade will cost $10,000 for new buyers of the Model S, whose base price is $70,000. It will allow the car to go from zero to 60 miles per hour in 2.8 seconds. Tesla had referred to a previous package as “Insane Mode.”
Palo Alto-based Tesla will upgrade the battery pack of the Model S to improve its range. The changes would upgrade the battery from 85 kilowatts to 90 kilowatts, Musk said during a conference call Friday.
The battery upgrade would be available for Model S owners for $3,000.
The new battery would provide up to 15 extra miles of range for the Model S, according to Musk.
That means the total range for the vehicle would be 300 miles at a driving speed of 65 mph.
Tesla earlier this month said its Model S deliveries grew to more than 11,000 for the second quarter, a record level for a three-month period. That was up 52 percent from the year-ago quarter.
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