New Tesla models can go 315 miles on single charge

Source: By John D. Stoll, Wall Street Journal • Posted: Thursday, August 25, 2016

New versions of two Tesla Motors Inc. cars can now go up to 315 miles on a single charge, the company announced.

The Model S sedan and Model X sport-utility vehicle are now equipped with 100-kilowatt-hour batteries, which was the result of increasing their energy density. The biggest battery size previously was 90 kWh.

Yesterday’s news marks the farthest an electric vehicle by a major automaker can travel and seeks to address so-called range anxiety in consumers.

The new sedan will cost $134,500, and the SUV will cost $135,000. The current Tesla line starts at $66,000 and can go 200 miles on one charge.

EVs overall aren’t catching on very fast in the United States, as low gas prices continue throughout the country. Tesla CEO Elon Musk says that he wants to put out attractive EVs regardless of prices at the pump and that Tesla wants to “build a great electric car that everyone can afford”