EPA releases official range rating for 60 kWh Model S

You can’t buy one just yet, but the EPA has released its range and efficiency ratings for the 2013 Tesla Model S with 60 kWh battery pack. As expected, the range on these babies blows away every other pure EV on the market.

Model S is available with three battery options: 40, 60 and 85 kWh. Obviously, the larger the battery pack, the better the range, but there’s a trade-off: because larger batteries are heavier, that increased range comes in exchange for slightly lower energy efficiency.

For the 60 kWh Model S, the EPA-certified range is 208 miles, fuel economy is 95 MPGe, and energy usage is 35 kWh per 100 miles.

The specs for the version with the 85 kWh battery pack are: 265 miles of range, 89 MPGe and 38 kWh/100 miles.

Even as the press raves about Tesla’s revolutionary ride, and the company’s stock price (Nasdaq: TSLA) smoothly accelerates, there’s one little problem in Palo Alto. It’s absolutely crucial for Tesla to quickly ramp up production and start delivering cars more promptly. It’s currently doing its best, working its way through its backlog of orders from the top-end models down. It is currently producing 85 kWh models, and plans to begin producing the 60 kWh cars in January 2013, with deliveries scheduled to begin in January or early February.

 

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