The starting price of a Tesla Model S will soon be $18,000 higher

Tesla is abandoning the 75kWh battery pack for both the Model X and Model S, CEO Elon Musk reported on Wednesday. Clients have until Sunday, January thirteenth to put orders on the off chance that they need cars fitted with the organization’s lowest-capacity (and cheapest) battery.

The 75kWh pack is what Tesla utilizes in the base model of both those cars, which implies they will now just be accessible with the higher-capacity 100kWh pack. That likewise implies the cost to buy either car is going to increment dramatically. Except if new variations are in the works, or Tesla changes its costs — something it does often, to be reasonable — the base cost of the Model S is going to increment from $76,000 to $94,000, while the expense of the least expensive Model X is going to hop from $82,000 to $97,000.

The change should help separate the Model S and Model X from the Model 3, which as of now begins at $44,000, yet can keep running as high as $70,500 with alternatives. The right now accessible variants of the Model 3 utilize a 75kWh battery pack, yet it utilizes in an unexpected way estimated cells.

Tesla has tinkered with the cost and configuration of its cars a lot over the years, and has additionally included and eliminated a number of different battery limit alternatives. It presented the 75kWh battery pack in 2016 as a less expensive compliment to the 90kWh choice that was being sold at the time. Tesla has offered as little as a 40kWh battery for the Model S, and as extensive as the 100kWh version for the S and X that is still on sale. The organization at one point additionally offered 60kWh and 70kWh packs for the Model S, however those were simply software-limited versions of the 75kWh pack. (Clients could even pay Tesla to “unlock” that additional range.)

It’s been years since Tesla just offered one battery alternative for these models, however. The planning of Musk’s declaration is likewise curious. Simply a week ago, Tesla lopped $2,000 off the expense of the majority of its cars to compensate for the way that they’re currently qualified for half of the $7,500 federal EV tax credit.

Musk told a Twitter client that Tesla is “Def not” phasing out the Model S or X any time soon. Another client inquired as to whether the change implies Tesla is going begin advancing these cars increasingly like the Model 3, which is offered in “Long Range,” “Performance,” and (eventually) “Standard Range” variations, rather than by battery pack size. “Yes,” Musk answered.