Submitted by kingjohn4 on April 1, 2013
I'm a very excited 40 kWh res holder! 2 questions for discussion:
1) How will EPA handle the new "40 kWh" MS? Maybe they will be able to get an EPA rating sooner than later as soon as Tesla implements (if they haven't already) the 40 kWh limit on a 60.
2) Assuming the new 40s will always be set to max range, since there will be no battery degradation hit to do so (won't approach +80% of the underlying 60 kWh battery): what is the new expected range for the 40 kWh? The prior Tesla estimate was 160 miles. But that was for a setup that maxed out at 175 kW (235 hp) @ 4000-10,300 rpm. But now it's really a HW/SW-limited 60 kWh, so it burns energy as high as 225 kW (302 hp) @ 5000-8000 rpm. More than 160 miles? Less? I'm thinking somewhere between 135 and 150 miles maybe?