60kWh Supercharger Access: "Price" TBD

60kWh Supercharger Access: "Price" TBD

This may be old news to some of you, but I searched the site and couldn't find it, so thought I'd share for others who were wondering the same thing.

It was always unclear to me what the "TBD" meant on the options page for the 60kWh Supercharger Access. Did they mean that it was "TBD" whether or not the 60kWh model would support the Superchargers? Or that the option price was "TBD"?

Today at the test drive event an associate confirmed that it was the latter, and that the 60kWh model WOULD support supercharging. It had just not been determined how much that option will cost.

I have to say that if it is a pricey option (i.e. more than $1500), I am seriously considering downgrading my purchase to the 40kWh. Not much point in extending the range for $10,000 if you won't be able to take road trips with it and use the superchargers. Frankly, I may consider that if they charge anything for it rather than just include it.

Any other 60kWh reservation holders out there with similar thoughts?

breading | 24 giugno 2012

I am considering upgrading to the 60kWh battery just for this option. I really hope it is not pricey option. If it is, I agree with you, I may just stick with the 40kWh battery. It will likely be a while before superchargers show up here in the Midwest anyway.

breading | 24 giugno 2012

Edit...not a pricey option.

petero | 24 giugno 2012

Maestrokneer. I am getting the 60Kwh battery but I am NOT considering the Supercharger Access. My guess, it will be at least a $1,500 option (a popular price point for TM). My reasoning, the 60kWh will fulfill 85-90% of my current commuting and future driving needs and I will have to an ICE for long trips.

I am totally sold on “60” due to its’ performance (5.9 seconds vs. 6.5 for the 40kWh), and the “ real world range” (230 less 20% safe charging = 184, driving at 75 mph -20% = 147 miles, 20% loss in battery over time = 118). Keep in mind when you are speaking range you need to halve the miles, if you are city commuting you may get 184 miles which is 92 miles to destination and 92 getting home.

Lastly, the Supercharger will not be the healthiest way to charge your battery over the long run. So much for my thoughts. What do you think?

Maestrokneer | 24 giugno 2012

I think you're spot on petero. My wife and I are a 1 car family though, so I was hoping to get a jack-of-all trades car. But $10,000 buys a LOT of rental car days for those long-distance trips.

$10,000/$60 per day rental = 166 days

Average number of days/trip = 3 days

Average number of long-distance trips/year = 4

Total number of years in rentals for $10,000 = 14 years (!!!!)

petero | 24 giugno 2012

Maestrokneer. Thanks my math also applies to a “40” (160/128/102/82). How many miles a year do you drive your current car? My concern for you is the future. Things happen, you move, get a better job, etc.

I wouldn’t worry too much about car rentals. I assume you have a best/good friend that you would trust with your “S.” I am willing to bet it would not be a hard sell to switch cars with him/her for that long trip. Rental costs just came down but you will cringe at having to buy gasoline!

Maestrokneer | 24 giugno 2012

We share the car (I take the bus to work everyday) and drive about 10,000-11,000 miles per year.

We live in the SF Bay Area, and I don't see us moving anytime soon. And if we do, I don't see us giving up the "urban" lifestyle. (No hour long commute for a McMansion for us)

Good idea on the car swap! Not sure I'd want to hand over the keys to my Model S though! Renting might be easier on my health. :-)

Brian H | 25 giugno 2012

Think of it as public education!

breading | 25 giugno 2012


My concern is for the future as well. I am planning on keeping this car for 10 years or more. At some point in the future (perhaps after a battery upgrade) I may want access to superchargers. That would not be an option if I went with the 40kWh battery which will meet all my needs for now.