[dropcap size=small]W[/dropcap]ill there ever be an entity that can challenge Tesla’s supremacy in the electric vehicle arena? The brand’s held down the title for fastest production electric vehicle since the Tesla Model S P100D variant last year, reaching aptly-named “Ludicrous Plus” accelerations of 0-100 kmh in 2.47 seconds.
Its only other contender, Chinese firm Faraday Future’s much-vaunted FF91, sputtered out during its global unveiling to the embarrassment of founding billionare Yue Jiating – amidst news of the company being mired in financial troubles.
Yet in a clear signal that those laurels aren’t to be rested on, the American automaker recently launched the Model S 100D variant, which bumps its distance per full charge up to a potential 540km. That’s enough to make five trips to Johor Bahru and back, with some juice left over.
As expected of a variant, no significant design changes have been made. The key difference is in drivetrain: the Tesla Model S 100D packs a smaller but more efficient rear motor, at the cost of losing a small amount of acceleration.
So from sprints to marathons, it looks like Tesla’s got both ends covered for a while. Be sure to tinker with the tool here before planning that road trip, however; as with any rechargeable battery, the battery life of a Tesla varies with the environment it operates in.