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All-Wheel Drive - Dual Motor

Facts and Figures

85D

  • 85D is the perfect balance of high efficiency, All-Wheel Drive traction and low cost of ownership.
  • All-Wheel Drive Dual Motor Model S has an electric motor on both axles that digitally and independently control torque to the front and rear wheels for unparalleled traction control
  • The instantaneous response of the twin high efficiency electric motors (one in the front, one in the rear) gives precisely controlled performance in all conditions.
  • Thanks to digital torque controls and low centre of gravity, All-Wheel Drive Dual Motor Model S has the most capable road holding and handling of any car ever made.
  • By precisely splitting the delivery of current from the battery to each motor, 85D gains an additional ten miles of range compared to its rear motor Model S counterpart.
  • LHD European deliveries of 85D will start in June 2015 with RHD coming in September.

P85D

  • P85D is the All-Wheel Drive Dual Motor Model S variant optimised for ultimate performance.
  • It is the fastest accelerating four-door  production car ever made, accelerating from 0 to 100km in 3.4 seconds (0 to 60 mph in 3.2 seconds – although Motor Trend managed the same distance in 3.1 seconds).
  • P85D is able to deliver 100 per cent of peak torque from a standing start. You don’t need to be a professional driver to get the best out of P85D – you just plant your foot and go.
  • All-Wheel Drive Dual Motor Model S P85D has just been unveiled in Europe with deliveries beginning this month. RHD will be arriving in June.

Product Overview

The P85D combines the performance of the P85 rear motor with an additional 50 per cent of torque available from a new high-efficiency front drive unit. The result is the fastest accelerating four-door production car of all time, with a 0-100km time of 3.4 seconds (0–60 mph time of 3.2 seconds). It also remains one of the most efficient cars on the road – a combination that can only be achieved by an electric car. Not only is the P85D a match for the McLaren F1, but it also doesn’t need a professional driver to achieve optimum performance. Just plant your foot and go.

Conventional all-wheel drive vehicles distribute power to the wheels from a single engine driving a complex mechanical transmission system. By contrast, Model S 85D and P85D have motors on each axle, digitally and independently controlling torque to the front and rear wheels. The result is unparalleled control of traction, with instantaneous response to the motors giving drivers precisely controlled performance in all conditions. With its digital torque controls and low centre of gravity, All-Wheel Drive Dual Motor Model S has the most capable road holding and handling of any vehicle ever produced.

Where petrol and diesel-powered all-wheel drive cars sacrifice efficiency in exchange for all weather traction, Tesla’s Dual Motor propulsion system actually increases efficiency while delivering exceptional traction and control in slippery conditions. By precisely splitting the delivery of current from the battery to each motor, the 85D gains an additional ten miles of range compared to its rear motor Model S counterpart.

Autopilot

Facts and Figures

Every Model S now comes with Autopilot hardware. The Autopilot hardware package consists of 12 ultrasonic sensors that sense 4.8 metres around the car, a forward looking camera and radar as well as a high precision electric assist braking system. Progressive over-the-air software updates will continuously enable sophisticated safety and convenience features. Safety systems are included as standard. They warn drivers of potential hazards and help avoid or lessen the impacts of collisions. Convenience features include everyday driving manoeuvres that reduce driver workload, such as traffic aware cruise control and automatic parking. The convenience features are included in the Tech Package. There is huge potential for Tesla’s Autopilot systems given that they can be conveniently updated and added to over-the-air on a customer’s driveway.

We are continuing to work on Autopilot features. One day your car will be able to check your calendar in the morning, calculate travel time to your first appointment based on real time traffic data, heat up or cool down its cabin, automatically open the garage door, and then pull up to your front door, ready for your commute.

 

Executive Rear Seats

  • Newly available executive rear seats are designed for improved seat comfort and convenience. They harmonise perfectly with the styling and material aesthetic of the Model S interior.
  • The seat cushion sits slightly lower in the car for around 10-15mm more headroom with a plusher design for a softer lounge style seat.
  • The seats have two zone heating come with an armrest console with a leather armrest lid, storage compartment, flocked tray (sized appropriately to hold a mobile phone) and a dual cup-holder at the front.

 

Model S Charging

CHARGE from home

The best time to charge is at night while you sleep. Simply plug in when you come home and your car will be ready by morning. Model S provides ample range for daily travel. Most owners drive all day and replenish the balance of charge at night, waking to a full battery in the morning and never visiting a fuel station again.

SUPERCHARGE on the road

The Tesla Supercharger is the answer to a lingering question about long-distance travel in electric cars, enabling Model S owners to conveniently take road trips for free along well-travelled routes. Supercharger stations are located off major routes near cafes, shopping centres and hotels, allowing drivers and passengers to stop for a quick meal or snack before getting back on the road.

The Supercharger is substantially more powerful than any charging technology to date, providing up to 135 kilowatts of power to Model S and charging 16 times faster than most common charging stations. Supercharging can replenish a half charge in about 20 minutes, which is a convenient resting time for travellers on a long distance drive.

The Supercharger network covers major routes in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific. There are more than 300 Supercharger stations around the world. In Europe, there are currently 137 Supercharger stations with the network extending from Northern Norway and Scotland to Southern France, Italy and Slovenia.

Last week Tesla reached a milestone of more than 2,000 Superchargers worldwide, located at almost 400 Supercharger Stations in North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia.

http://www.teslamotors.com/blog/2000-superchargers

Tesla in Europe

2013 was the year of Model S introduction in Europe and 2014 has been no less significant in terms of growth within the region. Stores and service centres opened in key markets increasing convenience for customers in Europe. Superchargers connect the United Kingdom to continental Europe and stretch from the south of France to northern Norway, making pan European travel easy for customers, growing the network by over 400%. RHD Model S was added to the family with first deliveries in the UK in June 2014.

Since its arrival in Europe, Model S customers have travelled 86.2 million miles emission free across the world on Superchargers.

About Model S

Model S is the world’s first premium sedan built from the ground up as an electric vehicle. It has been engineered to deliver unprecedented range and a thrilling drive experience. Model S is the world’s fastest four-door vehicle ever built. With a rigid body structure, nearly 50/50 weight distribution and a remarkably low center of gravity, Model S offers the responsiveness and agility expected from the world’s best sports cars while providing the ride quality of a luxury performance sedan. Model S has received many awards and accolades, including including Motor Trend 2013 Car of the Year©, Car and Driver 10 Best 2015, AUTOMOBILE Magazine 2013 Automobile of the Year, the 2013 Yahoo! AUTOS Car of the Year, TIME’s Best Invention of the Year 2012, Consumer Reports highest score ever given to a car, and a NHTSA 5-star safety rating.

 

About Tesla

Tesla Motors' (NASDAQ: TSLA) goal is to accelerate the world's transition to sustainable transport with a full range of increasingly affordable electric cars. California-based Tesla designs and manufactures electric vehicles, as well as EV powertrain components. Tesla has delivered more than 50,000 electric vehicles to customers worldwide.

 


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Press Release

 

AN EVOLUTION IN AUTOMOBILE ENGINEERING
All-Wheel Drive Dual Motor Model S with Autopilot

Geneva, March 3rd, 2014 - Tesla’s advanced electric powertrain delivers exhilarating performance. Unlike an internal combustion engine which has hundreds of moving parts, a Tesla electric motor has only one moving piece: the rotor. As a result, Model S acceleration is instantaneous, silent and smooth. Step on the accelerator and in as little as 3.4 seconds, Model S is travelling 100km/h (3.2 seconds to 60mph), without hesitation and without a drop of fuel. Model S is an evolution in automobile engineering.

All-Wheel Drive Dual Motor Model S represents the next step for electric vehicles, offering improved all‐weather traction, greater efficiency and increased performance in a practical sports saloon.

Outstanding handling
Model S is already recognised as one of the best road‐holding cars thanks to its low centre of gravity and ability to control torque precisely and almost instantly.

Two motors increase the level of traction capability in the vehicle by getting all four wheels involved. This combined with the tremendous torque available, via the electric motors, gives All-Wheel Drive Dual Motor Model S improved cornering, superior low traction handling in inclement conditions and outstanding acceleration on any surface. All-Wheel Drive Dual Motor Model S is able to split torque and power independently, effortlessly and almost instantly across the two powered axles.

A conventional All-Wheel Drive system is hampered by the mechanical inefficiencies of clutches and limited-slip differentials or transfer cases. Dual Motor provides the most sophisticated All-Wheel Drive platform in the industry with the ability to adjust torque 100 times per second, which quicker than any ICE car. It offers performance and reliability through any terrain from rapid acceleration on dry roads and maximum traction in winter weather.

On low friction surfaces such as snow and ice, by independently braking each wheel, the traction control system can transfer torque or regeneration forces to and from each wheel on the same axle. Torque is applied or removed depending upon the traction that each wheel has, a function that operates continuously. Model S can remove regenerative braking, if necessary, for stability.
Because the car’s greatest mass, the battery, is stressed member of the chassis and concentrated between the axles, it is more responsive to changes in the distribution of torque. This improves the dynamics of the car, including level of control before any stability control has to take over.

Ultimate acceleration
Dual Motor Model S is available in two powertrain configurations. The standard option, 85D, features two new high‐efficiency electric motors on the front and rear axles. Performance All-Wheel Drive Dual Motor Model S (P85D) leverages the performance rear motor of the original Performance Model S and boosts it with an additional 50 percent of torque thanks to a high-efficiency motor on the front axle.

The result is the fastest accelerating four‐door production car of all time whilst remaining one of the most efficient cars on the road. P85D has a 0 to 100km/h time of 3.4 seconds (0 to 60mph time of 3.2 seconds) and 1 g of acceleration. P85D is able to deliver 100 percent of peak torque from a standing start and with the 21” rims, larger rear tyres (265mm) make the most of the power available.

High efficiency
The P85D’s digital power controls can utilise two motors more effectively than one so despite the additional weight of the extra motor, the P85D still has an NEDC* range of 480km (300 miles).
85D is an All-Wheel Drive Dual Motor Model S variant optimised for additional range and cold-weather driving, with two high-efficiency motors. Each of the new drive units for the Model S 85D is smaller than the drive unit in the rear wheel drive Model S. With techniques that reduce cost and improve efficiency, the single speed reduction gearbox, electrical drive unit and the power electronics are more tightly integrated. The dual motor drive unit is lighter, more compact and more efficient than the larger rear motor design.
By precisely splitting the delivery of current from the battery to each motor, the Model S 85D actually gains an additional 16 km (10 miles) of driving range compared to its rear motor Model S counterpart. The 85D has an NEDC* range of 502km (310 miles). 85D is the perfect balance of high efficiency, All-Wheel Drive traction and low cost of ownership.

Arriving in Europe  
Customers can order All-Wheel Drive Dual Motor Model S today. Deliveries of LHD Dual Motor Model S have now begun in North America and Europe. RHD P85D is due in the UK in August with the 85D due in September.

Autopilot
Autopilot combines a forward looking camera, radar, and 360 degree sonar sensors with real time traffic updates to automatically drive Model S on the open road and in dense stop and go traffic. In the future, changing lanes will be as simple as a tap of the turn signal. When you arrive at your destination, you can step out of the car and let Model S park itself.

Tesla is building Autopilot features to limit safety risks and increase convenience while keeping the driver an integral part of the driving experience. Every Model S is now built with Autopilot hardware. We are gradually expanding our Autopilot portfolio through new software releases, rolled out to owners via over the air updates. Owners can expect new safety and convenience features to be rolled out over the next several months.

In early October, the first feature release was Driver Assist, which contained Lane Departure Warning and Speed Limit Warning. The Model S lane departure warning system uses the forward facing camera, which is mounted behind the windshield by the rear view mirror, to read lane markings on the road. If the driver starts to drift from the lane without signaling, the system delivers a haptic warning via a vibration in the steering wheel. Speed Limit Warming uses the forward facing camera to recognise posted speed limits and alerts drivers when they are over the posted limit or offset from speed limit as determined by the driver.

In January, Traffic-Aware Cruise Control (TACC) and Forward Collision Warning features were released. Traffic-Aware Cruise Control allows Model S to track a vehicle directly ahead and accelerate and decelerate as needed. The latest update also includes automatic overtake acceleration, accelerating Model S as you move into overtaking lane.

Forward Collision Warning warns when there is an object in your path and a collision is likely unless the driver takes corrective action. This warning consists of a visual indicator in the center of the dial in the instrument panel, along with a chime.

Owners can expect new safety and convenience features to be rolled out over the next several months.

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Contact: eupress@teslamotors.com

About Model S
Model S is the world’s first premium sports saloon built from the ground up as an electric vehicle. It has been engineered to deliver unprecedented range and a thrilling drive experience. Model S is the world’s fastest accelerating four-door vehicle ever built.

With a rigid body structure, nearly 50/50 weight distribution and a remarkably low centre of gravity, Model S offers the responsiveness and agility expected from the world’s best sports cars while providing the ride quality of a luxury performance sports saloon.

Model S has received many awards and accolades, including Motor Trend 2013 Car of the Year©, Car and Driver 10 Best 2015, AUTOMOBILE Magazine 2013 Automobile of the Year, the 2013 Yahoo! AUTOS Car of the Year, TIME’s Best Invention of the Year 2012, Consumer Reports highest score ever given to a car, and a NHTSA 5-star safety rating.

In Europe, Model S received Company Car of the Year in Germany, Green Engine of the Year, The Telegraph Motoring’s Best Eco Car award for 2014, as voted by readers and Euro NCAP 5-Star Safety Rating.

ABOUT TESLA
Tesla Motors' (NASDAQ: TSLA) goal is to accelerate the world's transition to sustainable transport with a full range of increasingly affordable electric cars. California-based Tesla designs and manufactures electric vehicles, as well as EV powertrain components. Tesla has delivered more than 50,000 electric vehicles to customers worldwide.

Forward Looking Statements
Certain statements in this press release are “forward-looking statements” that are subject to risks and uncertainties. These forward-looking statements are based on management’s current expectations, and as a result of certain risks and uncertainties, actual results may differ materially from those projected. Tesla disclaims any obligation to update information contained in these forward-looking statements.