The Model S is Tesla's all-electric sedan introduced in 2012. All Model S have Dual Motor All-Wheel Drive, adaptive air suspension, premium interior and sound. The Long Range version starts at $74,990 and offers 402 miles of range. The Performance version starts at $94,990 and offers 348 miles of range.
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After almost three years of ownership, the door handle of my Model S (driver's door) recently broke. Here's how much it cost to fix it and how much it can cost if you're no longer covered by Tesla's basic warranty.
The Tesla Model S Plaid comes equipped with a tri-motor powertrain, 200 mph of top speed, over 520 miles of range, and able to go from 0 to 60 mph in less than 2 seconds. Available to pre-order since Sep. 22nd. Deliveries to start in late 2021. Starting at $139,990.
The Tesla Model S and Model X Long Range Plus come with a range boost that gets them up to 390 miles and 351 miles on a single charge respectively.
What is Tesla Raven? In April 2019 Tesla introduced new versions of both Model S and Model X- codenamed as 'Raven'- which included a new adaptative suspension system and an overall increase in range. In February 2020, Tesla announced new EPA range estimates for the Raven Long Range Plus versions.
Hitting a pole with our Tesla Model S ended up costing around $5,800. The two quotes that we got were very different: from our insurance company ($2,600) and from a Tesla certified body shop ($6,200).
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Jason Hughes discovered some interesting bits buried inside the Tesla BMS firmware. Tesla has made changes to fit 108 cell groups and there is a ‘packid’ that states that the pack can be ~109 kWh.
Potentially, these changes come from removing the modules that as Elon stated, make an enclosure, in an enclosure, in an enclosure, and get back some space.
Read more: TwitterFrom issue #99
The latest software update brings these long-waited features to the M3 in addition to speed limit mode and TACC on-ramp off-ramp released for MX and MS as well.
Read more about 2018.24.1From issue #14
2018.32.2.1 introduced lane departure avoidance and emergency lane departure avoidance for Model S and Model X
This has been out for several weeks for Model 3 but just got released for Model S and Model X. Thanks Sofiaan!
Read more: TwitterFrom issue #77
Good summary about the new goodies in the new 2019 Tesla Model S (Raven). Even though I’d recommend you to skip to 1:30 and to ignore the comments about how outdated the interior looks, I still think it’s a good video about the new features added to the car.#66
DAErik, a well known Tesla Youtuber who owns a Model Y and a Model S, has used a FLIR thermal camera to check out the differences between the Model Y and the Model S in-heat heater’s layout:
- The Model Y front seats reached temperatures consistently throughout the seats while the Model S the backrest warmers reached lower temperatures than the ‘but warmers’
- The Model Y back middle seat doesn’t have full heating, the Model S does
Ok, the first one explains a lot… 😂From issue #108
It seems like the actual key fob also uses Bluetooth since September 2016 (see Electrek’s post about this), so I assume both the S and the X have the appropriate antennas to power using the phone as the key.
Read more: TwitterFrom issue #7
Tesla did not disappoint. Plans are aggressive, but realistic IMO. A good and short summary from The Verge: “The company’s moves toward eliminating cobalt in its batteries, a new Plaid powertrain for the Model S that could get to speeds of 200 mph, and a new cathode plant to streamline its battery production. And, with the new battery technology, Musk has said Tesla will make a $25,000 car.” Very proud to be a stockholder!From issue #130
This video is an oldie but goodie. As Europeans driving in the US we thought that blind spots in the US were bigger because lanes are wider. It turns out that there is a pretty big difference between the side mirrors in the American and European Tesla Model S too.#21
It used to say end of 2021 and now it’s mid 2022. I’m not sure if demand is really high or if they are just delaying it, interesting nonetheless.From issue #155
Tesla recommends replacing your cabin filters after 2 years of use. However, sometimes it needs to be replaced earlier due to a nasty smell (I’ve heard people refer to it both as a vinegar smell and a stinky sock) that is known to appear in the Model 3. And if you happen to be in the market for new filters, I recommend these HEPA cabin filters with activated charcoal to combat bad odors.From issue #121
Thank you HandleX for sharing!
- The perforations are only in the middle of the seats and not on the side bolsters.
- The perforation (hole) design has been totally reworked (according to OA). New design pictures below.
- The 2nd and 3rd rows will also have perforations to match the fronts, but with no air flow mechanism.
- The design draws (sucks) heat away. Two other people could also feel the difference
This week it’s all about the Model S and X refresh. Lots of videos and pictures being shared online. Here are some of the refreshed Model X. Can’t see much but… I’m excited, what can I say?From issue #153
One of the recent additions for the Model S and X is the adaptive suspension. According to Tesla, this new suspension uses a predictive model to anticipate how the damping will need to be adjusted based on the road, speed, and other vehicle and driver inputs. Now that new owners are getting their hands on these new cars, greater information about it is going out. Here is a table of how the new suspension compares in terms of efficiency to the old one.
One of the recent additions for the Model S and X is the adaptive suspension. According to Tesla, this new suspension uses a predictive model to anticipate how the damping will need to be adjusted based on the road, speed, and other vehicle and driver inputs. Now that new owners are getting their hands on these new cars, greater information about it is going out. Here is a table of how the new suspension compares in terms of efficiency to the old one. [Watch the video on Youtube]
Read more: TeslaratiFrom issue #61
Tesla is giving people an incentive to get a new Model S / X over a new Model 3 by throwing unlimited Supercharging in the mix. We have no idea how long this offer is going to last but if we use the past to predict the future it’s probably going to be there at least for the rest of Q3.
If you are purchasing a new Tesla and need a referral code, we would be honored if you use ours http://ts.la/ignacio9266
Read more: TwitterFrom issue #71
In March 2019, the Fremont Police Department began testing a Tesla Model S 85 that was customized for patrol operations. Testing ended one year later and just this week the test results were released. Here’s a quick summary of the most relevant results:
- It exceeded performance and operational objectives
- It withstood the rigors of police use requiring minimal maintenance
- Although the cost was higher than conventional police vehicles, maintenance/repair and fuel savings appears to balance or slightly reduce the overall operating cost
Up until now, you could purchase FSD and the price would include the hardware upgrade. However, it looks like the subscription won’t behave the same way and it will require HW3. We’ve also seen folks getting the HW3 upgrade ‘for free’ when purchasing the MCU 2 retrofit so… who knows? We can only wait and see.From issue #154
It’s giveaway week again! Going out and about with your Tesla? Need a cooler to take snacks and drinks with you while keeping them at the right temperature? Participate in this week’s giveaway (on Twitter) and win this awesome frunk cooler by Evannex.From issue #156
A recent report from venture capital firm Loup Ventures found that the depreciation of Tesla’s MS compares quite favorably with that of other vehicles in its class (Tesla Model S loses 28% of its value vs. Mercedes S-class ~36%, and BMW 7 Series 40%). Not that we’re planning on selling our MS any time soon, but lucky us :)
Read more: EvannexFrom issue #37
Owners of Model S and Model X built March 2018 or earlier are now eligible to purchase an Infotainment Upgrade. We published an article when the MCU 2 retrofit first became available with information about features, cost, and reasons to upgrade.From issue #136
The refreshed Model S isn’t that different on the outside, but the inside has completely being reimagined. This article goes through all the differences, take a look!From issue #160
Good news for owners that have a Model S or X, the latest software - thanks to warming up battery when you head to a Supercharger - improves supercharging times by up to 25%. It is pretty amazing that cars from 2012 are still getting better! For now if you use the navigation when heading to a Supercharger, that way your car will charge faster.
According to Elon, between the software update, the new v3, and the increase in power in v2, Superchargers charge time will drop by a factor of 2 for the whole Tesla fleet and a factor of 4 for Model 3s. These changes more than double total Supercharger system throughput worldwide.
Read more: TwitterFrom issue #50
This Tesla owner was looking for a MagSafe for his Model X and, after not being able to find a solution he liked, he built his own. Here’s a short demo and here’s a detailed explanation of the hack and all the pieces needed. The DIY has become so popular that the creator is 3D printing them and selling them on Etsy. He plans on donating the proceeds to clean energy non-profit to help further the Tesla mission.From issue #146
Elon announced on Twitter that to simplify the production many of the current interiors for the Model S and the Model X are going to disappear after November 1st. If you were thinking about getting a Model S or X it may be time to do it now so you can get the configuration that you wanted and still take advantage of the full tax credit.
Read more: TwitterFrom issue #30
Both Model S have over 100,000 miles in the odometer and their battery degradation is only 3-4% in the case of the 70D and around 8% in the case of the P85+. Not bad! The video compares these two ‘vintage’ models in terms of how well they’ve aged.
Read more: InsideEVsFrom issue #115
Sunday night is the last chance to order the 75kWh Model S or X. Would it be because they are releasing new packs? We don’t know but if you were thinking about getting one of them hurry up and if you need a referral code remember that we have one ;)
Read more: TwitterFrom issue #41
For Model S build after September 2016 and for $350 (including installation at a Service Center), Tesla is offering enhanced anti-theft system on their website. It consists of active sensor technology designed to detect motion inside the cabin as well as sense if the vehicle is moved or tilted.
See more: Tesla ShopFrom issue #33
Elon announced on Twitter that, with some recent modifications, the EPA of the Model S is now above 390 miles. With the same improvements, the Model X’s EPA went up to 350 miles.
He also that all Model S/X made in recent months will be unlocked more range for free via software update. It turns out they already have the components that made these improvements possible. How cool is that?
Read more: TwitterFrom issue #99
Our Teslas don’t offer a 360º view. It’s well know that the reason why is that while it has cameras in all directions it lacks a forward camera low enough to see what it’s directly in front of the car. The pilar cameras also don’t show what it’s in the ground right next to the car. Having said that, some folks in China modded their Model S to have a 360º view and looks really good!#33
This isn’t an official time, but if it’s true, it’s pretty impresive. For context, the 7:20 time is 20 seconds faster than the Taycan, the fastest 4-door EV at Nürburgring. But this isn’t only about EVs, at 7:20 the Tesla Model S would be 15 seconds faster than the 2019 BMW M5 and 5 seconds faster than the 2019 Mercedes-AMG GT, and could take the title of the fastest 4-door sedan at Nürburgring when they do an official timed lap.
In the same tweet, Tesla announced that they will be coming back at Nürburgring next month and they believe they can achieve 7:05. Take a look at the initial Model S data on the track:
Read more: TwitterFrom issue #78
More Model S Plaid have been spotted near the Fremont Factory in California. Some have the Yoke steering wheel and others don’t. In any case, it’s looking like vehicles are getting ready to be hauled to their owners and deliveries could start soon (they were initially supposed to start in February). Keeping our fingers crossed for those of you who are waiting.From issue #154
Great visualization, compared to the Model S Plaid the Model 3 Personance seems slow. P.S. This is from before Tesla announced the refresh, it’s even faster now!From issue #148
Better late than never. Tesla has decided to proactively recall the Model S and Model X vehicles to update software and to replace the 8GB embedded Multi Media Card (eMMC) in the media control unit (MCU). This applies only to Model S and Model X vehicles built before March 2018 which are equipped with an 8GB eMMC in the MCU that may experience a malfunction due to accumulated wear.
As you probably know, our 2017 Model S is in this boat but we are most likely going to trade it in and get a new Y (exciting!). If you have a Tesla affected by the voluntary recall, don’t reach out to Tesla, they will reach out to you when your time to get the replacement arrives.From issue #149
Tesla has dropped the price of the Model S and tthe Model X by $8,000. Model S and Model X that were previously sold under the 100D label will now be sold as “Extended Range” vehicles, while Tesla’s top-of-the-line P100D variants will now be branded as Model S Performance and Model X Performance. If you’re tempted, order before February 1st and get 6 months of free Supercharging with our referral code http://ts.la/ignacio9266
Read more: TeslaratiFrom issue #44
Both specs of the Model S and Model X have recently been updated indicating 250kW of Supercharging. Meanwhile, Elon has shared on Twitter that ‘technically, it won’t be quite 1000 mph charging’ but also ‘a Model X bought in Dec. 2019 may be able to reach 250kW at low states of charge’. Some changes in the wiring had to be done for this, thus this doesn’t seem something that is going to be possible for older Raven Model S and X.From issue #120
The author of the video says: “Notice the speed limit on autopilot slows down automatically. Previously, when I had the autopilot on when I was using this off ramp, it would just drop from whatever speed I was going to 45MPH very abruptly and that was it. Now it is very gradual. I tried another time with a longer ramp and it slowed down more gradually and got down to around 25MPH.”"#12
Tesla is bringing back the previously discontinued ventilated seats and it is making new black Arachnid wheels available from the ordering process. (Previously, they were only available through the referral process). For now, they’re available both for the Model S and the Model X but only for the P100D.
Read more: ElectrekFrom issue #9
Firmware version 2020.40.9.2 (and only this version for now), introduces a new warning message when the MCU eMMC is about to fail. You could argue Tesla should’ve done something about this earlier and I wish my MCU wouldn’t fail in the first place, but since that can’t be changed, seeing Tesla acknowledging the failure and actually doing something about it is very positive.From issue #140
Folks keep on speculating about a Model S and Model X refresh. Elon already said there will be no exterior refresh, but now Electrek is telling us about a ‘secret’ project called Palladium which would involve building new production lines for the Model S/X. According to this source, Tesla would be manufacturing new battery modules and drive units that would serve as the basis of the upcoming “Plaid” versions.From issue #121
First, Tesla lowered the price of its Model S and X Performance and LR versions. Now, they are claiming their new Model S LR version has an EPA-rated range of 402 miles. A year ago, Elon said we’ll soon see Tesla with 400 miles of range and, soon enough, they are here. This update represents a nearly 20% increase in range when compared to a 2019 Model S 100D with the same battery pack design… just let that sink for a moment.
Read more: TeslaFrom issue #116
They did it. Yesterday, Tesla announced the new Model S Plaid with a tri-motor powertrain and the specs are even better than what we were hoping for. It can already be pre-ordered online (since yesterday) and deliveries are planned for later in 2021.
520 mi range
- 200 mph top speed
- <2.0 seconds 0-60 mph
If Plaid is going to be so awesome, why a Roadster, you’d ask yourself. Someone also asked Elon Musk on Twitter. His answer: it’s going to be even better.From issue #130
Right after Tesla has cut the price of the Model S by $4,200, Elon has said on Twitter that they’re reducing its price again to $69,420 (Long Range Plus version). This would be the third time that the Model S gets a price reduction this year, bringing Model S 2020 discounts to over $10,000. Not bad!From issue #133
Greentheonly discovered a few bits pointing to new hardware coming to the Model S and the Model X imminently:
- Two new battery types in several configs, no word about the capacity yet
- Integrated inductive phone charger (Qi)
- New charge port type
- New suspension version, not a new suspension but an iteration in the one released a few months ago
- New lumbar support, maybe new seats?
- Is there an interior redesign coming? Who knows 🤷♀️ But it seems that the S and the X are getting some love for sure!
Read more: TwitterFrom issue #96
I guess I wasn’t the only one wondering how shifting gears was going to work in the new S and X with no stalk. In my opinion, having to use the screen all the time was going to be too out of the way. According to Elon, the car can guess the direction based on obstacles, maps, etc. and you can always override it using the touchscreen. I’m always impressed with how much Tesla keeps innovating and how bold some of its decisions are. I assume this is something other Teslas should be able to get via software updates.From issue #149
The image looks like the new dual-motor for the Model S Plaid version. And it seems about the same size as the current motor, which means it could fit into the present S platform without major modification. However, changes in the battery and other components might still require a change there.From issue #120
Good catch by u/AndrasHatvani, the upgrades listed on tesla.com for the Plaid and Plaid+ versions include ‘Torque Vectoring’. If you don’t know what this means, and I have to confess I didn’t either before reading this, it means that it will come with a motor on each rear wheel, allowing the car to overdrive the outside wheel and pull the car when turning.From issue #155
Elon mentioned this many months ago and just confirmed it in another tweet: the Plaid Model S will come with seven seats. Can you imagine a seven seater doing a 0-60 in under two seconds? In Elon’s words “The new Plaid S is our best car ever”.From issue #156
Woot?! We bought our Model S only a few months ago… But to be honest, we knew this could happen. And we’re happy for the new and future Model S owners. Enjoy!
Read more: TMC ForumFrom issue #18
Looking at the picture it seems clear that the tow hitch will be an option. Good catch, I had no idea!From issue #158
The rumors of the Model S/X refresh finally turned into reality and were announced yesterday at Tesla’s earnings call. Here are some highlights:
- The exterior will remain very close to the current desing, maybe a tad more aggressive with a bigger diffuser and a front vent
- Like the other models, it includes a black trim and a heat pump
- Horizontal 17" display, instrument cluster display, and a screen for the second row
- A 22-speaker, 960-watt audio system with active noise canceling
- It offers a yoke and a more traditional steering wheel option, both of them with no stalks; all controls are via buttons in the steering wheel or the screen
- Crazy fast, the base model 0-60 is 3.1s while the Plaid version 0-60 is 1.9s and its top speed 200mph
- The prices of the base model and Plaid-equivalent to the previous performance- are now $10k more
I thought I was going to trade in my 2017 Model S for a new Model Y, but now I’m going to need to rethink what to do. If you are thinking about ordering it and want 1,000 miles of free Supercharging, consider use my referral code http://ts.la/ignacio9266From issue #148
I mean… taxis, kids,… I can see many use cases in which allowing watching videos while driving (in the second row) is going to be a great experience without compromising safety. What do you think?From issue #153
Tesla left its Model S cars open to a far more straightforward form of hacking: stealthily cloning the car’s key fob in seconds, opening the car door, and driving away. (…)
Just two weeks ago, Tesla rolled out new antitheft features for the Model S that include the ability to set a PIN code that someone must enter on the dashboard display to drive the car. Tesla also says that Model S units sold after June of this year aren’t vulnerable to the attack.
Read more: WiredFrom issue #25
Refreshed S and X are coming without a gear stalk and instead, they have what Tesla calls ‘smart shift’. With the smart shift, the car will try to predict the gear that you want, which sounds great but, what if you want to override it? Well, it seems that you can just slide the car on the screen for it to change from D to R.From issue #157
This only applies to new orders:
- Model S Long Range: August – September 2021
- Model S Plaid: June – July 2021
- Model S Plaid+: mid-2022 (unchanged)
- Model X Long Range: October – November
- Model X Plaid: October – November
Model S Changes:
- Carbon fiber spoiler has been made standard on all the Model S P100D
- Rear-facing child seats are gone
- 21″ Black Arachnid Wheels are not in the config anymore
- Panoramic Sunroof is gone
Model X Changes:
- The 6-seat with center console configuration has been discontinued
- 72 amp on-board charger: now only available in single phase markets. Other markets will only have the 48 amp charger"
Read more: RedditFrom issue #33
More rumors of a possible refresh- we’ve been hearing those since we bought our Model S in late 2017. Electrek is reporting that Tesla has instructed employees to sell all Model S and Model X inventory in stores across all markets. The rumor is that Tesla is going to announce the refresh during the earnings call on January 27.From issue #147
Hopefully, this is one of the few steps to refresh the tech in the Model S and X and to bring it to par with the Model 3. The new electric motors, codenamed ‘Raven’, are permanent magnet reluctance motors, like the ones found in the Model 3.From issue #54
These are some of the details published on Electrek:
- Recall issued over a bunch of bolts on a powering steering component made by Bosch
- Specific bolts can suffer corrosion in regions with very cold climates and especially where they use calcium or magnesium road salts
- Tesla estimates that less than 0.02% of pre-April 2016 Model S vehicles in the U.S. have this issues
Impact on Tesla
- Tesla expects that it will be immaterial as the supplier covers the cost of the component
Read more: electrek.coFrom issue #2
A Tesla owner ran into a Plaid Model S at the Kettleman City and was able to sit inside and snap some pictures of the UI. In the pictures, we can see a total redesign of the software (V11 UI?) as well as some other details, for instance, the inside acceleration mode or the ability to enable and disable smart shift. In the UI, we can also find a ‘Drag Strip Mode’, can you imagine this beast in the drag strip?From issue #156
A prototype of the Model S with a Plaid powertrain and a new chasis lapped Laguna Seca in 1:36:555, one second faster than the previous record for a four-door sedan. According to Elon, the Plaid powertrain is about a year away from production and applies to S, X, and Roadster (not to 3 or Y) and will be more expensive than the current Ludicrous option.
The name Plaid comes from the movie Spaceballs, because the only thing faster than Ludicrous is Plaid.
*~ Some personal news ~*— Tesla (@Tesla) September 12, 2019
We lapped Laguna Seca @WeatherTechRcwy in 1:36.555 during advanced R&D testing of our Model S Plaid powertrain and chassis prototype
(That’s a second faster than the record for a four-door sedan) pic.twitter.com/OriccK4KCZ
The 2013 Model S just got named the ultimate car of the year beating all the other cars of the year that the publication has picked since 1949 when they first introduced the prize. MotorTrend wrote “No vehicle we’ve awarded, be it Car of the Year, Import Car of the Year, SUV of the Year, or Truck of the Year, can equal the impact, performance, and engineering excellence that is our Ultimate Car of the Year winner, the 2013 Tesla Model S".
Read more: TeslaratiFrom issue #68
Maybe it’s just to focus all the efforts on the Model 3 and Model Y for the end-of-the-year push, but some folks believe it’s a hint that Tesla is preparing to re-tool the production lines for a refresh of the Model S and Model X. What do you think?From issue #142
They keep their mechanical inspection but - in anticipation of their first batch of leased Model S ending- they have changed their CPO program and now don’t do cosmetic refurbishments.
Read more: InsideEVs.comFrom issue #4
If you’re purchasing a new Tesla soon, know that they will match your rate if you can demonstrate valid approval for a lower rate from your third-party bank. In our case, Tesla’s rate was better even though our bank turned out to be the same that Tesla was using 🤷♂️ Thank you @ElonAccessories for sharing this information on Twitter!
If you need a referral code when purchasing a new Tesla you can use ours http://ts.la/ignacio9266
Read more: TeslaFrom issue #99
Tesla announced several changes to the Model S and X lines:
- The all-new drivetrain increases the range of the Model S Long Range to 370 miles and the one of the Model X Long Range to 325 miles
- New Model S and Model X are are capable of achieving 200 kW on V3 Superchargers
- A new air suspension that constantly adapts by sensing the road and adjusting for driver behavior, automatically softening for more pronounced road inputs and firming for aggressive driving
- Tesla just re-introduced the SR version of both Model S and Model X that leverages the new air suspension and the new drivetrain
- Existing owners purchasing a new Model S or Model X Performance will get the Ludicrous Mode upgrade, a $20,000 value, for free
Most people on Tesletter are owners and have their own referral code but in case you are not and want to get yourself a Tesla with 1,000 miles of free supercharging, we would be honored if you use ours http://ts.la/ignacio9266
Read more: TeslaFrom issue #56
According to Elon, they now come with more storage and, more importantly, are easily upgradable. That has been a pet peeve, storage becomes cheaper every year, it makes a lot of sense to make it easy for the owner to upgrade the storage of the car.From issue #149
One would think a car doesn’t belong in a list of gadgets, but one would be wrong. Happy to see that a publication like the Time Magazine recognizes the impact of the Model S on the last decade, and the decade to come: “The electric sedan has slowly reshaped the trajectory of the automotive industry, forcing competitors to embrace a battery-powered future instead of the gas-guzzling present, and challenging the belief that electric cars can’t be cool.”
Read more: Time MagazineFrom issue #90
MS owners share their favorite tunes in this thread. What’s yours?
Ours are “How far I’ll go”, from Moana’s soundtrack. Our 3 year old makes us play it all the time! And “The Passenger” by Iggy Pop, but only when we’re driving with AP on ;)
Read more: TMC ForumFrom issue #22