Tesla has refreshed designs of its existing cars on sporadic schedules and the recent upgrades for its Model S and Model X. The flagship sedan and SUV are getting a redesigned power-train that uses the same permanent magnet synchronous reluctance motor and associated technology, we first experienced in the Model 3. The company is using a permanent magnet motor up front to either power the car or regenerate energy under braking, with installing an electric motor in the back to engage if extra power is needed.
The company has indicated that production on the versions will start during the current week at its Fremont factory. Buyers can start ordering them online today. Tesla claims an improved range, power and torque and faster 0 – 60 MPH times without increasing the size of the battery. The Long Range Model S was formerly rated for up to 335 miles on a charge, now it can go to 370. The Long Range Model X extends to up to 325 miles. The company took Motor Trend for a drive in one of the new sedans during its autonomous event. It traveled 359 miles from Fremont to LA without a recharge using 83 kWh and showing 11% charge left, which is good enough for around 400 miles.
The auto-manufacturer has made other changes in the vehicles including lubrication, cooling, bearings, and gear designs. It has a fully adaptive air suspension that responds to both road conditions and driving style. Tesla said that it’s also better at keeping the car low while cruising to cut down on wind resistance. There are also new tire designs on specific variants, but the new cars won’t quite match the Model 3 for speedy charging. New updates would allow up to 200 kW charging on its new V3 Superchargers and 145 kW on older V2 ones. It is enough to claim to recharge up to 50% faster.