2017 Tesla Model S Doesn’t Need That Much Range

Let’s face it, the Tesla Model 3 is still a long way off for many of us who have already placed a reservation for the all-new all-electric compact sedan. It’s probably at least one and a half years away, so how do we afford a Tesla in the meantime.

Well, if your budget is able to accommodate a $66,000 vehicle then the Model S 60 would come as an excellent choice.

It’s a good $5,000 cheaper than the previous entry-level Model S 70D and returns 200 miles of range on a full charge, down from 230 miles.

That makes it tempting to say the Model S would rob sales from the 2017 Chevy Bolt and Nissan Leaf, but in the cold light of day they would still be competing in completely different segments of the EV market.

2017 Chevrolet Bolt

2017 Chevrolet Bolt

If you don’t mind the compromised range, then its shaved price makes for a marvelous deal. More importantly, the RWD sedan is still pretty darn fast as it can zoom to 60mph in 5.5 seconds.

Besides, with so many Supercharger stations sprouting up everywhere, the sedan doesn’t really need that much range anymore.

The cheaper Model S comes with the same standard bells and whistles as before (e.g. OTA update support, safety tech package, auto keyless entry etc.); and for those who are worried that it may get the Model 3 Supercharger treatment, worry not – usage of the charging stations is still free.