According to several reports, Tesla Motors will soon be launching P100D versions for the Model S and Model X, which will have the electric vehicles come equipped with 100 kWh battery packs.
The larger battery pack will lead to a longer single-charge range for the electric vehicles, which is one of the main concerns of consumers who are thinking of making the jump from gasoline-powered cars to one of Tesla Motors' offerings.
The current best options offered by Tesla Motors are the P90D versions, with 90 kWh battery packs that are capable of traveling 294 miles on a single charge. With the 100 kWh battery pack of the P100D, the single-charge range of the Model S and Model X could reach 381 miles.
According to Dutch blog Kenteken, Tesla Motors has received approval from European regulators to use the 100 kWh battery pack in its vehicles. The information was said to have been found through a search of the open database of the regulator.
The improvement from 294 miles to 381 miles is significant and could sway more automobile owners to purchase either a Model S or Model X. However, as noted by Autoblog, the P100D rating is generously granted. The rating is based on the New European Driving Cycle rating methods instead of those from the United States Environmental Protection Agency.
With an upgraded battery, the vehicles of Tesla Motors will still likely exceed 300 miles from a single charge, even with the said discrepancy in ratings. However, as the approval was only sourced from the regulator and not announced by the electric car company, there are no exact details on what Tesla Motors' plans are for the P100D versions and the 100 kWh batteries.
It is said that Tesla Motors will be announcing 100D, P100D and P100D with Ludicrous Mode versions, but when that announcement will come is unknown.
Tesla Motors has been battered by controversy recently, stemming from the accidents caused by the company's Autopilot self-driving system. The company widened its loss to $293.2 million, or a loss of $2.09 per share, in the second quarter of the year compared with the loss of $184.2 million, or a loss of $1.45 per share, in the second quarter of 2015.
Tesla Motors founder and CEO Elon Musk, however, remains unfazed as he claims that the problems that the company faced in the production of the Model X have now been solved. Company executives are also optimistic that Tesla Motors will be able to report a profitable quarter before the year ends.