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Why The Tesla 90D Battery Is So Much Better

When the Tesla 90D was announced in July – offered as the standard 90D or high-performance P90D – it was touted as the Model S with the longest range and quickest off-the-line speed. The P90D is the only Model S capable of “Ludicrous” speed, making it the quickest-accelerating sedan at 0-60 mph in 2.8 seconds. With a 90 kilowatt-hour (kwh) battery, both variations of the 90D give owners a 6-percent boost in range (equaling about 15 more miles than the 85D or P85D). This improved battery is perfectly in line with Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s target “to increase pack capacity by roughly 5 percent per year.” So how did the 90D reach this level of performance, and how does Tesla expect to obtain such improvement in its batteries year over year? The answer, in part, is silicon. Extra Energy Storage “It’s a race among the battery makers to get more and more silicon in,” said battery re...

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