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Current Model S weighs couple-hundred lbs less than earlier cars

Discussion in 'Model S: Driving Dynamics' started by andrewket, Jul 31, 2014.

  1. andrewket

    andrewket 2014 S P85DL, 2016 X P90DL (soon 100)

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    From the Q2 financial results call. Elon just said said the current Model S weighs "several pounds" less than the original cars. Quarter pound here, half pound there.
     
  2. ChadS

    ChadS Petroleum is for sissies

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    Good to see them constantly improving. In another thread, somebody said it was 200lbs less?

    They originally had the reinforcements for the rear-facing seat in every car, that is now gone. That might have been in the vicinity of 50lbs.
     
  3. omarsultan

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    I also heard him say a couple of hundred pounds less...
     
  4. Cosmacelf

    Cosmacelf Active Member

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    Since the first Model S cars to now, the cars weighs a couple hundred pounds less according to Elon in the quarterly result conference call...
     
  5. andrewket

    andrewket 2014 S P85DL, 2016 X P90DL (soon 100)

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    Hey mods- would you please change the title?

    "Current Model S weighs several hundred pounds less than early cars"

    Thanks.
     
  6. Plug Me In

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    Hey I want my hardware upgrade! Or is it downgrade?
     
  7. apacheguy

    apacheguy Sig 255, VIN 320

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    Does that mean the performance has improved as well? I'd like to see a Sig P85 go against a current (i.e. > 30,000 VIN) P85.

    Yeah, wouldn't that be nice.
     
  8. liuping

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    Between weight reduction and the improvements in charging efficiency, could they get a better MPGe rating now?

    How would that work since they done have a model year?
     
  9. trils0n

    trils0n 2013 P85

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    One part I remember hearing about in terms of weight reduction is the B pillars. I think the originals had high-strength boron-steel to beat more stringent European side impact intrusion tests. I heard they were redesigned to be all aluminum, stronger, cheaper, and easier to manufacture and that change saved 80lbs. Not sure if or when that design change made it into production, but 80 lbs is a lot.
     
  10. AnOutsider

    AnOutsider S532 # XS27

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    Got it.

    With all these running changes, it should be impressive to see what the full 2.0 of Model S looks like from a performance and tech standpoint.
     
  11. NJ Plugin

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    When I got my car in June 2013, the car "sticker" showed a 89 MPGe rating. In January or February I was in a Tesla store and the sticker had 95 MPGe. I aksed one of the store personnel, and they had no idea why it had changed, or even noticed it.
     
  12. Dutchie

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    They also had to add the titanium battery protector. This adds​ a couple of pounds..
     
  13. liuping

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    I'll check my sticker when I get home, but I think is was still 89MPGe when I got mine in November. Maybe they changed it officially for the 2014 year...
     
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    You were probably looking at a S60, which is rated at 95 MPGe.
     
  15. gavine

    gavine Petrol Head turned EV Enthusiast

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    Could I use a magnet to test if it's steel or aluminum?
     
  16. Lump

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    Saved 1 pound by making the hood thinner down by the latch :wink:
     
  17. Blurry_Eyed

    Blurry_Eyed MS Sig #267, MX Sig # 761

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    Rear facing kid seats were redesigned, to my eye the materials they used for construction could have saved some weight in the cars that have the kid seats.
     
  18. Cosmacelf

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    Elon and JB did talk about how the weight reduction didn't make the car all that much more efficient. I remember them saying that it was less than you'd think.
     
  19. Tasdevil

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    But it would save them in materials used to produce the car. $$ :)
     
  20. JRP3

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    So has anyone done a weight comparison? Have the official numbers changed?
     

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