Next quarter is a happy one for the car maker Tesla, with a high probability to turn a profit for the first time.
Unfortunately, one model in particular is not that appreciated. With a very low pre-order demand (only 4 percent) the 40kWh version of the Models S will be canceled.
And what about the orders already placed? Well, if you wanted the 40kWh Tesla Model S, you will receive, for the same amount of money, an electronically crippled 60kWh version. Although a software will limit the use of the batteries to only 40kWh, there is some good news. You will still get some of the performance from the 60kWh version.
The acceleration to 92km/h will be 0.6 seconds faster, top speed is 190km/h up from 177 and a total of 302hp (up from 235hp). So I guess this is a blessing in disguise, despite the reduced range (down to 257 from 370).
But if you change your mind and decide you want that extra 20kWh, all you need to do is fork out some 10.000 dollars (the difference between the versions) and the software will be reversed to original. I wonder how many geeks with a laptop will manage to do that for less.