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USA: Buying A 2012 Tesla Model S? Think Before Ordering The Battery Pack

At the end of 2011, Tesla released its final specification, options and price list for the 2012 Model S sedan.

Depending on the choice of battery pack, the 2012 Tesla Model S should travel 160, 230, or 300 miles per charge.

For Tesla Model S owners who have purchased cars with the 230 or 300-mile battery pack, specially built Superchargers — Tesla’s propriety 90-kilowatt quick charge system — will be available to add as much as 150 miles of range in just 30 minutes.

But buy the base-level $57,400 car, and your car will only be capable of adding 40 miles per 30 minutes of charging.

That’s because Tesla has made the decision to not offer quick charging capabilities on its base-level Model S.

2012 Tesla Model S Charging Connector

Although Tesla hasn’t given an official reason for its decision, we suspect it has something to do with maintaining the health of the 2012 Tesla Model S battery pack.

Due to its size, the 40-kilowatt-hour battery pack in the base-level Model S will undergo more charge/discharge cycles during regular use than the 60- (230-mile) and 85-kilowatt-hour (300-mile) battery pack options.

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