Tesla unveils the first dual motor electric car and Autopilot for Model S
Telsa Motors last week unveiled the "Tesla D" that CEO Elon Musk suggestively teased at the beginning of October. The Tesla D, more specifically, the Dual Motor Model S, is the world's first dual electric motor production car. The Dual Motor Model S will be available with either a 60 kWh or 85 kWh battery, and a has a motor controlled each axel independently. This is designed to improve handling, especially in wet weather conditions, and will slightly improve the car's range.
Tesla is also offering a performance version of the Dual Motor Model S, the P85D. The Model S P85D Is able to accelerate to 96.5 km/h in just 3.2 seconds, faster than a Ferrari 599 GTO, and just as fast as a McLaren F1.
Tesla also introduced a new standard hardware package with new safety features and Autopilot functionality. Every single new Model S will now include a forward radar, 12 long range sensors, a forward looking camera, and a high precision, digitally controlled electric braking system. Using these, the Model S will now be able to steer to stay within a lane, change lanes with the simple tap of a turn simple, and manage speed by reading road signs and using traffic aware cruise control. This functionality will be completed and uploaded over the coming months.