Euro-spec Model S 100D listed with 613-km range.

Many people had hoped the 100-kWh battery would debut together with the grille-less Model S facelift, but that wasn’t the case. The good news is it won’t be much longer until the long-rumored 100 kWh pack will be introduced, as it has been found in the database of the Dutch Vehicle Approval Authority (RDW). It’s a sign the larger battery is on its way to Europe and will likely be offered for both the Model S and Model X in three versions: 100D, P100D, and P100D with Ludicrous upgrade.

RDW’s database also shows the Model S 100D with a maximum range of 613 kilometers (380 miles), but keep in mind that’s based on the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC). As a consequence, the NRCAN (and US EPA) rating is going to be considerably lower, but nevertheless it should still be well above the 480 km (300 mile) mark.

It remains to be seen whether the Tesla Model X will be able to hit the 480 km sweet spot seeing as how the all-electric SUV is heavier than the sedan. Even if it won’t get there, the Model X 100D will bring a serious boost in range over the 413 km offered by the 90D model.

Not only will the two EVs get an extended range with the 100-kWh battery pack, but also a bump in power which will make the Model S and Model X even quicker. As a reminder, the P90D can conquer the 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) run in 2.8 seconds with the Ludicrous mode active, while the Model X P90D needs an extra 0.4 seconds.

It’s unclear at this point when the 100-kWh battery will be out, but it shouldn’t be too long now.

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