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0-60 in 5.5s for front wheel drive, 3.5s (best case imo) all-wheel drive models. Top speed limited to 110MPH due to RPM limitation.
Will battery size affect those numbers? A 100kWh battery is much heavier than a 25kWh one.
The 0-60, possibly. More weight does take more power to accelerate at same rate. But also gives more traction so the motors can output more power at below highway speeds where they are likely traction limited..
Top speed will probably be the same across all models because curb weight does not affect top speed that much.
Smallest battery pack may not be able to maintain for as long as you'd like.
@Daniel Watkins Do you know if the published 0-60 numbers can be achieved when using the heaviest battery?
But I think you will find that the different battery pack sizes will affect handling noticeably.
I was wondering about that too. Perhaps there could be dummy weights on the vehicles with less than 100kWh so they all have similar handling.
cars with less batteries will handle better I think and they are all about efficiency. they wouldn't install any dead weight in them
@Daniel Watkins I'm not certain that that is a valid assumption. Considering that the battery pack is mounted in the bottom of the vehicle, the heavier the pack, the more stable the vehicle. Plus the instant torque of electric motors makes launching that weight a breeze.
Wouldn't the smaller battery configurations (ie 250M version) be SLOWER off the line (0-60)? Isn't the power a direct function of the size of the battery? I'm considering a 250M version with all-wheel drive and I'm curious what 0-60 times I can expect. Any thoughts?
Depends if the 25 KWh pack can output 200 horsepower for any length of time. if it can then no problem
@Daniel Watkins Considering that each motor is 50 horsepower I wonder how two or three of them together could generate 200 horsepower... 😉
@Kerbe That's 50 KWatts per motor, not 50 HP. 50 KW = 67 HP. So all wheel drive is 150 KW and 200 HP. I'd bet the battery can output all of that for the 3.5 seconds it takes to get to 60 mph without even warming up much. :-)