Since I've been going through and finding what's new there, I figured I'd compile a list:
(hinting at upgradable batteries, so perhaps we can get 400 mile packs in a few years? Keep the S fresh )While technically possible to upgrade from a 40 kWh battery to a larger battery at a later time, Tesla recommends configuring your Model S with the battery that meets both present and future needs.
(I remember there were questions about this, and it's also pretty relevant to me since I'm soon to be a daddy)Model S is child-seat ready. It features the LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children) System that eliminates the use of seat belts to secure child safety seats. There are two LATCH System anchors in the second row seats.
(So 315 ideal miles on the 85kwh pack)Aerodynamic 19” wheels are designed to reduce wind resistance. Disc-like in shape, they channel air along the sides of the vehicle and can add up to 5% range during highway driving.
(For those interested in that Muir red)Signature Red is only available for Model S Signature vehicles. An additional shade of red will be introduced in 2013.
(They've officially switched to using capacity and citing estimated ranges)Tesla offers three batteries, denoted by the kilowatt hours (kWh) of energy they store: 40 kWh, 60 kWh, and 85 kWh. Travelling 55 mph, the kWh figures can be translated to the stated range capabilities of 160, 230, and 300 miles, respectively.
(Explains the power and warranty differences. Also sort of alludes to bigger capacity packs bringing better performance in the future?)As energy storage capacity increases, so does the total power. This results in quicker acceleration.
As energy storage capacity increases, so does the battery’s long-term mileage capability. Each battery comes with an 8-year warranty but the mileage differs.
(I know I've had questions re: this, and it seems the official stance is to top off nightly.)Battery lifetime is affected by two things: age and the energy it delivers over the years. The Tesla battery is optimized for nightly charging: such topping off enhances the longevity of your battery.
(For all those worried about Tesla "going it alone" and if they'd have to pay for compatibility)The Universal Mobile Connector comes standard with three adapters: Standard 110-V, Standard 240-V, and a J-1772 Charging Station adapter. Many other adapters will be available for purchase.
(Sounds like Roadster owners won't be left in the cold)The Model S Charge Port represents a significant technological advance from Roadster. Tesla is evaluating the best way for Roadster owners to use their existing equipment and/or upgrade to newer, more capable units.