Tesla 100 kWh battery pack receives European approval, P100D likely

It would appear that the rumored Tesla P100D with 100 kWh battery pack will finally be making its way to the Model S and Model X. That is according to a new entry discovered in the European vehicle registration database managed by Dutch authority RDW.

For context, vehicles in the European Union must be validated by an authorized ‘approving company’ before it can be sold in the EU. Tesla uses a Dutch company RDW for getting its vehicles approved. Years worth of vehicle registration and approval data is made publicly accessible through the company’s database.

Publication Kenteken.TV via Reddit parsed through the information within the RDW database to reveal that Tesla has been granted approval on a Model S and Model X with 100 kWh battery pack.

“Tesla has received official type approval for P100D version for Model S and Model X!”

By analyzing the EU Type approval code, Kenteken.TV was able to identify a new Tesla “EEG variant” beyond 90D. A new 100D with 380 miles (613 km) of range, based on European rating standards, was discovered for both the Model S and Model X.

The publication describes how to decode the type approval number as follows:

  • e4 = country code for giving the whole EU vehicle type approval
  • 07/46 = Which EU directive for vehicle approval is used as base
  • 0667 = Manufacturer code/model code for given approval authority
  • 10 = Extension of type approvals done for this manufacturer by approval authority. 00 was first, 01 second, etc.

Earlier this year, Tesla hacker Jason Hughes discovered a P100D graphic within the Model S firmware. According to Hughes, Tesla got wind of it and attempted to remotely access his vehicle to delete a pending firmware update, presumably to remove the discovery.

Elon Musk would later acknowledge the hack on Twitter by saying “Good hacking is a gift” leading many to believe that the 100 kWh battery pack was imminent.

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