Updated Feb. 12, 2019 10:15am PST Tesla may be able to bring a cheaper and more powerful Model S to the market, but the company needs to get a better handle on how to make that happen, experts say.
A study published Tuesday in the journal Science found that a more powerful version of the Model S would be more expensive and less reliable than a similar model from the Model X.
The study also found that drivers who used the Model 3 may be more likely to have to change cars after a crash.
That may be because the Model 4 is expected to be a smaller car than the Model 5, which is about half the size of the previous-generation Model S.
The report also found an association between how much time drivers spent driving versus how much money they saved.
That suggests that drivers with less time spent driving might be less likely to pay the full price of the car they use.
The results suggest that Model S owners may need to choose between saving money and being comfortable in their cars, said Dr. J.J. Gee, who led the study.
In a statement, Tesla said it is “committed to continually improving our vehicles, including the Model Y, to bring even more value to customers.”
The Model S, which started at $57,000 and is available now in more than 100 countries, is expected in the U.S. and Canada in 2021.