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Tesla has announced that due to apparent lack of demand, it will not offer a 40 kWh battery in the Model S sedan. 

Originally, there was three options that customers could choose from, either a 40, 60 or 85 kWh. Now, Tesla says that the 40 kWh won’t enter production, as only four percent of pre-ordered Model S’s were purchased with the small battery pack.

The Model S got a price bump for 2013, which put a base Model S at $59,900 before federal tax credits. Now that the small battery has been foregone, a base Model S will sell for $69,900, assuming pricing stays the same.

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Those customers that did opt for the 40 kWh battery will be delivered cars with a 60 kWh battery pack that is electronically limited to a range of 160 miles, the same as what would have been delivered by the smaller battery. Those customers will benefit from improved torque and top speed, and can pay to have the range brought back up to the 230 mile range of the 60 kWh battery.

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The announcement came as part of a sales announcement, in which Tesla said that vehicle deliveries exceeded 4,750 units last year. The company also said that all 60 kWh equipped cars will now come with built in supercharger hardware.

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By Stephen Elmer