Numbers and Letters of Tesla Cars

You must have encountered several combinations of numbers and letters during your Tesla experience. You may or may not have known what they meant. The letter that names the cars tells us about the type of car. At the same time model number lets you see the variant of the car you purchased. Is there a secret code in these numbers and letters? Let’s break it down for you.

S3xy Cars

It is no secret that the four modern Tesla models spell or attempt to spell the word s3xy. However, many people aren’t aware of is that their upcoming vehicles will turn out to spell the word cars. Thus completing Elon Musk’s mission to turn Tesla into a company that manufactures “S3xy Cars.”

Model S

The Model S is Tesla’s flagship vehicle. The 2022 Model S Plaid is currently the fastest production car in the world. It can go from 0-60mph in 1.99 seconds. The vehicle has a computer-set top speed of 200mph. That begs the question, would the car run faster if the computer didn’t cap the speed at 200mph? It puts the “S” in speedy. The “S” also conveniently stands for “Sedan.” Can you believe a sedan is faster than a Lamborghini Aventador?

Model 3

The Model 3 was never intended to be given its current name. Elon wanted it to be called the Model E. However, Ford wasn’t going to take that lying down. They had already trademarked the letter E back in 2000.

However, that wasn’t enough to discourage Elon from his plan. He figured out a way around this obstacle. That is how we ended up with Model 3. They write the name as three horizontal lines, which look similar to an “E.”

Model X

The Model X is the falcon-winged crossover of your dreams. Why is it called “Model X?” Some people think there is no specific reason other than completing the “S3XY” lineup. However, Tesla never makes moves without reason.

The X represents crossover. The naming letter lets you know the car’s body style, just like the Model S. Seating seven and going from 0-60mph in 2.5 seconds. This family car is practical and powerful.

Model Y

The Model Y is a more compact crossover SUV than the Model X. Tesla just named it this so that the cars spell out “S3XY.” Some people say that since Y comes after X, it’s a way to say it’s a smaller crossover, but that is a stretch.

Even though this car had the least thought given to its name, it is by far the most popular worldwide. It’s more comfortable and roomier than the Model 3 and much cheaper than the Model X. The practicality of an SUV plus the ride quality of a sports car make it a fan favorite.

Model C

You’re not wrong if you thought Tesla was a luxury car company. However, Tesla aims to conquer the entire automobile market. They only want to see electric cars on the roads. While their cars sell out instantly, most people will never be able to afford them.

To combat this issue, Tesla announced it’s working on an EV that’s under $30,000.

However, with delays on the Roadster and Cybertrucks, Elon has announced that they aren’t focusing that much on it. Some people say it’s a rouse to ensure people don’t hold out on buying Models X and Y while waiting for Model C, which might be manufactured in China. Do you think the “C” stands for cost?

Model A

The Model A is going to be Tesla’s first coupe. Elon tweeted that they were working on a mini car back in 2018. The car will have two scissor doors and four seats. The classic Tesla glass canopy roof.

Previously, roomers circled that the car would be called the Model 2. However, the Space X CEO confirmed that they wouldn’t be naming it the Model 2. Experts predict this car will dominate the Chinese market, where small electric cars are an obsession.


The Tesla Roadster’s second generation is Tesla’s move to the upper echelons of luxury car manufacturing. The original version put them on the map. It was the Tesla that was cool before Tesla was cool.

The new one will be the fastest production car ever after stealing the title from the Model S. The special founder’s edition will be over a quarter of a million dollars. The R from Roadster will take its rightful place in the company’s lineup.

Tesla Semi

The Tesla Semi trucks were announced in 2017, and you will see them on roads before 2023. The S in Semi means speed. These trucks are going to beat everything else on the road when it comes to performance. Can you believe a Semi going from 0-60mph in 5 seconds or 20 seconds when encumbered with 80,000 pounds of cargo?

Tesla Model Codes

When Tesla releases a car, it comes out with several variants in a price range. These variants are either just a number or the number preceded by P or followed by D. Here’s what that means.

Letter P

When used in Tesla vehicle names, the letter P stands for “Performance.” That means they built this particular car version with performance in mind from the ground up. These will accelerate faster than other cars with the same sized battery.

Letter D

The Letter D stands for “Dual Motors.” If you see a car that has only a model number and is not followed by the letter D, it only has a single motor. The Dual motor cars are all-wheel drive. These cars are more powerful with better handling than their single-motor siblings.


The numbers in the model name of a tesla stand for its battery size in kWhs. If you see the numbers 75, 90, or 100, the cars have 75kWh, 90kWh, and 100kWh batteries, respectively.

Did you know that when you get a larger battery, you truly get your money’s worth in increased performance and range? In gasoline cars, if you upgrade to a bigger engine, you get a faster car with less mileage. While in a Tesla, getting a car with a bigger battery pack is faster and travels farther with the same charging.

Tesla 60

The Tesla Model S has many trims available. The Model S 60 means it has a 60 kWh battery. It can go from 0-60 in 5.5 seconds. This is the entry-level Model S with a top speed of 130 mph.

Tesla 75

The Model X and S both come in a 75 version. That means they have a 75kWh battery. The Tesla Model S 75 has a range of about 220 miles.

Tesla 75 D

If you see 75D on a Tesla Model X or S, it has a 75 kWh battery. The D means it has dual motors. If it has dual motors, it also must be AWD.

Tesla P 75 D

Another variant available on the Model X and S. The P 75 D is built for performance. It is faster than the simple 75 D. It goes from 0-62 in 4.4 seconds with a top speed of 140 mph.

Tesla 85

85 means an 85kWh battery pack. It is a rear-wheel drive car with a single motor. The Tesla Model X 85 has a top speed of 143 mph.

Tesla 85 D

The Tesla 85 D has an 85 kWh battery and dual motors. The Model S 85 goes from 0-60 in 4.2 seconds.

Tesla P85

The P in the P85 means performance while 85 means 85 kWh battery. The p85 has better acceleration and speed than the basic Tesla 85.

Tesla p85D

The P 85 D is exactly the same as the P 85 except that it has two motors. The D standing for dual motors also indicates that this car is AWD.

Tesla 90

We enter a completely different world when we get to 90kWh and above. Here is where Tesla starts to resemble sports cars. The 90 Models are basic but still fast. The Model S 90 goes as fast as 155 mph.

Tesla 90D

Teslas with the number 90D have two motors. They are even more efficient and handle batter since they are AWD. The Model S 90D goes from 0-60 in 3.8 seconds.

Tesla P90D

The Tesla Models X and S P90 D are reasonably impressive. The model S P90D can go from 0-60mph in 3.1 seconds.

Tesla 100 D

Currently, 100kWh is the biggest battery pack offered by Tesla. The Model S 100D goes from 0-60 in 4.0 seconds. With a top speed equal to that of the 90.

Tesla P 100 D

The Tesla p100D is the most amped up Tesla before Plaid. The Model S P 100 D goes from 0-60 mph in 2.2 seconds.

Difference between Tesla 100D and P100D

The first difference you’ll notice is the price of the P 100 D can be up to +$30,000, more expensive than the 100D. What brings the price up so high? The P 100 D gets 920 ft-lb torque and 588hp to its wheels. That is insane power. The battery may be the same, and both cars have two motors.

However, the P100D goes from 0-60mph a full second faster than the 100D. Are you the kind of customer that wants to race his gasoline-chugging friends and win in a car that makes no sounds? If so, then you won’t be able to pass this up.

Tesla Software Update Version Number

Tesla is a software company as much as it is a car manufacturer. One thing that sets it apart from other EVS is its cutting-edge software. To stay on top of the word car world and usher in a new era of electric cars, Tesla introduced self-driving.

To offer its users continual excellence, there are numerous updates added regularly. In case you were wondering what the numbers mean, here you go.


The first four digits of the update number are the current year.


There are fifty-two weeks in a year. The next number in the update ID after year is the number of the week this year. The first version of an update


No update is perfect. The number of revisions added is the Rev number.


A random-looking number at the end that makes no sense is just to identify the code used for the update.

Tesla Terms

Ever heard of TWS? Tesla World Acronyms. While chatting with other Tesla owners or while getting something fixed, you may have heard one or two of these. These are some combinations of letters every Tesla user or fan should know.

Numbers and Letters of Tesla Cars
Numbers and Letters of Tesla Cars


SOC stands for the state of charge. That means how much battery you have left while driving or how much it has charged while charging.


CCS stands for Combined Charging Port. A charging port. 


SC can stand for multiple things. Service Center, Super Charger, and even SolarCity, the solar company bought by Tesla.


We’re not talking about the band. AC stands for alternating currents like the one powering your house, while DC stands for Direct Current like the one coming from a battery or solar panels.


The Tesla chargers wall connecter is an HPWC or High Powered Wall Connector.


To sum everything up, Tesla uses numbers and letters creatively to provide customers with information. A letter can tell you the car’s body style or if it was built with performance in mind. You can even learn the number of motors under the hood.

To be a certified Tesla nerd, you should brush up on your Tesla numbers and letter-related knowledge. You can zoom through any conversation with even the most avid Tesla fans. What do you think? Does Tesla make S3XY CARS?

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