Tesla says the latest variant of the Model S has already achieved the official 400-miles range mark. However, it could not go official on paper due to a mistake committed by EPA while testing the vehicle.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk made these claims after the release of its Q1 2020 results. According to reports, Musk said that when the car stopped during testing, the EPA left the car in the starting position with the door open and key inside it.
This mistake led to the loss of 2% energy which otherwise would have contributed to achieving a total range of 400 miles.
Earlier in 2020, the company introduced a new Long Range Plus version of the Tesla Model S with an improved EPA range of 391 miles on a single charge. However, the range of performance variants remains at 348 miles.
Musk also said that they will conduct a retest of the Model S as soon as EPA starts testing and the Coronavirus pandemic dies down.
Because the current Model S has the capacity to cross the 400-mile mark, the company wants to achieve official EPA certification and register the Model S as the first electric sedan, currently on sale on the market, with a 400-mile battery range.
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The Lucid Air electric sedan already claims to have an estimated EPA range of 400 miles. It will be interesting to see a battery range test between these cars. What’s even more interesting is that the CEO and CTO of Lucid Air, Peter Rawlinson, is also a former chief engineer behind Tesla Model S.
Additionally, Rawlinson has made claims that Lucid Air is far more efficient than the Model S, therefore it will be exciting to see how these cars will fare against each other and how their batteries will perform.
On the other hand, we know one thing that Tesla’s batteries are the most efficient ones and offer more miles per kWh of battery charge. Nonetheless, long-range EVs, capable of challenging gasoline cars, are finally entering the market.