Tesla says Model S is the first EV to get 400 miles on a single charge
Tesla says its Model S Long Range Plus is the first electric vehicle to achieve over 400 miles of EPA-rated range.
The company said in a news release Monday that the vehicle has “an official EPA-rated range of 402 miles, representing a nearly 20% increase in range when compared to a 2019 Model S 100D with the same battery pack design.”
The announcement follows previous claims from Tesla (TSLA) CEO Elon Musk that the vehicle had reached a capacity of 400 miles.
In April during Tesla’s first quarter corporate earnings call, Musk said that the Environmental Protection Agency had made a mistake when it originally tested the Model S Long Range Plus premium sedan.
The new, 8.5-inch-wide wheels work to reduce aerodynamic drag more than the ones on the previous Model S Long Range did. And when used with a low rolling-resistance tire, the wheels add a 2% improvement to overall range.
Further improvements include upping the efficiency of the drive unit — replacing the mechanical oil pump with an electric one — and maximizing regenerative braking.
What’s neat about this whole thing, as Jalopnik pointed out on Monday, is that you don’t have to wait for the 400-mile Tesla Model S Long Range Plus to come out; it’s a car you can buy for yourself right now.