Tesla builds first 400-mile electric vehicle
General Motors (GM) may have been the first to announce its plans to mass-produce an electric vehicle (EV) battery that can travel 644 km (400 miles) on a single charge, but Tesla hit its American automaker colleague hard with the actual finished product.
With the announcement of the new North American model S Long Range Plus, Tesla is the first electric car manufacturer to produce a vehicle that exceeds the range of 400 miles because the new car has an official U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA). Range of 642 km.
In fact, the battery has been in circulation for some time. It's just that miscommunication between the US EPA and Elon Musk led the latter to believe that the former was rated 629 km by the former, according to a Yahoo Finance news report.
This has now been fixed. Therefore, all Long Range Plus vehicles of model S will have the new range rating in the future.
Other new extras in the updated Tesla car are:
Significant mass reduction - Several lessons from the design and manufacture of Model 3 and Model Y have now been applied to Model S and Model X to open up new areas of mass reduction while maintaining the premium feel and performance of both vehicles.
New "Tempest" Aero Wheels and Tires - Tesla's newest 8.5-inch wide aero wheels reduce drag compared to previous S Long Range wheels. Together with a new special tire that was specially developed to reduce rolling resistance, the new tires improve the overall range by 2 percent.
Increased Drive Unit Efficiency - Tesla replaced the mechanical oil pump with an electric oil pump that optimizes lubrication regardless of vehicle speed to reduce friction. Together with further improvements to the transmission, this has further increased the range by 2 percent while driving on the highway.
Maximizing Regenerative Braking - EV manufacturer's latest drive feature, HOLD, combines regenerative braking of the engine with physical brakes to bring our cars to a stop by releasing the accelerator pedal.
Tesla also announced that it is still interested in charging to further increase the range and load capacity of its vehicles.
"While each of these changes has a relatively minor impact on the individual, our unique ability to introduce them into active production lines, combined, enables significant gains in efficiency, reach and overall value," Tesla said in a statement.
Tesla vehicles are still not available locally, but we do have the Hyundai Kona and Hyundai Ioniq electric vehicles. The Nissan Leaf and the Audi e-Tron will follow shortly.
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