Range of brand new Tesla Model S Long Range downgraded without explanation

Range of brand new Tesla Model S Long Range downgraded without explanation

The range of new Tesla Model S Long Range, the American EV maker’s longest-range electric car, has been trimmed down without any explanation. Just a few days after its official launch, the entry-level Model S Long Range starts coming with listed range of 405 miles on a single charge. Prior to the launch event, the EV was listed with an estimated range of 412 miles between charges. The downgrading of the estimated range of the new EV stunned many as Tesla Motors has reduced the range without giving any explanation.

In response to a comment by a member of the audience at the launch event, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said, “In the dual-motor configuration it's got a 412-mile range.” He added “420 give or take.”

It may be noted here that Musk has often been seen using the “420” number, which is a reference to marijuana. In 2018, he was fined by the SEC for incorrectly stating on social networking platform Twitter that his company had secured funding to go public at $420 per share.

Previously, Musk announced the cancellation of the Model S Plaid Plus version because it range was too good to be required by anyone. Explaining the decision, he said that the Plaid Plus version would have offered a range of more than 520 miles (roughly 837 kilometers) per full charge, but more range wouldn’t really be required when it exceeds 400 miles.

Explaining his company’s decision, he said at the time, “What we are seeing is that once you have a range above 400 miles, more range doesn’t really matter. There are essentially zero trips above 400 miles where the driver doesn’t need to stop for restroom, food, coffee, etc. anyway.”

However, the company’s decision of cancelling the production of the Plaid Plus was criticized by many who argued that the company’s EVs listed with a 400-mile range offer just up to 300 miles of range in colder climates.

However, the EV giant seemed to have answered that criticism during the launch of the new Model S Long Range by stating that the new EV has been equipped with a new thermal system with heat pump that that has the potential to increase range in cold weather by up to 30 per cent.

But, neither Tesla nor Musk offered any explanation for the aforementioned downgrading of the range of brand new Model S Long Range EV. Perhaps, Tesla is at ease because its EV still dominates rated EPA ranges for production vehicles. But that can change soon as several new EVs are entering the market with the range to close the gap.