For the second time this year, Tesl upgraded its Model S Range. The car now can drive up to 409 miles (658.2 kilometers) per single charge.
This is the second time this year Tesla has decided to boost the range of this variant of its five-door liftback sedan. The automaker already upgraded it last July, to 402 miles per single charge.
No Official Word Yet From Tesla
The reports of the range boost came via a Monroney sticker spotted on a Model S produced in November 2020. The Monroney sticker, or window sticker, is a label required in the U.S. to be displayed on newly-produced automobiles. It includes the listing of information about the vehicle.
The sticker clearly displayed a driving range of 409 miles. Tesla has not yet published the update on its website.
Model S Long Range: Quick Overview
The Model S Long Range is a variant of Tesla’s flagship five-door liftback Sedan. It is capable of going from 0 to 100 kilometers in 3.8 seconds.
Model S Long Range vehicles also utilize 100 kWh battery packs, and have a top speed of 155 mph (approximately 250 km/hr). The vehicle has a purchase price of $67,920, and $62,420 after potential savings, such as EV tax credits.
It was also the first electric car in history to receive an EPA-rated range of over 400 miles.
The EPA is an executive agency of the U.S. federal government that is tasked to enforce regulations that protect the environment and natural resources. The EPA is tasked to enforce certain emissions standards.
What is the Purpose Behind Increasing the Range?
The reasons behind the Model S’ Long Range update most probably stem from the competition it could face from other EV companies, such as Lucid motors.
With the recent boost, Tesla has now surpassed the base Lucid Air. The all-electric EV has a projected range of 406 miles per single charge, and deliveries are set to commence in April 2021.
Competition is always good and healthy, regardless of the industry involved. It encourages companies to innovate, and to pool considerable resources on Research and Development. Electric Vehicles are slowly becoming the new norm, and are set to supplant ICE-powered cars within two decades.
Tesla is at the forefront of that shift. It has gained a reputation for being an automaker that focuses on the fine prints of electric car manufacturing. Based on this year’s performance, there is no doubt that Tesla is further expanding its leadership role in the EV industry.