We knew Elon Musk wouldn’t let anyone get ahead of him. Tesla has officially become the first electric vehicle manufacturer to offer an EV with a range of 400 miles (643 km) according to the EPA. Tesla announced that its Model S has achieved a range of 402 miles (647 km) according to the EPA. I guess it won’t be a surprise to you, we all know that Elon wouldn’t be very happy if another brand got ahead of him.
When Lucid Motors launches its first vehicle, the Air, later this year, it is also expected to have an EPA range of more than 400 miles. This likely added pressure to the Fremont team to make sure the Model S achieved its 400+ miles before Lucid could start marketing his car.
Since Tesla launched the Roadster, it has been the industry leader in long-range electric vehicles, and it doesn’t look like it’s ready to give up the crown anytime soon. There will be challenges, like Lucid Motors for example, but Tesla does not rest. The automaker is constantly increasing efficiency and improving battery technology to stay ahead of the industry.
Tesla had hoped to get the 400-mile rating from the EPA earlier, but when the EPA tested the Model S, they came up with a rating of 391 miles. That led Elon Musk to accuse the EPA of leaving the keys in the Model S overnight, resulting in a 2% drain on the battery before testing began. The EPA later denied that claim. However, Tesla did not give up and now it appears that the Model S will officially have the coveted range rating of more than 400 miles.
Here’s a quick look at the longer-range EVs available today:
||402 miles (647 km)
||351 miles (565 km)
||Model 3 Long Range
||330 miles (531 km)
||316 miles (508 km)
||259 miles (417 km)
||258 miles (415 km)