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The Tesla Model S has become the first EV to break the 400-mile range barrier with the EPA. Elon Musk shared the news on Twitter. The Model S Long Range Plus was given an official EPA-rated 402-mile driving range.

Hopefully the R1T becomes the second EV to reach the mark when it gets EPA tested.


According to Tesla's website, these are the changes they made to reach 402 miles.

Here’s what’s new:

Significant Mass Reduction
Mass is the enemy of both efficiency and performance, and minimizing the weight of every component is an ongoing goal for our design and engineering teams. Several lessons from the engineering design and manufacturing of Model 3 and Model Y have now been carried over to Model S and Model X. This has unlocked new areas of mass reduction while maintaining the premium feel and performance of both vehicles. Additional weight savings have also been achieved through the standardization of Tesla’s in-house seat manufacturing and lighter weight materials used in our battery pack and drive units.

New “Tempest” Aero Wheels and Tires
Our newest 8.5 inch-wide aero wheels reduce aerodynamic drag compared to the previous wheels on Model S Long Range, and when paired with a new custom tire specifically engineered to reduce rolling resistance, add a 2% improvement to overall range.

Increased Drive Unit Efficiency
In our rear AC-induction drive unit, we replaced the mechanical oil pump with an electric oil pump that optimizes lubrication independent of vehicle speed to reduce friction. Further improvements to the gearbox in our front permanent magnet synchronous reluctance motors shared with Model 3 and Model Y have resulted in a further increase of 2% more range while driving on the highway.

Maximizing Regenerative Braking
Our newest drive feature, HOLD, blends the motor’s regenerative braking with physical brakes to bring our cars to a stop by easing off of the accelerator pedal. To bring the car to a stop smoothly, regenerative braking now works at a lower speed and deceleration rate, sending more energy back to the battery pack while simultaneously enabling a driving experience like no other car.

Continued Investment in Supercharging
The freedom to travel anywhere is enabled by both range and charging, and our Supercharger Network now encompasses over 17,000 Superchargers worldwide. We’ve deployed V3 Supercharging on three continents, enabling up to a 50% decrease in charging times compared to V2 technology. Tesla owners can travel incredible distances – from the Everglades to Vancouver, the Arctic Circle of Norway to southern Portugal, Hong Kong to Harbin, China – all for a fraction of the cost of gasoline. Put simply, families spend less time than ever charging.

While each of these changes are relatively small in individual impact, our unique ability to introduce them into active manufacturing lines enables significant gains in efficiency, range, and overall value when combined.
 

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It's a shame that Rivian wasn't able to be the first one to reach 400 miles but it makes sense that it would be Tesla.

Once more EVs startt coming out I'm sure there will be more members of the 400 mile club, including the R1T.
 

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It's a shame that Rivian wasn't able to be the first one to reach 400 miles but it makes sense that it would be Tesla.

Once more EVs startt coming out I'm sure there will be more members of the 400 mile club, including the R1T.
The EV market is large enough for Rivian to stand out. That's what Lucid realized.

 

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The EV market is large enough for Rivian to stand out. That's what Lucid realized.

That makes sense that Lucid wants after Audi, BMW, and Mercedes, an electric S-Class is a great way to describe the Air.
 

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That makes sense that Lucid wants after Audi, BMW, and Mercedes, an electric S-Class is a great way to describe the Air.
Even if they can't accomplish that, being on a level that Lexus is currently to those German automakers is still a very good place. Its a more realistic view with all that those three automaker have invested already.
 

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Even if they can't accomplish that, being on a level that Lexus is currently to those German automakers is still a very good place. Its a more realistic view with all that those three automaker have invested already.
For sure, being next to Lexus is nothing to slouch about at all. Especially as a brand new company.
 
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