What Is The Range Of An Electric Car? Tesla Helps Us Find Out
Driving an electric sports car from San Francisco to L.A. without stopping? That’s so 2015.
So you’re fortunate enough to be shopping for a Tesla Model S, but you’re anxious about just how far the electric sedan’s variants will go on a full battery. How do you know you won’t be stranded on the roadside because you bought the wrong edition? The automaker clearly wants to put that range anxiety to rest. It just posted a detailed look at the driving range you’re likely to get from the Model S based on a slew of factors, including the equipment you use and how you drive. There’s a range estimator, too, if you want to see how each of those factors comes into play.
Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Roadster has announced that one of its flagship models will come equipped with a new battery for greater autonomy, going from 400 miles to 244 miles (650 km). It is a very large increase and surpass the rest of the Tesla range, including the Model S (its flagship). The new Roadster 3.0 besides incorporating greater autonomy, have major aerodynamic improvements and a coefficient of friction in the system reduced shoot.
The battery life is probably the most significant improvement for Tesla’s sports car. The company says that the new lithium ion battery has an output of 70kWh, which is 31 percent better than before. A new aerodynamic kit, meanwhile, will reduce drag on the car by 15 perfect, while new and improved wheel bearings will allow Tesla to improve the car’s rolling resistance by 20 percent.
These figures are still somewhat optimistic, of course, and assume that you’re not coping with unpredictable elements like traffic or snow. However, this is a rare chance at seeing how well an EV copes with your driving conditions before you take the keys. And if you’re really, truly concerned about driving as far as possible in a Tesla, you can always try scoring a used Roadster.