Facelifted 90D can eke out 303.2 miles on a charge; increases previous rating by 9 miles

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has given the latest Tesla Model S an official range rating of 303.2 miles, pushing the all-electric fastback beyond the 300-mile mark for the first time.

Tesla has now confirmed an even larger range for the Model S and its sibling, the Model X, with the addition of a 100kWh battery.

The EPA published the official range figures as part of its routine updates in much the same way that European regulators update the official emissions figures used for UK car tax brackets.

The Model S 90D increases its previous official figure by 9 miles, while the dual-motor P90D has also extended its official range from 253 to 270 miles.

Tesla says these increases in range come thanks in part to the facelifted car’s more aerodynamic front end – the 2016 model features a smoother nose than the outgoing car – but are largely due to the fact that the EPA has now tested a 90D with a 90kWh battery.

Previous figures used percentage-increased estimates based on tests in a car with an 85kWh battery.

Aside from an increased range, the new Model S can also charge faster than before, thanks to its charger being upgraded from 40A to 48A.

Earlier this week, Tesla added 150 so-called Destination Chargers to its European recharging network, with 26 finding homes in the UK. The car maker also posted a picture of a Model S parked in front of a wall displaying the number 100, leading to suggestions that a new Model S 100D, with an even longer range, is on the way.

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27 April 2016
Whilst official figures give this Tesla a range of 300 miles the diesel Passat has an official range of of over 1000 miles. Even in the UK a real world range of less than 250, like this Tesla, is restrictive for what is an expensive car. Let's face it something as expensive and wide is hardly a town runabout.

27 April 2016
Yes but how many people actually drive 1000 in one go ? Or even 200 for that matter ? Theres some way to go before battery cars match IC engined cars, but 300 miles is more than enough for most people. I know someone with a Model S that has only a 220 mile range and any fears that it wouldnt be enough disappeared long ago - its mostly plenty for driving all over the south and when it isnt a quick stop at a supercharger for only 15 mins whilst you have a pee and buy a quick snack puts another 50 miles on the range, in 4 months and 5000 miles range anxiety has never once reared its head. Again for most people its more than enough.

27 April 2016
I suspect that someone looking to buy the 1000 mile range Passat would not be looking at the Tesla, and vice versa. Whilst the Tesla is not in my price bracket, I think that 300 range would suit me nicely. I do 10,000 miles a year. One charge a week sounds quite attractive. The last time I did more than 250 miles in any one day was way back in, 2014, when 1,200 miles was done in 4 days. If the battery recycling issue is catered for, and electricity comes from eco-friendly sources, then surely we should rejoice that here is a car that addresses local pollution and is desirable. I hope this newer model has door bins in the back though, even cheap cars have such a luxury these days.

27 April 2016
Campervan wrote:

Whilst official figures give this Tesla a range of 300 miles the diesel Passat has an official range of of over 1000 miles. Even in the UK a real world range of less than 250, like this Tesla, is restrictive for what is an expensive car. Let's face it something as expensive and wide is hardly a town runabout.

Let's face it, even most drivers of diesel cars rarely drive more than 100 miles a day.

29 April 2016
And really, wouldn't they be better placed to comment then you?

27 April 2016
agree - whilst this model is leading all the battery hens I still fear for the future with this form of propulsion - my main objection being - how are they intending to dispose of those batteries when the time comes? more pollution? (not to mention the forgetful point of how much fuels are burned of one kind or another to charge the bloody things in the first place. love the shape - just think it isnt the answer

what's life without imagination

27 April 2016
is that real world? lol you just have to love these figures these days....i'll stick with my SAAB 9000 turbo that did 3pmg lol

27 April 2016
is just that, are we to complain and moan whenever a regulator updates the official figure. Still each luddite to their own I suppose.

 

Hydrogen cars just went POP

27 April 2016
The battery is fully recyclable. The new Tesla Gigafactory will actually have a facility where the old batteries can be recycled. In fact all the lithium, cobalt and nickel which goes into the battery when it is produced is still there when it comes to be recycled (it is a closed unit).

The energy to recharge the battery comes from the grid. Renewables are growing each year as a % of the grid, and so the car gets greener over time. But even if the electricity was 100% from coal, EVs still are more efficient than burning hydrocarbons.

use your imagination

27 April 2016
can that passat with a 1000 mile range actually do it? and, paddyb, have you ever got the percentages worked out the efficiency of an ev, backwards from "power at the wheels", to the fuel-in end of a power station? the steam turbines are rated at 40%.

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