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Facelifted 90D can eke out 303.2 miles on a charge; increases previous rating by 9 miles
Sam Sheehan
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27 April 2016

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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Walking 28 April 2016

Oil extraction and photosynthesis

I read this when the prices were still high. Traditionally it would take one barrel of oil energy wise to extract 100 barrels. Some of the more ambitious sites found are at one barrel to extract 3 barrels. For some reason solar power just seems right. Generally it is nature that shows us the right way photosynthesis seems to have worked well for 3.4 billion years.
Walking 28 April 2016

Australia prime market

You would think Australia is prime Market for this step forward. Small population to land mass, rich enough, governed, large deserts with long periods of sunshine, traditional homes almost built to house solar panels. Poor intercity rail connections. Scatter the country with solar farms and charging points happy days. Maybe the large carbon reserves are getting in the way.
ralphsmall 28 April 2016

real range of Tesla

We all know the real mpg figures are at least 15 percent less than the govt approved numbers or even manufacture's fuggy figures so how far does a Tesla really go. The one I went in showed excessive battery use when putting the wellie in, Similarly an I3 used its range extender very quickly.I live down under and people regularly drive a 1000 miles in one hit.
Charles b 29 April 2016

Just a matter of time

ralphsmall wrote:

We all know the real mpg figures are at least 15 percent less than the govt approved numbers or even manufacture's fuggy figures so how far does a Tesla really go. The one I went in showed excessive battery use when putting the wellie in, Similarly an I3 used its range extender very quickly.I live down under and people regularly drive a 1000 miles in one hit.

5 to 7 years. That's how long before you're driving an EV.