Last week was filled with all kinds of hype, much of it around the plaid-spec Model S. However, some other statistics were dropped, which are arguably more important to most people – for example, the threshold figure for the update. . At the time, Tesla boss Elon Musk said it would cover 412 miles on a single charge, which is a big deal.
Fast forward a few days, and that number dropped from 412 miles to 405 miles on Tesla’s website. In addition, the words have been changed from Estimated Limit to EPA Estimated Limit – something that electrec picked up and spoke in a story published Tuesday. The question at the time was what this meant because the EPA had not yet updated its FuelEconomy.gov website.
Well, as of Wednesday it is, and the EPA lists the Model S Long Range as 405 miles—slightly up from the 402 miles offered by the previous Long Range Plus version. It comes with a similar bump in efficiency, illustrated by an improved mpge number of 120, up from 117. This efficiency bump is the product of several powertrain and battery changes in the palladium-spec Model S.
in present, EPA lists mileage only With 19-inch and 21-inch wheels for the long range Model S and Model S performance. It’s not entirely clear whether the latter is for the older, pre-palladium generation car, but we suspect that “est” is still being used by Tesla. for plaid range on your site instead of “EPA Est.”
Ordinarily, we’d ask a car manufacturer to clarify this kind of information for us, but since Tesla lacks a PR department, we can’t do that. If we know more, we’ll let you know.