Tesla Model S is the first production EV with over 400 miles of range

We now live in the world of a 400 mile EV.

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The Tesla Model S officially crosses the 400-mile mark. “As of today, all North American Model S Long Range Plus vehicles have an official range of 402 miles according to the EPA,” Tesla confirmed on Monday.

Even better, the increase in the range is not accompanied by an increase in prices. According to the Model S configuration page, the Long Range Plus costs $ 74,990, not including the incentives available. This lower prices were announced in May.

the Model S Long Range Plus was last evaluated at 390 miles in February – a certain Tesla CEO, Elon Musk openly contested. However, thanks to a number of factors such as weight reduction, improved aerodynamics and improved propulsion unit efficiency, the Model S is now able to escape those additional 12 miles. The Model S Performance, meanwhile, continues to have an impressive range of 348 miles.

The reduced weight was “achieved by standardizing the internal manufacturing of Tesla seats and the lighter materials used in our batteries and drive units,” the company said in a statement. At 4,883 pounds, the Model S Long Range Plus is 58 pounds lighter than a comparable Performance model.

Tesla’s redesigned Tempest wheels also play a role in this improvement. Tesla says these wheels represent a 2% increase in range when wrapped in new low rolling resistance tires. You can see the updated wheel design on the Tesla website.

Aside from the increased range, the specifications of the Model S Long Range Plus have not changed. Tesla says the EV is capable of accelerating to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds, and can reach a top speed of 155 mph. Tesla also says that the Model S now has a regenerative braking mode called Hold that can stop the vehicle completely if the driver simply releases the accelerator.

As always, Tesla says it will continue to improve the Model S with future live updates. “These changes went into production earlier this year when we started manufacturing the Model S Long Range Plus at our factory in Fremont, California,” said the company. “All Model S Long Range Plus vehicles will receive the new 402 mile rating.”

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