Although electric vehicles still need a lot of work before they fully replace the internal-combustion engine, Tesla may be on the brink of solving one of the EV’s largest drawbacks. Range anxiety is a real thing. Even the most capable EVs can only cover 300-400 kilometers before they need to stop and recharge their batteries for an hour or so.
Hell, go back just five years ago and you’ll find the driving range was actually closer to 100 km. Now though, Tesla has made a breakthrough, managing to nurse a Model S and completing over 900 km on a single charge.
How did they do it? By being very, very careful. We suspect it was hypermiling on another level and it would probably bore a normal person to death, but it just goes to show what can be done with a bit of ingenuity and planning.
The drive, which took 24 hours, was completed on a closed course in Belgium, since realistically, no one can achieve such a large number when faced with traffic and hills. The test was conducted at a constant 24 mph with a single loop counting 26 kilometers.
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It may be a small win for the EV, but it’s an important one. Elon Musk, Tesla founder and CEO, claims that with the right tires and conditions, over 1000 km should be possible from a Model S 100D. Yes, the same car which can hit 60 mph in a staggering 2.5 seconds. Talk about impressive stuff.