The Tesla Model S has become the first EV to reach this range milestone.
Thanks to over-the-air software updates, Tesla has been continuously improving the electric ranges of its cars to stay ahead of its competitors. But now the Tesla Model S has set a new benchmark, becoming the first EV to break the 400-mile range barrier. After Musk made the claim earlier in the year, the figures have officially been verified by the EPA, and the Model S Long Range Plus can proudly boast an EPA-rated range of 402 miles, representing an increased range of nearly 20 percent compared to a 2019 Model S 100D with the same battery pack design.
This is a significant milestone as this beats the range offered by Tesla's competitors by a huge margin. To put the progress that's been made into perspective, the Model S offered 265 miles of range when it debuted in 2012.
According to Elon Musk, all Model S Long Range Plus cars built since late January this year offer the improved range. Tesla says it has applied lessons from designing and engineering the Model 3 and Model Y to the Model S and Model X to significantly reduce the car's weight, which has improved the range.
Additional weight reductions were achieved thanks to the "standardization of Tesla's in-house seat manufacturing" and using lighter materials for the battery pack and drive units. Tesla's new 8.5 inch-wide aero wheels also reduce aerodynamic drag, improving the range by two percent when paired with a new custom tire designed to reduce rolling resistance.
In addition, the mechanical oil pump of the rear motor has been replaced with an electric oil pump that optimizes lubrication and reduces friction. Improvements made to the gearbox in the front motors shared also increase the range by two percent while driving on the highway.
The new Hold mode regenerative braking system also now works at a lower speed and deceleration rate, sending more energy back to the battery pack. Despite the improved range, the Tesla Model S Long Range Plus recently received a price cut of $5,000, bringing the price down to $74,990.
It is important to note, however, that real-world figures may differ, and the EPA figures are merely guidelines.