Tesla Model 3 Being Retested To Prove Its Brakes Actually Work

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A stopping distance from 60 mph that's longer than a Ford F-150 is not acceptable.

Earlier this week we learned that Consumer Reports could not recommend the Tesla Model 3 for one main reason: poor stopping distance. Simply put, the Model 3's braking was slower than a full-size pickup truck. Coming to a standstill from 60 mph should not require 152 feet for a vehicle this size. The Ford F-150, by comparison, has a stopping distance of about 7 feet less. Tesla CEO Elon Musk quickly acknowledged the issue, though he did add that Consumer Reports had tested an early build Model 3. But that shouldn't matter.

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He wrote on Twitter that it "Looks like this (the braking issue) can be fixed with a firmware update. With further refinement, we can improve braking distance beyond initial specs." Musk also said Tesla will release this update in a few days. Consumer Reports' director of automotive testing, Jake Fisher, is all too happy to retest the Model 3 once this has been done. "If Tesla can update the brakes over the air – an industry first – we'd be happy to retest our Model 3." Musk is probably very anxious for CR to conduct a retest because the announcement of the Model 3's disappointing results hurt Tesla's stock. On Tuesday, according to Reuters, it fell by 3.3 percent.

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What a difference 24 hours makes. With Model 3 production now in full swing, Musk and crew can't afford more bad news, hence the quick response to CR's findings and, hopefully, a successful retest.

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