The S now gets close to 400 miles on a charge.
Tesla's over-the-air updates have become a controversial topic lately, as not all drivers like the new user interface that was recently rolled out. Some owners have even noticed that their semi-autonomous driving features have been disabled via OTA updates without any notice. But for the most part, Tesla's OTA update system is a useful feature and in the company's latest change to the Tesla Model S and Tesla Model X, owners will enjoy a longer driving range.
CEO Elon Musk took to Twitter to announce the "Tesla Model S estimated EPA range is now above 390 miles or ~630 km." This figure is up from the previous 373-mile range while the Model X also increases to 351 miles (previously 328 miles).
Musk also clarified that "All S/X cars made in recent months have actually been above stated EPA range" and that this new range "Will be unlocked soon for free via software update." Both of these new range estimates are for the Long Range Plus versions of the Model S and X while the Performance variants are unchanged with ranges of 348 and 305 miles respectively. Although Musk says this new range of nearly 400 miles is achieved with software alone, the Model S configurator now shows a new wheel design that was rumored to be in the works.
When asked if the Model S might soon hit the 400-mile mark for range, Musk replied, "Maybe possible with improved wheels/tires (which would be available to all previously made cars)." We aren't sure if the new wheels for the Model S will make a significant improvement on the range but owners who want to get the longest distance out of their car might be in the market for a new set of rims. For now, the Model S has the longest range of any available EV and offers nearly double the EPA-estimated range of its closest competitor, the Porsche Taycan.