Getting 400 miles out of one tank of gas or diesel is not a big deal; most hybrids can easily get into the 500-mile range and diesel SUVs with 20- to 30-gallon tanks can hit 600-700 miles between fill-ups. But for electric vehicles, the 400-mile range frontier is a big deal.
Tesla has long been the production EV range champ, with a dual-motor Tesla Model S, equipped with a 100-kW-hr battery, capable of driving 335 miles on a single charge. Last week, Tesla released an updated version of the Model S that promises 370 miles of range. But is that really the limit?
We had the exclusive opportunity to drive this updated Tesla Model S from the Tesla factory in Fremont, California, to the company’s design center in Hawthorne, California—a trip that normally requires a stop at a charging station somewhere in between. Yet, after 359 miles of nonstop driving, our intrepid team pulled into Tesla Design with 11 percent charge left on the battery, and a stated range of 41 miles. So is 400 miles actually possible? And just how do you drive that long without stopping for a break? Watch the video above to find out.
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