“We could have made a Tesla Model S with 1,000 km of autonomy a year ago, but that’s not what I want”, launched Elon Musk on Twitter.
Elon Musk, the extravagant boss of Tesla, continues to communicate via his favorite social network, Twitter, and this allows sometimes, not to say often, to have more information about Tesla and its strategy. As you are certainly aware if you follow automotive news diligently, Tesla sees several major competitors arriving in its rear-view mirror, starting with Lucid Motors.
Tesla Model S vs. Lucid Air
The new Lucid Air is regularly compared to the tried and tested Tesla Model S. When the former claims a range on a single charge of 520 miles according to the US EPA homologation cycle, or approximately 837 kilometersthe other is announced at 405 miles, or approximately 652 kilometers.
The numbers clearly show that the Lucid Air has a clear advantage over Tesla’s flagship. But Elon Musk, known for his frenetic activity on social networks, felt compelled to intervene when a user pointed out to him this gap in autonomy.
We could have made a 600 mile Model S 12 months ago but that would have made the product worse because 99.9% of the time you would be carrying around unnecessary battery mass which worsens acceleration, handling and performance. ‘efficiency. Even our 400+ mile car is more than almost anyone will use.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 2, 2022
“We could have made a Tesla Model S with 600 miles of range 12 months ago, but we wouldn’t have upgraded the car because 99.9% of the time you would have been carrying the extra weight of the bigger battery. , which would have deteriorated acceleration, handling and efficiency. Already our car with over 400 miles of range delivers more than people actually need”explained Elon Musk.
The increase in autonomy comes mainly from larger, heavier and bulkier batteries. In the case of the Model S, the range of 650 km is considered sufficient not only by the CEO of Tesla, but also by most customerswho have never really expressed the need for more.
Tesla on all fronts?
That doesn’t mean Tesla isn’t working on technologies and new solutions to improve the performance of its cars. The brand works in many areas, starting with structural batteries which debuted on the Model Y and will become standard on all models going forward. Then there are the 4680 cells, which promise greater energy density, faster recharging and also lower production costs.
In addition to working on cars, Tesla is also investing heavily in its growing Supercharger network, with obvious benefits for owners.
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