Tesla Quietly Improves Model S Long Range EPA Rating to 409 Miles

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Lucid Air. These are the words Elon Musk hates the most these days, more so because the EV startup from Newark is boasting an estimated range of 406 miles at a starting price of $69,900 before the federal tax credit. Tesla couldn’t sit on the sideline, and this brings us to the Model S.
Even though the automaker’s website and the Environmental Protection Agency still list 402 miles as the maximum range, the Model S Long Range is now rated at 409 miles. This information comes courtesy of a Monroney label – a.k.a. window sticker – of a vehicle assembled just a few days ago.

Coming courtesy of Electrek, the Monroney label also lists an MPGe rating of 116 on the combined driving cycle as opposed to 117 MPGe before this update. At the time of writing, it’s impossible to explain these changes.

Unlocking more usable battery capacity is one possibility. Think 96 as opposed to 95 kWh from a total of 100 kWh. More energy-dense cells are another course of action, but Tesla hasn’t confirmed anything in this regard.

The window sticker further includes an energy consumption of 29 kWh per 100 miles, which isn’t too shabby for a full-size sedan that weighs this much and costs $69,420 excluding potential savings. Level up to the Performance, and $91,990 will get you a blistering acceleration of 2.3 seconds to 60 miles per hour. At the very top of the lineup, the Tesla Model S Plaid is available to order for a whopping $139,900.

At the time of reporting, the tri-motor AWD option is listed on the automaker’s website with a “late 2021” delivery date. The reason Tesla is taking its sweet time about it comes in the guise of 4680 cells with a tabless design, arranged in a structural battery pack. The cylindrical cells store five times more energy and increase range by 16 percent according to Musk at the 2020 Battery Day presentation.

In this specification, the Model S is estimated to go 520 miles at the very least on a full charge. The Lucid Air, by comparison, can't go more than 517 miles.
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After a 1:43 scale model of a Ferrari 250 GTO sparked Mircea's interest for cars when he was a kid, an early internship at Top Gear sealed his career path. He's most interested in muscle cars and American trucks, but he takes a passing interest in quirky kei cars as well.
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