Tesla surpasses the 300-mile single-charge range barrier
Tesla boosts combined rating by 24 miles, highway-only rating by nine.
And as far as highway driving is concerned, though, that range was boosted by nine miles to 303.2 miles, so sound the trumpets. Of course, that's factoring in ideal conditions such as a steady speed of 65 miles per hour, a 70-degree day and no climate controls engaged, but still: it's 300 miles.
As impressive as 300 miles is, though, some intrepid folks have blown past that figure in their own vehicles, though at a more deliberate pace. Most notably, Teslarati reported last September that Casey Spencer took his Model S to more than 500 miles without recharging it. Over-inflated tires and a late and relatively windless night helped out that effort, but the real key was his "cruising" speed of 20 miles per hour. Spencer beat out the previous record by Sweden's Bjorn Nyland, who took his Tesla about 453 miles, and at a 24-mph clip, without a recharge.
Either way, Tesla, which last month started taking reservations for its lower-priced Model 3, continues to widen the gap between its vehicles' single-charge range and its competitors. With other production EVs limiting their single-charge range to just under 100 miles, Tesla's tripled that with the 90D and will more than double that when the Model 3 starts deliveries towards the end of next year.
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