Tesla upgraded its Model S this afternoon to now offer an EPA-rated 402 mile range, or 647 kilometres, making it the first electric vehicle to hit the achievement. The company made the announcement on its blog (via Tesla North):
Starting today, all North American Model S Long Range Plus vehicles have an official EPA-rated range of 402 miles, representing a nearly 20% increase in range when compared to a 2019 Model S 100D with the same battery pack design.
The new upgrade applies for all Tesla Model S Long Range Plus variants, starting today. The extended range was made possible through efficiencies such as “significant mass reduction”, more aerodynamic wheels and tires, increased efficiency to drive units and also regenerative braking, in a nutshell.
“While each of these changes are relatively small in individual impact, our unique ability to introduce them into active manufacturing lines enables significant gains in efficiency, range, and overall value when combined,” explained the company.
The Tesla Model S Long Range Plus recently saw a $7,000 CAD price drop in Canada, which the company says coupled with these latest range improvements and efficiencies, means “customers now receive more value than ever when purchasing a new Tesla.”
Just last week, Tesla delivered its first Model Y in Canada in Vancouver, with more deliveries of its new compact SUV set to happen across the country, especially in Ontario.