Tesla’s Design Studio has undergone minor changes recently to more accurately state the actual range of its Model X and S. Where the Tesla Model S Long Range used to state a range of 370 miles per charge, it now states 373. The Model X Long Range stats has also improved to 328 miles per charge.
It’s not a coincidence that this change has come since Elon Musk and CTO Drew Baglino brought this up during a discussion about the real-life ranges of the Raven Model S and X, in which they explained that they accidentally filed the wrong numbers for each car.
“(The) basic Model S at this point has a range of 370 miles. Actually, technically it’s 373, but we actually certified it incorrectly as 370, but it’s 373,” Musk explained.
This isn’t so surprising, as it has already been proven by motoring outlets that the range can sometimes far exceed that which is advertised. For example, MotorTrend tested the Raven Model S Long Range and found that even after 359 miles into a trip, the car still had 11% battery remaining. It was being driven from SF to LA on one charge under normal freeway driving. MotorTrend wondered if the car could in fact reach 400 miles in one charge with a reserved driving style.
With another upgrade soon to grace the Model S and X, even higher range will become available to customers.
“We’re also expecting there’s going to be an over-the-air improvement that will improve the power of the Model S, X, and 3. That’s, by the way coming in a few weeks. Should be in the order of 5% power improvement due to improved firmware,” Musk said. “[It] might move the Model S range to almost 380 or high 370s.”