Musk did not go into detail about this statement during his presence at the Mountain View in California; for example, he did not indicate whether the 400 miles would be broken by updating an existing model by means of better battery technology, or by, for example, a new model such as the Model Y, which, incidentally, should come on the market from next year.
Musk showed a graph in which the maximum range of several electric passenger cars was compared. According to the data shown, all Tesla models, but especially the Model S, still stand out above the rest. “No electric car has surpassed the range of the first Model S from 2012,” said Musk. The Model S achieves 370 miles or 595km according to the EPA inspection.
In addition, he could not help but make fun of competitors such as the Audi e-Tron. In an earlier slide on energy efficiency in the form of the number of miles per kWh, the Model 3 comes out best with almost 4 miles per kWh. This data is based on EPA measurements and therefore not the WLTP standard that is often used in Europe. In the slide shown, the Audi e-tron is just above 2 miles per kWh, which prompted Musk to say with a somewhat restrained smile that there is ‘room for improvement’ with the e-tron.
The CEO of Tesla also briefly discussed the capacity to allow Tesla cars to drive completely autonomously. “Every car we have made since October 2016 has the capacity for full autonomy with only the replacement of the computer”. He also refers to the self-designed chip presented in April. This so-called Full Self-Driving Computer, which is mounted behind the glovebox and is already standard in relatively new Model S and X cars and the Model 3 models, must be able to drive completely autonomously. Although Musk had to acknowledge that this still requires permission from governments.