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EPA Rates Tesla Model S Range

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On: Mon, May 14, 2012 at 4:11PM | By: Chris Weiss


EPA Rates Tesla Model S Range

Tesla will begin Model S deliveries next month, a little earlier than initially planned. The EPA has tested and rated the model, keeping Tesla at its untouchable pinnacle in terms of EV range.

When tested by way of the EPA's new stricter 5-cycle testing, which adds cold-weather with heater, hot-weather with air conditioner and high-speed driving to its 2-cycle testing, the EPA stamps a 265-mile rating on the top-tier Model S, only about 12 percent lower than Tesla's 300-mile claim. Considering ratings of cars like the Nissan Leaf take a hit of nearly a third when tested by the EPA, that's not bad at all. Further, when tested under the 2-cycle procedure that the Roadster was judged by, the Model S exceeds Tesla's estimates, earning 320 miles of range.

In a new blog post, Tesla breaks down even more optimal ranges available under certain driving conditions. For instance, its data shows that if you travel at steady speeds around 50 mph (sounds like a nice back road cruise), the Model S will give you about 330 miles of range. It can even break 450 miles when driven at speeds between 20 and 25 mph, though that point is probably moot since you probably don't need that much range when driving at residential speeds (unless you plan to drive that slowly for 18 hours straight).

At highway speeds between 55 mph and 75 mph, the Tesla gets around 310 to 225 miles of range. It's not until around 80 mph that range drops to a flat 200 miles. Of course, those numbers can be influenced by a variety of factors such as weight of your passengers/cargo, weather conditions, terrain etc. Tesla's numbers are based on no heating or air conditioning use, 300 lbs. of passenger/cargo weight and flat ground with no wind, among a few other stipulations.

As you probably realize, those numbers are based on the Model S with the 85 kWh battery pack, the largest and most expensive of the three packs that Tesla will offer on its new sedan.

Take a look at Tesla's post for a more in-depth look at its numbers and how they will affect Model S drivers.




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