Tesla Motors’ upcoming entry-level electric sedan may be able to drive up to 250 miles on a single charge.
The Tesla Model 3 will have a driving range of “at least 250 miles,” The Times-Picayune reported CEO Elon Musk and co-founder J.B. Straubel as saying. The pair commented on the Model 3 while addressing utility executives earlier this week at the annual convention for the Edison Electric Institute.
Though little is known on the technical specifications of the Model 3, estimates for the sedan’s range had been closer to 200 miles. If the Model 3 achieves a 250-mile rating, it will rank just above the 2015 Model S 70D, which is rated at 240 miles. And the Model 3 will be able to deliver its 200+ mile range for about $23,000 less than the Model S.
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It’s important to keep in mind that an EPA rating for electric range doesn’t directly transfer to a vehicle’s “real world” abilities, as Musk himself as noted.
“Two hundred miles is minimum threshold for an electric car. We need 200-plus miles in real world. Not 200 miles in ‘AC off, driving on flat road’ mode,” said Musk during a Q&A session following Tesla’s 6.2 software update.