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2016 Tesla Model S 90D Scored 303.2-mile Rating
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By Miles Branman - May 2 , 2016

The face-lifted 2016 Model S 90D has scored a 303.2-mile rating, exceeding the 300-mile holy grail for EVs.

Tesla just continues to exceed expectations, as the latest news from the Environmental Protection Agency will give electric vehicle nay-sayers something to chew on. The face-lifted 2016 Model S 90D has scored a 303.2-mile rating, exceeding the 300-mile holy grail for EVs. Tesla’s vehicle is the first production model to hit the goal, according to the EPA’s 2016 Green Vehicle Guide.

While the new rating is reserved for Tesla’s 90D version, improvements have also come to other Model S derivatives . The more potent, “ludicrous-mode” P90D gets a bump from 253 miles to 270 miles, which is actually a bigger jump from the previous generation Model S than the 90D.

The range increases can be attributed to a couple factors. The brand’s move to a grill-less front fascia for all its cars, including the Model 3, Model X, and Model S improves aerodynamics considerably. Also, to the fault of the EPA, this is the first 90kWh Tesla they’ve tested, despite the larger battery being available for months. Until now, the EPA had just been giving the Model S range a “percentage increase” based on estimated improvements over the 85kWh battery.

In addition to having a longer range, the 2016 Model S recharges faster thanks to a new 48A system (compared to the 40A unit found in older models). European buyers will also be pleased to learn that Tesla has added 150 “Destination Chargers” to its recharging network.

Tesla may be the first to the 300-mile marker, but with other automakers on the EV hunt, including GM, BMW, Audi, Ford, Jaguar, Nissan, and Volkswagen, their exclusivity won’t last long. Tesla may have the momentum for now, but before the Model 3 even hits production (which is scheduled for 2017), there may be new, more affordable electric vehicle players.

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I thought Tesla already brought out (maybe announced) a version with a 100kWh battery!?! -
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"I thought Tesla already brought out (maybe announced) a version with a 100kWh battery!?! -

Not yet.... someone just found the code in the software that is thought to be for a 100kWh battery. But that is the next logical step.

And this is 302 miles on the freeway at 65 mph.
 

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Is that 302 miles running AC?
Is that running heated seats, window defroster and heated steering wheel in the winter?
Is that running cooled seats in the summer?

Surely not.
But the thing is that extra range/capacity will enable drivers to use those features more while worrying less about how they affect range in day to day use. That 100 mile range Focus on the other hand, I sure hope owners live in mild climates!
 

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But the thing is that extra range/capacity will enable drivers to use those features more while worrying less about how they affect range in day to day use. That 100 mile range Focus on the other hand, I sure hope owners live in mild climates!

Do you mean the 3 EV Focii I can buy for the price of this Tesla combined?
Or the 1 EV Focus plus a Shelby GT350.....Or....
 

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unrelated...
Tesloop.com

Tesloop is your private Tesla Model S intercity shuttle service
Right Now, It'll Only Take You From LA to Las Vegas...

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Sebastian Blanco - Nov 13th 2015

Ever thought of a Tesla Model S as a bus? It can be, sort of, thanks to a new shuttle service calling itself Tesloop, which wants to offer "Sustainable Travel for Everyone." The idea is that instead of driving yourself or flying, people will want to ride in electric vehicle comfort for a few hours between cities. Currently, the service only operates between Los Angeles and Las Vegas, but the website says that trips to Palm Springs, San Diego, and Santa Barbara are "coming soon."

The cost for a ride currently costs $85 one-way, and you might be sharing your multi-hour ride with other passengers, but there's no discount if you do. Tesloop says that the, "experience is similar to an airline where passengers share a cabin" and that the, "safe and sustainable" trip is, "more pleasant and productive than flying." Instead of drivers, the company calls the people who drive the cars "pilots," emphasizing the theme...

More... including a couple videos Autoblog won't let me embed
 
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