- Following up our recent article exploring Tesla EVs’ range, Car and Driver visited Tesla to expand on the question of how the EV maker has kept itself at the forefront in the highly competitive electric-vehicle range wars.
- Tesla’s stay-in-control approach, in which it builds most of what it needs rather than source items from a supplier, is part of the answer.
- One of several eye-opening statements: According to Tesla, if you improve motor efficiency by 8 to 10 percent, range will improve by 15 to 18 percent.
In 2012, a small EV startup unveiled its second vehicle. The 2012 Tesla Model S wasn’t as flashy as the Roadster that preceded it, but it was a more practical electric car and it essentially changed how the world sees electrification. The Model S sedan with the largest battery pack—with a capacity of 85.0 kWh—was rated at 265 miles of EPA range. Four years later, a…