Tesla Model S Sets New Record For Distance Traveled On One Charge


Tesla founder and CEO Elon Musk saluted the drivers in a tweet on Saturday, stating that the record had been "officially verified".

Over 100,000 people reserved on the first day (before cancellations) and therefore, it could affect a lot of Model 3 reservation holders. The standard model gets you a 220 mile range and a top speed of 130 miles per hour. When hypermiling, a driver is attempting to get maximum mileage out of their auto no matter what.

However, the most expensive Model X they're now selling tops at $145,000, with faster acceleration and longer range. For a auto in its price range, the balance of range and power is hard to find. You would assume that because the Model 3 is incredibly light (1,000 lbs. lighter than the Model S) and doesn't have an engine, it isn't that safe. Musk is optimistic that Tesla will be able to scale up production to 20,000 Model 3 cars per month by 2017-end. That couldn't be further from the truth.

For those eager to jump on the EV bandwagon, the Tesla Model S P90D will serve the objective nicely, along with delivering sportscar performance and high-end packaging. Musk said although the S60 is a safe auto by normal standards, he asked the audience which vehicle they would rather be hit in. Nearly $1bn was spent in the quarter to bring the Model 3 into mass production.

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If you're new to cars, that isn't exactly midrange vehicle pricing, having clearly pushed into luxury sedan territory, with the likes of the Volvo S90 ($46,950) and Lexus GS ($46,310) and the Audi A6 ($47,600).

Price, however, could be a major factor for some considering a purchase, with the Bolt at $37,495 and the Tesla Model S 75D at $75,700 before a $7,500 federal tax credit, the publication said.

Musk says they are building the highly anticipated vehicle as fast as possible - 5,000 units/week as of right now with a goal of 10,000 units/week by the end of 2018.