Musk: 435-mile range coming soon, compact Tesla hatchback considered for Europe
Tesla CEO Elon Musk said an electric car with 435 miles of range is coming soon, and that Tesla is considering a hatchback model for Europe, Bloomberg reported Tuesday.
Addressing a European battery conference, Musk said improved versions of existing Tesla models would achieve that new range benchmark, adding that a long-term development goal is to reach 1,000 kilometers of range—equivalent to 621 miles.
Because Musk was speaking to a European conference, it’s unclear whether he was referring to EPA-rated range, or the European WLTP testing cycle.
Granted, the difference between the two testing protocols isn’t that great on Tesla terms. According to Tesla’s website, the current WLTP range for the Model 3 Long Range is 580 kilometers (360 miles), compared to 353 miles in the U.S.
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Most of Tesla’s lineup got a range boost rather recently. All versions of the Model 3, Model X, and Model Y got range increases of varying amounts, according to Tesla’s website.
Prior to that, the Model S Long Range Plus got an EPA-rated of 402 miles
In the same talk, Musk also suggested a vehicle with a 620-mile (1,000-km) range was being developed, and hinted that Tesla’s new German factory could build smaller cars aimed at the European urban market, possibly including a hatchback.