In the world of electric cars, efficiency is the key to success. In fact, there is a difference between Tesla and other manufacturers in terms of what equipment is offered and what is available in terms of performance. Teslas is already one of the most efficient cars and this is no secret. In fact, Elon Musk shares exactly that in a tweet about his competitor’s battery life.
In response to a tweet bragging about the range of Lucid’s electric cars, Musk says electric vehicles with a range of over 1,000 km are a mistake.
Elon Musk: More independence might be less independence
If we consider the benefits and costs of a car with a battery of a thousand kilometers or more, we can come to the conclusion that it will not bring us any advantage. Who says he's the CEO of Tesla himself. Having this range of a thousand kilometers or more is superfluous (and even wrong).
According to him, the development of an electric car with about 1,000 kilometers of autonomy will directly affect the quality, due to problems with the weight of the car battery.
In response to the tweet, a Tesla official left an exact figure in mileage: 600, which equals 965 km. Musk said this on Twitter in response to the account The entire catalog of Mars. In this post it was said that Lucid Delivered the "first 500 EV miles" (about 804 kilometers) and Tesla will be "the first to produce [carro com este alcance] in weight".
The message had a recipient, Elon Musk, who replied:
We could have made a 600-mile Model S 12 months ago, but that would make the product worse, as 99.9% of the time the driver would be carrying unnecessary weight on the battery, worsening acceleration, handling and efficiency. Even our car of more than 400 miles [640 km] It's more than most people will use.
We could have made a 600-mile Model S 12 months ago, but that would have made the product worse, because 99.9% of the time you'd be carrying an unnecessary battery block, making acceleration, handling and efficiency worse. Even our car with a 400+ mile range is more than just about anyone uses it.
- Elon Musk March 2, 2022
Indirectly, Musk asserts that batteries are still the Achilles heel of these vehicles. In continuing the conversation, someone correctly points out that, on occasion, the stated independence does not correspond to true autonomy, due to environmental factors or as a result of declining performance over time.
While 400 miles (about 644 km) might seem like a lot, under real conditions, taking into account road speeds, cold weather, and carry-on passengers, the range could drop to 300 miles (about 483 km) or less.
Despite this fact, it is very likely that most Tesla owners would agree that range would be a priority, preferring it over acceleration.
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