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The refreshed Tesla Model S Long Range has received an official EPA range and efficiency rating, which demonstrates ongoing improvements. The vehicle now has 405 miles total range with a combined city/highway MPGe of 120.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency published the EPA range for 2021 Tesla Model S Long Range to an impressive 405 miles (652 km) with 19-inch wheels, with a combined city/highway MPGe of 120, showing an improvement over the 2020 versions. By all individual and overall metrics, the 2021 version is capable of driving a few miles further, whether on the highway or in the city. It is also noticeable that power consumption has been reduced to 28 kWh/100 mi. It is a good improvement compared to the 2020 Tesla Model S Long Range with 30 kWh/100 and the 2020 Tesla Model S Long Range Plus with 29 kWh/100.
Of course, a more significant improvement can be seen over the 2020 Tesla Model S Long Range with a range of 373 miles. The 2021 Model S has a slight range performance advantage over the 2020 Tesla Model S Long Range Plus, however the three-mile range improvement is significant when it comes to the vehicle.
Source: the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
At the moment, Tesla has not disclosed details about what battery cells will be used to produce the 2021 Model S LR, however, it can be assumed that for now these will be 18650 cells. The mass production of 4680 cells has not yet begun, and when it starts, the ones that will be produced will be used primarily for the upcoming Cybertruck, Semi, Roadster, and Model S Plaid. Other models of the company, for now, will use the current, time-tested cells. In such a situation, it is especially impressive that Tesla was able to optimize the Model S so well that it performs significantly better, even with the use of the 18650 battery cell form factor.
It is also worth considering that the real efficiency and range of the vehicle could be even better. Experience has shown that Tesla could restrict certain features of the car in order to be able to unlock them via software updates in the future. This may include increasing the range when purchasing an option, as has been the case in the past with its other models.
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