In the world of electric cars, efficiency is the key to success. In fact, between Tesla and other manufacturers, there is a difference in terms of what is offered in equipment and what is available in terms of performance. Teslas are indeed one of the most efficient cars and it’s no secret. In fact, Elon Musk shares exactly that in a tweet about the battery life of one of his competitors.
Responding to a tweet bragging about the range of Lucid electric cars, Musk says electric vehicles with 1,000+ miles of range are a mistake.
Elon Musk: More autonomy could be less autonomy
If we think about the benefits and costs of a car with a battery of a thousand kilometers or more, we can conclude that it will not bring us any benefit. Who says it's the CEO of Tesla himself. Having this range of a thousand kilometers or more is useless (and even a mistake).
According to him, developing an electric vehicle with around 1,000 km of range would directly affect quality, due to issues with the weight of the car's battery.
In response to a tweet, the Tesla official left an exact number in miles: 600, or the equivalent of 965 km. Musk said it on Twitter, in a reply on the account Entire catalog of Mars. In this publication it was said that the Lucid delivered the "first 500 mile EV" (about 804 km) and Tesla will be "the first to produce a [carro com este alcance] in weight".
The message had one recipient, Elon Musk himself, who replied:
We could have made a 600 mile Model S 12 months ago, but that would make the product worse because 99.9% of the time the driver would be carrying unnecessary battery weight, which worsens acceleration, handling and performance. 'efficiency. Even our 400+ mile car [640 km] that's more than most 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 would be carrying around unnecessary battery mass which worsens acceleration, handling and performance. 'efficiency. Even our 400+ mile car is more than almost anyone will use.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 2, 2022
Indirectly, Musk confirms that the batteries still represent the Achilles heel of these vehicles. In the continuation of the conversation, someone rightly points out that sometimes the declared autonomy does not correspond to the real one, due to environmental factors or due to the decrease in performance over time.
While 400 miles (approx. 644 km) may seem like a lot, in real-world conditions, taking into account road speeds, cold weather and the passengers that may be carried, the range can drop to 300 miles (approx. 483 km ) or less.
Despite this reality, it's highly likely that most Tesla owners would agree that range would be a priority, preferring it over acceleration.