When do you think 600km - 1000km will be available

When do you think 600km - 1000km will be available

Im loving all of this stuff that Tesla is doing. Im wondering if 600km -1000km will ever be available on a single charge? Im not sure if its physically possible or if battery performance follows Moore's Law but it would be awesome to have that kind of range.

Tesluthian | 24. kan 2013

Possibly by 2016 with an upscale battery in a GenIII car. That's their mass market car, should be lighter, plus battery improvements and an upscale version of that.

mammoth | 24. kan 2013

1000 km would be awesome!

DonS | 24. kan 2013

500km actual (probably 570km rated) would equal most ICE vehicles. Even the longest range diesels are around 800km, so I think there will be little market, given the high cost, to go much above 500km for the next 6-7 years.

People point out a smaller car would get better range, but that assumes you can still fit the same battery. You will not fit an 'S' battery in a smaller car, so you have to wait quite a while until that energy will fit into a smaller package.

baku | 24. kan 2013

In new future Tesla will have much better range than most economic petrol car. E.g. more than 700 miles. All petrol and diesel cars will die.

cloroxbb | 25. kan 2013

Just remember though, the bigger the battery, the longer the charge... although the "top speed" of charging could be faster without damage.

Timo | 27. kan 2013

Elon has said that 500 mile range is no technical problem even for our current day techs. It's just the cost of the battery which is still too high. 500 miles ~= 800km

Model S battery (the actual battery) is quite small. You can fit twice that in much smaller car without any noticeable effect on interior, only weight of the battery would make noticeable effect on handling.

~8000 battery cells * ~46g/cell = ~368kg, + cooling and structure, maybe 500kg or even less.

Of course Model S battery as it is wouldn't fit because it is made for Model S and is too wide and long for smaller car.

Timo | 27. kan 2013

@cloroxbb, that's not correct. In fact it is just the opposite, bigger battery is a bit faster to charge. It's just from empty to full which takes longer, but with max range of 800 or so km, you don't do that often.

cloroxbb | 27. kan 2013


It is correct, although I said that it would have the ability to charge faster. I was referring to empty to full :) because, of course, you would be able to theoretically charge it faster because of the higher kwh.

Brian H | 28. kan 2013

There's more to it than that. 50% of a large battery takes the same time as 50% of a smaller one given the same voltage. It "accepts" the electrons faster, as it has more places to put them.

Timo | 28. kan 2013

Assuming obviously unlimited power. However, even for limited power hitting that crucial point where charging starts to take more time takes longer for bigger battery, so 170kWh chargers 85kWh quite a lot faster than 85kWh battery even with same power.

Vawlkus | 28. kan 2013

Given that a 500 mile was doable last year, I have little doubt a 600 - 1000 KM is either doable now, or later this year. Trouble is, like the 500 mile battery they are just too expensive for now.

Bubba2000 | 05. juni 2013

I would pay an extra $25k for the 500 mile range... especially on the Model X. Price of a Porsche Cayenne Turbo loaded up.

Germanboy | 06. juni 2013

Well I used the 600 km range quite a few times with my LPG-Opel Vectra. I hope this range will be reachable with one charge at an EV.

J.T. | 06. juni 2013


October 8th, 2017

Brian H | 06. juni 2013

No way; much earlier, Sept 29th, 2017. >;p

J.T. | 06. juni 2013

@Brian H You might be right. I just realized October 8th is a Sunday. That's never going to happen.

Captain_Zap | 08. juni 2013

Wasn't weight one of the considerations when making the Model S a max of 85kWh?

Alaa | 26. september 2015

Well it is almost official now. Elon said it in Denmark that by 2017 if not 2016.

The point here is that there will be less need for superchargers and there will be an even bigger market for these cars. Especially in 3rd world countries where there is hardly an infrastructure for these superchargers. It is strange that in these poor countries the price of say a Mercedes E200 is more than the top Tesla Model S! The strange thing is that in Egypt for example they make these Mercedes cars here, and are selling like hot dogs; even when the economy is poor. It surprises me in a way but maybe people do not know where to put there savings so they buy an expensive Mercedes!

The same thing happens in nearly all developing countries, thus there is a huge market waiting for that long range. No one can drive 1000 km in one day in Egypt. There is not enough roads for such a trip and the roads that are available have a natural speed limit of donkeys cows etc that will make it impossible to drive faster than 30 km/h. So 1000 km of range will mean that I do not need a supercharger because I will need to charge my phone once I reach my destination then I can charge my Tesla. It will take a few hours to charge but I will be sleeping. zzzzzzzzzzzzzz

grega | 26. september 2015

No, he was talking about the recent records that stretched the range to a huge distance at 25mph, and I think that when they asked him what could it do in a couple of years he was saying that the stretched range records would increase 10% or so.

Even so, it all helps. I was disappointed that when he was asked about maximum range he didn't reframe the question and talk about a goal of driving all day as long as you want, with 30 minute breaks every 4 hours (or 15 minutes every 2 hours)

FREE ENERGY | 27. september 2015

Norway will build super chargers every 50 km :-)

Nic727 | 27. september 2015

I don't think the battery will be bigger... Just watch at old computer and compare to iPhone... It will get smaller or stay the same size, but will have more power and range.