Elon Musk just put out a mysterious tweet: “Tesla press conf at 9am on Thurs. About to end range anxiety … via OTA software update. Affects entire Model S fleet.”
Although Tesla’s Model S features impressive driving ranges, many drivers suffer from ‘End range anxiety’. This makes drivers constantly aware of how much range they have left until the next recharge. Tesla’s world-wide Supercharger network does a great job of offering high-speed chargers, but the Model S needs to charge more often than your average fuel driven car. The actual charging also takes more time than old-fashion refuelling and gas stations remain more widespread than charge points.
But don’t get me wrong, I’m a big fan of Tesla in general and Elon Musk specifically. The drive Elon shows is really inspiring and it reflects on his endeavours. With the money he earned by selling Paypal, he started Tesla and SpaceX. Both companies destined to revolutionise the car and space industry.
So what about this mysterious tweet? Well, my best guess is that Tesla has figured out a way to increase the driving range by making the Model S use the available power more intelligently or make the actual battery technology more efficient.
Since Elon mentions OTA (Over The Air), it would would be a software update that is done on all existing Model S cars, without the need to go to a dealership. Just like you would update the software on your computer or mobile phone. Something which seems very normal, but it’s actually a revolution in the automotive industry.
The most impressive OTA update to date is the acceleration speed boost that was delivered to the Model S P85 D, making it accelerate faster through a simple software update.
So let’s wait and see until Thursday 9 AM PT to see what Elon Musk has in store for us.