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Tesla increases the range for existing Model Y EVs through an update

Jon Fingas, @jonfingas
October 17, 2020
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A picture taken on September 5, 2020 shows a driver testing a "Tesla Model Y" car, an all-electric compact SUV by US electric car giant Tesla, during its presentation at the Automobile Club in Budapest. (Photo by ATTILA KISBENEDEK / AFP) (Photo by ATTILA KISBENEDEK/AFP via Getty Images)
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You don’t have to buy a new car to get a range upgrade from Tesla, at least for the right model. Electrek reports that Tesla is pushing a software update that improves the range of existing Model Y crossovers. The exact gains aren’t clear, but one Long Range driver said the upgrade was roughly on par with the 325 miles you’d get with a brand new Model Y.

The improvements come through code that “improves the efficiency of the motors and the climate control systems,” Tesla said in its release notes. In other words, Tesla’s “efficiency package” mentioned with the Model 3 refresh appears to revolve around software.

It’s not certain if this applies to Model 3 owners, or whether all on-the-road Model Y examples will get the update. The Y has only been on the road for several months, so there’s a chance this could cover all existing models.

Tesla has previously improved range through software, adding 15 miles to some Model 3 versions. in 2019. Even so, this could easily be welcome — and important when range may be crucial to fending off competitors like the VW ID.4.

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