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Tesla Announces 315-Range Battery

Automaker sets a new benchmark for electric vehicles and consumer range anxiety.

Tags: Alternative Fuels; Electric Vehicles

August 25, 2016

​NEW YORK – The Wall Street Journal reports that Tesla Motors Inc. is offering its electric vehicles with a battery capable of going up to 315 miles on a single charge.

The company unveiled new versions of its Model S sedan and Model X sport-utility vehicle with 100 kilowatt-hour batteries, an upgrade from the previous battery size of 90 kwh.

The news source notes that the 315-mile battery range “sets a new benchmark for automotive engineers looking to lessen fears about so-called range anxiety, which drivers encounter when traveling longer distances in an electric car.”

Tesla’s Model S sedan will get the 315-mile range battery, but the heavier SUV won’t be able to travel as far on a charge, notes the news source, adding that the current Tesla line begins at about $66,000 and can run roughly 200 miles on a single charge.