A few days ago, Elon Musk pledged to “end range anxiety” for Model S owners by way of an over-the-air software update.
Today, he’s detailed how he plans to do that.
The short version: the Model S will now run constant calculations (regardless of whether or not you’re using the built in turn-by-turn system) on how far you are from a supercharger.
If you are about to drive too far from a supercharger to make it back to one, the car will warn you. “This makes it effectively impossible for a driver to run out of range unintentionally”, says Musk. “The car will actually double check; you’ll have to say ‘Yes, I’m sure’… twice”
The Model S already tries to estimate how much charge you’ve got left on your battery; it’ll also tell you how far you are from the nearest supercharger. This update really just ties those two points…
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