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Elon Musk Promises End To Electric Car 'Range Anxiety'

In a planned update this week, Tesla Motors will announce what CEO Elon Musk called an end to "range anxiety" with the Model S electric car.
Posted at 7:02 PM, Mar 15, 2015

Tesla Motors plans to release an update that will solve a big concern regarding its Model S electric car: the vehicle's driving range. 

Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted Sunday that he will "end range anxiety" with a software update. 

One of the stand-out aspects of the Model S is the car's wireless Internet connection that can be used to update the vehicle over time without taking it in to a mechanic. This connection can be used to not only tweak something like the car's multimedia system but actually enhance the vehicle's performance and safety. 

Tesla's last major software update made it's P85D model accelerate even faster. 

The limited distance an electric vehicle can travel has been a huge limitation for the entire industry. To help combat the problem, Tesla is testing a program that involves actually swapping out the physical batteries of the car for a cost.

The base version of the model S with a 60 kwh battery can go about 208 miles on a single charge and the model with the 85 kwh battery can go about 265 miles on a charge. 

The company has also implemented a network of high-speed charging stations across the U.S. However, there are still chunks of the country a Tesla electric vehicle can't drive through due to a lack of charging stations.

It's not clear if the upcoming update will actually extend the charge of a battery or be some other way of dealing with range limitations. 

But Tesla has extended the range one of its electric vehicles via a software update before. Last year, it upped the range of the Roadster from 245 miles a charge to 400 miles. 

Tesla will announce the full details of the software update at a press conference Thursday.

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