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Old 10-13-2011, 10:42 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Tesla says aero wheels improve vehicle efficiency +6.7%, adding 20 miles more range

Tesla will aeromod a version of its coming "Model S" battery electric sedan to improve range to 320 miles with the biggest-battery-pack option:

“We’re also going to be offering aerodynamic wheels that will enable 320 mile range,” Musk told us earlier. “There were some skeptics who said we couldn’t do a 300 mile range, but we’re going to do better than that. We’re going to offer 320 mile range, as tested on the EPA 2 cycle test.”
source: BREAKING: Tesla Making Faster 2012 Model S, 0-60 In Under 4.5 Seconds

I wouldn't bet a lot based on Musk's quote that the wheels are the only aero mod in play to increase range by 20 miles (6.7%). But it does imply that's the case.

But surely just about anything will beat the atmospheric blenders that have been shown on the demo cars:

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