A Tesla vehicle offering 400 miles of range on a single charge? That could soon be a reality.

CEO Elon Musk told shareholders yesterday that “it will not be long” before Tesla has a car capable of such a feat.

The claim is plausible, as previous reports suggested that upgraded battery packs were coming to the Model S and Model X.

The development will place Tesla even further ahead of its competitors in terms of efficiency and range, but Electrek thinks the additional distance might be overkill.  

200 miles of range is more than enough for well over 95% of the population, especially when combined with expansive quick charging networks like Tesla’s superchargers. There are maybe some extreme use cases, like people who do a lot of mileage and long-distances for business, who really need more than that. But as the charging infrastructure grows and fast-charging capacity increases, long ranges on single charges become less relevant.

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