Tesla CEO Elon Musk believes a 600-mile all-electric range is possible as early as 2017.
In a recent interview on Danish television, Musk was asked when he believes Tesla will have a vehicle with a range of 1,000 kilometers. The CEO answered saying that it will be possible within a year or two, but it’s worth noting that Musk is basing that estimate on extremely conservative driving, pointing to the fact that a Tesla Model S P85D recently went 452.8 miles on a single charge when averaging 24.2 mph.
Looking further into the future, Musk believes that a range of 745 miles is achievable by 2020, the same year that he believes Tesla will be selling half-a-million electric cars a year. He also touched on Tesla’s Autopilot autonomous driving technologies, saying that the company is still undergoing beta testing and expects to roll out some of the technology by next month. The first phase of the rollout will consist of an automated passing function. He believes fully autonomous vehicles are possible within three years, but added that it will take another year or two afterwards for federal regulators to legalize it.
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