Tesla Model S getting software update to “end range anxiety”

Tesla Motors is set to release a new software update for the Model S that is claimed by CEO Elon Musk to “end range anxiety”.

Tesla Model S

Little else is known about the update, although it is set to be an over-the-air firmware update for all Model S owners, which will be downloadable through the car’s on-board internet function.

A press conference has been scheduled for this coming Thursday, according to Elon Musk’s personal twitter account. In a tweet, he said,

“Tesla press conf at 9am on Thurs. About to end range anxiety … via OTA software update. Affects entire Model S fleet.”

Earlier in the year, Musk tweeted that a performance software upgrade was to be released for the P85D, shaving a tenth of a second from the 0-60mph time, potentially resulting in a 0-100km/h time of about 3.3 seconds.

The current Model S range features three electric powertrain options, a 60kWh battery pack in the standard Model S, an 85kWh single motor and a dual-motor 85kWh system in the P85D. The claimed range for the standard Model S is around 335km, or 426km for the 85kWh model, and 407km for the performance P85D model.

Alexi is a contributing news journalist and junior road tester at PerformanceDrive. He has a passion and appreciation for the engineering in cars, as well as new technologies that lessen the impact on the environment. His dream cars are an M3 to drive to work, and a LaFerrari for the weekend.

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