The Environmental Protection Agency has denied the allegations of Elon Musk and explains that it made no mistake in its trial of the Model S sedan, which ultimately resulted in a lower range than Musk initially expected.
Earlier this week, Musk announced that the Model S Long Range of Tesla is the first electric vehicle to sport a 400-mile range. He also said that the EPA’s 391-mile rating was the cause of a snafu. In addition to this, Musk complained that someone had left the keys inside the vehicle and the door opened overnight, which caused the Model S to turn to a “waiting for driver” mode. This depleted approximately 2 percent of the battery and resulted in a range that was less than 400-mile.
While speaking to The Verge about the controversy, an EPA spokesperson confirmed that it, “tested the vehicle properly, the door was closed, and we are happy to discuss any technical issues with Tesla, as we do routinely with all automakers.”
Source: Business Insider
During the earnings call, Elon had this to say:
“On other technology fronts, we increased the range of model S and X yet again, this time to 391 miles for Model S and 351 miles for Model X. Actually, we said that, actually, the model — the real Model S range is 400 miles, but when we did the last EPA test, unfortunately, [EPA] left the car door open and the keys in the car, so the car - and it did this overnight.”
He added, “And so the car actually went into waiting for driver mode and lost 2% of its range. And as a result, it had a 391 test. As soon as the EPA reopens for testing, we will redo the test, and we’re actually confident that we will achieve a 400-mile-or-greater range with the Model S. But to be clear, the Model S, for the past two months — the true range of the Model S for the past two months has been 400 miles.”
Despite the request, the spokesperson for Tesla has not responded.