American electric car manufacturer Tesla has announced the upcoming release of updated versions of the Model S and Model X cars.
Upgraded versions are distinguished by the ability to travel long distances without recharging, as well as reduced cost.
Tesla said that the updated Model S will be able to cover up to 370 miles (equivalent to 595 km), and the upgraded Model X - 325 miles, which corresponds to 523 km, on a single charge. The manufacturer managed to achieve an increased range of electric vehicles without increasing the battery capacity. Through the use of a new transmission, the maximum power of the cars has increased to 200 kW, which made it possible to achieve faster charging. At the same time, Tesla introduced a modified suspension that provides maximum ride comfort.
Tesla has already begun accepting pre-orders for the updated versions of the Model S and Model X, which are expected to go on sale by May 2019. The cost of electric vehicles is expected to decrease slightly, making models more popular in the market.
It also became known yesterday that Tesla plans launch your own self-driving taxi service in the US. According to Elon Musk, the company will create a separate fleet that will accept cars from owners for taxi services without drivers. The company will charge electric vehicle owners a commission of 25-30%. At the same time, the potential income from renting Tesla for car owners will be up to 30 thousand dollars a year.
In April, Tesla reported a decline in sales at 31% - since the beginning of 2019, the company has sold only 63,000 electric vehicles.