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Mike Stevens | Mar, 16 2015 | 0 Comments

A short post on Tesla founder Elon Musk’s Twitter profile this week has whipped EV fans into a tizzy.

Confirming plans for a press briefing later this week, Musk said the electric carmaker will detail a new software update for the Model S sedan that will effectively “end range anxiety”.

Although not a new term for motoring, ‘range anxiety’ has come to be used most often in defining the fear that a battery-powered vehicle could have insufficient range to complete a journey, leaving its driver and passengers stranded.

In its current form, the Model S sedan’s lithium-ion battery-fuelled electric drive system promises a driving range of between 390 and 502km, depending on specification.

Musk offered no other details on the coming announcement, confirming only that owners can expect their range relief to come “via an OTA (‘over the air’) software update”.

Range anxiety has long been a point of concern for buyers, with many - including respondents to a 2009 poll run by The Motor Report - confirming that driving range is a significant factor in the buying decision.

Last year, Tesla announced the start of its battery-swap pilot program, which followed the overseas launch of its Supercharger fast recharging network.

Both systems contribute significant to alleviating ‘range anxiety’, although this week’s announcement is unlikely to be reliant on either.

Tesla’s last OTA software update saw the new P85D model’s acceleration improved slightly, while Australian buyers benefited from a number of functional enhancements through a similar update.

Stay tuned to TMR for more details on Tesla’s planned announcement.

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