The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) this week denied claims by Tesla CEO Elon Musk that the agency made a mistake in testing the Model S that resulted in the Model S’s range rating being lower than Musk thought was the range,media outlet The Verge reported.
In a earnings conference call this week, Musk claimed that the Tesla Model S long-range version should be the first sports electric vehicle with a range of more than 400 miles, and that the EPA’s 391-mile range rating was the wrong result. Musk said someone left the keys in the car and the doors didn’t close, causing the Model S to go into “waiting for the driver” mode, running out of 2 percent of the vehicle’s battery. This resulted in a range of just under 400 miles.
The EPA says this is not the case. “We can confirm that the EPA has properly tested the vehicle and that the doors are closed, and we are happy to discuss any technical issues with Tesla, as we do with all automakers,” an EPA spokesman said in a statement to The Verge.
Here’s what Musk said on a earnings conference call.
On other technologies, we have once again increased the range of the Model S and X, which this time have a range of 391 miles, compared to 351 miles for the Model X. In fact, we’re saying that the real Model S has a range of 400 miles, but when we did the last EPA test, unfortunately, the (EPA) opened the door and left the key in the car, which led to the test results.
As a result, the car actually went into waiting pilot mode, losing 2% of its range. As a result, it was tested for 391. As soon as the EPA reopens the tests, we’ll be retesting, and we’re actually confident that the Model S will have a range of more than 400 miles, but to be clear, the Model S has been 400 miles in the last two months.
A Tesla spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.