The greatest hurdle electric vehicles have faced since their introduction at the very dawn of the automobile has been range. In an interview with Auto Express, Tesla founder Elon Musk suggests that we’re around the corner from an EV that offers the same range as a gas-powered car.
It’s been a big few weeks for Tesla, as it recently announced plans in an interview with Auto Express to build the Tesla Model 3 — a BMW 3 Series competitor — with a 200-mile, fully electric range, and a starting price around $35,000.
“It will be possible to have a 500-mile range car,” he said. “In fact we could do it quite soon, but it would increase the price. Over time you could expect to have that kind of range.”
Interestingly, Musk isn’t sold on autonomous vehicles, even though the promise of greater efficiency would seem right up his alley. “I want people to enjoy driving,” he said in the July 22 interview with Auto Express. “The great thing about people is that they can adapt to different circumstances – computers have a lot of problems with that. So our focus is different from Google – we want to provide an affordable electric package that alleviates driver workload but still calls upon the driver in unusual circumstances.”