Once again, Elon Musk has put his foot in his mouth.
The man branded Tech Covidiot No.1 for tweeting dubious claims about the coronavirus, said in an earnings call this week that the Environmental Protection Agency made a mistake when it tested his new Model S sedan — resulting in a lower mileage range then Tesla had stated.
“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,” Musk said during the call. “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. 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,” he continued.
But the EPA shot back at Musk, and said he is mistaken.
“We can confirm that EPA 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,” the EPA said in a statement to The Verge.