Every new car sold in the USA has had the so-called Monroney sticker with information on its technical data on a front window since 1958, and since the mid-1970s also on efficiency. This also applies to electric cars like those from Tesla – in this case, values for the range are added, for example. And it is precisely on such a sticker that a new owner of a Tesla Model X has now discovered interesting information: According to Monroney, one battery charge should travel 371 miles, 20 miles further than before.
First Tesla Model X with more miles?
The user ColdWeatherEV informed about this in the Tesla Motors Club forum this week. He has just received his new Tesla Model X and found the label 371 miles per charge. Apparently he was the first, because others in the forum were interested and astonished. According to the information, the Explorer’s Model X has the latest battery version. Tesla marks it with the letter H, but the company has not yet made any statements about higher capacity.
On the Tesla website for the USA, the range of the Model X is still given with the old 351 miles, and the EPA does not have a model year with the higher range. In fact, the Model X with maximum range and all-wheel drive from 2020 is listed there with only 328 miles, while Tesla mentions 351 miles on the web.
In this respect the confusion in the forum was great. Among other things, there was speculation about a misprint on the Monroney sticker. In addition, the hope was expressed that Tesla had inconspicuously given its most expensive model a larger battery. The battery supplier Panasonic reported in mid-August that it wanted to increase the capacity of cells from the Gigafactory with Tesla in Nevada by 5 percent from September. That seemed to fit, but the cells for Model S and Model X (as far as known) do not come from Nevada, but are imported from Japan.
Range Model S officially higher
And so the real reason for the higher range specification initially remained a mystery. It is also conceivable that Tesla, with software and perhaps smaller hardware changes, has not teased more miles per battery charge out of its heavy e-SUV. The same thing had happened before with the Model S, which now has a range of just over 400 miles according to the US EPA standard without a new (or at least without a larger) battery in the USA.