Hmmmmmm. No, that’s not an impression of a combustion engine, but the sound of some pretty intense scepticism towards Elon Musk’s latest Twitter pronouncement. The billionaire CEO of Tesla Motors has promised a software update that will fix “range anxiety” on his electric car range.
Range anxiety is, of course, the nagging feeling at the back of your mind on whether you’ll have enough juice left in your electric car batteries to get all the way home again.
Tesla press conf at 9am on Thurs. About to end range anxiety … via OTA software update. Affects entire Model S fleet.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 15, 2015
The tweet, which you can see above, promises an over-the-air (OTA) update to the software running on the car – suggesting that Tesla’s engineers have figured out how to make the battery usage on the cars more efficient. Even if this is the case, the tweet makes a pretty bold claim, given there doesn’t appear to be any corresponding boost to the number of electric car hook-ups available.
It’ll be interesting to see what happens.