In an interview to Auto Express, Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk said a 500-mile range car could be launched "quite soon."

In an interview to Auto Express, Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk said a 500-mile range car could be launched "quite soon."

The Tesla Model S fitted with an 85 kWh battery pack can provide a maximum range of 265 miles (426 km) which is quite reasonable by today's standards but the company's CEO Elon Musk says in the years to come we should expect a Tesla model with a range of as much as 500 miles (805 km). He says such a range would be possible "quite soon" but would increase the car's price tag.

Asked by Auto Express whether there will ever be a Tesla-badged hybrid model, Elon Musk said the company will always stick to full electric cars and to the development of battery technology. In the upcoming Model III (estimated to start at 35,000 USD), the batteries will last for more than 200 miles (322 km) while owners of the Roadster will have the possibility for a battery upgrade increasing range to 400 miles (644 km).

Elon Musk also talked about autonomous driving saying that he wants people to enjoy driving their cars and he believes people can react better to different circumstances compared to computers which are prone to various problems. For this reason, Tesla will focus on launching affordable EVs featuring technology that can make the driver's life easier without resorting to autonomous systems.

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