up to 353 miles for Model 3, 371 miles for Model X

Most of the current Tesla lineup just got a range boost, with the Model 3, Model X, and Model Y now listed with longer estimated ranges on Tesla’s website.

The Model 3 now has a maximum estimated range of 353 miles in dual-motor all-wheel drive Long Range form, compared to 322 miles before. Tesla now quotes a range of 315 miles for the Model 3 Performance, which also gets the dual-motor powertrain, up from 299 miles before.

The rear-wheel drive Model 3 Standard Range Plus is now listed as having 263 miles of range, compared to the previous 250 miles of range. Tesla has offered a rear-wheel drive Standard Range variant as an off-menu item, so any range increase would not appear on the company’s website.

The Model 3 was already the most energy-efficient passenger vehicle on the United States market, with the Standard Range Plus achieving 141 MPGe combined (148 MPGe city, 132 MPGe highway).

Tesla also lists a 371-mile range for the Model X Long Range Plus, up from the previous 351 miles, and 341 miles for the Model X Performance, which was previously rated at 305 miles.

2020 Tesla Model 3

2020 Tesla Model 3

The recently-launched Model Y gets a range increase as well, albeit a small one. The Long Range version is now listed with a 326-mile range, which is 10 miles more than before. The Model Y Performance now has a quoted range of 303 miles—pushing it just over the 300-mile barrier from the previous 291 miles.

It’s worth noting that none of these numbers have yet been confirmed at the Environmental Protection Agency’s Fueleconomy.gov website.

Range went up on every Tesla electric car except Model S, which was recently boosted to 402 miles.

To improve range, Tesla doesn’t introduce larger batteries. Instead, it makes gains through incremental efficiency improvement—something we applaud.

Granted, while Tesla claims its upcoming Model S Plaid is good for 520 miles, the automaker hasn’t detailed the size of the battery pack that will be used in that variant.

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Tesla Model S rival due in 2021 with up to 300 miles of range, $79,900 price tag

California EV startup Karma Automotive is almost ready to show us its first battery-electric car.

This is the company born out of the remains of the original Fisker Automotive, and its first model, the Revero, is an extended-range electric sedan whose stunning design was borrowed from the original Fisker Karma. The company has since launched updated versions of the Revero, and developed its own highly modular battery-electric platform known as E-Flex.

The platform’s first application will be the new GSe-6 due for delivery in 2021. Karma is already accepting reservations for the battery-electric sedan, which is priced to start from $79,900, before destination. Karma announced pricing for the GSe-6 the same week that Lucid announced a $77,400 starting price for its rival Air sedan, and Tesla dropped the starting price of its Model S to $69,420.

While the Air and Model S come with over 400 miles of range as standard, all Karma has said about the GSe-6 is that it will offer up to 300 miles of range. The biggest battery on offer will be a 110-kilowatt-hour unit.

Teaser for Karma GSe-6 due in 2021

Teaser for Karma GSe-6 due in 2021

We also know the GSe-6 will come in several flavors: base, Luxury and Sport. It isn’t clear if there will be performance differences between the grades, though we know the base grade will have 21-inch wheels while Luxury and Sport grades will come with 22-inch wheels. The Sport grade will also feature some carbon-fiber accents.

The GSe-6 will share the sexy silhouette of the Revero, but as mentioned above the platform will be new. Karma has previously hinted that the platform will support up to 400 miles range and the ability to charge the battery to 80% capacity in about 30 minutes.

2020 Karma Revero GT with available Sport package

2020 Karma Revero GT with available Sport package

Production will be handled at Karma’s plant in Moreno Valley, California, where the Revero in its various forms has been in production since 2017.

Karma has hinted at more models, including an SUV and pickup truck. The company also hinted at a sports car when it rolled out the sexy SC2 concept at the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show.

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Clues sought in Virginia shopping center explosion that rattled residents for miles

Investigators on Sunday hunted for clues behind a thunderous explosion that leveled a strip mall, injured five people and rattled residents for miles on a peaceful morning in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley.

Explosion at shopping center in Virginia rattles residents for miles

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The blast Saturday ripped through a shopping center in downtown Harrisonburg where businesses included a family owned halal market, a musical instrument store and recording studio and a nail salon and barber shop.

Nearby James Madison University said in a Facebook post that three students from the school’s Army ROTC program who had been participating in a 10-mile race were among the injured. The explosion occurred about 30 yards from the start and finish line for the race, the school said.

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Damon Boyd, who was working construction nearby when the blast erupted, told the Daily-News Record he and his crew rushed to the scene.  An injured man on the ground “started hollering that he’s dying,” Boyd said. “It looked like something hit him in the face.”



smoke from a fire hydrant: A firefighter walks through the burning rubble of a shopping center after an explosion in Harrisonburg, Va., on , Oct. 17, 2020.


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A firefighter walks through the burning rubble of a shopping center after an explosion in Harrisonburg, Va., on , Oct. 17, 2020.

Although Gov. Ralph Northam tweeted that state emergency personnel had been deployed to the area after what he called a gas explosion, Harrisonburg Fire Chief Matt Tobia said the cause was under investigation.

City spokesman Michael Parks, who said the probe will likely take several days, said there’s no indication of foul play.

Investigation underway: Investigation underway after explosion injures several people at a Virginia shopping center

One of the injured JMU students was hospitalized but was expected to be quickly released, the university said. Two other students were treated at the scene and released, the school said.

The university said the other two injured people were not affiliated with JMU. City officials said the two others had been flown to the University of Virginia’s medical center in serious condition and were “now stable.”

Pat Doorenbos, who lives about half a mile away, said her house “literally shook” and she feared a plane had crashed or a tanker blew up on Interstate 81. 

“I grew up on a farm and I thought to myself ‘That sounds like gas or oil.’ There couldn’t be anything that huge that would shake my house,” she told the Daily News-Record.

JMU sophomore Matthew Jenkins recalled a jolt early Saturday morning.

“I just heard a loud bang and I was thrown into my wall,” Jenkins told WTVR. “My head hit the wall and I thought that something had crashed into