All Tesla Model S cars will be able to download an over-the-air update later this month that will give the driver information on how far away he or she is from a charging station. The new update is supposed to end "range anxiety" among owners of the electric cars.
The update was announced today by Tesla Motors founder and CEO Elon Musk at a press conference in San Fransico. According to CNET:
The new Range Assurance feature will tell drivers how far they are from a Tesla supercharger station, discarding chargers that are already in heavy use. It will also warn drivers when they stray too far out of range. "It will be impossible to run out of charge unless you do so intentionally," Musk said.
"You'll have to say, 'Yes, I'm sure -- twice,'" he added. The car's software will also analyze and plan your route for long-distance travel, factoring in proximity to superchargers.
Tesla Motors currently has 403 locations across the US for its car charging stations, which have a total of over 2,200 Superchargers.