Electric Cars Get Better Range After Software Updates. HOW IS THIS POSSIBLE?

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Usually, when a car company announces an existing model of electric car just got a range boost for a new model year, there’s a physical change in said vehicle that makes the longer range possible, be it a change in power electronics hardware, a more efficient motor, or a larger-capacity battery pack.

But in recent weeks we’ve had several automakers announce software updates to their vehicles that increase the range of their cars without any physical changes to battery pack or powertrain.

How is this crazy witchcraft possible? Are they pulling tricks? Or is there a simple engineering explanation?

While we’d love to say it was the former, the latter is the case — and here’s what’s going on behind the scenes.

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Presenters: Nikki Gordon-Bloomfield
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