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Earlier this week, Consumer Reports announced that it could not recommend customers buy the Tesla Model 3 electric car due to what appeared to be extremely poor emergency stop performance. Having tested the stopping distance from sixty miles per hour to standstill multiple times, Consumer Reports concluded that the all-electric sedan had a stopping distance far greater than any other vehicle in its class, any other contemporary car tested, and even larger than that of the Ford F150 pickup truck.
Naturally, Tesla responded, with Tesla CEO Elon Musk first promising a switch fix for the issue and then, later the same day, confirming that the fault lay with brake calibration software — a fix for which would be forthcoming to customers’ cars in the next few days via an Over-The-Air software update.
We’ve seen plenty in the media already about this issue — perhaps unfairly — but what we haven’t seen much of is the reasoning behind why it’s taken so long for this issue to be spotted. Luckily we’ve come up with this very simple explanation — and it’s all to do with the way in which brakes work on an Electric Car.
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