Every once in a while Tesla likes to give its cars a sweeping update, and recently, the electric automaker's Model S sedan and — to a lesser extent — the Model X SUV, were the recipients of significant overhauls.
Perhaps one of the biggest and boldest changes is the shift (if you'll pardon a pun) away from, well, shifting. Musk said on Twitter that the new Model S will be able to automatically change between park, reverse, and drive, negating the need for a shifting stick. Documents obtained by Electrek suggest that the feature will use cameras to intuit which direction motorists want to move in.
"The vehicle uses its Autopilot sensors to intelligently and automatically determine intended drive modes and select them. For example, if the front of Model S/X is facing a garage wall, it will detect this and automatically shift to Reverse once the driver presses the brake pedal. This eliminates one more step for the drivers of the world’s most intelligent production cars."
According to documentation on Tesla's website highlighted by Teslarati, the Model S refresh has some really impressive fast-charging capabilities that will allow the car to gain 200 miles of range in just 15 minutes. Tesla didn't specify which chargers would be capable of juicing the Model S up, but it's likely that speed is only accessible via one of the company's superchargers.