Tesla Model S P100DL Acceleration Tests At Various Battery Charge Levels – Video

3 months ago by Eric Loveday 8

Test Shows That At 10% Charge, The Tesla Model S P100DL Runs From 0 To 60 MPH In 3.9 Seconds

DragTimes set out to test a commonly asked question: Does the acceleration of electric cars fall off as the state of charge of the battery drops?

Well, most of us know this to be true, but few actual tests have been conducted. So, DragTimes took its Tesla Model S P100D with Ludicrous out to the track to set the record straight.

We know that with a full battery charge, the Model S p100D with Ludicrous + can tear up the tarmac with a 0 to 60 MPH time of just 2.28 seconds, but how does it perform when state of charge is lower, like at 10%?

Well, it’s not nearly as quick, but it’s no slouch either. DragTimes recorded a 3.9-second 0 to 60 MPH run with a starting charge of 10%. DragTimes then charged the car up a bit and hit the track again. Rinse and repeat until the charge is up to 100%.

The results are as expected. Higher state of charge equals a quicker car.

DragTimes adds:

“…we test the Tesla Model S P100D Ludicrous from 0-60 MPH as well as measure the power output at different battery levels from just 10% to 100%.”

Power output is most definitely affected to, with the 10% run showing max power of 329 kW, while the full charge run had output of 576 kW.

Source: DragTimes

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8 responses to "Tesla Model S P100DL Acceleration Tests At Various Battery Charge Levels – Video"

  1. SparkEV says:

    Spinning tires, spinning tires, that’s also the biggest problem with SparkEV hard acceleration.

  2. Four Electrics says:

    Save it for the track or for roller coasters; this kind of acceleration should not be allowed on civilian streets.

    1. ffbj says:

      Yeah. I really don’t think we need that, but people want to accelerate.

    2. John says:

      Ban motorbikes also then.

  3. Huhu says:

    Interesting. P100D Summary: 10% battery, 3.9 sec; 25%, 2.9 sec; 50%, 2.7 sec; 75%, 2.5 sec; 99%, also 2.5 sec due to tire spin. The quickest DragTimes ever got is 2.41 sec, while MotorTrend got 2.28 sec (maybe with special equipment).

    1. Ballz says:

      Motor Trend got their time by using a “rollout” which is SOP for drag strips which can make 0-60 times differ by 0.3 seconds. Car and driver did a nice write up on this. Not sure if Drag times used this.


      1. Warren says:

        I use a Vbox for my vehicle testing too. (as do most of the magazines). And yes, Drag Times would surely be using the 1 foot rollout setting on the Vbox as evidenced by their numbers.

  4. Nix says:

    Interesting. I wonder how much of this is actual batter limitations, vs. software intentionally limiting power output?

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