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.
"...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.