Tesla Model 3 Travels 322 Miles On Single Charge With A/C Cranking

SEP 4 2018 BY VANJA KLJAIC 36

A Vancouver couple drove their Model 3 LR from Vancouver to Portland, Oregon, a distance of more than 300 miles

It seems that Tesla may be underreporting its vehicle’s capabilities.

According to 1RedDrop, a couple from Vancouver drove their Tesla Model 3 Long Range from Vancouver to Portland, Oregon on a single charge. With power to spare. That’s a distance of more than 300 miles or 322.3 miles, to be exact – as reported by Peter Levey and his wife. To make matters even more compelling, the drive was done on a hot summer day, and the couple had the air condition on the whole time. Even then, the car only used 68 kWh of the 75 kWh battery.

According to the current Tesla data, the Model 3 (Long Range) is EPA-rated at a range of 310 miles. The Vancouver couple did more than that with just 90% of the battery’s capacity used for the trip. However, that’s not where the story ends.

While on another leg of the journey, the couple’s Model 3 was, unfortunately, rear-ended by a Dodge sedan. The accident was luckily at low speed, as Dodge was doing 40 mph at the moment of the impact. And it seems that the damage to the Dodge was heavy, while the Model 3 received only slight damage.

According to Levey’s own words revealed to Teslarati, this is what happened:

“I have to say two things, and they are both about Tesla, the company, and their response to us. About a minute and a half to two minutes after the time of impact, my cellphone rang, and I looked at it, and I didn’t recognize the number — it was a 1-877. It turned out to be Tesla Roadside Assistance, and their first question was ‘Our computers show that you suffered a major impact. Are you guys okay? Were you in an accident?’ and I cannot tell you how comforting that was.
“It was just amazing. There we were — we felt alone, we felt isolated, we didn’t feel like talking to the guy behind us for obvious reasons, and there comes a call, and it’s from your car company. So we were incredibly impressed by that. And later in the afternoon, and later in the evening, Tesla Roadside Assistance worked diligently with us to try and get the car into Towing Mode, to give us everything we could try. It was most impressive.”

Furthermore, Tesla not only called the couple within just a few minutes after the incident but also a follow-up call by the head of safety engineering was made to the couple as well.

“The next day, when I got home from Vancouver, I got another call from the head of safety engineering, and he wanted to find out how we were. He also wanted to find out ‘What can we do to make this car safer? What can we do to give an even greater measure of safety to the occupants?’ and that was mind-blowing. I’ve never had that from any car company, and I understand why people now say the Tesla Model S, Model X, and Model 3 are the safest cars on the road. That kind of response inspires confidence among customers. They don’t abandon them when accidents happen,”

While we’re aware of Tesla’s more personal approach to their customers, this seems like the company really went above and beyond to ensure their customers’ safety. Kudos to Tesla!

You can take a look at the video detailing the whole experience right below.

Source: 1reddrop

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36 Comments on "Tesla Model 3 Travels 322 Miles On Single Charge With A/C Cranking"

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Mark.ca

It was all downhill….look at the map.
🙂

TM3x2 Chris

lol

Robert Weekley

Ha Ha!! Vancouver and Portland are both Near Sea Level Cities, and America is also Downhill Fron Australia, on an “Auzzie Map!”
😌

Mark.ca

Then why everyone calls it the land down under? I think the auzzies may be holding the map upside down too….

Boris

Because of position on globe.But,in reality,Earth is not a globe,it is flat…

Mark.ca

True, that’s why I don’t go in cruises, I’m too scared i will fall off the edge.

Rob R

Maps have been going downhill since they stopped having Jerusalem at the centre.

Mark.ca

Don’t bring up that crap…

Clive

Agreed !

ModernMarvelFan

“I got another call from the head of safety engineering, and he wanted to find out how we were. He also wanted to find out ‘What can we do to make this car safer? ”

By preventing the rear end crash by trigger the car behind to brake.

Also, using autopilot to steer the car out of the way just like the “other video swearing that Tesla moved out of the way after another car cut in front of it”.

Veronika

That’s not possible in all situations, it depends (among many things) on the speed of both cars. Stop spreading FUD.

John

Before I’ll trust an autonomous car, it better be able to make life saving decisions. I’ve driven into a ditch before to avoid being rear ended. I lost a bumper…but walked out without so much as a bump. No, it’s not possible in all situations, but I could argue most.

Veronika

The philosphy is a double win for Tesla: customers feel taken care of, and Tesla get feedback that they use in their weekly SCRUMs in the factory to build even safer cars.

A revolution compared to the greed motive in practically every brand in all industries.

Seven Electrics

Impossible at 65 mph, but doable at 45 mph.

Euro point of view

There is obviously a link between their rear-end collision and their very slow speed . The Dodge was at 40 Mph! so imagine , the Model 3 should have been at 25 .

Vexar

A buddy of mine with a Model III reports 180 wh/mi when he drives at posted limits plus. Can’t say impossible in the face of proof, 7 e-.

Mark.ca

He can, he does…

Joe

He left Centralia at 2:16 pm and it was 3:57 pm 90.4 miles later. Simple math shows his average speed for the leg was 53.7 mph.

Joe

One more point: his 206 Wh/mi for the leg was lower than the trip average of 211 Wh/mi, suggesting that his trip average speed was probably higher than 53.7 mph, maybe around 55 mph.

terminaltrip421

Northerners are insane. No one should need A/C between Vancouver and Portland.

Doggydogworld

Yeah, it’s a “blazing hot summer day” yet in every outside shot it’s overcast and people are wearing sweatshirts!

A/C doesn’t matter much on the highway, anyway. Even less so when it’s barely running,

Why did his 12v battery die?

mm

That stretch can also have epic congestion, so a lot of stop and go. Someone didn’t stop.
We’ve also had a record high temperatures since the summer and fires began, 1 inch of rain since April. Not the climate I grew up in.

ffbj

Good. They do tend to underreport capabilities.
btw: air conditioning.

Kosh

After two road trips in our 3, (one to LA and one to SF), I can tell you that they were NOT driving at 65+ MPH…. 🙂

OttawaM3

As a Tesla 3 owner, I have no idea how they did it. I’ve never gotten better than 285 miles of range with the AC on (level 8) while on the highway. I’m on 18’s with stock tires. I’m at 3700 miles on the odo; most of it highway.

Courtney vegan

You need it in Ottawa this summer 🌡️.

Brian

Do you use the wheel covers? Don’t they add more that 5% too the LR’s efficiency?

OttawaM3

I removed the Aero covers in town but I put them on when going on vacation. I’ve never had range issues in town; there is tonnes of range with the LR pack even when only charging to 85%.

The only times range has been an issue is travelling. When I went from Sudbury to Ottawa with a charge in North Bay (not to full because they were closing) I arrived in Ottawa with around 10 km of range left. I had to slow down to 80 km/h (50 miles/hour) to make it… I was not a merry man.

As long as there are Supercharges around, the M3 does just fine while travelling. Tesla really needs to finish installing the promised Supercharges on the Trans-Canada highway as well as on Canada’s other major roads.

Nix

What setting do you have for percent of battery?

OttawaM3

I normally charge to 85% and recharge each night to improve battery life for my normal use.

On long trips, I charge to 100% because I need the range. I have taken two road trips this summer and both times the range fell short. That said, I did have the AC fairly high and I was at highway speeds so I was expecting to lose some range… I’ve only charged 6 to 8 times to 100% this year while travelling when I needed all of my range (Canada is really big and there are not supercharges everywhere). The rest of the time while travelling I set the battery to charge to 90% when the next destination is under 330 km (200 miles) away.

Dave86

I live in the state of Washington, and have driven from Seattle down to Portland well over 100 times, and have driven from Seattle up to Vancouver a few times. Generally this is done on Interstate I-5 in the USA and I know this freeway well. A couple of comments:

* I-5 from the USA(Washington State)/Canada border down to the Oregon/Washington border is approximately 270 miles. The speed limit is 70 MPH about half this distance, and 60 MPH the other half. People generally drive over the speed limit the entire length of I-5 in Washington.

* The Model 3 probably wasted some time waiting (15 to 30 minutes) to enter the USA through the USA/Canada border. Probably had the air conditioner running during that time.

Seems like the Model 3 produced an excellent result driving this distance, given the speed and use of the A/C.

philip d

I’ll add my two cents about my anecdotal trip I took over Labor Day weekend. We had 4 people with trunk and frunk stuffed to the gills with luggage. AC on the whole time with temperatures in 90s. 340 miles each way. For most of the distance our average speed on the highway was 75-85 mph. Once we arrived we only did maybe 20 miles of local driving.

Overall trip efficiency was 240 Wh/mile. That’s 4.16 miles per kWh! That would give us a range of 313 miles with AC, fully loaded at 80 mph average while on the highway. Pretty impressive. Of course over our 5 hour drive we stopped once for about 15 minutes to charge and use the bathroom but that was it.

philip d

I should add that on the way back it was overcast and some rain so it wasn’t as hot. Still had the ac running constantly but just probably less energy needed to run. Also had aero covers on. Also some number of miles were slow downs leaving the city and returning to the city. So not all highway miles were at 75-80 mph.

The terrain was fairly flat between Atlanta and the GA coast. 1,000 ft difference in altitude with very little hills.

Dave Hrivnak

I believe it as one day I traveled 346 miles on a single charge. The car is quite efficient especially with the aero wheels.

alexmd2

If I drive in the middle lane n NY (about 60-65) I get 250s on my S, so no big surprise. I have about 300 ( 50k miles) with winter, heater always on and Ac always on in summer.