Tesla Model 3 Mountain Road Trip Experience: 500 Miles Driven


This YouTuber tells us all about his first road trip in his Tesla Model 3.

Tesla owner and tech guru Matt Farrell runs a YouTube channel that’s “undecided.” He explains that the channel isn’t actually undecided, despite its name. Instead, it’s a place to help people make decisions about current technology, including Tesla vehicles. He recently took his all-wheel-drive Tesla Model 3 Long Range on a curvy, steep mountain road trip in Massachusetts and upstate New York to let everyone know how it holds up in such conditions, as well as whether its range is sufficient.

It’s already been made abundantly clear in a plethora of reviews that the Tesla Model 3 performs well in track situations and on twisty roads. While neither the Model S or Model X exhibit insufficient handling prowess (actually, they are both said to handle exceedingly well in most driving situations), the Model 3 takes it to the next level when it comes to agility. Farrell took this information and decided that a long road trip with plenty of mountain driving would be worthy of sharing. Will range anxiety be an issue?

Check out the video to learn more about his takeaways. Then, hit us up in the comment section with your thoughts.

Video Description via Undecided with Matt Farrell on YouTube:

Tesla Model 3 Road Trip Experience AWD

Tesla Model 3 Road Trip Experience AWD. I just completed a 500 mile road trip in my long range AWD Model 3, which included driving through steep and curvy mountain roads in Massachusetts and upstate New York. Here’s what I found with the energy efficiency and charging experience.


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16 Comments on "Tesla Model 3 Mountain Road Trip Experience: 500 Miles Driven"

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As long as I am coming back down hill, my efficiency and range are right on par with my level road averages. I still made the 109 mile trip to Bakersfield over 4140 ft Tejon Pass on one charge in my i3 BEV as part of my 855 mile trip to the Bay area this past weekend. (Sat-Sun)

How fast were you going at flat, level roads?
Did the REX kick in?

I took the BEV and left the irex at home. That would been too easy, lol. This was a 855 mile trip in which I left Saturday afternoon, and no problem being back to work on Monday 6am! Most of my trip was with cruise set at 75mph.

Does a Tesla Model 3 AWD have better re-gen than a Model 3 RWD??

There is no range anxiety in the LR Model 3, please.

Generally, that would perhaps be the case in many situations. But, it’s not always true. Mountain driving for many miles with few charging points to access makes this interesting for sure.

Cold snowy mountain driving would easily cut the range in half. 160 miles on a full charge worst case scenario with the LR.

“There is no range anxiety in the LR Model 3, please”.

I would dispute that.
Having both a Leaf AND a Model 3 LR dual motor I can say that the issue is essentially the same.

In my neck of the woods the Tesla Superchargers are (appropriately) widely separated while the ChaDeMo sites (for the LEAF) are much closer together.
Any trip requiring mid-travel charging needs the same kind of planning and is subject to the same kinds of concerns,
only on a different scale. (Example: Can I safely skip the upcoming charger and go on the the next one?)
This is an unavoidable consequence of not having refueling stations on “every corner”.

That said, the Tesla gives WAY more confidence with its “% remaining-on-arrival” estimate provided with a GPS planned trip. Its accuracy is surprisingly good.

You call that a knife (trip)? We do trips like that with a Bolt. With a Tesla Model 3, this would be an easy day trip. It does point out vast difference between Tesla’s charging infrastructure, and everything else.

People who buy gas pay/paid for the road you drive on.

Once taxes due for this privilege, I wonder how much your actual savings would be.

We pay $150/year electric car tax for the roads here.
I save $180/month on my weekend 200 mile visit to the family.

I also pay for the roads I drive on, even though I don’t buy gas. North Carolina charges a $130 annual EV fee (which has gone up over time).

Gas tax covers less than 20% of the cost of roads, so actually they didn’t.

How about mountain driving on the interstates

No problem with a Bolt…if you had fast chargers along them spaced as close as Tesla’s. Driving in mountains is fun with an EV with decent regen, and tons of power.

We did a trip to Tennessee last October, 506 miles per day, each way. About 72 miles was added each way because of a needed detour down into North Carolina to catch a fast charge…making what would have been simple into a character building exercise.

1012.9 miles, 236.12 kWh, 4.29 miles/kWh

29,760′ climbing going

29,177′ returning

Does InsideEVs get some soft of compensation for people watching the videos, or why is that we always get some fluff prose but rarely a recap of the videos’ contents?…