Tesla Model 3 Gets More Power, Higher Top Speed With Software Update

Tesla Model 3

MAR 4 2019 BY VANJA KLJAIC 39

The over-the-air updates will bring more power and top speed, but also, an improved range for certain models within the Model 3 range

The entire Tesla Model 3 fleet will see an over-the-air software update. It’s slated to be released sometime during this month, bringing several improvements to the EV. According to currently available information, the electric car will see an increase in both power and top speed, making it an even more performance-oriented machine. And in turn, that’s some really good news for all the current and would-be Model 3 owners out there.

The slated update will increase the power of the vehicle by around 5% and its top speed by 7mph (10km/h). Furthermore, the Model 3 Long Range, equipped with the rear-wheel-drive system will get an increase in range from 310 miles to 325 miles (500 to 525 kilometers) per single charge.

On the other hand, the Model 3 Performance will see an increase in top speed from 155 mph (250 km/h) to 162 mph (261 km/h) through a slew of upcoming firmware upgrades. And since the Model 3 is finally coming to Europe, the increased top speed will be a good thing to have on all those high-speed autobahn runs.

“Firmware update coming later this month will increase power by ~5% & top speed by 10 km/h or 7mph. We’d electronically limited the Model 3 Performance to 155 mph. That was not a physical limit but an electronic limit. After a lot of testing, we now feel we can increase that limit by 10 km/h or 7 mph, and that just ends up being an rpm increase in the motors. The two motors just spin faster. I think they’re going somewhere along the lines of 19,000 rpm.”

To conclude things, other Model 3 variants, including the Mid Range and the Dual Motor Long Range versions, will also be receiving the updated firmware, further boosting its performance. With approximately 450 horsepower and 471lb-ft of torque, it will be interesting to see how much of an impact this makes on the driving dynamics of the Model 3 Performance. After all, the roughly 5% increase in power (around 23 horsepower more) isn’t a number to trifle with.

Meanwhile, check out a top speed test run of a Tesla Model 3, done on the autobahn.

Source: Teslarati

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Are these improvements an update for both the battery and motor or just one of them? You CAN get a range increase by improving the efficiency of a motor after all. Likewise, you can get a power increase by improving the output of the battery.

The LR RWD isn’t getting an actual increase in range. Tesla is changing the display to be closer to the true EPA range rating (334 miles). Real-world range will not change.

This is true. If they really had optimized something all models would have a range bump.

I don’t expect mainstream sites to know this, and pump sites like Teslarati won’t say it even if they do know it. But I expect better from InsideEVs.

“But I expect better from InsideEVs.”

[snort-laughs, slaps table]

Good one.

Oh, wait… you were serious…?

Well, the site has become infested with Trolls. But, then you already knew that. You know the kind that snort and slap the table, and just don’t have a brain in their head.

Odd that the other article here, which only talks about this “range increase,” doesn’t allow comments.

Some contributors would rather not deal with the incredible wrath and harassment. So we just turn comments off in those cases. New comment login system this week and new platform next month should help. It’s gotten to the point of being outright scary around here, with personal threats to our families and well-being, so we need to take action.

It’s ridiculous to harass writers about car articles. Sorry to hear that. This is the only EV blog I find neutral enough to be readable. Thanks for the hard work!

What’s up with Jay? Is he coming back? Is he doing something else EV-related that I should be paying attention to?

He’s on a long break. I’m sure he’ll get back into it before too long. We still talk with him on a regular basis.

I appreciate your kind words. Of course, we try to remain neutral. It’s very important to us.

I’m sorry to hear that.

concealed. carry. works everytime you don’t need it. But is always there when ya do

Seems like personnel threats to you our your families or anyone should be reported immediately to the authorities. Certainly in a civil society it’s acceptable for a diverse number of opinions without having to try and use force to make a case.
Law enforcement should take the rights to access the internet away from individuals who do this.

If only it was that easy. These are anonymous folks using static IP addresses and multiple usernames. It’s pretty clear that their words won’t hurt us, and they will not act on anything, but we don’t need to tolerate it.

Very sensible observation. However, given that Tesla 3 LR came out first, it could be that all optimizations were not done at the time. It’s hard to know if that’s the case or not unless you pour over the code. diff anyone?

That sounds entirely implausible to me — this is the effect of a software update we’re talking about. It is a pretty clear sign of wishful thinking when you have to go fishing for some possible way that it could be anything other than changing the number they choose to state, when that fits perfectly with what’s known and adequately explains the “increased range”.

You can’t know for sure. Tesla does not use all battery capacity during charging. Maybe they are confident to reduce the margin and charge a bit more.

I know for sure that the EPA rated range of the LR RWD is 334 miles. Tesla chose to de-rate it so buyers of the higher-end models wouldn’t complain about having less range. Anyone who owns a LR RWD knows that with good weather and reasonable driving it already exceeds 310 miles.

If Tesla was increasing the range to 340, then I’d agree they changed something real. But, until they exceed 334, they’re just altering what the car displays at full charge.

And what they state elsewhere, such as in the online configurator.

I drove my LR RWD 280 miles at the posted speed limit, 1/2+ Interstate, temp in the 50s, indicated range when I left the Supercharger 294 (310 is full), range when I got home 18. So total 280+16+18=314, if you add the claimed 22 miles below 0 then 336 (I’m not willing to push it that far). Interestingly this is awfully close to 334!

Yes and no. According to another article on IE, Tesla is making available another 2.3 kWh available on the battery. Whether this is good for another 15 miles is debatable. And yes, the EPA range on the Model 3 LR rear drive is 334 EPA to begin with, so pegging the range at 325 isn’t much to write home about.

And finally, why not keep that extra 2.3 kWhs hidden so that any potential degradation is not even noticed?

I wonder if this will improve the 0-60 times?

More power is bound to, but five percent will be almost imperceptible, so don’t expect a big difference.

Either way I’m counting on this power increase to substantially speed up my folding mirrors.

The LR RWD used to be listed as 0-60 in 5.1 seconds. Now listed on their site as 5.0 seconds. So not a lot but something.

Wheres the software upgrade that makes me cuter and younger?

Anne Sullivan does not write software.

Change your name to Scarlet “Gidget” Francine. Instant cuteness.

I think this week’s big news will be if the charge rate of the M3 battery gets a bump with the new supercharger.

The other issue I have seen is even an educated guess about the pack size in the two shortest range versions. Is there something like gross vehicle weight that would suggest a change in cell count? The fact the the glass roof got carried down and the single battery for the S and X almost makes me think Tesla finds it easier to build only a couple of different component subsystems and software limit the end product. If this were the case it would say a lot about battery cost as well

Unbelievable buy a Tesla and they keep improving for free after you purchased it.
The only time other automakers fix a car after you purchase it is because of a safety defect and they have to recall the vehicle.

Yup, and that’s why Tesla will succeed if allowed to compete in market place. GM won’t even give simple thing like adjustable charge level without buying 2019 Bolt.

I think they are prevented from doing so because of the BS dealership protectionist laws.

Battling record cold temperatures in the Pacific NW, its not a huge deal to me, but admittedly, I am not pleased that my LR Dual Motor 3 seems to get the short end of the Tesla stick, range and efficiency-wise. I am already jazzed about the power and quickness I have. I would surely exchange speed or quickness for an increase in range and efficiency. Hey, Elon – we LR Dual Motor guys could use a range boost too! I bought AWD because it does rain a whole lot in Seattle, and grip is important. I do like the challenge of a twisty road now and then. That said, as a shout out to future Model 3 owners, if I had it to do over again, I’d have saved money and gained range and efficiency by ordering the LR RWD. It’s not uncommon for me to be talking to other 3 owners who don’t even try and are driving in the low 200s wh/m, while I have to play hills, work to use regen and am joyful at the end of a 40 mile drive of mixed freeway and city to return home with high 200s results. It is winter,… Read more »

So you’ll sacrifice range for vanity, but not for safety 🙂

Do you drive around with a crash helmet

I have a LR RWD and 9 month average is 238 Wh/mi with mixed driving. I don’t granny nor hotrod.

I wanted to get the car before the tax credit expired and had no idea when AWD would arrive. From what I have read, the RWD is a bit more nimble due to less weight in the front.

The biggest negative to RWD is my rear tires have 1/8″ more wear even though I rotate.

I have a Model 3 dual since february 6 and so far in winter, very cold -15c°- 20c° and snowy ride, I got a 166 wh/km (265wh/mile) but I find that quite good with my driving style, because there is plenty of range anyway.
I don’t drive very hard but too slow either 115-120 km/h on the highway and get going a bit faster thant many.

4.3 Mile/KWh amounts to 142 MPGe. 1 gallon of gas generates 33 KWh, so you have to multiply 33 * 4.3 = 141.9.
So Model-3 has the highest MPGe in USA pushing Hyundai Ioniq behind at 136 MPGe.
If this is true, then EPA should be notified so that they bump it up from the current 130 MPGe to 142 MPGe.

Anyone knows the cost /KWh of their battery. Bloomberg earlier mentioned worldwide average at $176/KWh.
So Tesla should be producing somewhere around $120 – $130.
Even if I assume $130, then for 80 KWh it comes to $10,400.