Here’s How Quickly The Tesla Model 3 Pre-Cooling System Works

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Pre-cooling is one of many fantastic features that benefits EV owners. How does the Tesla Model 3 fare?

The Model 3 Guy explains that when he gets into his car, it’s often quite hot. Of course, this depends on where you live and what season it is. In his area, he’s currently seeing cabin temps between 38° and 47° degrees Celsius (100° to 117° Fahrenheit). He mentions that tinted windows will help this issue, but he’s yet to have that taken care of.

On the day of this test, his Model 3 is showing an initial cabin temp of 44°C (111°F).

The goal of this test is to see how quickly the car can get from 44°C (111°F) to the pre-set 20°C (68°F). Needless to say, the results are impressive. The Tesla Model 3 is down to a comfortable temp and ready to roll in just over four minutes.

Video Description via DaxM on YouTube:

Using the app to pre-cool your Model 3 is QUICK and easy.


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23 Comments on "Here’s How Quickly The Tesla Model 3 Pre-Cooling System Works"

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Don’t see how this is much of a feature, seeing as GM had remote cooling/or heating ‘apps’ for the VOLT (either from their website or SmartPhone apps), back in 2011, much before Tesla had anything comparable. Seems like Nissan beat them to it too.

Tesla may not be the first to have this feature, but it is still a rather nifty feature and thus worth discussing. I don’t know the exact numbers, but I would guess a very small percentage of all roadworthy vehicles (probably in the low single digits percentage) have the ability to precondition using a mobile app.

Ehh. I think as more and more cars, including ICE vehicles, begin to add mobile app communications, this is going to go up quite rapidly. While not specifically marketed as ‘pre-conditioning’, as an example my C-Max Energi I can remote start via mobile app and in the car it is configured for remote start to always have the HVAC try and get the cabin to 72 degree fahrenheit regardless of what it was set to previously. I believe this is also a normal setting on most late model Ford’s with factory remote start capabilities. Add in that even some of their ICE only models are now starting to get their ‘Sync Connect’ functionality which is basically the mobile app + built in cellular modem in the car to facilitate features such as remote start, GPS location of the car, various notifications and car statuses, etc.. Not just an EV only feature and you are likely to see it fleet-wide sooner rather than later. Now if you are talking about being able to schedule a specific time to pre-condition the cabin, that is a whole other thing altogether. But the article above seemed to be focused on on-demand preconditioning. Also just… Read more »

Remote pre-conditioning might be becoming common in ICE vehicles, but, of course, they pollute the air (and worsen the carbon footprint) as they condition the cabin. OTH, the pre-conditioning feature of an EV is, in my mind, another great selling point and should be actively promoted.

In my local climate (Toronto), I usually cope with a hot cabin by opening all windows for just the first minute of driving and then turning on the air conditioning. But I’m sure there will be days where I’ll be very thankful for remote conditioning.

I have used the pre-conditioning to heat my Bolt in the winter a few times. It’s a nice feature to have.

Nissan’s app was crap to the point of being useless. Then 2G got shut off and some dealers were too dumb to do the upgrade. So, I am looking forward to something that actually works.

So how fast does GM’s Volt or Bolt temperature drop? After all, this article was not about the pre-conditioning; it was about the time. Where’s your video?

Bill, I guess you never had a bolt or volt because GM most certainly didn’t have a heating or cooling app. GM had a pre conditioning app that allows you to start the car and whatever you ac or heater was set to that is what you got in the car. Meaning if you came home late and it was cold and you had the heater running when you shut it down then the next day when it was warmer and you wanted to cool your car down you would have to go out to your car, turn it on and manually change it over to cooling. What happened more often with my volt was I came home at a night in the summer and the car was cool inside from the drive home and the ac fan would be on low. If I tried to precondition it before I left for work the cooling would practically do nothing with the fan set so low since you couldn’t control any part of the heating or cooling system from the app. On the other hand Tesla has a real heating or cooling app in which you can manually adjust the temperature… Read more »

You’re technically correct, but my Volt (and yours) has Automatic Climate Control…. so if you leave it set at 73 (or whatever you like), the car will run the heat, or it will run the AC, whichever is needed to make the cabin comfortable. Not sure why you’d leave it in manual mode and “handcuff” the climate system so it can’t do what it needs to on remote start.

Hey if people don’t use the application properly – that is not my fault, and your lack of sensible usage of it certainly does *NOT* disqualify me from having an early 2011 ‘remote controlled’ VOLT.

I assume you live in an area where they STILL have SOME weather forecasting? Therefore prior to leaving the vehicle you adjust the heating/cooling controls for the way you want the car to be heated or cooled for the Next time you get in it.

Objections to the above are rather like saying that:

“Electric cars are no good, since the car doesn’t have the sense to plug it self in when I get out of it and now I’m out of juice”. Duh.

11 votes down and 0 positive for a factually based comment that was not in the article. Shows how silly this voting system is.

It showed your lacking reading comprehension. Where did it say Tesla was first anyway?

Just 2 minutes from 44 to 25 degrees?!?
That’s unbelievable.

Unless the article was updated, says “just over 4 minutes…

Yes, down to 20C took 4 min. But it was fast at first. It hit 25 in about 2 min.

4 to 20C, he said 2 to 25.

The biggest issue is the glass roof, it let’s in a lot of heat yet is still awesome…

I’ve heard that repeatedly, and there’s no cover, no opening it, and no other option right? That’s a toughy.

Well, there is the “steel roof” option, but I guess that’s not yet available, and when it is, it will cover only a small portion of the roof. The panoramic windshield and the huge rear window are not optional.

I can’t find an actual photo but here’s a Photoshopped image:

Tesla sells a sun shade for the roof. I have it but haven’t needed it yet

Some EV cars like the Volt and Bolt (and other temperature controlled batteries) have the benefit of a very robust A/C system and by nature they tend to cool down faster due to not having to deal with the ICE heat. That benefit turns into a hindrance when it comes to heating due to the same nature of the EV system.

In the BOLT ev’s case, and also the Tesla Roadster, sometimes battery cooling requirements overshadow Cabin ones.

What is the range reduction?

Much less noticeable compared to the potential heat stroke you may have for not using it.