The Tesla Model X Is A Comfy Place To Sleep, Even When It’s Cold

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APR 21 2018 BY EVANNEX 3


Norwegian Tesla enthusiast Bjørn Nyland is a prolific producer of videos featuring all kinds of practical tips (and a few that are impractical, but fun) on how to get the most out of your Model S or X. Not long ago, he detailed the features that make Model S a fine mini-hotel room: plenty of room to stretch out, climate control and a panoramic view.

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But how does that work if it’s really cold? Most of us would probably imagine sleeping in a car in cold weather as an experience to be avoided at all costs. Bjørn, however, is a hardy soul, and he just had to know what it would be like to sleep in his Model X through a frosty Norwegian night. In this new video, he beds down at a Supercharger site on a night when the temperature is a bracing -17° C (10° F).

Bjørn puts the car in Range mode with the Climate Control option set to “on,” and sets the temperature to 21° C (70° F), which most of us would consider nice and warm for a wintertime snooze. He does add a little extra insulation, covering the windows with sunshades. These are actually designed to keep the interior cool in the sun, but any additional material covering the windows will reduce the heat transfer, and these are custom-fitted for Tesla vehicles.

Above: Bjørn braves some chilly temperatures in his Tesla Model X (Youtube: Bjørn Nyland)

After a night of pleasant dreams (of electric sheep?), Bjørn wakes up at 8 am, to find that it’s still pitch-black outside, and the mercury is at -16° C. He got up in the night and turned the heat up a degree or so, but stayed reasonably warm. Frost on the inside of the windows shows that the sunshades did indeed help keep the vehicle insulated.

The verdict? Bjørn not only survived, but stayed comfortable enough, without the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning that comes with sleeping in a fossil car.

Tesla Model X

Bjørn’s Tesla Model X gets some frostbite (Twitter: @BjornNyland)

How much energy did the Tesla consume running the heater all night? Surprisingly, Bjørn’s says his average energy consumption throughout the night was only 1.5 kW, which works out to approximately 4 miles of range per hour. So, after 8 hours of sub-zero snoozing at an average consumption of 1.5 kW, it only cost him around 32 miles of range loss.

Just how powerful is the heater in a Tesla? Bjørn needed to know that too – in another video, he turns his Model X into a sauna.


Written by: Charles Morris; Source: Bjørn Nyland

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3 Comments on "The Tesla Model X Is A Comfy Place To Sleep, Even When It’s Cold"

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Not surprised. Once the car reaches constant temperature, it shouldn’t take too much heat to keep it warm.

1.4kW is about what a hair dryer consumes. So, imagine a air dryer constantly on to keep the cabin warm.

Martin Winlow

Oh, dear!

Do you mean the car was consuming 1.5kW of *power* all night (over 8 hours = 8 x 1.5 = 12kW HOURS (kWh) of *energy*) or do you mean the car consumed 1.5kW *hours* (kWh) of *energy* during Bjørn’s experiment?

I don’t expect ‘ordinary’ journalists to get this right (if they had *any* wits, they would be earning a fortune in the city or something) but I do expect better from a publisher of modern automotive technology news!


You mean the BMW he got on April 1st? 😉 I wonder what is so special about that date… 😛