Tesla Model 3 Performance Winter Range Test: Video

MAR 2 2019 BY MARK KANE 13

Decent range in winter conditions are confirmed

According to Bjørn Nyland’s latest tests, the Tesla Model 3 Performance model in light winter conditions turns out to be very efficient. In the test, it had an estimated range of approximately 433 km (269 miles) at a constant speed of 90 km/h (56 mph).

Interestingly, the increase of speed to 120 km/h (75 mph) increased energy consumption from 171 to 218 Wh/km. That’s a 27% decline, but it’s much less of a drop than in case of some other models. Bjorn attributes this to top-level aerodynamics. Therefore, if you take into consideration that the speed increased by 33%, then it seems that it’s totally worth it to drive faster and save time.

Range at the higher speed is estimated at 339 km (211 miles). Certainly is worth pointing out the fact that the higher speed is a typical highway speed. Furthermore, that 75 MPH test is above the speed most would drive in the winter. As a result, we can state that the Model 3 Performance has very high range, even in winter driving.

Test results:

  • @90 km/h (56 mph): 171 Wh/km and 433 km (269 mi) of range
  • @120 km/h (75 mph): 218 Wh/km (27% higher) and 339 km (211 mi) of range

* assuming 74 kWh of usable battery capacity

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All these winter range tests are so optimistic in my world. With Blizzak tires, snow covered roads and below freezing temperatures, we get about 55% of our summer range. Still great and we prefer our Bolt EV to our ICE car in the winter because of the quick warmup. We just don’t plan on as long a drive or we arrange to charge before heading home.

I agree. Take 20% off, because you are not suppose to charge the battery to 100% on a regular basis. Then take another 10% off for a reserve. Would you tell everyone your practical range on an ICE car with the tank run to literally empty? Then factor in battery degradation.

I see a similar range reduction and yes I drive at 75-80 mph in the winter provided it’s not snowing. With a slight elevation gain, the Bolt struggles to achieve 2.5m/kw At 10 deg f and 78 mph. It’s fine as long as you don’t go too far, so less than 120-130 miles.

In my 2018 Leaf, I see about 45% of summer range on the worst days in winter, i.e. when it’s -25°C.

It’s definitely recommend to get an EV with a rated range that’s 2-3 times your absolute minimum requirement of daily range. For most people, though, a 200 mile EV should cover that.

I think ICE manufacturers can get one advantage over Tesla by adding a tiny ICE generator (~5kW) to supplement the battery and more importantly generate heat for the cabin.

I’d call it WinterBoost 🙂

Kenneth Bokor (EV Revolution Show)

I see about the same with my 2018 Leaf. -25C+ and my highway range would be about 120-140kms. However, I’d still rather stop multiple times to rapid charge on a trip because of this than pollute our atmosphere with the crap that comes out of tailpipes. No such thing as “clean fuel” when gasoline/diesel/petrol is concerned.

So for many that complain and criticize about EVs and winter range, at least we are zero emissions.

Though the idea of a small “generator” sounds harmless enough, it would take away from true zero emissions. And we have to go zero for many reasons.

My Leaf is not as good as the Model 3 (go figure!) for efficiency, but in the cold temps I can still see for highway driving anywhere from 170-210 Wh/km, travelling at 102kms/h, which I think is decent.

Didn’t have a great weekend w/4yr old, 50k mile, 85KWh, myself. Boston, to the Boston side of metro NYC, 178 miles and barely made the charger. X-Ice are very efficient tires. A little frustrating, to have visions of calling relatives and telling them we needed a tow (made it w/5mi rated range, to spare). I know the drill: range charged, range mode, chill and cabin pre-warmed. Initially had to pull plug at 235, after car’s charge rate dropped to 5 amps and didn’t have time to eek up to its current ~242max (P85D). I was always on the side of bail-out ICE / EREV (maybe 20+KWh), and this trip proved its virtue. We had to go 7mi further south for the first, of two supercharges (to ~140mi-160 rated), to get home. Total travel ~375 actual miles, 4hr cool-down before return, after turning heat on/off, set 73F, car had 5 people, 65-70mph. I will continue to happily tolerate this experience, but when others are involved, when you have to explain what you’re doing, you see their convictions form before your eyes. Weather was same as Bjorn’s test, about ~5C, maybe 35-40F in the northeast. Tesla’s 118KW rates were great, but most… Read more »

Come on, 6 deg C is not winter cold. Not for Norway or Canada

Maybe not, but in the UK, and a lot of Western Europe, that is a very typical winter temperature, so well worth knowing. Even in coastal and southern Norway, it is not unusual in winter, as Björn experienced.
Winnipeg though, forget it.

Yup. TB calls it winter-ish and he’s right.

its minus 5 celsius round here from Nov through March. with lows hitting the minus 10-15 celsius on a regular base in late dec and jan. now that woud be a winter test. should I buy a TM3 in such a place? cant afford to get one just to test the range drop…and battery degradation…

I can’t speak specifically from Model 3 experience, but based on my EV experience and others’ reports, I think at -15 you’ll lose 40% of summer range.

So depending on how you drive, that’ll be 270-400km range with the LR on those frigid days and 200-300km with the SR.

To me, that’s plenty, and you have Tesla’s supercharger network to quickly give you more range when needed. However, I know some people have bigger range needs in areas without chargers.

Kenneth Bokor (EV Revolution Show)

Every BEV will suffer from range drop in cooler temps, just physics. At least pick any BEV and get rid of the tailpipe please (if you have not already)! Thanks!

He’s up front about it: this is not Norwegian winter (climate change notwithstanding; it’s freaking warm up here).