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5 things to know before buying a Tesla

October 23, 2019

When I took delivery of my Model S, the very friendly and knowledgeable person who walked us through the ins and outs of the car told us 'Remember, a Tesla is still a car'. Every time I talk to someone new to Tesla I use that piece of advice. This post is about things that are fundamentally different in a Tesla car from any other car. Things about both the car and the experience of buying one.

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How do you roll, range or percentage?

We like range, what do you like? (You must be signed in the TMC Forums to participate in the poll).

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From issue #12

How much power does cabin overheat protection use?

This is a long post and provides very interesting data. As shared by thebluehawk on Reddit, the milage / math may vary, but for his car (which has a dash cam and never sleeps due to his data collection, so has higher power usage) the normal vampire drain is about 0.3 miles per hour or 6-8 miles per day. When parked in the sun on a day with outside temps around 94F my car lost 3 miles per hour after it had sat in the sun for 2 hours.

Read more: Reddit

From issue #21

M3 Highway real world range test

When we talk EVs everyone looks at the EPA and that may or may not be how well the car behaves in the real world, watch at this test to know how the Tesla Model 3 does

From issue #65

Model S battery degradation data

According to data published by Marteen Steinburg the degradation rate is 1% / 50.000km and on average, the batteries have 91% remaining at 270.000 km (170,000 miles).

Read more: Blog post

From issue #4

Range by trim

It is well known that larger wheels reduce the range. Below’s a table with a comparison of range by trim on new and 5% degradation ones. Awesome stuff Troy!

From issue #23

Release notes for 2019.36

This is what version 2019.36, currently only in early access, will bring us:

  • Regen works all the way to zero. Before, it only worked above 5 mph
  • You can now set a time to stop charging at a certain time
  • Scheduled departure: Finish charging + turning the climate control
  • A power increase of 5%
  • Automatic navigation: Automatically routes you to the location associated with your upcoming calendar events

Read more on Twitter here and here

From issue #83

Tesla breaks down the range of Model 3 Performance with different wheels

Tesla has published the EPA numbers for the Model 3 for 2020, they’ve split the range of the performance version by wheels.

Read more: Electrek

From issue #85

Tesla is now using more sophisticated algorithm with temperature to better predict range

Electrek has discovered a change in the owners manual and after asking Tesla, they have confirmed that while they have always used ambient temperature around the car as part of the range prediction, now they are also taking into account the temperature changes around the planned route based on the elevation.

Read more: Electrek

From issue #44

Tesla quietly releases notification feature to make sure you never run out of charge

Over the years, Tesla has tried to address range anxiety with a bunch of different features from better range calculations to navigations based on state-of-charge. Now the automaker adds a notification feature to make sure you never run out of charge when leaving your car unplugged.

Read more: Electrek

From issue #25

Tesla range table

Teslike keeps a table of the different Tesla models and their range, he keeps the version on his website always up to date. Here is the table in miles and kilometers for the M3.

Visit their website to see the tables for the MS and MX.

From issue #65

The longest-range electric vehicle now goes even farther

Tesla announced several changes to the Model S and X lines:

  • The all-new drivetrain increases the range of the Model S Long Range to 370 miles and the one of the Model X Long Range to 325 miles
  • New Model S and Model X are are capable of achieving 200 kW on V3 Superchargers
  • A new air suspension that constantly adapts by sensing the road and adjusting for driver behavior, automatically softening for more pronounced road inputs and firming for aggressive driving
  • Tesla just re-introduced the SR version of both Model S and Model X that leverages the new air suspension and the new drivetrain
  • Existing owners purchasing a new Model S or Model X Performance will get the Ludicrous Mode upgrade, a $20,000 value, for free

Most people on Tesletter are owners and have their own referral code but in case you are not and want to get yourself a Tesla with 1,000 miles of free supercharging, we would be honored if you use ours http://ts.la/ignacio9266

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From issue #56

Travel times on Model S cars vs ICE cars

How much more longer are long trips with a Tesla compared to other ICE cars? One extra hour for a five hour trip and three extra hours for an 11 hour trip are some of the times reported by Tesla drivers. If you’re worried about trips getting longer with a Tesla just think about how for an 11 hour trip you’re probably going to stop to eat something at some point anyway.

Read more: TMC Forum

From issue #8

What's the difference between 'estimated', 'rated', and 'ideal'?

chibi_kurochan explains it:

Estimated
  • Based on the historical consumption the past 30 miles.
Rated
  • Based on Car’s rated Wh/mi vs rated battery kWh
  • 300Wh/mi for Model S and Model X
  • 230Wh/mi for Model 3
Ideal
  • Based on ideal conditions (climate, battery temperature, and speed).

Read more: TMC Forums

From issue #6