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When I took delivery of my Model S the staff member who helped me said: 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, about both the car and the experience of buying one.
Tesla's latest software update, 2020.28.5, introduces some nice changes in the Traffic Light and Stop Sign Control feature in the US. The feature won't be available in Europe until 2020.28.10. Keep reading to learn more about 2020.28.5 and which Tesla models get which features.
In this guest blog post by Ramin, the creator of the Stats app for Tesla, uses real data to throw some light to common Tesla battery degradation questions. TL;DR: There is nothing to be worried about in the vast majority of cases.
The Tesla Model S and Model X Long Range Plus come with a range boost that gets them up to 390 miles and 351 miles on a single charge respectively.
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According to Greentheonly, the new firmware uses an insane amount of details to improve range predictions. In the list of things now taken into account we can find, the tire pressure, air density, battery heat/cool, and the amount of energy loss to phone charging and 12V accessories 😱.From issue #226
A great hack for A Better Route Planner. If you like using camp mode or want to factor in the phantom drain, Reddit user u/xdert/ shared this trick that he discovered while playing with the app to see how long he could spend the night on the route in camp mode. He tried to set a waypoint on a parking lot, selected ‘charge here’, and put in -1kw during 8 hours… and it worked!From issue #142
Tesla did not disappoint. Plans are aggressive, but realistic IMO. A good and short summary from The Verge: “The company’s moves toward eliminating cobalt in its batteries, a new Plaid powertrain for the Model S that could get to speeds of 200 mph, and a new cathode plant to streamline its battery production. And, with the new battery technology, Musk has said Tesla will make a $25,000 car.” Very proud to be a stockholder!From issue #130
@wk057 - famous Tesla tinkerer - has published a great writeup explaining the range loss for some Model S owners after the software update 2019.16. The article is really informative, I highly recommend it to be read in full.From issue #151
Tl;dr. Smaller wheels extend your range and are better for the environment. Check out this comparison of a Model Y with 20-inches and 18-inch wheels.From issue #138
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: RedditFrom issue #21
Since I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one who likes reading about range consumption by Tesla’s different features, here’s some data shared by a 2020 Model 3 LR owner 🤓
- Outside temperature 7⁰C/44⁰F
- Inside temperature 20⁰C/68⁰F
- Range consumed during the night (~8h): 30mi/50km
Elon announced on Twitter that, with some recent modifications, the EPA of the Model S is now above 390 miles. With the same improvements, the Model X’s EPA went up to 350 miles.
He also that all Model S/X made in recent months will be unlocked more range for free via software update. It turns out they already have the components that made these improvements possible. How cool is that?
Read more: TwitterFrom issue #99
First, Tesla lowered the price of its Model S and X Performance and LR versions. Now, they are claiming their new Model S LR version has an EPA-rated range of 402 miles. A year ago, Elon said we’ll soon see Tesla with 400 miles of range and, soon enough, they are here. This update represents a nearly 20% increase in range when compared to a 2019 Model S 100D with the same battery pack design… just let that sink for a moment.
Read more: TeslaFrom issue #116
wk057’s investigation into the Tesla firmware revealed these as the actual pack sizes:
|Original 60||~61 kWh||~58.5 kWh|
|85/P85/85D/P85D||~81.5 kWh||~77.5 kWh|
|90D/P90D||~85.8 kWh||~81.8 kWh|
|Original 70||~71.2 kWh||~68.8 kWh|
|75/75D||~75 kWh||~72.6 kWh|
|Software limited 60/60D||~62.4 kWh|
|Software limited 70/70D||~65.9 kWh|
Read more: TMC ForumFrom issue #8
Or what is the same, it added ~260 miles of range in just 35 min, not bad at all!From issue #171
In this version of the app, there is an option to run a range analysis. Upon doing so, the app provides some statistics about range consumption. The post doesn’t provide much detail, and I haven’t been able to test this feature myself, so it’s not entirely clear what specific information is provided.From issue #272
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
Twitter user @theXential explains how he recalibrated his battery, making the projected range go from 257 mi to 280 mi. Clearly, this is only the displayed number, the capacity of the battery stays the same, but if you are one of the people who care about it, follow the steps in the Twitter thread.From issue #174
Ramin from @StatsTeslaApp has written this article about battery degradation backed with real usage data collected from his Tesla Stats App. He frequently gets questions like “My Tesla is only x months old and I am concerned about losing y% of range during this short period of time” and “If this rate of range loss continues, my range will be half of what it is now very quickly”, so he wanted to share what’s really going on after looking at the data.
Thank you, Ramin, for sharing your insights!
Read more: TesletterFrom issue #102
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: ElectrekFrom issue #85
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: ElectrekFrom issue #44
The Tesla Model S Long Range demonstrated a range of 530 kilometers (329 miles) at temperatures of -5°C and -10°C (14°F to 23°F). In this test, the Model X Plaid came in second with a range of 444 kilometers (276 miles). This performance is particularly impressive considering the commonly held belief that electric vehicles do not function well in colder climates.From issue #253
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: ElectrekFrom issue #25
The first Model 3 MIC has been delivered in Europe and, since you can always charge it to 100%, Tesla removed the daily/trip recommendation.From issue #141
Elon Musk made new comments (here’s the interview in case you missed it last week) about Tesla’s upcoming electric semi truck, and said that the vehicle will eventually have up to 1,000 km (621 miles) of range. This new range is going to be achieved, thanks to Tesla’s new in-house battery cells and battery pack technology.From issue #140
Ahead of the first deliveries for the refreshed Model S and X, Tesla updated the range with the actual WLTP range, the numbers are:
- Model S: 634km for the LR, 600km for Plaid
- Model X: 576km for the LR, 643km for Plaid
Crossing the $100 per kWh would allow electric vehicles to reach price parity with ICE vehicles. Tesla also looks to bring its battery cell production in-house and enable rapid mass production. The plans are for these new battery cells to make it to the vehicles first, and they would allow them to achieve a longer range without using more batteries. Not sure how this project will interact with Tesla’s plans to soon release a 110 kWh battery pack with over 400 miles, we shall see.
Read more: TslatimesFrom issue #101
We like this topic- who doesn’t- and it’s not the first time that we share battery degradation data collected from Tesla vehicles. As you’ve probably realized by this point if you own one, Teslas show little battery degradation, even after high usage, and here’s a chart comparing battery degradation over time.From issue #143
Tesla added heat pumps to their vehicles to improve efficiency during the winter. In this comparison, the Tesla using the heat pump consumed 8% more energy than the baseline, while the one with the electric resistance heater had a 26% increase.From issue #251
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
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Read more: TeslaFrom issue #56
There won't be a Model Y SR version, but there will be a LR RWD and it'll have over 300 miles of range
According to Elon on Twitter, Tesla is doing range testing of the Model Y LR RWD at the moment and in Elon’s words, the RWD’s range will be ‘significantly higher than 300 miles’. In the same thread, he confirmed that there won’t be a SR version of the Model Y because ’the range would be under 250 miles and wouldn’t be acceptable’. Speculation (and to my friend Lars) say that the price of the LR RWD will be around $45k.From issue #120
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 ForumFrom issue #8
The comparison uses the EPA range estimate, it’s not a real range test. However, this is still helpful if you’re trying to get your head around EV alternatives in the market. On top of the range and the cost per mile shown in the infographic, it’s good to take into account the EV charging network available (at which Tesla is the clear winner in the market today with its Superchargers network).From issue #131
chibi_kurochan explains it:
- Based on the historical consumption the past 30 miles.
- Based on Car’s rated Wh/mi vs rated battery kWh
- 300Wh/mi for Model S and Model X
- 230Wh/mi for Model 3
- Based on ideal conditions (climate, battery temperature, and speed).
Read more: TMC ForumsFrom issue #6