Bjørn Nyland Checks Out Tesla Model 3 SR+'s Range In Hot Weather

Is it any better?

The new 2021 Tesla Model 3 Standard Range Plus had been already range tested by Bjørn Nyland in April and achieved very good results. But it was at 10-11°C. The latest episode is about the range and efficiency at higher temperature of 22-24°C.

As it turns out, the range and efficiency improved, but surprisingly only a little bit and the range remains below the 448 km (278 miles) of WLTP rating.

Let’s get into details (assuming the battery capacity of 50.9 kWh):

Results at 90 km/h (56 mph):

  • range of 391 km (243 miles) at about 11°C
    energy consumption of 130 Wh/km (209 Wh/mile)
  • range of 398 km (247 miles) at about 24°C – 1.8% better
    energy consumption of 128 Wh/km (206 Wh/mile) – 1.5% better

Results at 120 km/h (75 mph); 33% faster:

  • range of 283 km (176 miles) at about 10°C
    energy consumption of 180 Wh/km (290 Wh/mile)
  • range of 296 km (184 miles) at about 22°C – 4.6% better
    energy consumption of 172 Wh/km (277 Wh/mile) – 4.4% better

Bjørn Nyland explains that the lower improvement in the 90 km/h test might be related to Supercharging just before the test and higher battery temperature. The other thing is that it was only a partial range test, at a lower State of Charge (SOC), which might increase losses (slightly higher current at the same power, due to slightly lower voltage).

Anyway, at least we know that driving at 22-24°C offers a potential of a few more percent of range/efficiency, compared to 10-11°C.

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