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By using the air conditioner, how much does it affect the range?

Discussion in 'Model S: Battery & Charging' started by passion4audio, Nov 8, 2013.

  1. passion4audio

    passion4audio member

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    I've been contributing to the "Model S" thread over at The Gear Page - Powered by vBulletin (excellent forum, btw, for musicians).

    A question came up on how much impact using the AC has on range, and I don't know the answer.

    Would someone please educate me?

    Thank you!

    Here's a direct link to the thread:

    TESLA MODEL S - The Gear Page
     
  2. Cottonwood

    Cottonwood Roadster#433, Model S#S37

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    EVTripPlanner does a great job at predicting battery usage for verious conditions. Put in your route and push the temps up and down to see how much range is affected.
     
  3. deonb

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    It's not noticeable. There will be larger natural variations due to weather and wind that will obscure any noticeable effect from the air conditioner's energy consumption.
     
  4. tdiggity

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    Turning off the AC allowed me to hit 280 wh/mile on my daily commute. With it on, I was getting 310 wh/mile.
     
  5. jerry33

    jerry33 S85 - VIN:P05130 - 3/2/13

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    The compressor is variable speed, so it doesn't always use the same amount of energy. Mostly it's fairly minor 10-30 Wh/mile but a lot depends on how you use it, how hot the weather is, whether you can pre-cool from shore power, etc. I never hesitate to use the a/c and my average Wh/mile is reasonably low.
     
  6. N4HHE

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    Around here A/C is not a luxury, it is life support.
     

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