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Edmunds 1003 Miles Towing Teardrop Trailer

Discussion in 'Model X: Driving Dynamics' started by Tam, Jun 15, 2016.

  1. Tam

    Tam Active Member

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    2016 Tesla Model X: Range and Charging While Towing a Trailer


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    Total trip stats:

    Towing distance: 1,003 miles (1,033 total). Fountain Valley, CA <-> Flagstaff, AZ
    Number of Supercharger stops: 11
    Average stop time: 1 hour, 34 minutes
    Average Energy consumption: 612 Wh/mile
    Travel time: 40.25 hours (23.02 hours driving, 17.23 hours charging)
    Average travel speed: 24.9 mph

    Teardrop Trailer weight: 1,260-pound weight
    (Model X 22" wheel rated towing capacity: 3,500-pound)

    The author praises: "And the Model X itself served up an abundance of power, stability and grade-climbing ability. The driving experience was effortless."

    but does not enjoy Supercharger logistics.
     
  2. phigment

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    Is it typical to arrive at a supercharger with > 80 miles of range left, then charge to 250 miles range?
    It seems to me they could have cut out a lot of time charging by not maxing out the charge.
     
  3. Tam

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    You are right that ideally you should arrive near empty and should not maxcharge to save time.

    It's a learning curve.

    Some drivers are not comfortable with low mile buffers.

    They take into account of towing, unexpected headwinds, steep hills, bad weather, road closures...
     
  4. Discoducky

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    Seems prudent as it is harder to estimate the Wh/mile with the trailer.
     
  5. JohnSnowNW

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    Those are some pretty beefy tires on that trailer.
     
  6. trils0n

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    Average stop time 1hr 34 minutes? Something must be wrong (like charging to 100%) Charging from 80%-100% seems to take as long as from 5%-80%. Most of the time it is unnecessary to stay to 100%, but I guess first time towing a trailer you should be conservative, and that is one way to be safe. Certainly could get that charge time down a significant amount, without risking running out of charge. 80 miles of range is a lot, even at 600wh/mile.
     
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    That cannot be the moving average speed. That must include all stops.
     
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    Moving average speed would be 43.6 MPH (1003 miles / 23.02 driving hrs)
     
  9. Tam

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    That's what I understood too. It's slow because that includes stops for charging, un-hitching, re-hitching...

    For improvement, Model X should have

    1) higher capacity battery to supercharge faster:

    It's may take only about half an hour to supercharge to 251 miles if that's only half capacity of a future battery.

    2) Pull-through Superchargers that accommodate trailers, bike racks...
     
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    Well, his usage wasn't that predictable, and for a first trip, he was being extra careful. I agree that he probably could have cut some charging time off by being closer to the edge, but with his Wh/mile ranging from 450 to over 900, he does need more cushion than most.
     
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    I was just thinking the same thing before reading your post. They are as inefficient and noisy as my BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain tires on my 4X4. They are in no way similar to my tires on my enclosed car trailer. Jus' sayin'.
     
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