You may be worrying a little too much about range. I drove from Oslo to south of Italy in a model X with a claimed 420km range and it was no problem at all. The speed that a tesla charges at and the fact you really need to stop every now and then anyway really makes real range over 350km just a nice buffer for the start of your return trip in my opinion. I have also travelled from Oslo to beyond the arctic circle in winter in my Model X, again with no charging issues at all. I advise you to get the car you want. The range difference won't be an issue especially given that in at least some tests, the new performance Model 3 has slightly more real range than the long range model due to it's larger battery pack. By the way, Tesla Superchargers are everywhere and often are quite memorable parts of your road trip.Hello everyone,
I am completely new here, but overly-excited of the prospect of getting a Tesla soon. However, as I have some specific wishes, I would like to hear your thoughts/advice before making the final decision.
A bit of back-ground:
- I have not owned an EV before, so this would be the first one.
- Driving habits/behavior: City-driving during the week, up to 15-20km in one go, and occasionally longer during week-end (250-300km return trips on the highway). 1-2 times a year, I do a long road-trip of 2-4000kms in total, mostly during the warm seasons. I do drive quite aggressively in the city, but not on the longer trips.
- Weather: As you can see, I live in a fairly moderate country in terms of weather, with temperatures ranging from 0 (32F) or a bit less (in the winter) to 25-30 (77-86F) (in the summer), and also moderate, but consistent wind. There is also a fair amount of rain during spring/autumn and sometimes summer too.
My current options:
- Long Range model, which just received an update in Q2 on the range (WLTP value 614km)
- Performance model, WLTP value 567km
Initially, I was quite set on getting the performance model - I found it worth it for the extra power, and nicer visuals. Not in particular happy about it being lowered due to the roads here, but well. Also took a test-drive in this one, and definitely got hooked on it.
However, since range is an important factor for me, mostly due to the 1-2 times a year long trips, I am leaning more and more towards the LR model. That being said, when starting to dig through forums, articles, I have seen some concerns with this model:
We take the most popular electric vehicles available today, fully charge them, and then drive them at 70 mph to find out just how far they will go.insideevs.comEdmunds tested 15 EVs to check their range and Tesla failed to meet its EPA numbers with all its cars. Only one Tesla got more than 300 miles of range.insideevs.com
My first question, then is: What can I realistically expect out of the 614km range? It is not the city-driving context which worries me - there are plenty of charging stations around, and I am sure I will manage it. It is the long-trip/highway driving, where in general the speed limits are 110-130km/h. Of course, one cannot expect to achieve the WLTP value, realistically, but how much lower should I set my expectation?
My second question, then is: If the answer to the first question is, a significant amount lower (say 25-30%), would it then really make a huge difference compared to the Performance model? 70% of 614 = 429 while 70% of 567 = 397. So not such a significant difference after all.
(Moderator note: Welcome to TMC. I moved this thread you created (this post and the ones after it) to an active thread on the exact same subject. You can read about peoples opinions on this topic in the thread this post is now in)