TMC is an independent, primarily volunteer organization that relies on ad revenue to cover its operating costs. Please consider whitelisting TMC on your ad blocker and becoming a Supporting Member. For more info: Support TMC

My data with bike and rack

Discussion in 'Model 3: Driving Dynamics' started by MABMAB, Dec 29, 2019.


    MABMAB Member

    Jun 19, 2019
    Mulligan's Valley
    We used our old car for travel, never paid much attention to aerodynamics or consumption with our bikes on. Had purchased an aftermarket hitch for the 3 when we bought it. Today I did some testing to evaluate things for future road trips. Total trips were 17.5 miles, within an hour of each other, same route, same AP controlled speed. WH/mi data recorded along the way and upon completion:

    Bike/Rack on versus off along the data points
    322/234 end of trip.

    Seems to me that this would cut our range by about 1/3rd, especially if I put the 2nd bike on. We could take off the tires and seats to improve a bit but what a major difference. I've read that the aerodynamic differences are worst at faster speeds so this would really limit travel with our bikes. Might have to get the CT and keep the bikes in the back...

Share This Page

  • About Us

    Formed in 2006, Tesla Motors Club (TMC) was the first independent online Tesla community. Today it remains the largest and most dynamic community of Tesla enthusiasts. Learn more.
  • Do you value your experience at TMC? Consider becoming a Supporting Member of Tesla Motors Club. As a thank you for your contribution, you'll get nearly no ads in the Community and Groups sections. Additional perks are available depending on the level of contribution. Please visit the Account Upgrades page for more details.