All You Need to Know About Tesla Model S/X/3 Range at Different Speeds
## Understanding Tesla Model S/X/3 Range at Different Speeds
When considering a Tesla vehicle, one of the most important factors for potential buyers is range. How far can you drive on a single charge? In this blog post, we'll explore the estimated ranges for various Tesla models (Model S, Model X, and Model 3) at different speeds (55, 60, 65, 70, 75, and 80 mph).
### Estimating Range Values
The green numbers in some online charts represent estimates for certain configurations of Tesla vehicles. For example, EPA dyno test scores are only available for the Model 3 Long Range Rear-Wheel Drive with 18" wheels and aero covers off. To calculate estimates for other options such as the Model 3 Standard Range or All-Wheel Drive versions, several factors need to be considered.
One method involves using cell counts from the battery packs. The Long Range battery has 4,416 cells while the Standard Range pack has 2,976 cells. By calculating the ratio between these two values (67.4%), an estimate for the Standard Range Model 3's performance can be derived. However, this does not account for weight reduction when moving from a Long Range to Standard Range battery pack. Comparing similar configurations in the Model S lineup (such as the Model S 75 vs. Model S 75D) can help refine these calculations further.
### Comparing Models: Model S vs. Model 3
Many people have debated whether they should purchase a used Model S instead of waiting for their new Model 3 reservation to be fulfilled. It's essential to compare the correct configurations when making this decision. A used Model S 85 is more comparable to a $35,000 Model 3 Standard Range than it is to a Model 3 Long Range, which would be closer in performance to a new Model S 100D.
It's worth noting that the Model S 85 has been criticized for having overly optimistic advertising in terms of battery size and range numbers. This could be attributed to Tesla being a smaller company back in 2012, anticipating more competition from other car manufacturers and needing to make their product stand out.
### Range Considerations: Model 3 Long Range vs. Model S/X
If your primary concern is range and Supercharger charging speed, the Model 3 Long Range may actually be a superior choice compared to both the Model S and X. While the larger models may have better acceleration, the Model 3's performance in terms of distance on a single charge is quite impressive.
Consumer Reports' testing procedures can help provide some insight into what kind of range you can expect under normal driving conditions. They test vehicles in their standard drive mode (not extended range mode) and turn off regenerative braking features to simulate typical driver behavior.
In conclusion, it's essential to compare the correct configurations when considering which Tesla model is right for you. Keep in mind that estimated ranges are just that – estimates – and actual performance will vary depending on factors such as driving habits, weather conditions, and vehicle maintenance.