Testing Tesla Model 3 range in cold weather (Zero F -18C)



Today I test the real world range of the Tesla Model 3 in very cold weather (zero F -18C). Buying new Tesla? My referral code is below;

36 Replies to “Testing Tesla Model 3 range in cold weather (Zero F -18C)”

  1. Mustafa Kilinc

    Please please please set any video camera you use to an aspect ratio of 16:9 or a wider 18:9. Please stop recording in non wide screen aspect ratios. I know you use your phone for recording sometimes but every phone in the last 10 years should be able to record in 16:9

  2. robert a

    Today 30 January Chicago is experiencing very low temperatures, could electric haulage trucks/lorries operate to deliver food to the city supermarkets?
    Your video also shows that twice the amount of electric is needed to charge electric vehicles in very cold weather OR put another way they only travel half the distance in cold weather electric trucks delivering essential food on a just in time basis would appear to need twice the number of charging stopovers

  3. George Zahn

    Seems that using rated range in our winter conditions is not worth making a video. Would be more interested in energy usage, i.e. wh/mi. at different temperatures and different climate control configurations. If you're crazy enough to be out on the road today (Wed. 1/30) would be interested in what you're seeing. Our dual motor Model 3 will be comfortably parked in our garage until Fri. or Sat., just a few miles north in Cary. Know it's a big expense, but a stabilized camera when showing the screen would make a big difference in viewer's ability to focus on what's being presented. Also if it's possible to add arrows or something during editing to highlight the area of interest would help, just sayin'. Enjoy the videos and subject matter – cold is definitely a range killer.

  4. tony nedeljkovic

    wow that is huge drop in milage in cold, , that's s why all cars need to have 400 mile range because of this ,   does tesla check this for customers living in cold climate and not testing in California where its warm, this is bull crap, to loos 40% of battery  , so basically if you had  220  standard range  you would not be able to do your job

  5. Gerrit Govaerts

    Seems like you could easily do with a 25% battery increase to finally get rid of winter range anxiety . That ,or a Tesla supercharger in your neck of the woods . Wonder what will come first . Elon predicted a 30 to 40% battery capacity increase in the next 3 to 4 years during a 2017 interview…

  6. Marian Zdarsky

    Matt, what if you didn't turn off the HVAC on occasions? Would the HVAC heat the battery as well as the cabin and got rid of the snowflake? This might use more energy but actually increase the range as you wouldn't get the "blue battery" limitation.

  7. Jay Jay

    You won't have nearly the same issue in hot weather. Using the AC constantly might drop your range by 10% whereas heating the car (and the car heating the battery) in the winter will lose you as much as 30%.

  8. William Korb

    We're driving our M3 MR from northern WI to central FL leaving mid-week (forecast high for that day is currently -12F) but I'm hoping as we move south the temps will rise. I'll do as other commentors have stated – finish charging (to close to 100%) right before we leave to warm the battery. I'm hoping that driving at highway speeds will generate enough battery heat to keep us going and not lose too much range. I guess we'll see!

  9. Philip T

    That is great information. Thanks. I live in Ontario, Canada, under similar temperature conditions, or colder. I have been thinking of getting a Model 3 and I was wondering how it would work in -25C. Pretty much what I expected. Still very usable. Excellent. P.S. I know it would use a little more power, but a heated steering wheel would be nice in the Model 3, especially when you have to work with the screen so often. I have become spoiled by having a heated steering wheel in my current car, I guess.

  10. patrick walsh

    I am going to add some batting to place between the sun shades for the glass roof and the glass surface. The glass is a large thermal heat sink and you are loosing a great deal of heat to the atmosphere. The three coldest and three warmest months will have this arrangement installed to reduce battery drain due to heating/cooling. Great videos. Subscribed.

  11. Aussie2u

    Considering gas engines are better at heating than propulsion, I wonder if hybrid makers will try to capitalize on marketing the gas/electric combo as being more "cold weather ready"? I could see them highlighting how their gasoline engine will get everything warm and then electric takes over when optimum temps are reached.

  12. al591

    this is no good for me .Im a snowbird i live way up north . every year i make a 5000 miles roundtrip down south .The problem is the first 1000 miles can be in extreme cold conditions and superchargers are kind of sparse in quebec .conclusion I might not be able to reach the next one at least for the first leg of the trip .(as for now i drive a volt)

  13. Christopher Berg

    ???YOURE AWESOME BY THE WAY ???I kind of expected this which is one reason if I'm still living in Wisconsin when I buy an EV it had better have 500 mile range so I at least have 250miles when it's the fridged winter weather in the negative temps. The Tesla battery currently likes 65 to 70 degree weather. I wonder how solid state batteries perform in the cold? They are to new for us to know yet. Also how long did it take to recharge to 90% first the car had to heat up the pack before charging it so the cells aren't damaged just curious

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