Tesla Model 3: Here's How The Range Changes In Hot And Cold Weather

Two identical paths, faced in different months, with the SR + version: the difference between the results can really make the difference

Electric cars and range: the greatest challenge of zero-emission mobility. By now, the new battery-powered cars have distances able to meet the daily needs of most motorists. But the unknowns are not lacking and the variables that affect the amount of road that the EVs can cover with a charge still differ significantly.

The same car, not only based on the driving style adopted, but also on the type of tires fitted or the weather conditions, can be considerably more or less efficient. And we wanted to test it with our editorial Tesla Model 3 SR +, which we tested on the same course in January and on a sunny October day. With very interesting results.

***Editor’s Note: InsideEVs U.S. would like to thank our colleagues at InsideEVs Italy for conducting these tests and sharing the results with our readers. Check out the original article, in Italian, here.

The double proof tests

In the two tests carried out, the car was put to the test both on the Rome-Forlìroute – traditional reference of the real consumption tests of Motor1.com – and in the traffic of Rome, thus covering both urban and high traffic routes. 

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The efficiency of the American sedan was also calculated by carrying out an economy run and, conversely, by testing the maximum consumption. But first of all, let’s get to know the focus of the test better according to the data reported by the registration certificate in Europe:

  • Power: 100 kW
  • Consumption : 14.9 kWh / km
  • Range: 409 km
  • Empty weight : 1,609 km

Record-breaking efficiency

During the second test, held in October, the Tesla Model 3 recorded consumption of 11.9 kWh / 100 km, becoming the most efficient electric of all those analyzed with this type of test. In the previous test, in January, consumption did not go beyond  14.7 kWh / 100 km. A very marked gap, even considering the possible implementations that arrived via OTA.