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- Oct 3, 2020
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- 2010 F-150, 2018 Model 3 Perform, FS Cybertruck
Cars with performance wheels and tires will underperform EPA ratings on the highway. That's why I bought a "stealth" Model 3 Performance. It has the most efficient aero of any Tesla and this allows it to get EPA efficiency, even on the highway, at least when traffic is only moving 65 mph.Just to be clear, when I say I am getting 15% less then teslas stated EPA milreage I mean that my highway driving 75-85 in 90+ degree conditions is at lest 15% less then the stated Tesla EPA range.
Tesla is technically correct with their range under their "test conditions" but you know that people looking to buy any car are thinking that they have this range available to them under their normal driving and it just isn't true. In my Toyotas I always met or exceeded their stated mileage .
I admit that I was pretty nieve when I purchased my MYP and Simply put, I am not happy with the range on it. I will NEVER buy another 300 mile EV .
I even bought the tow package with the MYP and I used it once. I am still towing with my highlander just because I can make most trips without stopping and if I need to stop for fuel I am in and out without the need to disconnect.
My advice to new EV buyers is to take aero VERY seriously when configuring the wheel options. That's because the range that matters most is that on the freeway, going 70-75 mph. It's all too easy to look at the EPA figures and say, who cares about that last 20 miles of range, it's insignificant, but that 20 miles less EPA range can turn into 40 miles less freeway range, a high price to pay for the look of your wheels. I'm not sure why some buyers are more caught up in looks than they are in actual function, efficiency and low operating costs. It makes little sense.
I'm glad you are able to admit how naive you were when you bought your Model Y Performance. Live and learn. I really wish Tesla would offer the option of taking delivery of Performance models with aero optimized wheels and tires like they did back in 2018 with the Performance Model 3. I never would have bought a Performance Model if I could only get it with oversized brakes and silly flat prone tires and non-aero wheels. This is one area where the people at Tesla are not thinking in a rational manner.