How does your X’s real world power consumption compare to Tesla’s advertised range? On Tesla motor club site and most car reviews I have seen, it looks like Tesla’s advertised range has been on a very optimistic side compare to a lot of other EVs. Is that your experience as well?My X's rated range at its current charge is 237 miles but its estimated range is 260. The extra 23 mile is there because when the car was driven last it got better than rated consumption and the algorithm projects using recent data. I have seen estimated ranges of 999 mi, the maximum that the display can indicate, when the trip ended at the bottom of a long down hill run.
I know I'm starting to sound like a broken record but as I say over and over again "It depends". First off my rated consumption is 282 Wh/mi. Driving around home with some on freeway I get 252 Wh/mi average. Looking back at some road trips I have seen consumption as poor as 383 Wh/mi on one leg where, I distinctly remembered, it was raining quite hard most during of it. A wet roadbed will increase consumption quite a lot. On legs of that same trip where the road was dry I saw consumptions of 303, 300 and 293. These were mostly on freeway but average speed logged was 60 mph with maximum speeds of 70 - 85 mph.How does your X’s real world power consumption compare to Tesla’s advertised range?
People who haven't driven BEV are not, in general, attuned to the factors that can change energy consumption. They had no reason to be with ICE. Now all of a sudden they are expected to pay attention to and understand something they have never thought about before. Sometimes things turn out better than expected. Sometimes they don't. It is definitely human nature to preferentially seize on an opportunity to bellyache about something that is displeasing rather than point out something that went well. And it especially tempting to do so if one thinks he has the opportunity to prove that Elon Musk is really cheating all of us by adding buffer to EPA range or fudging the fudge factors or doing any of the absurd suggestions one sees on these sites.On Tesla motor club site and most car reviews I have seen, it looks like Tesla’s advertised range has been on a very optimistic side compare to a lot of other EVs.
I'd have to say "no". I'd say the EPA rating tells me exactly what it is intended to. i can use it to predict the range i will realize with fair accuracy if I, based on my experience with the car, take into account the factors that cause deviations. The EPA rating is a guideline. Nothing more. It's real purpose is to allow consumers to have a more or less consistent basis for comparison between various BEV. It's a pretty good system if not a perfect one.Is that your experience as well?
I predict that you will take the BEV. Once you have driven it your desire to drive an ICE vehicle of any sort will most probably decline very quickly.p.s. This weekend I got 650 miles out of one tank of my wife’s outback and spent around 5 minutes at the gas station. I wonder which one we will pick on a long distance vacation after I get my EV truck (when the environmental police is not watching).
I really appreciate you taking the time to share the inside scoop. Even driving an ICE, I do have a feel for what you mean by it depends. Cruising on flat country roads at 45-50 mph, I can get around 50 mpg on a car that is rated at 30.I know I'm starting to sound like a broken record but as I say over and over again "It depends". First off my rated consumption is 282 Wh/mi. Driving around home with some on freeway I get 252 Wh/mi average. Looking back at some road trips I have seen consumption as poor as 383 Wh/mi on one leg where, I distinctly remembered, I was raining quite hard most of the trip. A wet roadbed will increase consumption auite a lot. On legs of that same trip where the road was dry I saw consumptions of 303, 300 and 293. These were mostly on freeway but average speed logged was 60 mph with maximum speeds of 70 - 85 mph.
More of a case for having a spare tireWeight can also make regen interesting: Because you only actually are able to store a certain amount of regen, and the lowest levels of regen are lost or less efficient (because of internal resistance and voltage levels), adding weight can increase your ability to store regen.
On my Zero, that means adding a passenger actually makes the bike more efficient, because regen is saved more efficiently.
(There's also a max amount of regen that can be stored, but you need a pretty steep slope or hard braking to hit it. Normal driving won't.)
Diehard - Some 3rd party will make you an awesome hitch mounted spare tire mount that will articulate out of the way for you. Between Kevlar sidewalls, foam goo, and an onboard compressor I thinks someone will make really good repair kit for even the worst blowouts in the wild. For most of us full size spares are a waste of space and weight. They are hard to fit in the rotation and end up wasted after 10 years of non use.More of a case for having a spare tire
If during that flat free fifteen years, you have had a spare, it is likely that the spare is your lucky charm. More of a reason to have one.I haven't had a flat in fifteen years. I have never used the spare since the 20th century.
i used to carry a full-sized spare. Now I wonder if it's at all useful. My last 200+k have been without incident, at least none that I couldn't limp away from.
Sounds like something I may have to do. I carry a compressor and a plug kit and have been able to take care of many flats without even using the spare. Not a big fan of the goo getting on the rim. Both of my blowouts happened because someone who didn’t see me was driving right at me so I had to chose between getting hit and running into the curb. I have never had a blow out with my truck which has meaty tires. It feels like my sport car with low profile tires can have a blowout at drop of a hat. So unless Elon put sport car tires on CT, I expect to do OK with it. I certainly won’t have the issue of not being seen like I did with my sport car. But I still may take a full size with me on longer trips.When I got my first Tesla I bought a spare. I only take it on long trips. I've had flats but not in the Tesla. Haven't had a blowout in 45 years. One can buy, from Tesla and others, small compressors that plug into the "cigarette lighter" and goo that will supposedly seal most puncture type flats. With these and traveling on normal roads the odds of getting stranded because you don't have a spare are pretty low. But if you are a belt and suspenders type of guy you can always buy a traveling spare kit. They take up space in the back and, of course, the weight detracts from mileage some but not appreciably,