We did several speed and consumption tests with the Tesla Model 3. We have tested hypermiling (1.001 km on a single charge), long distance drive to Spain, 120 kph (75 mph), 150 kph (93 mph), 180 kph with rain (112 mph). And of course we tested full speed (227 kph)
to test the power limitation Now we test 200 kph (125 mph). First of all we want to find out the average consumption at that speed. Second, will we see a power limitation or can the Model 3 hold 200 kph (125 mph)? We will do this test on Autobahn A9. Let’s see how long we can drive at that speed, depending on traffic. We are entering the Autobahn, I need to find a gap. Let’s get started. So now we have the first speed limit. But on the last 27 km (17 mi) there was almost no traffic. We had some cars in front of us going at the same high speed. Of course that makes it a bit easier. Average consumption was at 33 kWh/100km (53 kWh/100mi) or as Tesla puts it
330 Wh/km (530 Wh/mi). The weather is ok – I’d say we try another round. We have turned and now we are driving back. State of charge is now 34%. There is another speed limit right now. Average consumption is now at 350 Wh/km (560 Wh/mi). But I believe we would be at 380 Wh/km (608 Wh/mi) if we could drive constantly with 200 kph (125mph). We have 4 km (2.4 mi) speed limit ahead of us. And then let’s see if we get the car into the critical zone. So far we have not seen any power limitation – no Autobahngate at all – everything is cool. Oh the speed limit is already coming to an end, that means we can speed up again. Our test drive comes to an end. State of charge is 32%. Average consumption is at 35 kWh/100km (56 kWh/100mi) – we had a speed limit on the last kilometers. During our test we have seen a higher average consumption. Without the low speed sections, I estimate the average consumption at 38 kWh/100km (61 kWh/100mi) or 380 Wh/km (608 Wh/mi). In total we drove 136 km (85 mi). We started with 95% state of charge. Now we are at 28% state of charge. So far 200 kph (125 mph) was no problem. The road ahead is clear – I will go full speed,
the road is slightly uphill. The Model 3 takes the full power. We are not yet in the area where the battery gets empty. The reason is I have also other things to do than driving around for test videos. You remember our Autobahngate video: we had two short, critical situations with power limitation in one and a half hours of irrational driving. What broke the neck, was the constant breaking from 200 kph (125 mph) to 90 kph (55 mph) or now to 130 kph (80 mph). At the time we had much heavier traffic than today. And then then again and again full power – always pedal to the metal. At maximum 200 kph (125 mph) we do not see the power limitation. The car is constantly under high load –
but apparently the car handles it very well. That was our test at constant speed 200 kph (125 mph). The Model 3 passed our test. I leave the Autobahn with 25% remaining battery.
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