DougWantsALeaf wrote: ↑
Sun Oct 06, 2019 6:54 pm
Model 3 drivers on the forum.
Realistically, how far can you drive at 65-70 on a normal 60-70F day when not using any AC/Heat? I am asking as we may be looking for another car to dump our last ICE vehicle (2007 Kia Sedona with only 60K miles for anyone interested), and looking at a number of options.
In some (not all reviews and you tubers), it looks like the SR+ will do a realistic 200 miles and the LR about 260-270 at a shot(assuming I am running the car down to 5%, but not sub 1%). Now I am a conservative driver (hence my longer Leaf Plus runs), so would hope to do a little better than those numbers, but trying to get a feel for what you are experiencing. My colleague has an X, but claims significantly less than the EPA for the car, but I know also has a heavy foot, so not too surprising. She calls the miles on the dash "electric miles" which are less than real miles, do discount 3 for 2 or 2 for 1 in winter. They have a 3 LR as well, and say it can go farther (maybe 250..which sounds pretty low given EPA), but again heavier feet is my guess.
I did see one Illinois you tuber (Tech Forum), show recently that his runs from Chicago to Springfield ~210 miles) would take him down from 318 (LR RWD) down to 20 miles, but I don't know at what speed.
As we have 3 kids, I might consider a used X (I can't all 5 of us in the Plus for 200 miles..though I have done 4 for extended trips in the Leaf). Not sure we want 2 5 seaters, but as the oldest is off to college soon, it might not be too much of an issue, and it seems the 3 has fewer potential for problems. I would like to look at the Niro, and EQC/M but don't think any of those are coming to the midwest anytime soon.
Thanks in advance.
My LR RWD has no problem hitting 300 miles or more but, to be honest, I pay it very little attention.
On my leaf and soul I spent every driving moment fussing about total range and efficiency and whatnot. But the model 3 has so much range and such a robust integrated charge network that I just get in the car and go.
I set the cruise at 85 with the HVAC at 72 and the radio blaring and hit the road. The lack of friction that comes with 300 miles of range coupled with the supercharger network cannot be overstated.
I’ve started at home in Gardena CA, entered Portland OR into the nav, and set off with no further planning and no hiccups along the way. The car does it all and quite accurately. It knows when and where to charge, for how long, and then seamlessly bills the account via the car. No keycards, no hotlines, no clunky CHAdeMO with one stall and a broken RFID.
You can truly use the Model 3 like any conventional automobile and forget the futzing. It’s really wonderful.
BTW, my penalty for cruising with the high end of the traffic flow with no regards to consumption on my 19” wheels? That would be nearly 4.1 mi/KWh over the last 30k miles, quite similar to my consumption on my leaf and soul.