On X, the manufacturer published a list of the factors on the basis of which it determines the distance that can be covered on a single charge.
Every historical era has its own fears and anxieties. In the Middle Ages, people were afraid of diseases, in the middle of the last century, of another global conflagration, and nowadays of climate catastrophe, social media and the end of the world. However, with the rise of EVs, another type of anxiety has reared its head in the modern world, and this is none other than the range of electric cars. If you’re in the one percent of car owners who drive an electric car, you may be affected by this problem.
Will the charge be enough for me to go shopping? Will I be able to commute to work from the countryside on a single charge? Can I still get home with such a charge? Questions like these and similar ones worry range anxiety sufferers around the world. Although the construction of the charging network is ongoing in many countries, the feeling of anxiety often goes beyond the limits set by common sense and oppresses us even when there is no apparent reason for it.
Tesla is now trying to help these people to some extent by listing the factors that affect the range. This can be reassuring, at least for Tesla owners, because we can expect a much more well-founded range forecast from the brand’s vehicles, taking into account so many factors. When we enter the destination into Tesla’s navigation system, it calculates for us the expected decrease in range, taking into account the state of the battery. A few years ago, it often happened that this was not in accordance with the distance actually traveled afterwards, but now the company has invested a lot in being able to estimate this value much more accurately.
At first, the navigator predicted the number of kilometers in question by only examining the crosswind, headwind, humidity and ambient temperature, but now it even includes the tire pressure in the more precisely estimated value. A few days ago, the company published the list of factors taken into account in the calculation in a Twitter/X post:
- Wind speed and direction
- Altitude/altitude level
- Traffic speed
- Average acceleration/deceleration
- Ambient temperature
- Humidity and pressure
- Sun exposure and cloudiness
- Initial battery charge
- The initial temperature of the battery
- Gross combined vehicle weight
- Rolling resistance
- Aerodynamic drag coefficient
- HVAC consumption
- Vehicle-specific energy consumption (bike rack or similar)
- Battery preconditioning
If someone still has nagging doubts about the dilemma outlined above, it’s probably not the car’s fault.