Ten point seven with Tesla Model 3 – Weblog Bas

Then look to the right of the graph. A residual range of 413 kilometers is predicted there, after 232 kilometers non-stop from Groningen to The Hague. In accordance with the manufacturer’s specification, you should therefore be able to drive more than 600 kilometers on one charge. For a sedan with a non-excessive 75 kWh battery, it’s insane.

Okay, on the way back consumption increased slightly. It got busier, I had a headwind, it started to rain, I started driving more excited. But you judge cars just like grown-ups out of respect for their greatest deeds. This is by far the most economical EV I’ve ever driven. While it is not a small boy, and with more than 1,800 kilograms empty weight, it is not the lightest either.

You don’t have to tell me that Musk makes economical cars. But I would have found thirteen kWh per 100 km spectacular for 232 kilometers of highway. Never have I said that anything exceeded my wildest expectations. Now you can.
I didn’t even go all the way.

From Groningen to Amsterdam I drove 100, 110. The music was loud. When the sun came out I switched on the air conditioning, because it gets warm quite quickly under such a glass roof. I had absolutely no intention of setting a record. Until I saw the average consumption still falling near Amsterdam. Then I thought: a miracle could happen here. After that I kept to a tight hundred until The Hague.

Agreed, the circumstances were good. Tailwind, calm traffic, no rain. Due to the relative busyness, the average speed on the Amsterdam Ring quickly drops to 90, which makes a difference. But I didn’t hold anyone up and I didn’t hang behind trucks anywhere.

Ten point seven. What does that mean? That a Model 3 is not a little, but absurdly more economical than all competitors combined. That Tesla still has an alarmingly large lead over everyone in terms of efficiency. My little, six hundred kilos lighter BMW is barely under fifteen; for the average VW ID3, except for the version with the smallest battery, that will also be quite a task. In your electric Kona or Kia EV6 you are happy with sixteen, seventeen. With large electric SUVs you are not surprised by consumption figures between 21 and 25 kWh/100 km. With the Porsche Taycan I didn’t get below 26.

Then you are of course talking about a Porsche, I hear you say. Well, the crazy thing is that this Model 3 power-wise plays in the same division. I drove the Long Range with all-wheel drive and something like 440 horsepower, unbelievably fast. The now completely anonymous lease thing accelerates from zero to one hundred in 4.4 seconds. In a sprint, it will be alarmingly close to the big brother from Zuffenhausen. Who has more Teslas to fear. In the Model S Plaid, which surpasses all Porsches with 1020 hp, I actually achieved 19.7 kWh per hundred kilometers. That’s about the level of a not-too-poo ridden mid size SUV from Wolfsburg.

Ten point seven. How should the lighter, single-engine version of the Model 3 score? Let me put the question right here. That car should easily drop below 10 on long journeys. Anyone beat my record with an entry-level Tesla?

What does consumption matter as long as you tap green electricity? Well, electricity is becoming more and more expensive and energy is scarce. So if your engineers make a car run 50 percent more efficiently than almost everyone else, you are king in this business. Whatever is to be found fault with Musk, credit where credit is due.

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