Best EV Real Range in Tesla 3LR

Categorised as EV Trips, General
Entering Bourke Shire

My best real range in my EV Tesla 3LR is 550km and my lowest real range is 340km. My average is ~460km.

The figure is simply how far I traveled by the odometer divided by what percentage of my battery I used, expressed as km/100%.

The lowest real range I have had was uphill during freezing weather in June. I left Gundagai elevation 232m in 8 degrees C, with 80% and travelled 174km uphill at 110km/hr to Goulburn, elevation 642m arriving in 6 degrees C with 29%. (Preconditioning started about 80km out). That 174km used 51% battery, or 34km per 10%, which is equivalent to 340km per 100% of battery. For the trip overall, from Melbourne to Sydney, I left from Yea, elevation 172m and made 3 stops on my 808km trip to Sydney, elevation 98m, travelling in 0 to 8 degrees C at 110km/h average 37.8km per 10% of battery, or equivalent to 378km for 100% of battery.

The highest real range I’ve had has been in warm weather from Bathurst to Sydney, I left Bathurst at 650m elevation with 90% charge and I arrived in Sydney at 98m elevation, with 56% charge left. Thats 34% over 186km or 55km per 10% of battery used, equivalent to 550km for 100% of battery.

Longest gap between chargers
The longest legs I have driven without a charger enroute has been the 300km between Dubbo and Cobar and the 320km return trip Cobar to Bourke. Neither trip had charging available other than at Dubbo and Cobar, when I did them.

Longest drive without charging
The longest I have driven without charging has been 367km between Melbourne and Orbost, which used 80% of my battery. There were chargers enroute if needed, but I didn’t use them.

This shows the energy used in driving, plus the other energy used. It used 79.6% of battery in total on that 367.4km trip.

Energy used over 367.4km Melbourne to Orbost

Type of EV
My EV is a 2021 Tesla 3LR which has travelled 50,000 km over past 2 years. Both trips used as examples above, were in Standard acceleration mode. Tesla recommend driving in Chill acceleration mode during cold weather, if you want to have the most range, but my trips are all in Standard acceleration mode, which uses more energy.

NEDC WLTP and EPA figures
The NEDC, WLTP and EPA ranges are all test protocols for comparisons between cars only, not real range. As Is the Australian ADR 81/02 used on the windshield sticker in Australia.

My WLTP figure advertised by Tesla when I bought the car was 580km and my real world average on the freeway at 110km/hr is 450-460km which is ~20% below WLTP.

It is important to note in Australia the ADR 81/02 government mandated fuel consumption stickers on cars do not reflect real range. A photo of the sticker from a 2021 Tesla 3LR, shows an implausible range of 657km, 77km more than the WLTP figure advertised by Tesla for that model of 580km. The test protocol would require me to travel at no more than average speeds of 19-63km/hr to reproduce that range. This is because the Australian ADR 81/02 fuel consumption sticker gives a range based on a test protocol with a test phase average speed of 19km/hr  in stop start traffic and long periods of idling. There is also a second phase with average speed of 63km/hr. There is no testing included in the sticker figures for long periods of highway, freeway or country road driving.

Govt mandated ADR 81/02 test windscreen sticker Tesla Model 3LR Aug 2021 model