How Far Can a Tesla Model 3 REALLY Go?

I took my Tesla Model 3 out for another range test after owning it for 1 year. What followed I didn’t expect. Get these updates via email at

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// Tesla Model 3 (wikipedia)
The Tesla Model 3 is a mid-size (US) / compact executive (EU)[8] luxury all-electric four-door sedan manufactured and sold by Tesla, Inc.[2] Following crash testing it received five-stars in every category from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.[9][10] According to Tesla officials, the Model 3 Standard version delivers an EPA-rated all-electric range of 220 miles (354 km) and the Long-range version delivers 310 miles (499 km).[4] The Model 3 has a minimalist dashboard with only a center-mounted LCD touchscreen.[11] Tesla stated that the Model 3 carries full self-driving hardware to be optionally enabled at a future date.[12][13][14]

Within a week of unveiling the Model 3 in 2016, Tesla revealed they had taken 325,000 reservations for the car. These reservations represented potential sales of over US$14 billion.[15][16] By August 2017, there were 455,000 net reservations.[17][18] Limited production of the Model 3 began in mid-2017, with the first production vehicle rolling off the assembly line on July 7, 2017,[19][20][21] with the official launch and delivery of the first 30 cars on July 28.[22] On July 1, 2018, it was announced that Tesla had met its production goal of 5,000 cars in a week.[23][24][25]

Total deliveries passed the 100,000 unit milestone in October 2018,[26] and cumulative sales since inception totaled 147,610 units through December 2018.[27][28][29] The Model 3 was the top-selling plug-in electric car in the U.S. in 2018 with an estimated all-time record of almost 140,000 units delivered, after being the top-selling plug-in car in the country for 12 months in-a-row since January 2018.[30][31]

The base Model 3 has a 50-kWh battery with a range of about 220 mi (350 km) and the optional 75-kWh battery has a range of about 310 mi (500 km).[3][132]Chinese version release by Tesla website has a longer range up to 595 km (370 mi). The battery uses 2170-size lithium-ion cells[133] which have up to 30% higher energy density than the 18650-size cells used in previous Tesla vehicles.[134]

The Model 3 battery pack is made of four longitudinal modules each containing the individual battery cells.[135] The Standard version carries 2,976 cells arranged in groups of 31.[135] The Long-range version carries 4,416 cells arranged in groups of 46.[135]

The inverter for the Model 3 drive unit uses 24 pairs of Silicon Carbide (SiC) MOSFET chips rated for 650 volts each.[136]

In July 2018, media reported that a Model 3 prototype was seen in California and Nevada while towing a trailer in an apparent evaluation of a tow bar.[137]

The Model 3 uses regenerative braking, which was improved in October 2018 using a software update.[138]