Ben Sullins of YouTube’s Teslanomics recently conducted a real-world battery range test for his Model 3. Starting with a full, 100% charge in San Diego, CA, the YouTuber went on a road trip headed to Las Vegas, NV in an attempt to see how long the electric car’s battery would last. The Teslanomics host stated during the beginning of his real-world Tesla Model 3 battery range test that the distance from his starting point to Las Vegas was almost exactly 310 miles - the rated range for the electric car. Thus, if the vehicle’s battery lasts as long as it was estimated for, the car should run out of battery just outside Vegas. It did not take long before it became evident that the vehicle was using up more range than expected. By the time the car was near Joshua Tree, CA, Ben’s Model 3 had an estimated 133 miles left. The vehicle had only been traveling for 139 miles by then. The Model 3 was mostly on Autopilot during the drive, traveling at highway speeds. Ben and his companion in the Model 3 opted to stop for lunch at the Twentynine Palms Supercharger, though they did not plug the car in. As noted by the Teslanomics host, the charging station was roughly the halfway point between Las Vegas and San Diego. At that point, however, the Model 3 only had 90 miles left. The total distance traveled then was just 189 miles. Due to Phantom Drain, the Model 3’s range went down further as Ben had lunch, going down from 88 miles to 67 miles. The Model 3 ultimately gave up after traveling 281.1 miles. As noted by the Teslanomics host, the electric car used up 75 kWh of power with an average usage of 266.8 Wh per mile. Overall, Ben Sullins’ Model 3 did not hit Tesla’s estimated 310 miles of range for the electric car. As noted by the YouTuber, however, the modifications on his vehicle, such as Model 3 20-inch Turbine-style wheels, larger tires, and modified suspension, might have affected the endurance of the long-range electric car. This was echoed by several commenters on Ben’s video, many of whom noted that if Ben used his Model 3’s 18-inch Aero Wheels, which are designed to maximize range, the car could have lasted longer. So far, Tesla is only producing the long-range RWD version of the Model 3. The standard-range version, which costs $35,000, is estimated to last 220 miles on a single charge. While Tesla is only manufacturing one variant of the Model 3, however, other versions of the car are set to be unveiled soon. Just recently, CEO Elon Musk stated on Twitter that the dual-motor AWD version of the electric car would probably be released July this year, after the company achieves a production rate of 5,000 Model 3 per week. Other options, such as white seats, will probably be available July as well. Watch Ben Sullins’ Model 3 real-world battery range test in the video below. &=&t=5s Article: Tesla Model 3 gets pushed to its limits in real-world battery range test

Interesting. Trust the 20’’ wheels had the biggest effect as well as ‘highway’ speeds if those were around 75 mph, right @Ben Sullins ?

\"with an average usage of 266.8 kWh per mile\" — There\'s a typo there, and it\'s on Teslanomics\' video as well. It should be \"266.8 Wh per mile\" (not kWh).

You have to consider that San Diego is about sea level and Las Vegas is at 610 m above sea level. That makes a difference that can account for the difference in range. What about the trip back to San Diego?

“At that point, however, the Model 3 only had 90 miles left. The total distance traveled then was just 189 miles. Due to Phantom Drain, the Model 3’s range went down further as Ben had lunch, going down from 88 miles to 67 miles.” Last time I checked 189+90=279, and the car went 281 miles, so what happened to the “vampire drain?” Apparently you never got the memo: “your mileage may vary”. Slow down to get 240 Wh/mile and you’ll make 310 miles.

Ben Sullins is a sharp guy and data analyst, but this test was not representative given the inefficient mods to his test car. I completed a trip from SF to LA yesterday (April 15) and got 312 miles of range on a single charge. Stock Model 3 with the 18\" aero wheels, driving at an average 70 mph.

Yes, the physics is real and quite visible in an electric vehicle. I have made the run form here on the east side of LA to Vegas a number of times, and the difference in altitudes does indeed show up. It is there in an ICE, too, of course, but hidden under another fillup.

Although ben is a very nice and smart guy. I think he fails to understand that driving habits and those larger 20\" rims and no aero covers affect the range a LOT. He should of gotten much closer to 310. I have seen people hitting 312 going 70mph

He did say in the video it's probably because he lowered his car and changed the rims? What do you mean?

Can someone please explain this: \"Due to Phantom Drain, the Model 3’s range went down further as Ben had lunch, going down from 88 miles to 67 miles.\" This makes it seem like the car lost 21 miles of range just sitting there for an hour. That can\'t be right or I\'m missing something.