Tesla Model 3 Travels 322 Miles On Single Charge With A/C Cranking

A Vancouver couple drove their Model 3 LR from Vancouver to Portland, Oregon, a distance of more than 300 miles

It seems that Tesla may be underreporting its vehicle’s capabilities.

According to 1RedDrop, a couple from Vancouver drove their Tesla Model 3 Long Range from Vancouver to Portland, Oregon on a single charge. With power to spare. That’s a distance of more than 300 miles or 322.3 miles, to be exact – as reported by Peter Levey and his wife. To make matters even more compelling, the drive was done on a hot summer day, and the couple had the air condition on the whole time. Even then, the car only used 68 kWh of the 75 kWh battery.

According to the current Tesla data, the Model 3 (Long Range) is EPA-rated at a range of 310 miles. The Vancouver couple did more than that with just 90% of the battery’s capacity used for the trip. However, that’s not where the story ends.

While on another leg of the journey, the couple’s Model 3 was, unfortunately, rear-ended by a Dodge sedan. The accident was luckily at low speed, as Dodge was doing 40 mph at the moment of the impact. And it seems that the damage to the Dodge was heavy, while the Model 3 received only slight damage.

According to Levey’s own words revealed to Teslarati, this is what happened:

“I have to say two things, and they are both about Tesla, the company, and their response to us. About a minute and a half to two minutes after the time of impact, my cellphone rang, and I looked at it, and I didn’t recognize the number — it was a 1-877. It turned out to be Tesla Roadside Assistance, and their first question was ‘Our computers show that you suffered a major impact. Are you guys okay? Were you in an accident?’ and I cannot tell you how comforting that was.
“It was just amazing. There we were — we felt alone, we felt isolated, we didn’t feel like talking to the guy behind us for obvious reasons, and there comes a call, and it’s from your car company. So we were incredibly impressed by that. And later in the afternoon, and later in the evening, Tesla Roadside Assistance worked diligently with us to try and get the car into Towing Mode, to give us everything we could try. It was most impressive.”

Furthermore, Tesla not only called the couple within just a few minutes after the incident but also a follow-up call by the head of safety engineering was made to the couple as well.

“The next day, when I got home from Vancouver, I got another call from the head of safety engineering, and he wanted to find out how we were. He also wanted to find out ‘What can we do to make this car safer? What can we do to give an even greater measure of safety to the occupants?’ and that was mind-blowing. I’ve never had that from any car company, and I understand why people now say the Tesla Model S, Model X, and Model 3 are the safest cars on the road. That kind of response inspires confidence among customers. They don’t abandon them when accidents happen,”

While we’re aware of Tesla’s more personal approach to their customers, this seems like the company really went above and beyond to ensure their customers’ safety. Kudos to Tesla!

You can take a look at the video detailing the whole experience right below.

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Watch First Look At Mercedes-Benz EQC By Autogefühl

The Mercedes-Benz of electric vehicles – the EQC

The two versions of the Mercedes-Benz EQC (AMG-Line vs Electric Art) were reviewed by Autogefühl right at the unveiling in Sweden.

As always, the episode includes exterior, interior and some insights about the car like its high-build quality, excellent material and interesting voice commands.

The EQC 400 4MATIC seems to be less capable than the Tesla Model X, as the battery is 80 kWh compared to 100 kWh in top version of the X. Also, the powertrain is rated for 300 kW, which does not offer equal acceleration to the X P100D. However, overall it could be appealing to many consumers. We will know for sure in about a year when production begins.

We also can confirm that the Mercedes-Benz EQC will be able to tow up to 1,800 kg or 3,968 lbs.

2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC 400 4MATIC preliminary specs

  • dual motor (asynchronous), all-wheel drive
  • system output of 300 kW (402 hp) and 564 lb-ft (765 Nm)
  • 0-60 mph in 4.9 seconds (0-100 km/h in 5.1 seconds)
  • top speed of 112 mph (180 km/h)
  • 80 kWh battery (384 cells – 218 Ah each – two modules with 48 cells and four modules with 72 cells)
  • up to 200 miles (320 km) of all-electric range (prelim est.) or over 280 miles (450 km) under NEDC
  • DC fast charging (CCS Combo) in 40 minutes (110kW, 10%-80%)
  • AC on-board charger – 7.4 kW
  • towing capability – 1,800 kg (3,968 lbs)
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‘Tesla Killer’ narrative comes back as German automakers launch EV offensive – don’t fall for it

This is an op-ed by Fred Lambert, Electrek’s editor-in-chief.

The good old ‘Tesla Killer’ moniker, which the media often apply to virtually any new electric vehicle, is coming back into the spotlight as German automakers are launching a new EV offensive.

Here’s what you need to know in order not to fall for it. more…


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Love it or hate it, this new electric scooter thing is spreading across the globe

While there has been a huge amount innovation in light electric vehicles over the last few years, such as 60 mph (97 km/h) electric bicycles and 400 mi (644 km) range electric tricycles, most of the innovation has been in performance – not design. Until now, that is.

Here’s a wacky new electric scooter design that has been finding a surprising amount of success around the world.

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See and drive Tesla, Chevy, Nissan, BMW EVs and more at nearby National Drive Electric Week, Sept 8-16

This weekend marks the start of another Drive Electric Week, a yearly series of EV meetups where EV fans can see and drive their favorite models and EV owners can meet up to chat amongst themselves and with curious members of the public about the experience of owning an EV.  This will be the 8th annual event, with a record 316 events registered across the US, Canada and New Zealand.

The week is organized by Plug in America, an organization which advocates the transition to electric transportation, along with Sierra Club and the Electric Auto Association.  Every event is free to attend for owners and non-owners alike, and attending is a great way to get the word out or get your questions answered about electric vehicles.

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Tesla Leads The Way In Cheapest Battery Pack Costs

Tesla’s battery cost advantage is expected to last for (at least) several years.

According to Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF), Tesla and its lithium-ion battery partner Panasonic are the leaders in EV battery technology, especially in terms of costs of the cells and packs.

One of the reasons is low cobalt content in the cells (below 10% of cathode weight). Elon Musk said in June that the target for battery cell cost in 2018 is $100/kWh, and $100/kWh on the pack-level within two years.

In fact, Tesla already delivers the car with the cheapest cost per kWh in the form of the Model 3.

BNEF’s research revealed that other suppliers offered cells for $120/kWh in 2017, but to reach $100/kWh on the pack-level is in general not expected for the industry until 2025.

Anyways, the lowest battery costs gives Tesla an edge compared to other electric car manufacturers and BNEF expects that the advantage will carry on for several years.

“If Tesla reaches its pack-price milestone, it will be several years ahead of our industry benchmark,” BNEF said in the report. The researchers noted that others made batteries for as low as $120 per kilowatt hour in 2017, “which suggests that Tesla is not alone in being ahead of the curve.”

Well, having cheaper batteries will definitely help Tesla to grow quickly in an increasingly difficult market where competitors are introducing long-range electric cars.

Source: Bloomberg


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Green Deals: Nest Thermostat E + Google Home Mini $143.50, more

Today only, BuyDig via Rakuten offers the Nest Learning Thermostat E bundled with a Google Home Mini for $143.65 shipped when promo code SAVE15 has been applied during checkout. For comparison, the thermostat alone usually sells for around $169 while the Google Home Mini goes for $49. This is a great way to cut down on energy use and jump into smart home control for less. Rated 4.7/5 stars.

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Practical Motoring Provides Verdict On 2019 Hyundai Kona Electric

This comprehensive 2019 Hyundai Kona Electric review should answer most of your questions.

Sure, the above video is just a quick look, but Practical Motoring links to a full-fledged written review of the all-new 2019 Hyundai Kona Electric. It’s complete with details regarding specs, performance, ride and handling, price, ownership, and safety. Then publication takes all of this into account to provide us with an overall score and a final verdict.

Let’s skip right to the conclusion here before you take in the specifics of the entire review. According to Practical Motoring, the Hyundai Kona Electric achieves an overall score of four out of five. The verdict reads:

Let’s put the electric thing aside for a minute. Assuming you’re OK with a compact car not a family hauler, here’s a crossover that’s extremely lively, smooth and easy to drive. Very well equipped too. If you merely commute, you’ll never need to go to a fuel station. Now, the EV bit. It’s got similar range to vastly more expensive cars. Just plug it in one night on your driveway or garage and that’s enough for several days’ normal driving. If you want to do long journeys, it will serve better than any other affordable EV.

The reviewer gives the new Hyundai EV its highest score of 4.5 out of five for safety. Performance, ride and handling, and infotainment and controls all achieve a score of four, while the Kona Electric’s interior and practicality earn a 3.5.

To read the entire review, follow the link in the video description below. Then, scroll down, check out the gallery, and let us know your thoughts in the comment section.

Video Description via Practical Motoring on YouTube:

Assuming you’re OK with a compact car not a family hauler, the Hyundai Kona Electric crossover that’s extremely lively, smooth and easy to drive. Very well equipped too. And, if you merely commute, you’ll never need to go to a fuel station again. Read our full review at: practicalmotoring.com.au/car-reviews/2019-hyundai-kona-electric-review/

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Filippi Expects To Keep NIO Formula E Seat Despite “Horrible” Season

Luca Filippi says his contractual situation with the NIO Formula E squad means he expects to continue racing with the Chinese team for the 2018/19 season.

Filippi finished 21st in the season four standings with 1 point, 45 fewer than teammate Oliver Turvey, who was 10th in the drivers’ championship.

The Italian driver was also replaced by Ma Qing Hua in Paris as NIO exercised its right to make a driver change ahead of the final three events of the 2017/18 season, before returning to the squad for the remaining four races.

“I don’t know exactly how much I can say about it, [but] I can tell you I have a signed contract already, which has been signed [since] last September and is still going for longer,” Filippi told Motorsport.com

“So from my point of view I expect to keep doing Formula E.

“I’m going ahead with development of the Gen2 car. I’ve driven it recently and I’ll be driving again. So, from my point of view, I am going ahead with that.

“The team has given me a lot of faith. For sure I wanted to do more, and I feel I can do better than this. I don’t feel that I’ve done what my potential is in reality.”

Filippi, who is understood to have recently tested NIO’s Gen2 car in Spain, described his debut FE season as a “rollercoaster”.

“Horrible is unfortunately the word,” he said. “It’s been a bit of a rollercoaster. It started well, competitive, [and] then I had some unlucky moments.

“I was competitive in Hong Kong and in Marrakesh and Santiago but it’s been a bit of an unlucky situation.

“After that I was struggling a little bit in qualifying sometimes and it became sort of a mental thing.

“Rome could have been a turning point because I was very competitive there, very motivated, but unfortunately everything went wrong.

“In qualifying I just couldn’t get to do it and in the race I was just involved in an accident I couldn’t avoid.

“That would have been a very important turning point for me because of the home race and everything.

“Then after that it was [about] chasing the result that wasn’t coming and when it’s like that it’s hard.

“For sure I feel I under achieved compared to what my expectations were. It’s a bit of a shame.

“[New York] wasn’t bad. [I was] unfortunate with the safety car [in race one] because we had a different energy strategy.

“[In race two] with Antonio [Felix da Costa], he admitted he made a mistake and I unfortunately paid a very high price for that.

“It would have been better to have finished with some points – it would have been nice.”

NIO was unable to comment on its season five driver contract situation when approached by Motorsport.com.

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