Tesla to Release Cheaper Model Y With Increased Range

Factors Affecting Energy Consumption

While driving:

  • Elevated driving speed.
  • Environmental conditions such as cold or hot weather and wind.
  • Using climate controls to heat or cool the cabin.
  • Uphill travel: Driving uphill requires more energy and depletes range at a faster rate. However, driving downhill allows your vehicle to regain a portion of its expended energy through regenerative braking (see Regenerative Braking).
  • Short trips or stop-and-go traffic: It takes energy to bring the cabin and Battery to a specified temperature when starting the vehicle. You may see a higher average consumption when the vehicle is used for very short trips or in heavy traffic.
  • Heavy cargo load.
  • Windows rolled down.
  • Wheels and tires not maintained.
  • Customized settings or third-party accessories (roof or trunk racks, third-party wheels).

While parked and not plugged in to a charger:

  • Preconditioning the cabin or using climate controls.
  • Summon.
  • Vehicle infotainment and climate controls system.
  • Sentry mode.
  • Tesla or third-party mobile app requests.

Alternative accelerator pedal interpretation for efficiency

Until now all Tesla models except P versions (performance versions) have simple “accelerator pedal (acc) position → power” transition. A position of the accelerator pedal is converted to power demand immediately and almost linearly. This we can see at energy usage panel in the car, and we have verified that also with our laboratory chassis dynos (http://vtechdyno.eu).

This method of power demand control suffers from two negative effects:

  1. Acceleration of the car is not stable at all. The car first speeds up better, then, falls down with acceleration – as acceleration simply depends on torque, and because car has almost constant power for any rpm and any desired acc pedal position – it is logical that torque MUST go down (see graph – thin lines in the big graph – torque of car (=acceleration) for various acc pedal positions (verified with dyno).
  2. We have scanned Tesla powertrain for efficiency (by comparing power taken from battery vs propulsive power at dynamometer and some parts of acceleration are not crossing optimal motor efficiency (red and orange areas). In some areas it is impossible, but of course, everything can be optimized.


Supply issues have made the Model Y harder to get

The Tesla Model Y | Zhe Ji/ via Getty Images
The Tesla Model Y | Zhe Ji/ via Getty Images

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According to InsideEVs, the most affordable Model Y, the Long Range model, isn’t available until 2023 in America. This means that American consumers can no longer buy new Standard Range models and have to wait at least two business quarters to receive Model Y Long Range orders that are placed now.

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Energy App

The Energy app provides a visual representation of your vehicle’s real-time and projected energy usage. To use the Energy app, navigate to Application Launcher > Energy on the touchscreen. Choose from two types of charts:

  • Consumption: Display how much energy Model Y has consumed over the past 10, 25 or 50 km.

    Touch Instant Range or Average Range to adjust the projected range estimation. Instant Range uses only the latest few data points to estimate the projected range, whereas Average Range uses the past 10, 25 or 50 km of energy consumption to provide a more accurate projected range.

  • Trip: You can monitor the amount of energy being used while navigating to a destination. You can track actual usage against the initial prediction. The green line represents the actual usage whereas the gray line represents predicted usage. To change the zoom level, touch the zoom icon located in the top right corner of the chart.

An informational icon, calling your attentionNoteThe Trip chart displays energy usage only if you are currently navigating to a destination.