Actual real life range

My wife and I have placed our deposit and our waiting for our new model S. I would like to know from the people already driving the car. What is your actual range in everyday drivin driving conditions, with weather, terrain, traffic. With a full charge. Thanks

It's a hard question to answer since we all have different lifestyles. it's like asking each person how much gas they you'st to use.

In a couple of weeks I'll be driving from Reno to Portland; the first leg of the trip, to the Mt. Shasta supercharger, is 228 miles. I think I'll make it if I drive at the speed limit.

With a full charge, driving from the Vacaville supercharger to my home in Reno (177 miles, 3000 feet of increased elevation), I arrive with about 40 miles of rated range left if I drive at 70 mph.

I know it is difficult. I am not asking what I will get I asking what you get

Between 200 and 250 miles on a charge on a recent trip, mostly dependent on elevation gain. On level ground, exceeding 260 miles is plausible, especially with lower speed limits.

I have a heavy foot and I get about 260 miles on a charge but that's keeping my avg energy in the 350-370 range. I I didn't punch it off the line at lights and move through traffic like a ghost on the interstate I would probably get more.

That sort of energy consumption wouldn't get you close to 260 miles--you'd need to be under 290 wh/m or thereabouts.

Thanks I forgot to tell you that we are purchasing the 85kw model

P likely has a lesser range than not. 19" tires are also more efficient.

Only have used full range a few times on trips. But if it's any help, we have an 85, charge to 90% daily, and don't even think twice about 200 miles. That's driving about an even mix of freeway & town.

Drive like a nut job during daily commute of less than 150 miles.

Drive like grandma during long trips involving superchargers visits.

They can both be achieved in harmony. Drive the car whichever way that give you the biggest grin. Unless the wife is sitting next to you...

I've had my S85 for 2.5 weeks and get pretty poor mileage. But I have a lead foot and drive in a lot of stop-and-go traffic. And it's been in the 20s at night, 30s during the day (except past two days). I've been averaging about 350-400 Wh-mi, but since the 5.9 update two days my mileage has worsened. I'm hoping it's a bug in the software.

I charge to 90% every night and leave the house with about 235 miles. I plug in every time come home.

Have range charged for a couple 200 mile trips. On one I got 234 miles driving cautiously. Did a security charge of 67 miles and returned home with 67 miles. Did a 198 mile trip and returned with about 40. These trips involved elevation changes. In general if you go 65 mph you can probably achieve parity if no elevation involved.

I have an 85, 3 mos old. 3300 miles, average 304. Two road trips, 1000 and 400 miles, both with dramatic elevation change. Always set the cc to 5-7 over. Love to leave audis and Porsches in the dust from stop lights but otherwise take it easy on the jackrabbit starts.

Normal daily is 10 to 100 miles. Typical is probably 30. A lot of that is freeway at 70 mph.

As many have pointed out, keep the average around 300 on a trip and rated range is a piece of cake.

(LMB spouse)

We often drive from south-east of Boston to west of Philadelphia. It's about 195 miles to the Darien CT Supercharger, with no net elevation change but lots of hills in between. In summer, driving mid 70s, no problem, typically arrive with 20+ miles after a range charge. In winter, not so easy: drive mid 60s, heat cabin to 65F, range-mode; last time we arrived at Darien with six miles left. It's not too scary, because we can always bail out to the Milford SC if too little remaining range. Car is an S85 with 19 inch stock tires, and about 12,000 miles on it.


I hardly drive my Model S, so I cannot give you a good example. However I can tell you that the 21" wheels ruin any good range. However for me the sexy look of the 21" verses the dorky look of the 19" is worth it.

I normally charge to 85% and don't recharge until my range falls below 100 miles and I get ~230+ miles with that. When I plan on a road trip, I charge to 85% the night before and then charge to 100% on the morning before departure. With that I get ~260 miles of range. This is not in the summer time, when I expect the range to increase since batteries do not need to be heated and I won't have heater on.

My wife and I have had our 85 with 19" for three weeks now. After several short trips we have racked up 1,500 miles. We have had no rage issues at all. If you resist the urge to open it up and drive 65 most of the time ( which is hard to do) you will find your mileage driven is very close to actual although you will need to allow for terrain.

Cold weather range is significantly worse than the ideal outside temperate of 70 degrees. If you drive aggressively in cold weather, don't expect much more than 150 miles. If you drive "normal" in good weather, 224-250 is realistic. If you drive like my Grandfather, 300 miles is possible in good weather. So the answer is somewhere between 150 and 300, depending on those factors. It truly is that big of a swing.

My lifetime average (incl. both summer and winter tires) for half a year's driving is 166 Wh/km = 266 Wh/mile.

Assuming 81 kWh capacity means 304 miles range, but I have already made over 320 miles on one charge, in 35 degrees weather.


I wonder why there is so much concern about range in particular... Why not just set the system to report percentage of battery instead? Drop below 20% battery, it's time to look for a Supercharger. Drop below 10% battery, it's time to look for any outlet you can find.

Basically, the same as you'd do with a gasoline vehicle. Under 1/4 tank? Look for a gas station. Under 1/8 tank? Pray for a gas station.

The truth of the matter is that the range of the Tesla Model S is equivalent to, or better than, most vehicles that historically had a 0-60 time under five seconds and a 1/4 mile time under 13 seconds. They were usually gas guzzlers with a fuel tank under 20 gallons and often got nowhere near 25 miles per gallon. Put your foot in it, and you'd be refilling the tank after only 75-125 miles. On the highway, you'd be lucky to get 250-300 miles.

It's "used to". Honest.

I drive in my normal style and I get about 320 km with a full charge. That's 200 miles. YMMV (had to say that ;-)

Id say driving aggressive (75-80mph) highway speeds, 170-200 miles depending on terrain and conditions. But as others have said, you can go slow with cruise and stretch it. Farthest for me, 238 miles on single charge in 30 degree weather. Drove that leg at cruise of 60mph.

I'm a UK reservation holder (hopefully the car is coming at the end of June) and I have to say it's motorway (highway) range that gives me the most concern. My average cruise speed on any long journey is at least 90mph (and on UK motorways at that speed I'm often in the middle lane being overtaken by even faster drivers).

I know Tesla released some graphs showing range vs speed, but are there any e.g. German drivers on the forums who can talk about real range at say 100mph on an Autobahn?

The only regular long-distance journey I make is about 230 miles to my parents, so once there's a supercharger somewhere in the middle it won't be a big deal at any speed - I'm just curious as to how bad it will be at high cruising speeds, and also how slowly I'd have to drive to be comfortable about going the whole distance without a planned stop.

I get between 190 and 260 depending on temperature, conditions, and speed.

Winter, 200 miles.
Summer, 300 miles.

Mix of highway and city streets, typically driving within 5mph of the speed limit.

I live in Arizona where it's nice 6 months out of the year, then freezing for a week, and then hot another 6 months. I've had my car since August of 2013. My lifetime average is 290 Wh/mi. I usually drive 5 MPH over the limit on city streets and around 70 MPH on the freeway. Based on my lifetime average, my actual driving is 293 miles per 85 kWh (full 300 mile battery). That is essentially ideal range.

Thank you all. I appreciate your response my wife and I cannot wait until we get the car

In the most adverse conditions (wind, low temps, climbs) I usual can manage about 175 miles.

In the most favorable conditions (~70 ambient temps, flat, still) I usually can manage 200 miles.

Longest distance traveled on a single charge: 227 miles.



Haven't been through the AZ summer yet. Do you have any advice regarding running the AC overnight, when the power comes off the grid at four cents per hour and not from the battery, to cool the battery in our 110° garages?

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