How Miserable Is A Winter Tesla Road Trip? -18°C & Broken Superchargers

Can a Tesla Model 3 handle driving well below freezing for a road trip?

12w ago

I drove my 2018 Tesla Model 3 Performance 2,500 miles to test its performance and efficiency in freezing conditions. Temperatures reached as low as 0°F (-18°C), and rarely jumped above freezing. There were icy parking lots, snow filled wheels, snow storms, and chilling temperatures, allowing for the ultimate test of Tesla's winter efficiency and performance. I also encountered my first broken supercharger, it genuinely would not provide any charge for my car!

This video will cover the 2,500 mile road trip, how navigation and superchargers work, why cold temperatures result in less range, what studies have been performed to estimate winter efficiency, what my actual efficiency was, how this relates to gasoline vehicles in terms of fuel equivalency, different driving strategies to minimize stops or minimize total driving/charing time, how higher speeds affect efficiency, how wheels and tires affect efficiency, charging at night vs morning, broken superchargers, how much EV road trips cost, how comfortable the road trip is in a Tesla, and Tesla's AutoPilot and Full Self Driving features. It's a data and info packed video, enjoy!

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Comments (6)

  • What's with all the videos, don't want to watch some bloke going on and on, just write it down and let me read it.

      2 months ago
  • Any road trip in a Tesla is going to be miserable.

      2 months ago
  • He failed to mention he drove the car like 90 year old lady the whole time. 😴😴😴

      2 months ago
  • I rather enjoy his videos. He’s objective and is not afraid to point out the shortcomings of EV ownership. Does he get a bit verbose at times? Sure, but it’s not like he’s getting on a soapbox. This one I found very informative. My concern about having an EV, as a daily, is range under adverse weather conditions. EV makers love to tout their maximum range but, being a longer distance commuter (than average), I need to know if I can get home when the weather gets dicey. This vid actually confirmed my suspicions. Thanks Jason! Cheers!

      2 months ago