Submitted by Panoz on Fri, 2015-01-02 15:18
After reading a few recent posts about cold weather impact on range, I wonder about a recent trip I took.
I used evtripplanner after reading the recommendations on this website. I don't own a Tesla (yet), but my recent evening trip got me thinking. I traveled 170 miles roundtrip to a wedding in chilly weather (I averaged 0 degrees F to -4 degrees F). I entered -4F temperature into evtripplanner and got 130 miles actual consumption one-way given the altitude changes and ambient temperature.
This means that I would've used 260 miles of range for a 170 mile journey, right at the outright limit of the MS 85D I want to buy. If evtripplanner took the temperature and altitude into account, would I need to add a safety factor in the estimated range for the trip? There was no charging possibility at my destination, so I would've had to make the roundtrip on a single charge.
Could I have made it? Would you have tried it in a Tesla, given cold temperatures at night?