MX75D actual range under normal conditions?

MX75D actual range under normal conditions?

Hi all am thinking about getting a New MX75D am wondering if there any current 75D owners that could get me some input about the actual range under somewhat normal conditions? Any information will help me decide. Thanks

mbosnjak | 5 januar 2019

Living in NC

plugzin | 5 januar 2019

We just completed a long cross country in our MX 75 D, from Lake Tahoe, home to San Diego. Only needed to charge three times: Manteca, Kettleman City (awesome SC site), and Santa Clarita. The first leg was almost three hours of mostly freeway driving, although downhill. And that was starting out from a cabin in Tahoma with about 200 miles indicated range.

The trip up there along 15/395 required four charging stops: Rancho Cucamonga, Inyokern, Lone Pine, and Mammoth. This of course was a route of increasing elevation. And generally colder temps.

So far, no regrets not spending the $1000's more that a 100D would have cost, last fall.

plugzin | 5 januar 2019

And I see you hail from NC; this is in California and Nevada.

cerjor | 5 januar 2019

We have the same 75D and drive back and forth between Phoenix and Seattle twice a year. Yes, we have to make a lot of stops for charging, but have never come close to running on empty. This spring we are planning to drive from Phoenix to Denver and then to Seattle.

Since we have a 240V outlet in our garage, daily driving is no problem.

cerjor | 5 januar 2019

You can go to and look at some trip using each of the Tesla models. You can compare the routes from your home to, say NYC. You will have to make more charging stops with the 75 than the 100 but how many more? Is that difference important to you?

bp | 6 januar 2019

The rated range can never be achieved, because it assumes certain driving conditions and going from 100% charge down to 0%.

When considering range of our Tesla vehicles (we've had a 2012 S P85 and now have an S 100D and X 100d), we use a "practical" range estimate.

We assume we'll keep the battery between 10-90% of charge, taking 80% of the rated range.

And then we'll apply a factor reducing the range based on expected driving conditions. With our S P85 (which didn't have the dual motors), we used 70% for highway driving. Our 100D's seem to handle highway driving better, so we'll use 80-90% of the range.

Assuming you get 90% of the rated range driving at typical highway speeds, applying the 10-90% charge adjustment, then the practical range of an X 75D at highway speeds would be around 170 miles. Of course, you can do better than that, by charging to 100% before leaving, allowing the vehicle to go below 10%, and adjusting your speed to reduce energy consumption.


Let the onboard trip planner do the work for you, based on the route, let it make the estimate of charge at the next charger/destination, and then adjust as recommended during the drive.

ptux | 6 januar 2019

Driving around town in mild (mid 40s F) temps, I get around 160-180 miles on a “full” charge (not quite 0-100, leave some buffer at bottom and never charge to 100) on my 75D.

plugzin | 6 januar 2019

Just to add another comment; the Supercharger network in the US has developed to the point where, for probably 95% of the trips you would want to make using major thoroughfares, range anxiety is not a concern, even with the 75 kWh battery. If you only do long trips occasionally, paying the extra $ for the larger battery does not make sense. It would allow you to, sometimes, skip a charging session, or make do with shorter sessions. I guess you have to figure what your time is worth, as is the case in many other areas of life where choices have to be made.

mbosnjak | 6 januar 2019

Thank you all for your answers and input! greatly appreciated. I have some thinking to do ( not to hard ) Again Tesla community is awesome.

LTO2 | 6 januar 2019

@mbosnjak: Plus 18 months in owning/driving a Model X 75D, with 21,574 miles, many of those acquired via interstate travels, I’ve never come close to running out of charge, though I have had anxiety, early on, due to poor planning and missing a stop at a SuperCharger (once). These days, I check routes and projected energy usage using the Tesla website app, and the EVTO-Tesla app. Then, when it’s time to travel, I use the onboard navigation app and use SuperChargers as indicated. Worth noting: several times now i’ve had the very reassuring experience while charging of having the onboard nav app estimate the level of charge remaining at the next charging station, but, while driving to the next station, the estimated amount of charge increases by about 10% (say, from 25% to 35%). Always I have cruise control set to the highway speed limit (70 mph max). As my Delivery Specialist reassured me after I placed my order and worried aloud about not having sprung for the 100D: “You’ll be fine.” And, so I have been.

kenj | 6 januar 2019

Just returned from a trip in the 75D from Yonkers, NY to Clearwater, FL. Used to locate a destination charger about 1/2 way down. Stopped in Benson, NC charged overnight.

Used a destination charger ini Clearwater. Several SCs in the Clearwater area. I think the request chargers make natural breaks.

Biggest issue was loss of range because I have the winter tires on. I set the battery to charge to 95%, I followed navigation recommendations and charged enough to continue on the trip. the higher charge rate allowed for faster charging before slowing down.

Couple of the SCs were fully loaded, but only had to wait at the Savannah, SC charger. There was a line for the 6 chargers. When I left there were 7-8 people waiting. I suspect some where max charging instead of just enough to make the next recommended charge.