NEWS2017 Tesla Model S: Don’t Trust Its Numbers By Allison Blackburn | December 20, 2016 SHARE TWEET SHARE SHARE 0 COMMENTS
It looks like the 2017 Tesla Model S cannot be trusted when it comes to numbers. The carmaker measures the capacity of the battery by the total amount of energy potential of the pack instead of using the total usable capacity to gauge it. The Nissan Leaf for instance offers the 24kWh battery and this has a usable capacity of 21.3kWh.
Tesla does stand out in one aspect and this is using the capacity in branding. For instance, the Tesla Model S 75 has he 75kWh battery in it. Now we have heard details about the actual usable capacity of the battery packs of Tesla and this tells shoppers about bargains and options to avoid.
One owner of a Tesla vehicle revealed a discrepancy first in the battery capacity advertised by the carmaker and the actual capacity. He went through a teardown of the 85 kWh battery that has been discontinued on the Model S. He said that the battery offers a capacity of only 81kWh and the usable capacity is 77kWh.
Now access has been gained to the battery management system of Tesla and tests were made on vehicles that included the Tesla Model X 60D. The battery capacity was said to be 61Kwh while the usable amount was actually 58.5kWh. on the 90D and P90D the battery is 85.8kWh of which 81.8kWh is usable and on the 75 and 75D the battery is 75 kWh and 72.6kWh is available.
The tests also showed that the upgrade to the 75 range wasn’t such a good deal while the Model S60 was a bargain.
But what are your thoughts on the battery of the Tesla vehicles, do they meet your expectations when driving and do figures really matter?