Why did Tesla lose out on its competitors’ stock on independent tests?

Why did Tesla lose out on its competitors’ stock on independent tests?


The manufacturer indicated that, unlike competitors, their machines have more energy after the display shows a complete drain on the battery.

In February, the American automotive website Edmunds.com shared the results of its tests of the range of electric vehicles in real conditions. And Tesla cars did not perform well in it. In general, they more or less fit into the passport data, which in the USA are indicated according to the EPA method, while many competitors significantly exceeded the official figures.

As it turned out, Tesla representatives then contacted Edmunds and pointed out errors in their independent test. In addition to the obvious errors associated with minor differences in test conditions for each machine, they pointed to one significant circumstance.

In the Edmunds test, testing stopped as soon as the residual range on the electric vehicle display dropped to zero miles. At the same time, the car could still move under its own power. And in the EPA test, the test ends only when the car completely loses its ability to move.

Edmunds repeated their experiment by taking three Tesla electric vehicles and comparing them to the Ford Mustang Mach E and Volkswagen ID. 3. And it really turned out that Tesla’s on an “empty” battery generally go further than competitors.

So, the worst of the test subjects was Ford. After his residual power reserve sensor showed zero, he was able to drive 9.3 kilometers at a speed of 105 kilometers per hour and another 2.4 kilometers in “creeping” mode until it is completely discharged.

And the leader was Tesla Model 3 Long Range. At “zero” it could maintain a speed of 105 kilometers per hour for another 35 kilometers and then “crawled” more than six kilometers to a complete stop.

At the same time, Tesla specialists emphasized that the power reserve is calculated in their electric vehicles individually, based on the external conditions and the state of the traction battery. Therefore, it is definitely not worth relying on the fact that the car will travel at “zero” for several tens of kilometers.

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