First range test: how good is the Tesla Model Y at German highway speeds?

Actually, the Tesla Model Y will not be available on European roads before summer 2021, produced in the German gigafctory near Berlin. But an importer has already secured a copy of the latest Tesla in the US and brought it to Germany. This gave the nextmove electric car rental company the opportunity to take a close look at the Model Y – and saw it as “Tesla’s new box office hit”. Now she has also published a range test with the electric crossover, and according to nextmove, the Model Y also cut a good figure there.

Electric car fleet in a Tesla comparison

Tests such as the one that has just been published are regularly carried out with the various electric cars – not only from Tesla – in their fleet. They are not scientific, but the moderator tries to keep the conditions as constant as possible and to name deviations. There were already some interesting results: It turned out that the Porsche Taycan Turbo at 150 km / h with a rechargeable battery comes almost as far as the Tesla Model 3, despite significantly lower standard ranges. And at 120 km / h, the Taycan variant 4S later drove far less than the latest Tesla Model S Performance, but was at least better than the US EPA standard.

In a similar way, nextmove now took Model Y in the solo test. However, it was not driven empty as in the other cases to determine the real range, but only a distance of almost 95 kilometers and then extrapolated. Accordingly, the average speed was just under 108 kilometers per hour instead of the desired 120, and the Tesla Model Y consumed 16.7 kilowatt hours per kilometer. Based on the nextmove assumption of a usable total battery of 72 kilowatt hours, this would mean a range of 430 kilometers. Because of the unknown real battery size and the short distance, this value is a bit “out of focus,” says the moderator, but can be described as a “top result”.

Then there is what the moderator calls “endurance test for every SUV”, in which the chaff separated quickly from the wheat in earlier tests: Autobahn with target speed 150 – it may be more in Germany, but with Tesla autopilot and cruise control work then no more. With the Tesla Model Y, nextmove has an average of almost 145 kilometers per hour over 69 kilometers. According to the Tesla on-board computer, the consumption is 25.4 kilowatt hours per 100 kilometers, which, according to the calculation, corresponds to 283 kilometers until the battery is completely empty. The performance variant was used, the consumption of which, according to nextmove, should be 6-9 percent higher than with normal all-wheel drive.

Tesla Model Y stays within 150 at

Again, it shows that higher speeds in electric cars can significantly reduce the range – although the decline in Model Y is not disproportionate. A comparison with a Model 3 would certainly have been interesting, which is why nextmove took part. But there were problems with the measurement, it says in the video, so that the data would be submitted later. In an earlier test, an economical Model 3 with rear-wheel drive, according to nextmove, achieved consumption of 21.1 kilowatt hours per 100 kilometers, but was only traveling at an average of 130 km / h due to more traffic.


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