Tesla Model 3 Sets New Hypermiling Record by Driving 975 km on a Single Charge
A new Tesla Model 3 hypermiling record has just been set. Hypermiling is defined by driving as efficiently as possible in order to drive the longest distance possible on one tank of fuel or one charge of battery.
It isn’t an accurate way to test a car's efficiency but it does show some interesting things about the way our driving affects our cars performance. Tesla owners Erik Strait and Sean Mitchell set the new record on public roads.
They hoped to reach 600 miles or 965 km and managed to just scrape past their goal reaching 606.2 miles. The slow driving experience may have been enough to set a new Guinness World Record for the longest distance driven in a production electric car on a single charge.
Basically, the two Tesla fans drove a Model 3 very very slowly without using any other power consuming features such as heating or air conditioning. To achieve the latest record the pair drove consistently at about 40 km/h, it took 32 hours to set the record.
Final #Model3 hypermile numbers from @teslainventory and I: 606.2 miles (975 km), 66 kWh, and 110 wh/mi, and 32 hours of driving. At its peak it was 108F in the cabin with no a/c running. Thank you @Tesla and @elonmusk for making such an incredible piece of machinery! pic.twitter.com/Z1LJk4Ligk— Sean M Mitchell (@seanmmitchell) May 27, 2018
The drivers streamlined their long slow journey with a YouTube live stream. This isn't the most riveting thing to watch but the end results will no doubt inspire other EV owners to take up the challenge.
But a word of warning to those thinking of taking up hypermiling record-breaking as a hobby. According to the Twitter account of Sean Mitchell, after absolutely draining the car's battery it doesn’t seem to want to take any juice.
He tweeted a photo of the car being towed to a service center with a caption. “Getting our hypermile #Model 3 towed to the Service Center. After leaving it charged overnight at a Supercharger it is still not taking a charge.”
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