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The days of people thinking of electric cars as ugly and sluggish are way behind us. Currently, consumers know EVs can be just as mainstream in their appearance as their gasoline-powered alternatives. A huge reason for this shift in viewpoint is the rise in popularity of Tesla cars. Yes, the models are still in the minority on the road. However, you can still see them far more than you once did.
The electrification of the auto industry is currently in full effect, as many automakers have vowed to go all-electric soon. However, Tesla has been all-electric since the very beginning.
Even though Tesla is very popular, many people still have questions about electric vehicles (EVs) that keep them from buying one.
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For example, the most significant reservations people have when buying an EV, for example, a Tesla Model 3, are not due to its appearance. Instead, the concerns are about the battery and how long it will last. Many consumers still have range anxiety, one of the biggest reasons people reportedly decide to stick with gasoline-powered cars. In addition, potential buyers often have questions about how long the battery will retain its capacity before it needs to be replaced, something that will possibly cost thousands of dollars.
Fortunately, the data regarding this is being recorded, which is reassuring for current and future Tesla buyers. The data reveals that owners should be able to easily hit six figures on the odometer while retaining a substantial battery capacity percentage.
How long will the Tesla Model 3 battery last on one single charge?
Potential buyers’ most immediate concern regarding the battery is how long it will last on one single charge. The question is prevalent because the range of a single charge impacts buyers’ day-to-day lives. People wish to know if they can commute to work, run errands, and live life without worrying about charging their Tesla Model 3. The simple answer to your concerns is that you can do all those things with your Tesla Model 3. All Tesla’s give an average of 262 miles per charge; however, the Model 3 Performance is particularly notable as it provides 315 miles. It gets even better if you purchase the long-range model; the average range on a single charge jumps to 353 miles.
Of course, the range you will get from the Model 3 will depend on a few things, as with any car. First, the content will be influenced by how you drive the vehicle. For example, Ford explains that aggressive driving could cause the EV’s range to dip, whereas maintaining slower and more steady speeds will increase efficiency. This is also something that the U.S. Department of Energy recommends for conserving fuel in gas-powered vehicles as well.
This impacts how far your Model 3 can go between charges, among other reasons, albeit to varying degrees. Road conditions also play a contributing part. This includes whether or not your path has hills or different inclines. Finally, even something as trivial as turning on an EV’s climate control system can influence how many miles you can drive with the Tesla Model 3.
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So, what’s the lifespan of a Tesla Model 3 battery?
The most prominent concern in buying a Tesla Model 3, or any other EV, is how long they should expect the battery to remain in good health. Partly because the buyers know these batteries are more expensive than those used in gas-powered cars. On top of that, getting a Tesla mechanically serviced can be more hassle than getting a gas-powered vehicle. However, people should understand that Tesla is building batteries to last (according to Tesla). Many agree that these batteries are capable of outliving the cars themselves.
In April 2019, Tesla’s infamous CEO, Elon Musk, way before his bid to but Twitter, tweeted that the Model 3 EV’s “drive unit & body is designed like a commercial truck for a million-mile life.” However, when considering the battery specifically, he said that the Model 3’s battery modules “should last 300,000 to 500,0000 miles,” which accounts for nearly 1,500 cycles. As per the U.S. DOT, people in America drove an average of 14,263 miles per year in 2019, which means the Model 3’s purported 300,000 to 500,000 battery module lifespans can work out to between 21 and 35 years of operation.
That is a reassuring number, as Musk said in the same tweet that it would cost somewhere between $5,000 and $7,000 to replace a Model 3 battery module. Just by looking at the data that was available as of 2016, it seems a Tesla battery pack might be able to hit the 200,000-mile mark while still retaining 90% or more of its overall battery capacity. However, the data had some outliers (according to Electrek). This means that with extenuating instances aside, the Tesla Model 3 is a safe bet when the overall battery life is concerned.
Tesla Model 3 – A Quick Overview
The base model has rear-wheel drive, whereas the Long Range and Performance models have all-wheel drive. In addition, the Model 3 can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 3.1 seconds and has heated front and rear seats.
As for pricing, the Model 3 starts at $46,990(MSRP). The Model 3 Long Range model begins at $55,990, whereas the Tesla Model 3 Performance starts at $61,990. The Tesla Model 3 is also Tesla’s least expensive, as well as its most popular car.
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