Tips to Maximize Range
You can maximize your driving range using the same
driving habits you use to conserve fuel in a gasoline
powered vehicle. To achieve maximum range:
• Slow down your driving and avoid frequent and rapid
acceleration. Consider using Chill Mode (touch
Controls > Driving > Acceleration) and Speed Assist
to assist in controlling your acceleration and speed.
• If safe to do so, modulate the accelerator pedal
instead of using the brake pedal when gradually
slowing down. Whenever Model 3 is moving and you
are not pressing the accelerator pedal, regenerative
braking slows down Model 3 and feeds surplus
energy back to the Battery
• Limit the use of resources such as heating and air
conditioning. Using seat and steering wheel heaters
(if equipped) to keep warm is more efficient than
heating the cabin using climate controls.
• With your vehicle plugged in, use the mobile app to
precondition your vehicle to ensure the cabin is at a
comfortable temperature and windows are defrosted
(if needed) before your drive by touching Climate >
Turn On Climate and customizing your preferences.
• Touch SCHEDULE, available on both the charging and
climate control screens, to set a time when you want
your vehicle to be ready to drive.
• Set Stopping Mode to HOLD to gain the benefit of
regenerative braking at low driving speeds.
• Ensure the wheels are aligned to specification, the
tires are kept at the recommended inflation pressures
, and are rotated when needed.
• Install aero covers (if equipped) to reduce wind
• Lighten your load by removing any unnecessary
• Fully raise all windows.
• Features such as Sentry Mode and Cabin Overheat
Protection can impact range. Disable features that
are not needed.
• To prevent an excessive amount of energy
consumption while the vehicle is idle, keep the
vehicle plugged in when not in use.
• Minimize the use of DC chargers (such as
Superchargers) for optimal Battery health.
It is normal for estimated range to decrease slightly over
the first few months before leveling off. Over time, you
may see a gradual, but natural, decrease in range at full
charge – this depends on factors such as Supercharging
regularly or the mileage and age of the Battery. Your
Model 3 will inform you in the unlikely event a hardware
issue is causing excessive Battery or range degradation.
The power meter on the touchscreen provides feedback
on energy usage.
You can also display the Energy app to view real-time
and projected energy usage. With this feedback, you can
become familiar with how driving habits and
environmental conditions impact how much energy
Model 3 is using.
Factors Affecting Energy Consumption
• Elevated driving speed.
• Environmental conditions such as cold or hot weather
• Using climate controls to heat or cool the cabin.
• Uphill travel: Driving uphill requires more energy and
depletes range at a faster rate. However, driving
downhill allows your vehicle to regain a portion of its
expended energy through regenerative braking..
• Short trips or stop-and-go traffic: It takes energy to
bring the cabin and Battery to a specified
temperature when starting the vehicle. You may see a
higher average consumption when the vehicle is used
for very short trips or in heavy traffic.
• Heavy cargo load.
• Windows rolled down.
• Wheels and tires not maintained.
• Customized settings or third-party accessories (roof
or trunk racks, third-party wheels).
While parked and not plugged in to a charger:
• Preconditioning the cabin or using climate controls.
• Vehicle infotainment and climate controls system.
• Sentry mode.
• Tesla or third-party mobile app requests.
The driving range displayed in Model 3 is based on
estimated remaining battery energy and EPA-rated
consumption. It does not account for your personal
driving patterns or external conditions. The displayed
range on the touchscreen may decrease faster than the
actual distance driven. To view estimated range based
on your recent energy consumption, open the Energy
app to display the graph.
Model 3 helps protect you against running out of energy.
Your vehicle continuously monitors its energy level and
proximity to known charging locations.
Touch the map’s charging icon to toggle between
displaying Superchargers only, and displaying all
chargers, including destination charging sites,
and visited chargers.
When you are at risk of driving beyond the range of
known charging locations, the touchscreen displays a
message giving you the opportunity to display a list of
charging locations that are within range. When you
select a charging location from the list, Model 3 provides
navigation instructions and the turn-by-turn direction list
displays the predicted amount of energy that will remain
when you arrive at the charging destination.
Trip Planner routes you through Supercharger locations
to minimize the amount of time you spend charging and
driving. To enable, touch Settings > Navigation > Trip
The Energy app provides a visual representation of your
vehicle’s real-time and projected energy usage. To use
the Energy app, navigate to Application Launcher >
Energy on the touchscreen. Choose from two types of
• Consumption: Display how much energy Model 3 has
consumed over the past 5, 15 or 30 miles (10, 25 or
Touch Instant Range or Average Range to adjust the
projected range estimation. Instant Range uses only
the latest few data points to estimate the projected
range, whereas Average Range uses the past 5, 15 or
30 miles (10, 25 or 50 km) of energy consumption to
provide a more accurate projected range.
• Trip: You can monitor the amount of energy being
used while navigating to a destination. You can track
actual usage against the initial prediction. The green
line represents the actual usage whereas the gray line
represents predicted usage. To change the zoom
level, touch the zoom icon located in the top right
corner of the chart.
NOTE: The Trip chart displays energy usage only if you
are currently navigating to a destination.