Here's How A Tesla Would've Handled Virginia's Icy Traffic Jam

Both cars started the experiment with a similar battery charge; 91% for the Model Y and 90% for the Model X. The Youtuber set both heaters to a comfortable 70 degrees Fahrenheit and, after two hours, the Model Y was down to 82%. He notes the newer Tesla used a lot of energy to get the temperature from 15 °F to 70°F, with energy consumption settling down after the initial demand.

After the same time, the Model X had 79% remaining. After 12 hours, both Teslas have ample battery capacity remaining, despite running overnight. Astonishingly, the Model Y still had 58% left. The experiment shows that Teslas, at least, would be well-equipped for emergencies such as Virginia’s nightmarish traffic jam. It would be interesting to see how other electric cars, with smaller capacity batteries, would fare.


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