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The only Tesla in Australia has set a new distance record of 313 miles on a single charge.
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Now he is hiking down the highway looking for a really really long extension cord.
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30 MPH, downhill, with a 40 mph tailwind, and teflon car wax !!!
He should have used Meguires NX2, he could have made it further.

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He should have used Meguires NX2, he could have made it further.
They use some kind of Teflon on our airplane....lasts for like 2 years.

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wow...my sports car is so exciting I spend my time trying to see how far it will go before it stops and in the process I drive it as slowly as possible....

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wow...my sports car is so exciting I spend my time trying to see how far it will go before it stops and in the process I drive it as slowly as possible....
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The way the EPA test MPG or in this case battery life is by running the car at the same constant low speed. That's why most of us don't see that potential in Tesla or our normal cars. If I recall correctly the speed is around 30 mph.

No need to worry though. It's my understanding that Tesla is coming out with an entry level vehicle as early as next year that will actually go a longer distance. We shall see...

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The way the EPA test MPG or in this case battery life is by running the car at the same constant low speed. That's why most of us don't see that potential in Tesla or our normal cars. If I recall correctly the speed is around 30 mph.
Plain wrong--I hope that's not what you've been telling your customers. EPA test procedures use a combination of city and highway driving cycles to come up with avg MPG.

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That's what I was told when I worked at Tesla. Guess I was informed incorrectly. Good to know. I still never got more than 120 miles on a single charge in standard mode. I was told range and sport modes were bad for the battery life so I didn't use them. I'm excited about the future model. I think a lot more people will be able to afford it and if it truly gets a longer range, more people will be able to use it in their daily lives and not just for the weekends or around town.

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I think Jeremy Clarkson was right when he said you needed two... One to drive while the other is charging.
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I think Jeremy Clarkson was right when he said you needed two... One to drive while the other is charging.
Maybe that's why the guy who set the record needed a co-driver! Either that or they were driving their 313 miles verrrrry slowly...

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Plain wrong--I hope that's not what you've been telling your customers. EPA test procedures use a combination of city and highway driving cycles to come up with avg MPG.

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The newest issue of Road & Track has an article on EV mileage that spells out the formulas used by the EPA, and they're insanely complex.

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Isn't the Tesla supposed to be a sports car? Wouldn't it be more apropos to see how many miles it can go during a track day or a group drive? (especially before complaining about overheating and going into limp mode)
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Isn't the Tesla supposed to be a sports car? Wouldn't it be more apropos to see how many miles it can go during a track day or a group drive? (especially before complaining about overheating and going into limp mode)
Top Gear calculated 55 miles. Not sure if that got extended or not once it overheated and went to limp mode. Of course that probably isn't a very fun way to go around the track even if you did get more time.
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Top Gear calculated 55 miles. Not sure if that got extended or not once it overheated and went to limp mode. Of course that probably isn't a very fun way to go around the track even if you did get more time.
I thought the 55 was a hoax by Top Gear, and it was actually much more.
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I thought the 55 was a hoax by Top Gear, and it was actually much more.
Not a hoax. The battery overheats and the car shuts down. Plus when you really push the car it shortens the potential range. If you're in Sport more it shortens the life of the battery, but nobody really knows exactly by how much yet...

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