In a new video, YouTuber Warped Perception puts Tesla’s long-distance driving capabilities to the test by taking his Model 3 on a 1,600-mile road trip without stopping to recharge.
Warped Perception, whose real name is Danny; his girlfriend, Alexis; and their dog, Tesla, set out from Los Angeles on a journey to Albuquerque, New Mexico.
The plan was simple: see how far they could get in the Model 3 without using any public charging infrastructure. To make things more challenging, they decided to make the trip in winter, when temperatures would be colder, and battery efficiency would be lower than in summer.
After a few hours on the road, they made it to Barstow, California, where they stopped at a Supercharger station to top up the battery. They then continued, making it to Flagstaff, Arizona, before needing to charge again.
From there, it was a straight shot to Albuquerque. The trip went smoothly, and they arrived at their destination with about 30% battery remaining.
The trip took about 32 hours and required three stops for charging. The first two were planned stops at Supercharger stations; the third was an unplanned stop at a hotel parking lot when they realized they wouldn’t make it to Albuquerque without recharging.
Overall, Warped Perception impressed the Model 3’s long-distance driving abilities. He noted that the car was comfortable for long trips and that he never felt anxious about running out of charge.
What is Warped Perception?
Warped Perception is a YouTube channel that debunks myths and misconceptions about various topics. The channel is run by Riley Pilkington, who has a background in electrical engineering.
In one of his latest videos, Pilkington put a Tesla Model S to the test to see if it could travel 1,600 miles without having to plug in. Pilkington recharged the car’s battery using a portable solar panel and generator to do this.
Despite some skeptics doubting that such a feat was possible, Pilkington successfully completed the road trip without running into any problems. Throughout the journey, he documented his progress and posted regular updates on social media.
Pilkington’s experiment provides valuable insight into electric cars’ potential and viability as long-distance vehicles. It also shows that with the right planning and preparation, it is possible to travel long distances in an electric car without relying on a network of charging stations.
The Tesla Road Trip
Warped Perception, a popular YouTube channel dedicated to all things Tesla, recently took his Tesla Model S on a 1,600-mile road trip from Los Angeles to Salt Lake City. The entire trip was completed without ever having to plug in the car to recharge.
How was this possible? The Tesla Model S is equipped with “supercharging” capabilities. The car can charge much faster than a typical electric car. Warped Perception reports that he could charge his car in just 20 minutes at one point during the journey.
While this road trip is certainly an impressive feat, it’s important to note that not all Tesla owners will be able to do the same. The reality is that long-distance travel in an electric car is still somewhat limited by the availability of charging stations. However, as the charging infrastructure continues to improve, we may see more and more people taking road trips in their electric cars.
Warped Perception recently did a test to see how far he could go in his Tesla Model S P85D without plugging in, and the results are pretty impressive. Here are the highlights:
- He started with a full charge and ended with a quarter charge
- He traveled 1,600 miles on a single charge
- His longest stretch without recharging was 400 miles
- He averaged 4.5 miles per kWh
While this test is far from scientific, it’s still pretty impressive and helps to show just how far electric cars have come in recent years. If you’re interested in learning more about Warped Perception’s trip, check out the video above.
We can see from this experiment that it is possible to travel long distances in a Tesla without having to stop and recharge, as long as you are willing to sacrifice some speed and range. With a little planning, you can easily make a long trip in a Tesla without worrying about finding a charging station.