Today, I’m going to discuss 7 ways you can maximize the range in your Tesla! When it comes to range, electric and gas cars are similar in many aspects, but also have a few key differences.

I also did a Youtube video on this that you can check out here.

maximize tesla range

1) Wheel Size and Tire Pressure

  • The bigger the rims, the less efficient the car, and the less miles your Tesla will get. Yes, the bigger rims look sexy and I love it, but it does mean less miles. That being said, Tesla did design their aero wheels for the highest efficiency and maximum range possible. 

Tesla’s rims are also flush with the tire, to be as aerodynamic as possible. I decided to change the gemini wheels and get something a bit nicer. I stayed with the 19 inch wheels, but got aftermarket Replika rims. I haven’t seen that much hit on range for daily driving, but it is more noticeable on long road trips. 

In addition, tire pressure matters. Just like gas cars if your tires are underinflated, it increases resistance, which decreases range. Keep your tires at the recommended tire pressure or slightly higher as the tire pressure does decrease in cold weather.

Here are my aftermarket rims from Replika:

  • Use code:  EVERYDAYCHRIS in the checkout for $100 off any set (4+) of Fast Wheels, Fast HD, Replika or Braelin wheels that are $200/each before tax.
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19in Replika Rims on Tesla Model Y

2) Cold Weather & Wind

Cold weather. When we went on a winter road trip to Mammoth,  initially our Tesla predicted that we would arrive at our destination with no issues in range.  However, as the weather got colder and colder (~2 degrees F), the range decreased significantly, and Tesla informed us that we wouldn’t make it. So keep in mind that you’ll need to charge more, and you won’t get the estimated full 330 miles if it is very cold. 

Wind. I’ve been on Tesla road trips where I can make the trip without charging once; however going the opposite way, I would have to charge at least once due to high winds. This is most likely due to elevation and head wind. More uphills means more energy. Nothing you can really do about that aside from looking at the predicted range, while on a trip.  It will show you where on the trip you will lose range, and where you will most likely gain range. 

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Cold Weather Reduces Range

3) Weight

Just like gas cars, rolling your windows down to vibe out is great, but it does create drag, which requires more energy to pull your car. Also, go on a diet because the more weight you have, the harder the car has to work. I’m just kidding! But if you do have any bricks or unnecessary items in your car, take it out to get more range. 

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Tons of Bags Reducing my Tesla Range

4) How You Drive & Settings

 Another huge factor that can wreck your miles and decrease your Tesla range is how you drive. 

Go to settings, set your Tesla acceleration to “Chill mode.” On “Chill mode” when you press the accelerator the car gradually accelerates. 

Also change your stopping mode to “hold,” so that the Tesla can use regenerative braking to the maximum capabilities, even at the lowest speed. On top of this, don’t smash the accelerator in stop and go traffic, and try to use autopilot whenever you can. 

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Settings > Change Acceleration to "Chill"

5) Climate control

One of the big range reducers is the heater. Blasting the heater in cold weather reduces more miles than blasting the AC. One way to decrease the need to use the heater is to “precondition the car,” while the car is plugged in. Also, use the heated seats and heated steering wheels, as these don’t affect the range as much as the heat pump.

 You can control climate settings through the Tesla screen or through the phone app. However, I recommend not checking your Tesla app repeatedly when parked, as it forces the Tesla to wake up, and sends data to your phone which also decrease your range.

6) Sentry Mode & Cabin Overheat Protection

“Sentry mode” is Tesla’s parking dash cam. However, if your Tesla detects a lot of motion, it records it all, and can decrease your range. You can lose 20% battery in one hour with a ton of sentry mode events. 

When Cabin overheat protection is turned on, it cools your cabin, but it will also drain the battery. For me, I leave it onno AC” and I haven’t seen any excessive battery drain.

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Change Cabin Overheat Protection to "No AC"
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Turn OFF Sentry mode

7) Charging Habits

The final thing that can decrease your range is your charging habits. 

Supercharging your Tesla frequently can put more wear and tear on the batteries. Also, for daily charging, charge your car to 70-80%. If you do need to charge to 100% don’t leave it sitting idle for a while. 

And, don’t let your car battery get too low all the time. These apply to the Long range and Performance tesla batteries, not the made in china LFP batteries (which recommends always charging to 100%). 

Anyways, I hope those tips help you maximize the range in your Tesla. Overall, don’t overthink it because Tesla does so well with their charging navigation, and there are superchargers everywhere it’s not stressful at all once you get the hang of it!


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