Recent critics of the 2021 Tesla Model 3 have claimed that the battery seems to charge slower than older models. However, it actually charges more efficiently, with a stranger charging trajectory, as we see in a newly-released video.
On Thursday, YouTube channel Bjørn Nyland released a comparison video between the 2021 Tesla Model 3 battery (LG Chem) and that of the 2019 Model 3 (Panasonic).
In the video, the host tests charges both his 2019 and 2021 Model 3s in similar conditions (preconditioning, temperature, etc.), to see if the 2021 Model 3 really charges more slowly than the 2019 version.
As it turns out, the 2021 Model 3 simply begins charging slower than the 2019 Model 3, but really kicks into gear after a little bit of time. Ultimately, the 2021 actually catches up to the 2019 model, implying that real-world drivers should simply try to charge their vehicles for as long as possible to reach optimal results – a fact already noted by most drivers.
Still, it’s nice to see the results of a charging test laid out in numbers. And as Tesla models become more and more efficient, hopefully these numbers will simply continue to improve! In the meantime, I think we can all be thankful we don’t have to charge with a solar rig of any kind.
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