Tesla cold weather tips
The extra demands on electric cars during winter months mean we should expect to see increased energy consumption. To maximise the range of an electric car during cold weather, Tesla advise taking these extra steps...
Warm up the car before departure
When plugged in, you can conserve the energy of your Tesla by ensuring it is warmed up before you depart.
- Scheduled departure - ensures your car is warm and ready for your journey when you are
Tap 'Charging' > 'Scheduled Departure' > 'Schedule' > 'Depart At'
- Preconditioning - preheats and defrosts your car through the tesla app
Open the Tesla app and tap 'Climate' > 'Turn On'
Check for the snowflake alert
A blue snowflake alert will display next to your displayed range when your battery is cold. When present, it means that some of your energy store will stay inaccessible until your battery temperature increases. As well as reduced energy accessibility, battery power and regenerative braking may also become limited while the snowflake alert is displayed.
The battery of your electric car will warm most effectively when charging, when driving or preconditioning. The Tesla snowflake alert will disappear when your battery reaches sufficient temperature.
Use built-in navigation
When undertaking longer journeys in cold weather you are advised to use your in-vehicle navigation system. When you do, your Tesla will automatically pre-heat its battery before arriving at superchargers to reduce charging time.
Improve range efficiency
Conserve energy using these methods while driving throughout the year, but particularly so when using your Tesla in cold conditions.
- Activate Range Mode in your Model S or Model X - only do so when your battery has reached optimal temperature.
- Moderate your speed
- Reduce sudden acceleration
- Lower your cabin temperature once your preferred temperature is reached and use seat heaters to maintain warmth
- Ensure correct tyre pressure
Moderate use of the Tesla app
Checking on your car via the Tesla app uses energy. This is because your car rouses itself from sleep mode in order to communicate vital updates. When energy conservation is your priority, moderating your use of the app will preserve your energy supply.
Stay plugged in
Keeping your electric car plugged in when it isn't used will ensure you have optimum energy levels at all times. This is especially so when it is cold as energy is in higher demand. Charging also helps your battery stay at optimum temperature, so your vehicle will be ready to go when you are.