Tesla was founded in 2003 and headquartered in Austin, Texas. They are an electric vehicle manufacturer focusing on producing clean energy automobiles. Tesla may experience a wide variety of issues, including losing power while you are driving, leaving owners to wonder why. We have outlined below the most commonly-reported problems that may be the culprit of why your Tesla loses power while you are driving.
How does Tesla get energy?
Tesla has quickly grown to become one of the largest electric vehicle manufacturing companies of its time with outstanding comfort features, sleek designs, and one of the longest-lasting batteries on the market.
Similar to the battery of a smartphone or laptop computer, the batteries found within a Tesla vehicle use several thousand lithium-ion cells to provide the vehicle with exceptional power performance.
Tesla designers have worked endlessly to create the most sustainable way to charge the many electric vehicles that they have coming across their production line using renewable energy. These batteries are designed to hold a charge for several hundred miles without the driver having to stop and locate a charging station. One long-range vehicle produced by Tesla is estimated to drive 370 miles in comparison to the competitor’s 240 miles.
How does an electric car work?
It is no wonder that the battery within your Tesla loses power as you use it, resulting in a decreased range of miles left to drive. However, drivers have reported their vehicles losing power more quickly than the miles they are actually driving. If you are supposed to get 370 miles out of each charge, but you’re only receiving 280, owners want to know why.
Experts refer to this unexplained power loss as the “vampire battery drain”. Each Tesla is equipped with several different electronic computer systems designed to monitor the overall battery health, lock and unlock doors, or even power the air conditioning system or radio. Each of these can quickly drain the battery.
The loss of power from these smaller systems running is relatively small and does not affect drivers, as many Tesla owners have a power station at their home that they plug their vehicle into each night when returning from their day. Battery issues become more apparent when drivers take their Tesla on a long trip or do not charge their vehicle each night.
How to Extend the Life of Your Battery
Tesla is an exceptional company when making the plunge of purchasing an electric vehicle. With the many features offered inside to optimize the comfort and ride of all occupants, it is also quick to charge the battery, as little as 90 minutes depending on the charging station to be exact.
There are a few things drivers can do to optimize the battery life of their Tesla including:
- Avoid using too many applications that monitor your vehicle’s information. Tesla has created an app that is designed to track the vehicle’s information to optimize the overall life of your vehicle. While a 3rd party app may seem to work better, it adds a strain on the battery life making it lose power quicker than usual.
- Turn off Sentry mode. Sentry mode is designed to maintain a high consumption of power from your vehicle, making it one of the most important things to turn off to minimize battery use.
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