Monthly Update for June 2018 - 2017 Tesla Model 3 Long-Term Road Test

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2017 Tesla Model 3: Monthly Update for June 2018

by Jonathan Elfalan, Road Test Manager

Where Did We Drive It?
In case you missed it last month, we returned to the Edmunds test track with our long-term2017 Tesla Model 3 to retest braking performance following an over-the-air software update that Tesla pushed out in late May. This software update was in response to various production Model 3s returning less-than-stellar emergency braking performance during instrumented testing. You can read all about it (and watch it!) by following the link above.

The rest of the month was spent mostly around the Los Angeles area, with a couple of short weekend trips north to the Ojai Valley. Thankfully, we encountered very few issues in June compared to months prior. Let's hope it's a sign of the times and more stable firmware.

What Kind of Fuel Economy Did It Get?
Our Model 3 continues to accrue mileage at a relatively conservative rate, covering just 650 miles in June. June also proved to be a much less efficient month, due to either a bunch of lead-foot drivers at the wheel or, more likely, increased dependency on the A/C system with the warmer days upon us.

Compared to our most efficient consumption average from May — 29.5 kilowatt-hours per 100 miles — June clocked in at a shameful 36.8 kilowatt-hours per 100 miles (91.6 miles per gallon equivalent), our worst month to date.

2017 Tesla Model 3

Aside from higher overall monthly average, moving us further from the EPA consumption rating, there were no single-charge records set this month, good or bad.

Current odometer: 6,659 miles
Average lifetime recharge electricity consumption: 31.8 kWh/100 miles (105.9 mpge)
EPA consumption rating: 27 kWh/100 combined miles (126 mpge)
Best single fill, June: 28.6 kWh/100 miles (117.8 mpge)
Best single fill, lifetime: 25.6 kWh/100 miles (131.5 mpge)

Best onboard consumption meter reading: 177 Wh/mi
Average meter reading: 250.3 Wh/mi
Worst reading (aka "The Leadfoot Award"): 323 Wh/mi

Maintenance and Upkeep
Aside from the over-the-air software update mentioned above, our Model 3 underwent no maintenance and upkeep this month.

Logbook Highlights

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Miscellaneous
"What an 80-year-old thinks of the Tesla Model 3: For Father's Day I borrowed the Tesla Model 3 figuring my dad would get a kick out of it. He suffers from gadget lust. First thing he remarked about the Model 3 was how expensive-looking and beautiful it was. Other things he dug: that glass roof, the 'iPad controls' and the frunk.

"'It's very clean and plain,' he said, commenting on the interior's Apple store aesthetic. The only thing Dad seemed bummed about, besides its lack of Ludicrous mode, was that there wasn't an engine he could gawk at." — Caroline Pardilla, senior copy editor

2017 Tesla Model 3

"This weekend I've discovered a new reason I want to yell at our Model 3 to 'get off my lwn': that key card. First, it doesn't always work when you want to unlock the car. You're supposed to tap it on a specific spot on the B-pillar [side roof pillar] to unlock the door. But that never worked for me, so I always had to first boot up the app on my phone to unlock it. And then when you want to start driving you have to place the card or your phone on the center console near the cupholders. But I wonder if other Tesla owners actually find this preferable to an actual key or key fob? And if so, in what way?" — Caroline Pardilla

2017 Tesla Model 3

Technology
"For as high-tech as the Model 3 purports to be, the lack of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is still a glaring omission. Yes the Model 3 has Google Maps and music streaming, but I prefer the integration of my music services, podcast apps, and the ability to send and receive texts via voice." — Ron Montoya, senior consumer advice editor

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