To conserve battery life, Tesla advises not to charge the accumulator beyond 80-90% of capacity and to fill up completely with energy only on long journeys. For Model 3 equipped with LFP battery (lithium-iron-phosphate), it is good to know that the suggestion is different. In fact, the American automaker recommends regularly charge the car to 100%.
Tesla has started to equip the Tesla Model 3 Standard Range Plus manufactured in China with these new batteries. Recently, however, Elon Musk's company has made it known that it intends to use these batteries on all "Standard Range" versions produced globally within its factories. The Standard Range Plus has recently been renamed simply Model 3, an update that was not limited to the name since the car can count on a greater range even if the performance in terms of acceleration has dropped.
The vehicle user manual contains specific recommendations for managing recharging of this model which are different from those of cars with NCA (Nickel Cobalt Aluminium) batteries. Tesla also explains how its customers can tell if they have an LFP battery.
To determine if your vehicle has an LFP battery, open the charging screen on the touchscreen, then tap Set Limit, or open the charging screen on the mobile app and drag the slider.
- If "50%" and "100%" is displayed on the battery image, the vehicle is equipped with an LFP battery.
- If "Daily" and "Trip" is displayed on the battery image, the vehicle is NOT equipped with an LFP battery.
The manufacturer's guidelines for this version also suggest that charge the car to 100% at least once a week. And if the car has been sitting for more than a week, Tesla recommends driving normally but refueling as soon as possible.
Additionally, Tesla adds that it is good practice to disable the automatic activation of Sentry Mode where it is not needed. According to the American manufacturer, all these precautions should "make it possible to optimize the available range and improve the vehicle's ability to accurately determine the state of charge and estimate the range".
The 3 Tesla Model 2022 with single engine and rear-wheel drive offers a range of 491 km according to the WLTP cycle. Furthermore, it reaches a top speed of 225 km/h and accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 6,1 seconds. In Spain, this model starts from a price of 49.900 euros.