Tesla Model 3 SR+, the proof of consumer reality

Tesla Model 3 SR+, the proof of consumer reality

The Tesla Model 3 is a market phenomenon, as well as a custom one, given that it immediately became the best-selling electric car in Europe and arrived in Spain in 2019, placing in third place among the best-selling electrics. This is also why the editorial staff of Pistonudos.com.com Spain decided to buy it to discover all the aspects of the electric car, positive and negative, starting from the new best seller. Our Tesla Model 3 Standard Range Plus, the entry level with 340 HP electric motor and 50 kWh battery, today inaugurates a long series of tests, starting with the actual Rome-Forlì fuel consumption test.

Tesla Model 3 SR+, the proof of consumer reality

On the standard route of 360 km from Lazio to Romagna, the average American sedan achieved an average consumption of 14,7 kWh / 100 km which are equivalent to a distance of 6,80 km/kWh, an autonomy of 340 km and an expense of just 12,17 €. The figure is calculated on the basis of the average electricity price of domestic consumers (0,2301 euro/kWh - Source Eurostat) and multiplied by the 52,9 kWh consumed. Before departure, the battery was recharged with the Repower BITTA wallbox installed in our garage. The more observant will have noticed that the electricity used to go from Rome to Forlì is higher than that contained in the "Standard Range" battery and in fact we had to make a short stop in Cesena for a topping up of electrons to a fast DC column. We remind you that the test was carried out in winter with winter tyres, heating and lights always on, but having the car available for longer we will repeat the same test even in the summer to understand how consumption changes.

Just scroll through the Rome-Forlì consumption ranking in the electric car category to find out that this Tesla Model 3, the first average electric vehicle tested, is positioned exactly at the center of the ranking with its 14,7 kWh/100 km, after the compacts and before the large battery-powered ones. The more compact Nissan Leaf (3 kWh/13,1 km - 100 km/kWh), Renault Zoe (7,6 kWh/12,7 km - 100 km/kWh) and Hyundai Kona Electric did better than the Model 7,8 (12,0 kWh/100 km - 8,3 km/kWh).

Tesla Model 3 SR+, the proof of consumer reality

With higher consumption we find instead Kia e-Soul at an altitude of 15,9 kWh/100 km (6,2 km/kWh), the larger Tesla Model S with 16,4 kWh/100 km (6,1 km/kWh) and the large SUV trio Mercedes EQC (16,6 kWh/100 km - 6,0 km/kWh), Jaguar I-Pace (18,8 kWh/100 km - 5,3 km/kWh) and Audi e-tron 55 (19,0 kWh/100 km - 5,2 km/kWh).

There is also the Ecobonus

The car tested is a Tesla Model 3 Standard Range Plus with the addition of Red Micalised color (2.100 euros), black and white interiors (1.050 euros) and "supplement for legal documents and provision" which bring the final price to 52.630 €. Thanks to the state Ecobonus of 4.000 euros, spending drops to 48.630 euros. With this figure you have at your disposal a really interesting, technological, silent, powerful and “clean”, plus excellent roominess for four people and a very long and very roomy boot.

Tesla Model 3 SR+, the proof of consumer reality

Good in daily use

In the rest of the test, consumption was recorded in the various driving conditions, always obtained with the Tesla Model 3 good results. Let's start with one of the most difficult situations for efficiency, the use in the Rome traffic which scores an average of 27,0 kWh / 100 km (3,7 km/kWh) and a theoretical range of 185 km. It gets better with mixed usage urban-extra-urban where the electric four-door gets 17,4 kWh/100 (5,7 km/kWh) and a calculated range of 285 km.

Tesla Model 3 SR+, the proof of consumer reality

In highway the average deteriorates a bit, while remaining good compared to some competitors, up to 22,8 kWh / 100 km (4,3 km/kWh) and a range of 215 km. Taken to the limit, the Model 3 demonstrates a moderate efficiency ineconomy run da 13,9 kWh / 100 km (7,1 km/kWh) for 355 km of autonomy and touches i 70 kWh / 100 km (1,4 km/kWh) in the test of massive consumption uphill, with 70 km of theoretical range.

Tesla Model 3 SR+, the proof of consumer reality

What does the registration certificate say?

Model Nutrition Power Consumption Autonomy Empty weight
Tesla Model 3 Standard Range Plus Electric 100 kW 14,9 kWh / 100 km 409 km 1.609 kg


Car: Tesla Model 3 Standard Range Plus
Basic price list: 49.500 €
Test date: 24/01/2020
Weather (departure/arrival): Cloudy, 15°/Cloudy, 6°
Fuel price: 0,2301 euro/kWh (electricity)
Test kilometers: 1.062
Total km at the start of the test: 1.014
Average speed in the Rome-Forlì section: 78 km/h
Tires: Michelin Pilot Alpin 5 - 235/45 R18 98V XL M+S (Etichetta UE: C, B, 68 dB)


"Real" average: 14,70 kWh/100 km (6,80 km/kWh)
On-board computer: 14,7 kWh / 100 km
On tap: - kWh/100 km
Find out the methods and criteria of the consumption test

Accounts in your pocket

"Real" spending: 12,17 €
Monthly spend: 27,05 euros (800 km per month)
How much does with 20 euros: 592 km
How much does it do with a full tank: 340 km
Find out the methods and criteria of the consumption test

The Rome-Forlì test also has its updated consumption ranking. Take a look at it and you will find many surprises.

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