Can An Electric Car Travel 1,000 Miles In A Day?
Tesla Model 3 Performance - Is 1,000 Miles In One Day Possible?
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Electric cars are great, but they suck on road trips, right? According to a poll on my channel, the majority of drivers don't want to drive more than 500 miles in a day. If I can drive double that, 1,000 miles, in a day, surely electric cars make a bit more sense for the masses than we might think? We'll look at how long it takes to drive 1,000 miles in a Tesla Model 3 Performance. We'll also cover how much time is spent driving versus charging, how many stops are required, how much energy is required, and how much it all costs.

We'll also look at why I've kept my Tesla Model 3 over the past couple years, looking at the unique features that set Tesla apart from the competition, but also cover the features that aren't great and hold the car back a bit.

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  • Stephen Riggs
    Stephen Riggs

    My Impreza (and probably your Crosstrek) switches the rear wiper from intermittent to full speed, when reversing. I was just thinking how handy it would be, looked back, and thought, "No way!" Sure enough, the minute I switched to drive, the car went back to intermittent mode. My car isn't fast. It's not beautiful. Fuel economy is mediocre. But it takes darn good care of me.

  • FrontlineSoilder

    Autopilot for me makes the charging time worth it in road trips a 500 mile road trip for me leaving on a full charge takes about 8 hours and 45 mins

  • Lewis Rainwater
    Lewis Rainwater

    The cons seem to be more of if your going to buy, consider this. Things like phone key inconsistancy is related to your phone and OS too. Bluetooth is not always on even if you have all permissions granted and in w.e high. power settings you have. I don't know any other car that has this. Also the range is effected by accessories. It's difficult to determine what the standard AC usage should be and also, do other cars show you their range and mpg with AC running? So it's the market standard to tell it like that. It's just that so many more are looking at it for electric cars.

  • Lewis Rainwater
    Lewis Rainwater

    The charging bug happened to me recently and I'm not sure if it was preconditions either cause it wouldn't say unless I canceled then selected through the charger icon. Your wiper bug is really weird. Doesn't happen to me.

  • 5 Star Reviews
    5 Star Reviews

    whereas my lovely lancer does 600km no sweat

  • GoHerping

    Going from NC to FL was 630 miles and took me 11 1/2 hours in the SR+, it was one of the few times long range would have been worth the extra cash

  • viximano

    Despite this scenario, most EVs could have only 30kwh for avg work commuters.. charging every night 4,5 hours on 220 home outlet is no harm

  • TheBajamin

    But what happens if the charging spots are full? Its not terrible for tesla right now. But for other makers, it is. And public charging is EXPENSIVE(again not Tesla, but who knows when they will raise their prices). But lets pretend its 20 years from now, how many plugs will be needed and what kind of power will charge stations/rest stops need to cover a full grid?

    • GoHerping

      I've had to wait for a spot maybe 6 or 7 times in Washington DC and Charlotte NC cause they're both on the path of heavily used highways. In my experience there would be 3-5 cars in line ahead of me and we'd just line up across the charger but people get vicious and steal spots from you even if you've been waiting lol. It's basically an extra 20-40 minutes of waiting, plus slow charging speeds since all the spots are full so upwards of 90 minutes of time wasted. Luckily they already have more chargers planned but they aren't building them fast enough.

  • AJ213

    I remember reading a comment saying that electric cars will NEVER be practical. I told them that technology will only get better and they ridiculed me for treating this like a video game

  • toshman99

    i can handle 500-600 miles, that is 6-8 hrs of driving but that is painful, typicially this means 2-3 gas / food stops but no real rest to the driver (me) i think with electric while the drive might be bit longer it might be a bit more....enjoyable. don't have an electric but did order a tesla will know soon enough.

  • Peter Zerfass
    Peter Zerfass

    Arrving at (sub) 10% at superchargers and then leaving at 65-70% will save you another chunk of time, because that's the optimal window for charging speed. But in the end it's as you say: the breaks fly by, so no biggie. The navigation system is accurate enough so that you don't have to sweat it - even if it says you'll just arrive with 5%.

  • Anton Taylor
    Anton Taylor

    Jason: Complaining about old computer tech in cars 2021: Massive shortages of silicon for computer parts, especially for cars...

  • Rick Meeker
    Rick Meeker

    3:06 Mount Shasta... Gorgeous at any time of year!

  • Leon Wagner
    Leon Wagner

    I bet it was adding your charge time to your destination time. Maybe just a bug?

  • Bruce Johnson
    Bruce Johnson

    Car and Driver did it cross country, same speed as semis for coast to coast.

  • Bruce Johnson
    Bruce Johnson

    973 is substantial compliance

  • KG (PNW-GK)
    KG (PNW-GK)

    Was that the Olympic peninsula in Washington state

  • Andrei

    Interesting that your frunk doesnt have a plastic gasket on the lid, only rubber gasket on the frunk itself. Wonder when they changed that.

  • Andrei

    Charging at home with Solar, its $0 to drive the car, thousands of miles, then for occasional roadtrip spend about same amount as a plug in hybrid to charge. Averaged out its like a cent a gallon over thousands of miles.

  • Andrei

    Did 2000 miles roadtrip over few days (one day around 800 miles) in model Y, was no problem, peed, ate during charging, stops I would have made anyways to do those things. One charge was gen 1 and still it charged fairly quickly (45 min or so, just about right to sit down and eat).

  • Kimi Rules
    Kimi Rules

    1000 miles is enough to go circles around my country.

  • Tyler Kerr
    Tyler Kerr

    Only EV owners see it as a benefit to be “forced to take breaks” most people don’t want to stop that often. My car does 1000km per tank of gas and fills up in 3 minutes.

    • GoHerping

      I was fooled by that "benefit" myself because I forgot I almost always travel with someone lol. I can handle about 200 miles before needing a break and switch with the passenger. But every time we're ready to switch, we're both forced to take a break anyway. But in the end the benefits still outweigh the negatives for me and it's my go-to trip vehicle

  • Will Haskew
    Will Haskew

    By the tech stats... If a person has to charge the car between 30% to 90% (for battery longevity purposes) it would really be difficult to have an Uber, Lyft, Courier position if you are having to spend 25 minutes 2 to 3 times a day... if you drive 350 to 400 miles per day. Is it possible and still remain a viable employee and keep your sanity?

  • termanight

    I found this out recently, Jason, but if you hold down the right scroll button on the steering wheel and say "windshield wipers on", it will turn it on for you without you having to go into the menu.

  • Muskar

    8:05 I haven't taken my Model 3 on a road trip yet but could it be that it tries to tell you when you should expect to leave the Supercharger? I agree that it's not very clear, but if that's the case then I actually find that information more useful than being told it'll take a minute to arrive a mile away. If it's intentional then they should include some "charging complete" symbol or something to indicate the difference.

  • Terry Hiebett
    Terry Hiebett

    Two 1000 mile (1600 km's) in a 2009 CTS4. Salinas to Pacific Border Crossing with a 5 year old. The border crossing to Pillar Point. Both trips in December.

  • Clickmaster5k

    you are still missing the point of what people dont like about EVs I think. Its the planning for the time not the time its self that is the issue. You have to pay much more attention to where you are planning to go and its harder to deviate from that plan that it is with a gasoline car. Lots of people drive huge trucks so cost isnt really a concern. Plus its cheaper to buy a cheap old gas car if you really want to save money.

  • Dbf Crell
    Dbf Crell

    Shoulda brought several cans of electricity from home

  • Joe Rainone
    Joe Rainone

    Quick wiper tip: you can press the right button on the steering wheel to give a voice command "turn on wipers"

  • oops51md

    No possibility for home charging so no EV for me. No way that I’ll ever own a car that runs the wipers from a screen. No way !! Sorry I like the safety of a manual control for a rapid clean during light or moderate rain. Thanks for the info Still can’t believe that I’d have to take my eyes off the road to manage the wipers... Still like my trip computer that indicates over 900kms at one 4 minute fill up for my old moldy but solid diesel TDI 40 mpg ...

  • Ricky Bailey
    Ricky Bailey

    It was adding in your charge time for your trip !!

  • datsuntoyy

    I once did 2,100 in a single strech (Havelock NC to Gallup NM). It was technically about 30 hours so I guess lets make that 1,680 I'm willing to drive in a day. With the kid is another story,

  • Kevin Thomson
    Kevin Thomson

    I’d love to see the same test in a mach E using electrify America stations. See if you can get 1000 (967) miles in a day.....

  • Sucharith Battina
    Sucharith Battina

    Take a flight.

  • cujet

    Great video. As a long trip driver (for work) I regularly drive a 1250 mile trip. I limit my first day to about 800 miles. The company F150 will go 650 miles on a tank, at 19mpg (under 90) with adequate reserve. A Nissan Altima will also go 650 miles and returns 37+mpg at such speeds. I'd love to see the trip time comparison between the two methods. Me at my speeds and you at the best speeds the Tesla can do while still making the next charger. My math shows about 6 hours longer for the Tesla.

  • Alan Kita
    Alan Kita

    I used to do a lot of travel for work, on the road five days a week, about 36-50.000 miles per year. The vehicles I was given to use averaged 22-28 mpg and the gas tanks held 16-20 gallons. The range I experienced was from 350-430 miles. I figured a fuel stop would take 15 minutes including a bathroom break. So another 10 minutes to fuel would not have been a big deal as I could have used that time to call into the office.

  • Anthony Diorio
    Anthony Diorio

    I end up making 1000+ mile trips frequently but my biggest hesitation is degrading the battery if I'm just supercharging it constantly. Is that something you're concerned with at all?

  • Zoltán Kárpát
    Zoltán Kárpát

    *Tesla range estimate assumes you're using one pedal driving, putting energy back into the battery whenever you're slowing down. That's how you get closer to 300 mile range on 2018 model 3 and to 350 mile range on 2021 model 3, which has 82kwh battery.

  • 3UZFE

    Well that was boring lol.

  • beachcomber

    Jason, PSA. Talking on the phone while driving (or narrating a video) is about as dangerous as driving drunk. 4x the chance of crashing. Texting is 25x as risky. I like your channel, and I don't want it to suddenly end because you got in some horrible accident

  • Spiritual warfare
    Spiritual warfare

    My bmw diesel can make 800 in a tank

    • 3UZFE

      and you get turbo sounds.

  • Bernard Paulet
    Bernard Paulet

    Is it the extended range or the regular one? Do you have an idea of the kw/100 miles? I am considering buying one but sometimes have to do 300 miles without possibility to charge. Thanks for the answer!

  • CK NorthPole
    CK NorthPole

    The comparing with the 500hp version of gasoline car is unfair. If you would have let's say a Chevy volt, the cost would still be the same but then compare it to a small sized gasoline car it would cost less to fuel it up.

  • Patryk “Onbevreesd” Janowski
    Patryk “Onbevreesd” Janowski

    Problem is not how far in one day but where? Not everywhere has infrastructure to support that kind of journey. Europe has much poorer infrastructure than US. Plus you have to own Tesla which is may for me because of styling. Decent looking ev cost fortune. Plus everyone is missing point, with ice you can drive from a to b without planing.

    • IndustRealised

      You made some good points. One thing I will say however is if you leave your EV charging in your house overnight when the electricity is cheapest, you will only have to stop once every 4/5 hours for say 15 minutes. Even if you live in a place with very low investment in electric infrastructure, you still should be ok, its just you'll probably have a bit more range anxiety from time to time.

  • Kenneth Bowden
    Kenneth Bowden

    My upper limit in a ICE is 1000 miles that's 16 hours and I am miserable by the end. Typically 500-600 miles is about my usual limit.

  • GoodCallMike

    Sentry mode is great, but couldn't they just break into the car and steal the Flash Drive since there is no cloud sync?

  • Ander Garcia
    Ander Garcia

    Without even having watched the video, I tell you that the car can probably do it, but I can't.

  • Kenneth Blaylock
    Kenneth Blaylock

    For me it is not the distance between charging it is the availability of charging stations. Both in location and availability so I don't have to wait in line.

  • cassius969

    The automatic wipers in like a VW are fantastic. Just leave them on the lowest sensitivity and don't think about your wipers anymore.

  • Marcus Lang
    Marcus Lang

    Thank you for this good demonstration, it is actually possible without too much hassle:) Me, being not 100% IN to BEVs, I note that (on the trip) there is no savings in fuel/electricity cost. Your point is, that one could compare the consumption to that of a sports car (performance wise). On the other hand: a kia or Hyundai ev has even slightly better efficiency, and finally you are driving down the road at 70 mph dead. I compare cars to a Camry HSD or Corolla hybrid @50 mpg. Not even when using the cheap electricity Bill of your garage charger you will save any money compared to a Corolla HSD, not even in a Hyundai EV. Still: very impressive feat, that 1000mi road trip! There must be a plethora of chargers, when you managed to keep (roughly) in that 20%-80% SOC window.

  • Forrest Culviner
    Forrest Culviner

    ...but gas is 4.5$ a gal here =(

    • IndustRealised

      It must have some gold dust in it!

  • Tim Steinkamp
    Tim Steinkamp

    With or without home charging it still seems a good car to own as long as a charger was close by your home and has room for you when you want to use it. Off rush hour most likely.

  • Dom G
    Dom G

    I can't believe he still doesn't have autopilot. I can't live without it on long drives like this, you arrive so much more rested. For highway likes this it's a near flawless experience at this point.

  • Ian Geiger
    Ian Geiger

    As an engineer, “Good good enough” got my “like”

  • Cucker Tarlson
    Cucker Tarlson

    That guy who drove the MustangE 2400miles, charged for nearly 10HOURS!!

  • Cucker Tarlson
    Cucker Tarlson

    Refuling for an hour or more is absolutely UNACCEPTABLE..

  • poyzdb

    When you spoke about being tired after a drive in the Subaru vs not being tired in the Telsa, how much of this is the autopilot in the Tesla doing most of the monotonous part of the driving vs you doing most of the monotonous part of the driving in the Subaru?

  • Leaf Storm
    Leaf Storm

    EE, you get thousands of comments, so not sure if this will be seen. One debate we have in the Leaf forum is how much of Tesla's efficiency advantage is due to advanced power control, thermal mgmt, etc.. vs. Just easy smart things like lighter wheels and higher tire pressure. So the question is if you took a Nissan Leaf S Plus, put aero friendly light wheels on (ex. Fast wheels ev01+) and put them at 44psi like Tesla does, how much more efficienct is the M3 at urban and highway speeds vs. A generic Leaf? For even more fun, drop the Leaf an inch to Match the M3 ground clearance. How much does the gap narrow? Thank you

  • Phil Easler
    Phil Easler

    300 miles range is actually Elon miles, not real ones....they do the epa test different, for the fudge factor.....

  • Nerevar22g

    I drove a Tesla Model S 410 miles in 1 day a few years ago, enjoyed every single mile

  • Phil Easler
    Phil Easler

    I can’t, wouldn’t do it in a Dino juicer either

  • Ashley Evans
    Ashley Evans

    I don't want to imagine stopping at a target every 2 hours on a road trip with 3 kids. Tesla, please make an 8 passenger minivan with a 400-500 highway mile range. Maybe an 8 passenger SUV based on the CyberTruck.


    I wonder if the Model 3 performance saves more energy when driven on chill mode and whats the best tire pressure to save energy......

  • TheRickyJohn

    Biggest barrier to entry for us Aussies has to be 1) Cost - so very expensive with little to no incentives to purchase an EV 2) Government "Enthusiasm" - S**t you not, they are introducing an EV tax to tax people who buy electric vehicles thousands per year because they will no longer be buying petrol (Gas) .... We really are upside down...

  • Mikey Considine
    Mikey Considine

    I just love to see that you actually interact with your subscribers and are supremely genuine about it. Thank you.

  • Mario Desti
    Mario Desti

    I think auto wipers should have adjust for sensitivity, like some others cars have

  • Parker Armstrong
    Parker Armstrong

    Hope they can improve charging and battery capacity with some of the solid state batteries they are looking at. Would love to see the F150 lightning or cybertruck with sub 30 minute full charges. On trips usually put in 500-650 miles a day when traveling pulling a camper. This is the hurtle for EVs, and why I wish they would push more towards hydrogen fuel cells as well, help promote competition and such for better range and charging out of batteries to compete with fuel cells.

  • Travis Watson
    Travis Watson

    I 100% agree on your advertised range rant. They should honestly just give highway range

  • william webb
    william webb

    A model 3 can supercharge like 175 miles in 15 minutes You do the math

  • Stephen Thode
    Stephen Thode

    I haven't traveled 1,000 miles in a single setting since my college days 50 years ago. However, I have a 2021 Lexus RX 450h (hybrid). My last 4 fill-ups totaled 955 miles. Mostly highway miles with my wife and cargo. I averaged 37.8 miles per gallon and my total gasoline cost was $82.22. Premium fuel, no less. Have your Tesla. I'll keep my RX 450h and be very happy. Oh, and the average time to refuel? About 5 minutes.

  • marc ruby
    marc ruby

    Who Cares....????

  • James Bruce
    James Bruce

    Wife is just 60 and I am just 64. We've driven DFW - Phila - DFW in out 3 and Y (two separate trips). We drive it in 2 days. ~750 mi per day. It's not a deal in a Tesla.

  • EV Nomads - Branden & Kalie
    EV Nomads - Branden & Kalie

    1000 miles in a day in a Tesla is easy. I’ve done it in a 150k mile 2015 70D.

  • klid K.
    klid K.

    we need a video about the new rimac

  • Alan Dayley
    Alan Dayley

    My wipers NEVER turn on when I put the car in reverse. If that happened to me, I’d call it a defect.

  • Thomas schraubt
    Thomas schraubt

    I never considered the security of the frunk to be a big positive, but then I live in a country where I park my Roadster outside top-down all the time.

  • ptviwatcher

    About the thing with the wipers in reverse: when you reverse the water on the roof slides to the front window, in front of the cameras, and they interpret a large amount of water. This is not new. This happens with my car with a normal automatic windscreen wiper system with a rain sensor.

  • Doug A
    Doug A

    I'd either keep the rear spoiler or upgrade it. CFD study shows that the factory M3P spoiler: "The vehicle’s total drag was reduced by 2.3% and the rear downforce was increased over baseline by 34.7%. This reduced the total drag coefficient (Cd) by 0.005."

  • Alan Baierl
    Alan Baierl

    This is possible on the west coast with a lot of super chargers available, but I don't see it happening in the southeast where charging stations are rare and super chargers are impossible to find.

  • Richard Richardson
    Richard Richardson

    I like your informative EV videos, especially with regard to EV highway travel. I've watched quite a few EV travel studies like yours. Even at their best, I do not believe the current road trip performance of EV's will satisfy the vast majority of drivers. Makes me love my F150 even more. A 36 gallon gas tank and a 10-15 minute fill-up gives me 600+ reliable miles of range. There will be more interest down the road (no pun intended) if the "miracle" batteries come around that might compete with good old gas performance. As to economy, brag while you can. Just wait until national electricity demand goes up by 50-100% to support an EV transportation economy. Electricity prices will sky rocket! I fear some that this whole renewable energy/electric transportation dream is built on a house of cards. Keep up your great reviews!

  • Troy Meekhof
    Troy Meekhof

    I’ll be doing several 700-800mi days with my Model Y SR between now and Christmas. Wish me luck!

  • Xiaomi Agra
    Xiaomi Agra

    Next video on the rimac nevera??

  • Jorge Neves
    Jorge Neves

    Yes, the future of cars is likely electrical, but I would not trade my Impreza for your Tesla. Despite the huge HP difference, because of the charging times you would probably lose a 1600km race. On the plus side as per your numbers the Tesla would save me about $12 (gas here in Canada costs more...) but a Tesla is three times more expensive and nowhere nearly as reliable and long lasting as a Subaru

  • pebre79

    Bjorn Nyland has a bunch of these long distance challenges on his channel for many different EVs for those interested

  • Joshua Lewis
    Joshua Lewis

    You can get into the front trunk if you have a 12v battery and know where to connect it - could be a good topic for a video.

  • Mike H.
    Mike H.

    CAAAANNNT wait for PA and 16 other states to start a mileage tax for EVs. Then the question becomes “do I want to pay the gas tax upfront, or get a bill at the end of the year based on my mileage?” 🤔

  • Chobaca

    The 20% buffer must be to reduce battery degradation

  • Chobaca

    Do gas sport sedans _really_ require premium gas on a drive like this?..

  • Chobaca

    I've seen truck drivers with jump ropes at gas stations. Seems like a good thing to keep in your glove box on a drive like this. You'll get the skeletal muscles in your legs to pump some blood and other liquids from your legs.

  • Alan Martinez
    Alan Martinez

    OMG, all that crap in a car... waiting to break. How about a much simpler, less costly robust vehicle... oh yeah, I have one already my 2000 Civic! hundreds of thousands of miles... no problems...

  • Stalin

    Not within safety guidelines. When I drive 850 miles, I drive 450 miles at once without stopping. It's an ability I have with my body, not everyone can do it as easily. I'm not saying I'm perfect, but I accept any increase in risk due to that, because I view it as small. I would need to modify my driving style for an EV. This takes me 13 hours total. I used to do it in 12, but I do not drastically exceed the speed limit anymore, for efficiency reasons. (47 mpg vs 35 mpg)

  • D R
    D R

    The availability of charging in hotel parking lots would go a long way to make EVs more attractive. The overnight trip I just did in my gas powered truck would have been very inconvenient in an EV. I would have had to go 20 miles out of my way (both ways) to get to a charger. Charging at the hotel I stayed at would have made an EV as convenient as gas.

  • Dimetri Drossos
    Dimetri Drossos

    I would hope so, while towing a trailer through the mountains getting 10mpg (it wasn't a huge trailer. Well, it was big, but it was empty), we got back home in 13-14 hours to go 755 miles. That's including fuel stops and grabbing food. I would be rather disappointed if a vehicle that isn't towing, couldn't do 1000 miles in a whole 24 hour day. If it can't, then we need to seriously stop pushing electric cars so hard because it just isn't worth it and there are alternatives that could be supported that are zero emission, that don't have the limitations of charging a battery with electricity with the time it takes and the scarcity of them along interstate highways

  • - JPL -
    - JPL -

    The most I've done is 1300 miles in 1 day. From MA to Orlando, FL. Managed to avoid any traffic congestion due to timing even through NY and other big cities. Also could only do it because I was alone which means minimal stops.

    • IndustRealised

      @- JPL - 1300 miles? Not bad going!

    • - JPL -
      - JPL -

      @IndustRealised , ICE

    • IndustRealised

      Was that in an electric or an ICE?

  • - JPL -
    - JPL -

    For a 16 hour drive, you would need 3 meal breaks anyway, even in a gas car. So in this videos scenario he stopped 6 times for about 20 minutes. So really you would just need 2-3 more stops beyond the meal breaks to go 1000 miles in one day. EV naysayer's argument is really diminished here.

  • Toluca47

    Nice spin, but still spin. I agree that electric will be the future, but I still believe that an affordable all electric as your only car is still years away. Running out of gas is an inconvenience. Running out of battery is a major pain. Sitting for 24 minutes to charge when you are trying to get somewhere is annoying.

  • You Tube
    You Tube

    Teslas have got the best tech, shame they're so bland & uninspiring both inside and out. I won't mention the build quality. 😉

  • You Tube
    You Tube

    The more important question is how often you need to drive that far. If you need to do it less than 2 to 3 times a year you can own an EV & hire an ICE vehicle for those longer journeys & if you need to do it more often it maybe a good time to think about moving closer to where you need to commute to. It's not rocket science is it.

  • Patrick Martel
    Patrick Martel

    This ils all fine electric cars are Nice but but not battery car's ! I don' care about screens in my cars and i'm against having an update to the car's software ! I'm intrested in a hydrogen car without gimmick ...

  • William Lee
    William Lee

    I'm glad you took breaks because Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a thing. The most famous death from DVT is war reporter David Bloom, he was only 39 years old, the blood clot that killed him was probably caused from being crammed into a HUMVEE all day long with no chance of stretching his legs (he was in a war zone after all).

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