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The United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) has unwittingly answered a question that’s been bandied about for some time before the arrival of Tesla’s volume-selling Model 3, regarding the battery pack. While the outright range of 500km-thereabouts between charges (on long-range battery-equipped models) was detailed at launch, there was never a clear answer given on the size of the batteries powering the 3. Until now.
A report by The Drive talks about the length that some people have gone to find out about the battery pack beneath the Model 3. It was reported by Model S owners that a sticker within the wheel-well denoted the battery pack of their cars, leading Model 3 buyers to sneak onto Tesla property in California to get a peek under the car, yielding no sticker. Reddit users “exploded” to talk about how disappointed they were at being unable to ascertain the size of the battery, so much so that Tesla themselves began telling people that there was no battery sticker anywhere visible on the car that denotes the battery size.
Someone at the EPA must’ve been laughing, because heaven knows how long they’ve known the answer to the capacity question. The Agency rates the battery pack at 80.5kWh, which prompted Tesla to clarify that it’s actual capacity is more like 78kWh. This lines up comfortably to a tweet that Tesla CEO Elon Musk sent out in March, which said that platform limitations meant the Model 3 would be limited to about 75kWh give-or-take.
Extrapolating from what we know about the long-range car (500km, 78kWh, with 192kW of thrust), we can now assume that the “standard” car with its shorter range should manage about 350km on a single charge, thanks to a battery pack maxing out at 60kWh. Next year will see the introduction of a high-performance dual-motor Model 3 (present models utilise just 1 electric motor at the rear), which will likely see either an improvement of the battery density or a shorter driving range. Either way, we already know that the underpinnings of the Model 3 will go on to be used as the platform for the Model Y SUV, which will likely yield similar battery pack options and range.