Are there any tips to make winter driving easier on my Tesla’s battery and range?
It is normal to see increased energy consumption during colder months. To maximize range and efficiency in the cold, take these extra steps to keep your battery warm and conserve energy:
- You can conserve significant energy on the road by using Scheduled Departure while plugged in. Once your specified time is set, your car prepares itself by determining the best time to start charging and preconditioning.
- A blue snowflake icon may appear on your touchscreen if your car battery is too cold to access all of its stored energy. When this icon is displayed you may also notice that battery power and regenerative braking are limited. Once the battery is warmed, the snowflake will disappear. Charging, driving and preconditioning are all ways to warm your battery quicker.
- In the winter time, reduce energy loss by driving conservatively and limiting energy use in the cabin. This helps with range and efficiency all year-round, but even more so during colder months.
Drive at moderate speeds.
Limit frequent and rapid acceleration and deceleration. Consider using Chill Mode.
If possible, lower the cabin temperature setting and use seat heaters for added warmth.