Wed. Oct 4th, 2023
    Tesla’s Regenerative Braking Keeps Model 3 from Being Stranded

    Tesla vehicles have a unique feature known as regenerative braking that recently saved a Model 3 from being stranded on the road after running out of range. Regenerative braking uses the energy produced from slowing the car down to replenish the battery pack, helping to combat range loss caused by everyday driving. This feature is not exclusive to Teslas, but it is particularly useful in their vehicles, as it can provide additional driving distance and potentially save drivers from needing roadside assistance.

    In a recent incident, a Model 3 owner ran the car’s battery down to 0 miles with 10 miles left to go. However, by tow-charging the vehicle for 2 to 3 miles, they were able to accumulate an additional 15 miles of range, allowing them to drive the car home. While using regenerative braking in this way is technically a loophole, some Tesla owners have used it as a trick to gain extra range and avoid being stranded. However, Tesla does not recommend this practice due to the risk of damage and overheating.

    The Tesla Model 3 owner’s manual explicitly states that it is not safe to transport the vehicle with the tires in a position where they can spin. This can result in significant damage and overheating, potentially causing surrounding components to ignite. The recommended methods for transportation are using a flatbed truck or a dolly with wheel lifts to prevent the wheels from spinning.

    Tesla’s regenerative braking feature continues to prove its usefulness in real-world scenarios, providing drivers with an extra cushion of electric range in times of need.

    – Tesla Model 3 Owner’s Manual