Long Range Tesla Model 3 Gets Highest MPGe Rating In Its Class

The high-end Tesla Model 3 looks like it will have the highest miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe) rating of any of the more affordable all-electric cars.

Tesla Motors Club spotted a window sticker on a Tesla Model 3 with the Long Range battery pack. It gets 310 miles of range and a 126 MPGe rating by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The EPA rating comes in at 131 MPGe city, 120 MPGe highway, and 126 MPGe combined.

The Tesla Model 3 base model has been given an estimated 215 mile EPA range rating. Tesla says it will be a bit higher – more like 220 miles of range on the standard package. For an extra $9,000 in the purchase price, that will go up to about 310 miles off range, Tesla said.

The Model 3 will be available with battery packs at about 50 kilowatt hours and about 75 kWh. The Long Range option is expected to come with about 75 kWh in battery.

Competition comes from the Chevy Bolt which earned a rating of 238 miles of range and 119 MPGe.

The Hyundai Ioniq Electric has the top score at 136 MPGe through its small 28-kWh battery pack. The Model 3 however has the 110-mile range Ioniq Electric beat hands down in distance traveled – and in other ways.

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Gaining the 126 MPGe should be another selling point for Tesla as the sub-$45,000 200-mile-plus range battle gets underway.

It will take a while before more realistic ratings are given on the standard or upgraded Model 3. Full production will start in November with more information from owners on the driving experience to follow.


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