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The Unheard Of Efficiency of the Model Y AWD: How Many Miles Per kWh?

The Model Y is a very efficient vehicle and it gets a staggering 4 miles per kWh - handedly beating the competition.

Model Y Efficiency

The Tesla Model Y AWD, which looks to be the standard range version, is the most efficient electric SUV every built. This is according to Tesla via their Twitter account. The total efficiency of this vehicle is 4.0 miles per kWh. If the range on this vehicle is 279 miles, you can roughly deduce that the battery pack is 279 miles / 4.0 miles per kWh = almost a 70 kWh battery pack.

Not only that, the Model Y is a very spacious car that is great for large families to get around - or if you need extra storage space beyond what the Model 3 can give you.

In my case, I'm a single father of two daughters and I didn't need the larger and more spacious Model Y. Sure, I would have loved to get it, but it's more expensive and price was a factor in my decision. I think both the Model 3 and Model Y are great cars.

Efficiency is one metric to judge how worthwhile an EV is. There are plenty of other factors, such as cost, durability, battery, performance, and safety. Efficiency lets you drive longer without having to plug in and charge.

I think the upcoming Aptera vehicle is going to be far and beyond the most efficient EV ever made because it will have 3 wheels and solar panels. I can see this vehicle getting 10 miles per kWh or more.

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Beating the Competition

The Tesla Model Y AWD is beating the competition in efficiency, and it's not even close. Here's what Tesla posted regarding the competition:

Energy Efficiency - EPA Range (Small SUVs AWD): miles/kWh

* Model Y: 4.0
* VW ID.4: 3.2
* Ford Mach E: 3.1
* Jaguar iPace: 2.7
* Audi e-tron: 2.6

The thing about having a vehicle that is not as efficient is that it is going to cost more to make. If you don't spend more on a bigger battery, then you will not be competitive with range and people will buy the more efficient vehicle.

The Audi e-tron needs a 100 kWh battery pack just to get 260 miles of range, and that is just too expensive right now.

Eventually, the cost of the battery will be less of a factor, but right now, in the beginning phase of EV adoption, it matters to have an efficient vehicle that doesn't need as much battery in the car.

Would you get a Model Y AWD? Is it the most efficient SUV on the market today?

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Jeremy Johnson is a Tesla investor and supporter. He first invested in Tesla in 2017 after years of following Elon Musk and admiring his work ethic and intelligence. Since then, he's become a Tesla bull, covering anything about Tesla he can find, while also dabbling in other electric vehicle companies. Jeremy covers Tesla developments at Torque News. You can follow him on Twitter or LinkedIn to stay in touch and follow his Tesla news coverage on Torque News.

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Kevin Burney (not verified)    May 21, 2023 - 2:43PM

I have a 2019 Honda Clarity and I regularly get 4.2 miles per kvh. The car has switches on the steering wheel which will slow the vehicle using only the generator drag which greatly improves the mpe. I go down to 3.5 mpe without using this feature. Another big factor in my high mpe is the climate controls. They reduce the mpe greatly. I can’t understand why Honda dropped this model. It is one of the most efficient cars on the road.

Jim (not verified)    June 5, 2023 - 11:31PM

6100 miles in I am at 2.99 miles per kwh with my Model Y. Don’t know where 4.0 is coming from. Perhaps someone who lives in a place that is 70 degrees every day, never uses their air or heat, and never drives more than 35 mph.