How did this man manage to charge a Tesla car in winter weather with a temperature of -31 degrees Celsius?
Three successful charging attempts with 3 different types of fast chargers.
January 20, 2024 in 9:40 a.m. ET
It turns out that if you know what you’re doing, a Tesla will fast charge without a problem even at minus 31 degrees. What is the trick to making it charge in extreme cold?
The vehicle shown in the video here is the 2022 Tesla Model Y AWD Long Range Edition and is being driven in Alberta, Canada. The temperature is around -31 F, although the car’s display shows it to be much colder at one point during the video.
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Charging a Tesla in the extreme cold shouldn’t be a problem if you follow a few tips and plan ahead. This Model Y charged without issue at temperatures well below any we would like to be at.
We’re showing this video to show the opposite view of what recently happened in Chicago during the extreme cold snap. In Chicago, countless electric cars were unable to charge due to the extreme cold, but there were many reasons for the charging failure, including lack of pre-conditioning, lack of knowledge about electric vehicles, electric car batteries involved in cold trips, and not being plugged in for a while Enough to charge it. Start charging etc.
However, a Model Y owner in Canada who rarely uses public chargers shows us how to do it right, even at lower temperatures than recorded in Chicago. The key is adequate preconditioning. The Model Y owner begins the preconditioning process immediately when they step into a supercharger. Preconditioning attempts to warm the battery enough so that it can accept a charge. However, it does consume power, so you need to make sure you have enough power in the battery to use this function and still access the charger with some battery capacity to spare.
When it hit the supercharger, the battery was warm enough to receive more than 100 kilowatts of juice, more than enough for a very fast charge. Wanting to test other chargers, the owner unplugged his Model Y and headed to a nearby FLO charging station. After less than a minute of plugging in and starting to charge, the Tesla began taking in electrons at a rate equivalent to the charger’s rating. Searched for a third charger which also charged the Tesla without issue.
So the moral of the story here is that if you know how to use your electric car properly, charging in the extreme cold shouldn’t be much of a problem. Just be sure to plan for less range and possibly longer charging times.