Recode’s Kevin Roose has an interesting piece up today about the state of battery life in cars and whether we’re really all getting the best we can from the technology in our cars.
He says the latest research suggests we’re actually in a race against time.
Roose writes that researchers at Stanford University and the University of Washington found that even the most powerful car models have significantly lower battery life than their closest competitor, the Tesla Model S. That means even a supercharged Model S will only get you to 80 percent of its full potential when it’s fully charged.
The researchers found that the Model S had the highest average battery life of all the vehicles they tested, with the average of 60 hours.
Roose says Tesla’s recent redesign of the Model 3 was designed to make battery life more manageable.
The redesigns included a new design for the charger and a more compact charger, which he says makes charging less inconvenient.
However, the team still found that for most drivers, the new charger can only provide 60 percent of the full charge.
The company has a few other ideas about how it might change things, but Roose says the changes won’t make the Model3 more reliable.
The Tesla Model 3 has been getting more attention than the Model X in recent months, but it’s not necessarily a bad thing, according to Roose.
“We need to take into account the different operating modes, the different driving modes, that different drivers are going to want to use,” he said.
“We can take advantage of that technology and take advantage not only of the new design, but also of how much battery life it gives us in terms of charging, and that is very much going to be an important consideration for a lot of drivers in the future.”
He notes that Tesla has said that it will not change its software and the Model 2 was only about half as powerful as the Model Model 3.
This is all good news, but the team says it’s important to understand how far along the battery life issue is in our vehicles.
They note that the research doesn’t directly address the issue of how to best charge a phone or tablet, but rather how to make the car’s software more efficient.
They also note that even though there are more efficient charging methods, there’s still a lot more to be done to improve battery life.
If you’re still having trouble getting the most out of your battery life, the company recommends getting the latest versions of its Android and iOS operating systems, as well as some apps from Apple.