A Chinese Tesla Model 3 has just gone where no other Model 3 has ever gone before. The White Tesla Model 3 Dual Motor AWD began a long journey from Shenzhen all the way to the Mt. Everest base camp on an epic 5,500 km (3,400-mile) road trip. What’s more surprising was that, considering his incredibly remote destination, the Tesla owner stated over the long ride that he had no range anxiety at all.
Driving to Mt. Everest’s base camp is no joke, and it’s not something that’s seen as relaxing and easy. Needless to say, any trip involving one of the world’s highest and most dangerous mountains is not something which is taken lightly. Those who travel to the base camp at Everest do use vehicles for help just to be on the safe side.
Remarkably, the Tesla owner stated that the 5,500 km trip went off without a hitch. Pictures shared online showed that the Model 3 was extremely productive during the ride, even showing 131 wh/km at one point. Perhaps more impressively, the owner of the Model 3 said he experienced zero-range anxiety as there were electric car chargers in every hotel he stayed in, allowing him to leave at maximum charge for the next day’s journey.
Electric vehicles are also pretty good for trips to places like Mt. Everest base camp, as electric motors and batteries do not face the same problems that vehicles fitted with an internal combustion engine face. Traditional vehicles operating on fossil fuels experience reduced oxygen production, which happens while driving at high altitudes. Generally, for every 1,000 feet of altitude obtained, an ICE engine loses about 3 percent of its rated power.
If there’s something the Model 3’s recent ride to Mt. Everest’s base camp shows, it’s that electric cars are likely to be the vehicle of choice for those who love adventure. Because at high altitudes they don’t lose control, it wouldn’t be shocking if vehicles like the Rivian R1 T and R1S will become very popular among thrill-seekers. Rugged and durable electric vehicles such as the Tesla Cybertruck may also become the ideal trucks fleets for businesses and services in locations such as Everest.
After all, the low maintenance costs, torque, and reliable strength of EVs are highly attractive for buyers. And for companies operating in places where the internal combustion engine is fundamentally compromised, it’s possible that the idea of using electric vehicles would make sense. That is, of course, if the proliferation of charging solutions ramps further, or if vehicles are ultimately fitted with innovative charging solutions such as the solar charging system from the Cybertruck.
Reported by Teslarati.
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