It may have taken a few years, but Tesla has finally updated its Trip Planner by adding a couple of its vehicles, but also removing one.
Earlier this week the automaker released a series of new videos on its YouTube channel. One of those videos showed off the Trip Planner, in which you simply enter your destination and the computer does the rest.
It looks like part of the reason for that new video was a recent update to its web-based version of the Trip Planner.
After nearly more than a year and a half on the market, the Standard Range Plus (SR+) has finally been added – although only the new 2021 version with 423km of range. Also late to the party, but not by quite as much, the Model Y is also now part of the Trip Planner.
The tool also includes the new EPA range estimates that Tesla’s lineup has received over the last few months.
It’s not all good news though, as Tesla has also removed the discontinued Long Range RWD Model 3 from the tool.
According to the Trip Planner, the Long Range Model 3 can drive the 5,825km route from Vancouver, B.C. to Halifax, Nova Scotia in 71h 20min with 26 charging stops along the way.
Interestingly, trying the same route with the new SR+, the tool suggests heading south and completing most of the journey in the US.
In addition to showing the route with recommended charging stops and the amount of time needed at each, the tool also provides an estimate of the gas savings. The savings are calculated assuming Supercharging costs an average of $0.26 per kWh, gas costs $1.10/liter, and the gas car gets 8.4l/100km.
The automaker also includes a well placed ORDER button, just in case what you see on the screen is enough to convince you to buy a Tesla. If you’re still on the fence, you can also schedule a test drive.
While useful, Tesla’s trip planner is still fairly basic in what it allows you to do. If you’re planning a long road trip, there is a better route planner from a third party, aptly named A Better Routeplanner (ABRP). It allows you to control multiple variables like your departure and arrivals state of charge (SoC), road conditions, reference or maximum speed, and more.