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Did anyone experience battery degradation in rain. I saw about 40 percent degradation in rain. The car going on AP at 70mph for the most part. With wipers on high. Oh yeah and the auto wiper isn't good at all. Needs a lot of work still. It got me worried. I started at 140mi battery and when I finished my 60mile drive the battery was at 38 miles. Same thing happened on the way back. It was showing 360 Watt hours/mile.
 

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1) It takes more to propel the car across wet pavement
2) there is more air resistance when there is rain falling
3) 360Wh... you need to hit about 240 to meet the rated range. This is in large part the 70mph. Assume you also had the hvac on, plus the 1&2 mentioned above.
4) the power to operate the wipers is not worth even adding into the energy used.

Do the same drive on dry pavement at 70mph, same temperature, with the same hvac settings and you can see what the rain conditions contributed.
 

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I've noticed that all batteries will diminish faster as the state of charge gets lower. So if you're close to running out of battery power, you're more likely to experience a sudden drop in range. Cell phones and tablets do that, and the many EV's that Bjorn Nyland has driven seem to do that as well. Low state of charge plus higher than normal current draw is a recipe for disaster.
 

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I have been having the same problem. Drove yesterday in very rainy conditions, outside temps in low 50s and my range was terrible. Turned into a 20 mile drive at avg of 370 wh/mi. Granted I have a performance version with 20 in tires, but my efficiency has generally been bad as i am averaging 325 wh/mi over my first 3k...thars with full regen and non aggressive driving intended to optimize for range.
 

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I just took a 20 mile drive in very light sprinkle, and averaged 270 wh/mi. Normally I get between 250-260, and I don’t even try that hard.
 

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JasonF: Can you share which model (rwd/awd) and tires you have? I know efficiency is better on aero tires with rwd, but I've been surprised how much worse my range has been with 3P +20in wheels.
RWD long range with de-covered aero wheels, like it says in the footer.
 

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In principle, you can figure out the gallons/minute of water that must be displaced and accelerated to some velocity (or maybe just use the contact patch pressure, about the same as tire pressure). That will equate to substantial power - picture a pressure washer. Or think of it this way: your tires have to squeegee about 5280 square feet of wet road per minute. That's like a wet basement every 30 seconds.

Let's not unduly malign our wonderful batteries - this is not "battery degradation". We would never call this "gasoline degradation" in ICE cars!
 

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Wow. We live in th rainy northwest and see about 10%. Still 300 Wh is normal in summers. 330 in winter at 70 mph. Biggest variable is amount of rain and drafting behind trucks.
 

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In heavy rain on a 70m commute I went from 90% to 37% last month. Was doing 70mph, defroster, seat warmer and wipers all at max.
 

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In heavy rain on a 70m commute I went from 90% to 37% last month. Was doing 70mph, defroster, seat warmer and wipers all at max.
Seat warmer and wipers won't make much difference.
Speed is a large factor. Rain on the road will make a noticeable difference.
You said you had the defroster on, but didn't indicate the temperature differential. The car's heater uses a lot of battery too.
 

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68F set, ambient was 42F. Made me wonder if the glass loses heat vs. an insulated metal roof. Cold water will make the glass cold quickly and suck away the heat faster. I would have avoided the hvac if the windows weren’t fogging. Normally use seat heater.
 
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