Would you be willing to forego EV range in exchange for new technology? Tesla customers may not have much of a choice

Tesla has notified customers who order the Model 3 with AMD’s new Ryzen CPU that the vehicle’s total range would be reduced somewhat.

Electric automobiles are among the most modern and technologically advanced items available today, but they come at a price. It’s no secret that sustaining sophisticated computer hardware and running complex software consumes a lot of energy, but we’re just now beginning to understand the significance of an electric vehicle’s processing power.

Some Tesla customers in Australia recently published a Tesla disclaimer stating that new hardware may reduce range. Tesla is switching from Intel Atom to AMD Ryzen CPUs to power its massive touchscreens.

In order to acquire the updated hardware, recent Model 3 purchasers in Australia had to accept a modest decrease in range. Tesla’s prior Intel Atom CPUs were replaced with AMD units, which required more power to support.

According to Teslascope, the modification has a little impact on range, and Tesla purchasers in Australia must consent to the change before accepting delivery.

Updated Model 3 cars are currently being delivered in Australia, as well as other locations, with the new MCU3 (Ryzen CPU) computer!

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According to the automaker’s announcement, the hardware upgrade increased the Model 3’s range to 602 kilometres (WLTP), or 374 miles.

That’s a difference of 22 kilometres (14 miles). Because nations have varying consumer protection rules, Tesla’s range declaration may change or be absent depending on where the vehicle is marketed.

A significant transformation has occurred

Given the amount of technology and the shear number of gadgets available in modern EVs, it’s astonishing that this is the first time we’ve heard of a major carmaker admitting to a considerable range drop to accommodate new features.

This is a steady and permanent decrease in range to suit new technology. Of course, the vehicle still has plenty of range and is one of the most long-distance EVs available, but the change is noticeable.

For years, we’ve known and manufacturers have said that utilising amenities like temperature controls and radio functions may reduce range, but this is a new beast.

Over time, the transition to solid-state batteries with higher energy density and faster charging will make these debates less relevant. Still, it’s evident that customers will have to make do with a little smaller variety for the time being.

If the effect on range were greater, the choice would be more difficult, but it’s still an intriguing question: would you accept a lower range in exchange for a better technological experience? Does the sort of technology you use have an impact on how you think?