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Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by ModFather, Aug 7, 2017.
Lighter colored cars are 2% more efficient than darker colored cars
What about winter? Dark color cars are much warmer to get into after sitting in the sun a few hours than light colored cars. Opposite in the summer. Net net.
Except the sun doesn't shine much in winter.
So my darker paint costs me 6 miles of range and my 19" sport wheels will cost me another 3-6 miles of range. I still say that 9-12 miles of range is nothing compared to a heavy right foot
So that begs the question, do people with darker colored cars and larger rims drive their cars more 'aggressively?' I don't know the answer, but I am sure there is a study somewhere that addresses the issue.
You may be on to something...
Bada bing! Can color impact driver behavior? SpoilerThe test results are conflicting and therefore inconclusive.
My guess is this study has a lesser factor on M3 since the roof is glass, not painted steel
With Tesla, I doubt it makes any measurable difference at all as the cabin is all glass anyway. So there isn't any difference between a white and a black car from the window sills on up.
So, is this a caracist thing?
Maybe it only impacts police behavior.
Hey @ModFather, have you run across any similar study concerning interior colors? As has already been mentioned, I'd think that the Model 3's glass roof would negate most of the effects of the exterior color story, but I'd also think that there would be a non-trivial difference with a white vs black interior...
Exterior Color Test: https://www.autotrader.com/car-vide...ck-cars-really-hotter-in-the-sun-video-242940 According to the National Safe Kids Organization, if the ambient temperature is 79 degrees F, car interiors can reach the following temperatures! White Interior 135 degrees F Red Interior 154 degrees F Blue/Green Interior 165 degrees F Black Interior 192 degrees F
I'm sure the exterior color makes some difference when you have a huge roof panel...but all Model 3s of any color will have identical top surfaces: all glass. If anything there may be a different between black and white interior color. But Tesla's special homebrew tints and filtering will probably filter most of the IR out.