One common concern among new EV owners is whether or not Teslas overheat as many other vehicles do.
Let’s start by answering that basic question
Can Teslas Overheat?
Teslas come with risks like every other vehicle – and that includes the risk of overheating. This risk seems to be increased when the battery is overcharged, the car is driven way beyond normal speeds, and during extreme temperatures.
Can a Tesla Motor Overheat While Driving?
Tesla may make beautiful electric cars, but it’s important to be very honest: all cars come with risks.
Teslas are made differently than traditional cars, of course, which rely on oil, coolant, and more to regulate the engine’s temperature.
Electric cars, including Teslas, are designed with batteries that generate heat. And the bottom line is that when too much heat is generated for a vehicle to manage, it can overheat.
That being said, some of the older models have been known to overheat when the driver was trying to reach speeds over 100 MPH.
However, the newer models tend to perform better and many Teslas are getting updated to match the new performance.
The infotainment system has also been known to overheat – even while driving. Some drivers stated that this prevented them from slowing down and putting them in danger.
Can Teslas Overheat in the Sun During Hot Weather?
Anything can overheat in hot weather – especially batteries.
Think about it: your phone and many of your devices use a lithium-ion battery – and so does a Tesla.
What would happen if you were to leave your phone outside in the burning hot temperatures?
At the very least, you would notice that your phone’s performance slows down. And your battery ends up having to work harder than usual just to complete regular tasks.
It’s always best for any type of vehicle to be in a shady area when the sun is shining heavily and temperatures are high.
How Can You Prevent Your Cabin From Getting Too Hot?
Some of the most important steps for keeping a Tesla cabin cool are the same ones you would use for any other vehicle.
Start by trying to find a shady parking spot – a garage is best, when possible.
Crack your windows just enough to keep some air flowing in and the heat flowing out. And put a visor in your window. You can also use a steering wheel and seat covers.
And if you own a Tesla, be sure to turn on the Cabin Overheat Protection.
If the interior temperature reaches at 105 degrees, your car will turn on the fan automatically to cool the cabin back down.
If you don’t mind charging your battery a little sooner, you can choose for the car to use your AC instead of the fan for this cooling process.
Tesla now has a feature called Cabin Overheat Protection that ensures your car’s interior doesn’t get too hot if you park it under direct sunlight.
Can the Tesla Computer CPU Overheat?
There have been some Tesla models recalled due to an overheating issue with the infotainment screen’s central processing unit.
The recall included approximately 130,000 Tesla vehicles.
- the Model S
- Model X of 2021 and 2022,
- the 2022 Model Y
- and Model 3.
This overheating seems to occur when owners are fast charging their Teslas, which doesn’t leave enough time for the infotainment CPU to cool off.
To address this issue, Tesla is pushing an over-the-air update which better manages the CPU’s temperature.
Can the Battery Overheat?
Tesla batteries can overheat just like any other electric car.
More often than not, when they do overheat, it’s due to overcharging.
However, Tesla put charging presets in place that will only let you charge it to 90%.
Another cause of overheated Tesla batteries is extreme weather. They are sensitive to very low and very high temperatures, as these can create chemical changes in the batteries.
What Happens If a Tesla Overheats?
There are two potential issues.
The first involves the camera feed. Since it shows up on the infotainment screen, if that screen overheats, it prevents the driver from seeing that camera feed.
#1 Safety Concern
This is a safety concern, but Tesla’s over-the-air update is set to better manage this issue.
#2 The Battery
The second concern is the battery itself.
If it’s overcharged or exposed to extreme temperatures, it could potentially damage the battery.
Owners will likely be replacing those batteries more often than they would like, which is why proper care and battery maintenance are essential.
Do Teslas Have Built-In Overheat Protection?
Teslas do, indeed, come standard with Cabin Overheat Protection or COP.
Owners tend to love this feature, as it automatically cools off the cabin if it gets too hot – as long as you turn it on.
Recently, though, Tesla decided to improve the feature.
The original COP turns on when interior temperatures reach 105 degrees. Improvements will allow you to adjust that temperature setting.
However, there may be some limitations, meaning that you’ll likely have a temperature range to choose from. At last talk of this update, that range seemed to start at around 90 degrees.
If that’s not enough for you, Tesla also has Climate Keeper. It allows you to keep your desired temperature even when you’re not in the car.
Do You Risk Overheating a Tesla When Driving It Hard?
There have been instances of the Model S and Model X overheating when drivers were pushing them too hard – like trying to get the speed up to 120 MPH.
In most people’s daily life, there’s really no reason to go that fast. However, these owners really wanted to open up their vehicles.
When the Model 3 Performance came out, one of these same drivers decided to put it to the test, as well.
Surprisingly, it did not overheat at 120 or even 140 MPH.
Thanks to this, Tesla decided to update the Model S and Model X to perform just as well as the Model 3 Performance.