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Winter Camping In A Tesla Model S [VIDEO]

This post was updated on March 15th, 2024

The Tesla Model S is one hot car. The full-size all-electric, five-door, luxury liftback by Tesla Motors is the third fastest accelerating production car ever produced and the quickest still in production.

The Tesla Model S is actually a great vehicle to take camping. Who would’ve thunk?

Photo by Bjørn Nyland

But what if you want to go camping in this stylish and sophisticated vehicle? One man is documenting several camping trips in his Model S. He’s come up with some great ideas and shares them on his YouTube channel.

Bjørn Nyland and his wife document traveling and sleeping in their Model S electric car.

Photo by Bjørn Nyland

Bjørn Nyland, a Chinese-Thai man living and working in Norway, travels with his wife Ammery in his Model S and has come up with a few ways to sleep and eat comfortably in the car.

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The couple sleep on the reclining back seats on Thermarest camping mattresses.

Video by Bjørn Nyland

When going into “camper mode” he and his wife recline the two seats down and put two thick self-inflating Thermarest mattresses in the back to sleep on. The couple use regular blankets and pillows for comfort.

Before sleeping in the car, Bjørn parks at a charging station and charges up the car to about 85 to 90 percent to take advantage of the battery power for heat and light.

In cold weather, the Model S can be charged up and run all night.


Photo by Bjørn Nyland

If they are sleeping in colder weather, Bjørn recommends putting the vehicle in neutral and keeping the car on to run the heater throughout the night. The heater keeps the interior around 65 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit and circulates the air to keep sleepers safe from carbon monoxide.

The Tesla’s back seat and trunk turn into a bed for two people.

Video by Bjørn Nyland

Bjørn also puts the Tesla’s parking brake on and manually switches off the interior lights and locks the car from inside using the dashboard display.

The vehicle can also be locked from its dashboard display.


Bjørn uses acoustic foam to block both light and sound in the front windows and skylight as well as a Tesla made mesh screen for the back windows.

One idea that he ran into on the road was from a man in Denmark. The fellow Model S owner uses the car’s parcel shelf, but turns it backwards and flips it up to block out the light from the back window.

One tip is to use the parcel platform to block light from the back window.

Video by Bjørn Nyland

The Tesla Model S gets up to 105 MPG highway miles on a battery charge and has been ranked faster than the Jaguar F-Pace and the Lamborghini Aventador. A new model costs about $70,000.