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    I rather liked the way he wrote the story. Is it only me, or did some get a chuckle out of the saga? Maybe I chuckled because I related his experience to mine driving a LEAF in the winter, although on a much smaller scale and not nearly as cold as the NE. Of course, with no battery temperature management, the LEAF doesn't suffer those horrible overnight losses.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dpeilow View Post
    A 65 mile loss for just being parked is unacceptable. I'm not going to be an apologist and I think your 'plan ahead or drive an ICE' argument is totally wide of the mark. It's taken many owners here by surprise and I've not seen anything this bad with other EVs (or EREVs for that matter) just for being unplugged overnight in the cold.

    If you are willing to accept that then you are condeming EVs to a niche.

    Tesla has an issue here that it needs to sort fast.
    There is no mileage loss, therefore no issue at all, if the car gets plugged in. Period, end of story. I do understand, though, that some people need to have their hand held.

    Funny, but most of us who've lived in cold climates, also know to plug in our ICE's in at night (that's called a block heater) so that they start the next morning. I guess that makes all ICE's niche vehicles, eh?

    Heck, I even remember several years where every Dodge/Chrysler product needed 1 1/2 pumps of the gas pedal before turning the key to start it. Less and there wasn't enough gas in the carburetor, and any more and the dang things flooded. I also remember those same vehicles stalling out in rainy, cold temperatures right around the freezing mark. Funny, they weren't niche vehicles either. And yes, I understand that technology advanced and those issues eventually went away. It's not hard for me to imagine that the same thing will happen with Tesla without you or me telling them.

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    As far as I see it, this is slanted journalism. Broder is a compete idiot and was clearly only out to try to prove something negative about Tesla. He's an idiot because every Tesla owner knows to charge overnight especially in extreme cold and there was no reason for him to drive it until it died. I don't think you keep driving tens of miles in an ice car when your yellow light shines reserve. He could have slowed down more or stopped somewhere relaxing until Tesla provided a solution for his ignorance (ie one of many other public chargers easily available on the 17" screen staring him in the face). Unfortunately, that proved to challenging for him. Perhaps he should try driving a tanker truck filled with petro so he can ensure he reaches his destination. This is not journalism, it's stupidity! Perhaps tesla should require a minimum iq to drive a model S. But then poor Mr. Broder would never have his chance to write a weak story!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cattledog View Post
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    John - I assume you did the research, or perhaps someone at Tesla told you, that when you go for an extended trip you do a max charge - that would have given you 265+ miles of rated range. When you go on a road trip in your gas car do you put 12 gallons in a 14 gallon tank?

    If I go somewhere in my gas car, spend $8 to get 2 gallons and 60 miles of range, but needed 3 gallons to go 90 miles and get there, and run out of gas, shame on me. Plug in overnight, always. It's EASY.

    Here's the equivalent - you get gas when you need to. You plug in every night when you get to your destination. There are more outlets in America than gas pumps - probably at least 1 million times more. Every outlet in America is a refilling station. Come on!

    Why didn't you point out the basics that you failed on? If you ran out of gas would you blame Ford for not telling you the car's MPG, or Exxon for not having a station when you needed it?

    Driving an electric car is NOT less convenient, it just asks you to think differently. Takes effort, just like a gas car requires effort. If you start simple-mindedly with the gas paradigm as the baseline, you have made a basic mistake. Would get on a bike and write a negative article because you couldn't make it go 65 MPH? Please make the effort next time and acknowledge when you don't.
    I love my Tesla, but I think it's crazy to blame the author.

    If a car says that it can go 90 miles when you turn it off, you should be able to expect that you can drive 45 miles on it the next day. Losing 65 miles overnight is crazy.

    Plugging in overnight is not always easy. Did Tesla give him an extension cord? Did they tell him that the car could lose 65 miles overnight? This is not the reporter's fault.

    A 110V outlet charges the car at about 5 miles per hour max. Even plugged in, this car was burning power faster than a 120V 12A plug can fill it. It's crazy.

    There are billions of outlets in this country, but most of them take days to fill your Model S's battery. If you want to fill overnight, there aren't that many places where a road traveler can do that (which is why the author was told to drive 15 miles the wrong way to get to one of those places).

    If my Ford told me I had 90 miles of range Tuesday night, and it couldn't get me 40 miles on Wednesday, I would absolutely blame Ford.

    Taking an electric car on a road trip IS less convenient AND it asks you to think differently. One can drive an ICE from San Jose to LA in under 5 hours. If I drove my Model S, I'd need to add at least an hour, if not 2 or 3. and that's with the supercharging stations on the way. If one drove from DC to Atlanta, it might be 9 hours in an ICE and 20 hours in your Model S.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Krugerrand View Post
    There is no mileage loss, therefore no issue at all, if the car gets plugged in. Period, end of story. I do understand, though, that some people need to have their hand held.
    This is not about hand holding, it's about an expectation that's been set and about what appears to be unacceptable losses from the thermal management system of this type of EV.

    Funny, but most of us who've lived in cold climates, also know to plug in our ICE's in at night (that's called a block heater) so that they start the next morning. I guess that makes all ICE's niche vehicles, eh?
    How many people in this area need to do that? How many people in that hotel parking lot plugged in their block heaters? How many $90,000 German sedans won't make it to the next refuel because the temperature dropped overnight? How many can't you leave parked at the airport for a week in case this happens?

    Sorry, I thought the 200+ mile EV reduced the need for infrastructure. What you're actually saying is that all parking spaces need to be wired for L1 charging regardless.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rolosrevenge View Post
    It'd be curious to know what caused the 65 mile loss. Was it pack heating, or did the pack actually cool down too much. Didn't the Roadster owners manual have something in it about not plugging in when at such temperatures being something extra bad? I think it's reasonable in very hot or very cold for the pack to try and maintain temperature because that maximizes its life. I'm also curious why he didn't complain about the lack of charging options where he ate or stayed the night. In Canada and parts of the US they have to have block heaters in their cars and the businesses where you park will have outlets to plug in or your ICE will get too cold and not start. It seems to me that he got stuck in a similar situation. Ask someone in Calgary what happens if you park your car overnight outside without plugging in in the winter. Answer, you're stuck. If there'd been a J1772 (or even a wall outlet) at where he stayed, this would have been a much different story.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dpeilow View Post
    This is not about hand holding, it's about an expectation that's been set and about what appears to be unacceptable losses from the thermal management system of this type of EV.
    Clearly your expectation is misplaced. If you live in cold climates, you plug everything in; the car, the tractor...

    Not to mention, you've made assumptions that 1) the guy reported the mileage correctly, 2) there wasn't something left on, 3) there wasn't something broken, damaged or otherwise out of order with that particular car. No one has reported such an overnight loss on this forum that I recall.

    Does the article mention what the overnight temperature was? Was there a windchill? Was the car parked out in the wide open, or was it sheltered?

    How many people in this area need to do that? How many people in that hotel parking lot plugged in their block heaters? How many $90,000 German sedans won't make it to the next refuel because the temperature dropped overnight? How many can't you leave parked at the airport for a week in case this happens?
    What area is 'this area'? The east coast where they have blizzards and such? Indeed, are currently dealing with one now? A lot of people have block heaters. When a metal engine gets cold, and the oil gets thick in it...there is no differentiation between a 30k or a 90k price tag. Airports have plugin options.

    Sorry, I thought the 200+ mile EV reduced the need for infrastructure. What you're actually saying is that all parking spaces need to be wired for L1 charging regardless.
    Please. Now you're being silly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeeps17 View Post
    Indeed!

    The pitfalls of writing a post quickly whilst being swarmed by hungry kids clamouring for supper...

    I did the most best I could, really!

    I can always use the 'english is my second language' angle if backed into a corner
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    derek - The problem with the article is he directed all the blame to Tesla. I guess we shouldn't expect more from someone in the 21st century, we have all almost perfected the art of transferring blame. He could have paired things up to write a balanced article, like, "I wish Tesla would have..., but I should have...".


    Or was it an Op-ed piece and he's allowed to just present his opnion?


    If he expects more from Tesla, I guess I expect more from a reporter from the New York Times (actually...)


    Is that too much to ask of a reporter DOING A TEST DRIVE ON A TOTALLY NEW TYPE OF CAR? Tesla can definitely do better - he pointed that out. He could have done better - still looking for those points in the article...

    When I get to begin a discussion, I try to always take a balanced position, but when I enter a discussion when someone has unfairly thrown it out of balance by presenting one side, I often gravitate to the other side as an equalizer. The NYT reporter wasn't balanced in his reporting, I am taking an equivalently unbalanced position the opposite direction to try and even up. But it won't - he'll get millions of readers, I'll get hundreds.

    So IMO, he did a poor job - abuse of power (of the pen).




    Quote Originally Posted by derekt75 View Post
    I love my Tesla, but I think it's crazy to blame the author.

    If a car says that it can go 90 miles when you turn it off, you should be able to expect that you can drive 45 miles on it the next day. Losing 65 miles overnight is crazy.

    Plugging in overnight is not always easy. Did Tesla give him an extension cord? Did they tell him that the car could lose 65 miles overnight? This is not the reporter's fault.

    A 110V outlet charges the car at about 5 miles per hour max. Even plugged in, this car was burning power faster than a 120V 12A plug can fill it. It's crazy.

    There are billions of outlets in this country, but most of them take days to fill your Model S's battery. If you want to fill overnight, there aren't that many places where a road traveler can do that (which is why the author was told to drive 15 miles the wrong way to get to one of those places).

    If my Ford told me I had 90 miles of range Tuesday night, and it couldn't get me 40 miles on Wednesday, I would absolutely blame Ford.

    Taking an electric car on a road trip IS less convenient AND it asks you to think differently. One can drive an ICE from San Jose to LA in under 5 hours. If I drove my Model S, I'd need to add at least an hour, if not 2 or 3. and that's with the supercharging stations on the way. If one drove from DC to Atlanta, it might be 9 hours in an ICE and 20 hours in your Model S.

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