I WANT IT NOW!!!
I WANT IT NOW!!!
I own a Tesla Roadster 2.5 (non-Sport), and first the first couple of days I didn't even use Performance mode. I also only learned recently that you don't get full torque unless you floor the accelerator. Due to my ICE training, I habitually never floor a car, but rather ride the accelerator to provide just enough gas - probably a habit from vintage carburetors that would lose vacuum pressure otherwise. Despite my naivete with electric motors, I took my new car to show off to a couple of brothers in town who have way more experience with sports cars than I do. They've owned Subaru WRX and various other turbocharged vehicles, and currently have a Nissan GT-R that I've never even ridden in. I took them each on a drive around the block, including an uphill 0-to-60. Their unanimous conclusion was that the Tesla Roadster is potentially a GT-R-killer. I repeat, this is a non-Sport Roadster 2.5 driven in Standard mode uphill without completely flooring the accelerator.
If that's not shocking acceleration, then I don't know what you expect.
But you're right, especially for a passenger, this really is shocking acceleration in either case. When charging in normal mode (which is all I do these days), the best I've done is 0.74g -->
I have tested a lot more in performance mode than in normal mode however. I'm going to do some further testing of this over the weekend to get it clear. I really wish the VDS had a 0-60 timer -- the best I can do is bring a light passenger with me to time it.
I find that the car generates the most g-force when you floor the accelerator very slightly after take off rather than all at once. I did hit 0.81g in a sport with a Tesla sales rep with me in the car, and he said that it beat the previous high he had seen of 0.80g.
Range mode does limit power, but I think that it also allows the batteries to get warmer as it drains more current out of them. I've been told by Tesla employees that driving in Range mode lets the batteries run hotter and shortens their lifespan. But I've been told by other Tesla employees that the hotter Range mode is not true. One hypothesis from the forum was that Range mode runs the cooling system as little as possible to save the energy for range, and thus the batteries end up hotter.Driving in performance mode keeps the batteries at a higher temperature, allowing more current, but also shortening their life.
Driving in range mode or standard mode keeps the batteries cooler, but what's the difference between these two? Maybe range mode also limits acceleration?
I messed around with Standard and Range mode at first, but was warned against driving around in Range mode. So, now I just use Standard mode all of the time. I really only use Performance mode if I'm giving a demo and even then only when I remember it.Battery degradation will be gradual. If I charge in standard mode but drive in performance mode for the first month, it probably won't shorten my battery life an awful lot, and after that I'll probably stick to standard or range for driving except when giving people rides.
I recommend that you spend your first month in Standard mode, both for charging and for driving. Use that first month to learn everything else about your new car. If you take a long road trip, then the occasional Range charge is actually good exercise for your battery. I tend to start my trip as soon as the Range charge is done so that the battery never really sits around with 100% charge. All of this switching modes just takes your attention away from the road and from the other aspects of the vehicle to which you should really be paying attention.
Tesla hires people who are nowhere near the typical car salesman in attitude. I bought my car from the same fellow as you, but I get the impression that everyone at Tesla is more interested in finding people who will be happy with a Roadster rather than trying to sell as many as fast as they can.The salesman told me he only advocates the battery replacement agreement for people who are really worried about the battery. He suggested I not get it. Now, THERE'S a switch: A car salesman who tells you not to buy the extra stuff!
A video camera weighs less than a light passenger. The trick is to secure the camera so it keeps the frame on the VDS at all times. I guess you'd also need a clock in the video frame with a second hand ... tenths of a second would be even better.I have tested a lot more in performance mode than in normal mode however. I'm going to do some further testing of this over the weekend to get it clear. I really wish the VDS had a 0-60 timer -- the best I can do is bring a light passenger with me to time it.
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