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  1. mikeash

    Colorado HOA laws and using a 120 volt plug in parking garage

    In theory, couldn't the HOA hit you with theft for using the outlet without permission? Here's an example of someone ending up in jail for this: EV Driver Jailed for ‘Stealing’ 5 Cents of Electricity Of course, that driver didn't own part of the school he was "stealing" from, but does that...
  2. mikeash

    Colorado HOA laws and using a 120 volt plug in parking garage

    Why does understanding basic concepts like legal entities and ownership mean I have a very, very sorry life? You're not entitled to use an outlet that doesn't belong to you. Belonging to an HOA you're a member of does not qualify. It's simple! Saying it's OK to plug in without permission...
  3. mikeash

    Colorado HOA laws and using a 120 volt plug in parking garage

    Neither the president nor OP own 1/60th of the outlet. The HOA owns 100% of the outlet, which means that the HOA gets to decide how it's used. OP and the president both own 1/60th of the HOA, but that doesn't mean they can use the HOA's resources at will. If the HOA grants them such use, then...
  4. mikeash

    Model S door handel failure

    Muphry's Law (not a typo) strikes again!
  5. mikeash

    When did vampire losses reduce to nearly 0?

    I charged my 2015 85 to 237 miles yesterday evening. Right now, it's showing 234 miles. I wonder why this is not consistent....
  6. mikeash

    Colorado HOA laws and using a 120 volt plug in parking garage

    The HOA is a legally separate entity from the residents, so the "he is paying for it" argument doesn't make sense, any more than it would if you plugged in without permission at a business you patronize. I'm surprised at how much entitlement is being displayed in this thread. I agree that the...
  7. mikeash

    Model S door handel failure

    Apologies in advance, but this is irrationally bugging me: The word you want is "handle." Handel was a famous barque composer. We now return you to your regularly scheduled productive conversation, already in progress.
  8. mikeash

    Colorado HOA laws and using a 120 volt plug in parking garage

    On the fire hazard end of things, if you want to get cheeky (you probably don't), then write to express concern that several residents have been spotted storing volatile flammable chemicals in the garage.
  9. mikeash

    Should Supercharging Respect Charge Limit?

    The only real reason to have a charge limit in the first place is to go easier on the battery, and that applies equally at SCs as anywhere else. I don't see why it should act differently there at all. I'd be very confused if I set a lower charge limit and then an SC blew right past it.
  10. mikeash

    Siemen's VersiCharge

    That amps/speed chart assumes 240V. Many commercial installations are on 208V instead, since that's what you naturally get from three-phase commercial power. If this charger is on 208V, then knock off roughly 13% from those speeds. Possibly more if there's a lot of voltage drop, I've often seen...
  11. mikeash

    Advice on Home Charging Upgrade

    I also support the advice to just keep your current charger. If you want to keep a J1772 adapter permanently on the charger and another one in the car, you can get a spare from Tesla for $95. Tesla's wall connector supports a variety of circuit ratings. It supports anywhere from 15A to 50A with...
  12. mikeash

    Looking at Teslas: Charging at Home Options

    A 240V outlet is best. That will fill up the car overnight and you won't have to worry. If your breaker box is nearby, any licensed electrician should be able to install a NEMA 14-50 outlet (best for a Tesla) for a few hundred dollars at most. 120V will work fine as long as you don't drive a...
  13. mikeash

    Upgrading battery pack from 75Kwh to 90Kwh

    It may well be possible technically, but I recall that Tesla wanted something over $20,000 to upgrade an 85 to a 90. 75->90 would probably be more. Even with your big investment in paint correction and such, I doubt it would be worth it.
  14. mikeash

    Remote S: Tesla app for Apple Watch, iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch

    Here's a potentially ridiculous idea for the multi-car case: add an option for the app to automatically switch to whichever car is closest when you launch it. I only have one car so this wouldn't make any difference for me personally, but it seemed like a fun idea to share.
  15. mikeash

    Supercharger - New Jersey Turnpike Rest Areas - Molly Pitcher & Joyce Kilmer

    Remember, we don't have the automatic off-ramp stuff yet, so when the driver is napping and letting Autopilot handle the driving, the car will naturally stay in the truck lanes. Expect all the Teslas to move into the car lanes once 8.1 ships. (Big fat sarcasm indicator, in case anyone couldn't...
  16. mikeash

    P75D Model S???

    That's so offensive. They prefer to be called automobile-Americans.
  17. mikeash

    Supercharger - Aberdeen, MD

    I recall Elon saying we'd be getting realtime Supercharger status in the nav display. That didn't happen on time (I think he said it would be in 7.1?) as is typical, but I bet it's part of their strategy for managing the flood of Models 3.
  18. mikeash

    Colorado HOA laws and using a 120 volt plug in parking garage

    The safety concern is silly. Are the outlets to code? If they are, then there's no problem. If not, then that needs to be fixed ASAP regardless of use. The cost argument is sensible, though. The cost is small, but not entirely negligible. You are making everyone else pay for what you're using...
  19. mikeash

    P75D Model S???

    The only P models Tesla has sold have been 85s, 90s, and now 100s. There's no such thing as a P75D. Someone is just having a laugh.
  20. mikeash

    Flagstaff to Grand Canyon

    If the SC is right next to the hotel, that works great too. You can be in your room or having breakfast or whatever while the car tops off. EVTripPlanner is usually spot-on with its estimates as long as you give it the correct inputs. Slowing down is indeed an easy way to extend your range if...
  21. mikeash

    Flagstaff to Grand Canyon

    A 170 mile round trip should be no problem in a P90D. Use evtripplanner.com to see how much you can expect to use, but I can't imagine 170 real miles turning into 270 rated miles used. Looking at plugshare.com, I see an EV-friendly RV park in the area in addition to the Best Western. I don't...
  22. mikeash

    NJ Raises Gas Tax By 23 Cents

    Gas taxes are a fixed dollar amount per gallon. That means that inflation reduces their effective amount every year, as does increasing fuel efficiency. These taxes must be "raised" periodically just to keep pace.
  23. mikeash

    How fast is the charge for a NEMA 14-50 outlet?

    Thanks for correcting and clarifying. Some do have it as a software upgrade, but clearly not all. I'll try to remember that for next time!
  24. mikeash

    Supercharger - Woodbridge, VA

    Sounds like a good plan. I don't think you'll have any problem at 7AM. Skipping is even better, but it shouldn't be an issue if you don't. Since much of your trip follows the same route as I took to Florida last year, you might be interested in the report I wrote up about it: Holiday trip...
  25. mikeash

    J-1772 Adapter - Currently Unavailable from the Tesla Store

    If you're in a hurry, you might check to see if your local service center has any.
  26. mikeash

    Firmware 8.0

    Minor correction: the second tap isn't needed. The car will (after a few seconds) detect when you're done speaking on its own. I mention this just in case anyone prefers to do it that way and didn't know.
  27. mikeash

    What type of range hit can I expect in colder months?

    I have 40A/240V charging at home so I don't think I'll need it, but I appreciate the offer just the same. And likewise for you folks if you need it in Fairfax. For your UMC, I'd especially watch out for plows or snowblowers after a storm. The cable will probably not appreciate the attention...
  28. mikeash

    Supercharger - Woodbridge, VA

    20 minutes is possible if you're unlucky, I'd say. I think normally it would be more like 5-10 minutes, but there's a lot of potential variance. If you do use it, I think you're much better off when coming from the north if you take the second exit and approach from the south. I believe the...
  29. mikeash

    Waaaah! I don't have 8.0 yet!

    The car automatically and silently downloads updates, and then you get the notification after it's downloaded and ready to install. Total speculation, but maybe there's a verification step after the download and that's what failed.
  30. mikeash

    What type of range hit can I expect in colder months?

    Ain't that the truth. My rage level is about six orders of magnitude lower compared to my pre-Tesla days. Good luck with your condo. I don't understand why places seem to be so resistant to this stuff. I understand that they'd want the resident in question to pay for it, but beyond that it...
  31. mikeash

    Firmware 8.0

    I had some trouble connecting last night. Tried again after a few minutes and it was fine. Seems like there may be some intermittent server trouble, probably unrelated to the update.
  32. mikeash

    Firmware 8.0

    It's really tricky. On one hand, the new version brings significant safety updates that they want to get out there as quickly as possible. On the other hand, the new version might bring catastrophic bugs. This gradual rollout seems to be their attempt to get it out reasonably quickly but still...
  33. mikeash

    What type of range hit can I expect in colder months?

    We don't really get proper winter here in the DC area, so I think you'll be fine. Range will take a hit, but not huge. I don't think 120V charging will be a big problem. When people talk about it adding zero energy because everything is going towards heating the battery, they're talking about...
  34. mikeash

    Firmware 8.0

    Last week, a Tesla tech was telling me about a maps bug he discovered while working at another car company. When driving over a certain bridge, only in certain lanes, the system would hit corrupt map data and shut down, to the point of actually closing the retractable navigation screen in that...
  35. mikeash

    Firmware 8.0

    My 7.1/8.0 mixup appears to have been fixed. Thank you!
  36. mikeash

    Firmware 8.0

    Trivially solved: ☑️ Show more check boxes
  37. mikeash

    Waaaah! I don't have 8.0 yet!

    Of course, I should have realized you could order without the Tech Package but activate Autopilot later. Thanks for explaining!
  38. mikeash

    Waaaah! I don't have 8.0 yet!

    I didn't realize that was possible. My no doubt imperfect recollection is that Autopilot started out as part of the Tech Package (as was the case when I ordered my car in December 2014) and then Tesla did away with the Tech Package, made navigation a default feature, split out Autopilot into its...
  39. mikeash

    Firmware 8.0

    Interesting. Here's what I see.
  40. mikeash

    Firmware 8.0

    That's my report on the tracker, too. Crazy that I'm the only one! I hope the rest of you can join me in this magical land of fairies and unicorns soon. Speaking of the tracker, I linked my Tesla account and that report was automatically added. However, it got added as 7.1, but build 2.36.108...
  41. mikeash

    Firmware 8.0

    I got the notification on my phone at about 11:35AM US eastern time. Incidentally we were not at home at the time, and the car was out in a restaurant parking lot, so at least some of it came in over 3G.
  42. mikeash

    Firmware 8.0

    Done installing and did some testing. I got 108, so the idea of a new build being put out is either wrong or I got in on the tail end of the old one. First impression is pretty good. I like the UI overhaul and the expanding maps. Not sure about the media player yet, but it's not immediately...
  43. mikeash

    Firmware 8.0

    I just got the notification (again, after the first one was pulled) five minutes ago. Installing momentarily.
  44. mikeash

    Firmware 8.0

    I am making a pointless reply here just in case your theory about commenting is correct.
  45. mikeash

    New-ish Owner Observations/Questions

    Regen does engage the brake lights, but only when it's past a certain level.
  46. mikeash

    Firmware 8.0

    Yep, mine disappeared before I could install it. Waiting on Part II now. Hope it doesn't take too long!
  47. mikeash

    Firmware 8.0

    I got the update notice Thursday morning, but the car was at the service center so I couldn't install it. I picked the car up this morning, but... nothing! I guess it got pulled, and they haven't yet given me the fixed one. Oh well, I'll just constantly check my phone for the next notification...
  48. mikeash

    Rocking Seats

    I took my car in to the service center yesterday for this and a few other minor things. They're ordering a replacement for me. Will be interesting to see how the replacement is, but it's going to take several weeks to arrive first! At least this isn't a major problem.
  49. mikeash

    Supercharger - Bloomsburg, PA

    Did someone say progress at Laurel?!
  50. mikeash

    Firmware 8.0

    My car got an update notification this morning at about 7AM while parked at the service center. Whether it happened because it's there or would have happened anyway, I can't say. And I'm not 100% sure that it's 8.0 yet, although I already got the fake-out security update and I don't see what...

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