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    Range on road trip much lower than expected (<200 miles on full charge)

    My car is a 2121 Model Y, with 20" Induction tires, just upgraded to the Holiday release. Taking a road trip from Seattle to Eugene OR. Taking the trip on I-5, I've noticed that depending on my speed, I'm getting as little as half of the nominal range. Once I got to measuring, I noted the...
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    Explainer on current SW versions...?

    Update: according to one poster, 2021.32.31 still has the button.
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    Explainer on current SW versions...?

    Reading a few different threads here, and I'm only getting more confused in terms of what the various software versions are and who's eligible to receive them. For my part, I'm running 2021.22.x and have requested the FSD Beta, although I have not received it yet (my Safety Score is only 90...
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    Updates stopped on "Advanced" car -- continue on "Standard" car

    To be clear that this doesn't put you on a non-FSD software track... does .32, .26, ... still have The Button?
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    Work-from-home/Pandemic charging practices

    That's my pattern as well - I can't leave my car plugged in 24/7 (I have to lay it across a sidewalk with a cord cover...not ideal but it's the card I'm dealt), so I plug it in below 50%, with the charge limit set to 70%; if I know I'm going to be driving, say, >30 miles that day, I'll move it...
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    40amp 14-50 outlet vs Wall Connector Gen 3

    Agreed, but with one caveat: if you're planning on unplugging the mobile charger to take it with you when you drive, you'll want to check your receptacle model. If it's a residential-grade (vs commercial grade), be aware that it's not designed for large number of plug/unplug cycles, likely...
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    Tesla Wall Connector - worth it?

    One benefit of a WC, beyond what others have mentioned, is that a NEMA 14-50 outlet, unlike household 5-15s, really aren't designed for a large number of plug-unplug cycles, as most types of equipment that use them are fixed (electric ranges, hot water heaters, etc). So if you want to keep a...
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    Does anyone charge from a regular outlet?

    One thing you may want to look into is if it's possible to swap in a NEMA 5-20 outlet and 20A breaker, which can increase your charging rate as much as 33% (possibly more in cold weather). If the branch wiring to the outlet is 12 AWG or larger, and doesn't have any other substantial loads on it...
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    Optimal battery temps for Level 2 charging

    I haven't seen an authoritative source (other members, please link if you have one), but various threads here seem to converge on ~50°F as the threshold below which the car needs to proactively heat the battery. Unless you're paying a lower off-peak rate, it's best to charge when it's warmer...
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    Can we manually set the charging speed to a lower rate in a Tesla Wall Connector?

    As others have said, you can "lie" to the WC during commissioning and tell it that it's connected to a smaller breaker, but your savings will most likely be minimal. I'd argue there could be other benefits of running less current through the system (less waste heat, lower peak draw for the...
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    Newest wall charger questions

    There's really no operational control of the WC directly after you commission it and set the device' maximum amperage...you did configure it to match your breaker, right? After commissioning, charge control such as scheduling, maximum current, etc are controlled from the car when you plug it...
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    PPF covering sensors - can I trim this off?

    As expected, the rings dried out and now look the same as before, thankfully. No sensor issues so far.
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    Any Issues Using GFCI Breakers for Charging Circuit?

    If you are hard-wiring a wall connector, the GFCI is present in the unit, and as such the instructions state that there should not be a GFCI breaker on the circuit, as multiple GFCIs can cause unexpected trips, as some have reported here. A prior resident of a friend's home had a 14-50 plug...
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    Anyone use this Romex 6/3 cable during install?

    12AWG is acceptable for a 20A circuit, but will generate more waste heat that will translate into a larger voltage drop on the wire; if the voltage drop is large enough (typically > 10V), the car will reduce its draw from 16A to 12A, eliminating the benefit of installing a 5-20 in the first...
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    4G LTE upgrade appointments hard to get!

    The issue isn't the relative bandwidth, it's that AT&T is turning off their 3G network next year, so 3G cars that don't get the upgrade will lose connectivity.
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    PPF covering sensors - can I trim this off?

    Good timing - my installer just gave me the same advice. I'll give it a week or two and see how it looks then.
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    Xpel front wrap & parking sensor issues

    To revive an old thread - how did you do this, just with an X-Acto knife? My XPEL installer put film over my sensors also - which I didn't notice until I got the car home - and I'm trying to decide whether to fix this myself (which *seems* like a quick, easy job) or take it back to the installer...
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    PPF covering sensors - can I trim this off?

    Does Stek recommend against cutting around the sensors? I'm not seeing issues with the functionality either, but the liquid inside the gap just looks awful. They did cut a line around the tow eye cover, which is appreciated, but I would have expected them to do the same here. I'd also imagine...
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    PPF covering sensors - can I trim this off?

    Got back from having STEK ProShield PPF installed on my MY's front end, and noticed that the shop apparently covered the parking sensors with the film. Various threads here say that this shouldn't affect the sensors themselves, but there's a white ring around each one where the film isn't...
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    CHAdeMO adapter back in stock

    It was available earlier this morning, but 404'ing now. No longer on the main charging product listing either. I'm guessing it's being discontinued, but they found a some more in the warehouse...? I'd really like to know *if* they plan on selling a CCS adapter in the US; I'd buy the Setec if I...
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    CHAdeMO adapter back in stock

    Good to see, but when are we going to see the CCS adapter in the US? CHAdeMO is a dying standard here.
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    Acceptable voltage drop at 120V/16A?

    Before you buy a 10AWG cable, I'd suggest checking your idle voltage levels first. I use a Kill-A-Watt to easily see the voltage drop in real time, but a standard multimeter will work as well. If you're substantially below 120V idle, then you may want to check the wiring between your breaker and...
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    Running battery down as shakedown test?

    Took delivery of my Model Y last Friday, everything is currently "So Far So Good", but I haven't had that much opportunity to drive it due to other responsibilities; so far I've been charging it after every trip, not going lower than 65% SoC with my charge limit set to 80%. This weekend I'll be...
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    Tesla EV Tax Credits coming back?

    *Raises hand* - I bought my MYLR after driving a Prius Prime for 3 years; getting familiar with that car in BEV mode went a long way to ease the range anxiety that kept me from buying a full EV then. A few years of technological maturity (and charger network expansion) didn't hurt either.
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    Max charging amp on 240v60a circuit without wall charger

    So...it turns out we're both wrong. Looking up the code on this, it appears that undersizing the receptacle is allowed, but only when there is more than one receptacle on the circuit. So a 5-15R on a 20A branch is OK as long as at it feeds a duplex receptacle, or multiple ones. If there's one...
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    Max charging amp on 240v60a circuit without wall charger

    I didn't say it was a good idea in this case, just that AFAIK it's not prohibited by code. As is, OP isn't getting the full "value" of the circuit without a 14-60R, and switching it out should be a simple task assuming the correct gauge wire (6AWG or larger) is feeding it. I'd speculate that...
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    Max charging amp on 240v60a circuit without wall charger

    Forgive replying to an old thread, but I don't believe this is correct. It's OK to have a lower-rated receptacle on a higher-capacity breaker, as long as the wiring to the receptacle is sized to the breaker (not the receptacle). This is often done to reduce the chance of tripping the breaker by...
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    Acceptable voltage drop at 120V/16A?

    Following up on this post after taking delivery. My estimates were pretty much dead on - the car reports 112V (a ~9V drop under 16A load) and is able to sustain that amperage, for a charge rate of 6 miles per hour - more than enough for my daily needs. Bought an infrared thermometer, and pointed...
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    Took Model Y Delivery Today (9/17) - Positive Tesla Story

    Picked the car up on Friday, and was an excellent experience at the Renton, WA location. The SA let me poke around the car as long as I wanted to; I went through The Checklist (at least everything I could test with a parked car) with no issues. They repaired the reported curb rash, which was a...
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    Took Model Y Delivery Today (9/17) - Positive Tesla Story

    I'm picking up a demo myself tomorrow, although I'm not canceling my factory order until I've driven off in it :) The SA did tell me up front that there was some curb rash, even sending me photos. Seems like something relatively easy to fix, so I'm OK with it. The demo is the same as my factory...
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    Bunch of New Tesla Y inventory show up this morning!

    I found my specs locally, and put in an order for one of the demo/test drive models. One thing the SA told me is that because these are demos, there may be some cosmetic damage that will not be addressed - the car is being sold "as is" in terms of non-warranty issues. He sent me photos of the...
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    Washington State Waiting Room

    Correct - the higher-power rear motor is what provides the additional acceleration torque.
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    Washington State Waiting Room

    The reality is that MYPs do get delivered much more quickly than LRs. The rumor - and I've seen different answers from different SAs on is this question- is whether or not MYP orders cannibalize pre-existing LR orders, or if the shorter delivery time is just a matter of the size of the relative...
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    Washington State Waiting Room

    TIFU... Found a MYLR with my order's specs in the demo inventory drop this morning, car located in Portland, OR (I'm in Seattle), and put in the order immediately, knowing how quickly these get snapped up. Then noticed that I missed a listing for the same car, with the same specs and lower...
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    tesla-info.com

    Are inventory cars deliverable outside the 200 mile range? Or am I setting myself up for a road trip if I find an inventory car somewhere else in the country?
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    Acceptable voltage drop at 120V/16A?

    I did this math before buying to make sure I'd be OK without a L2 at home :) Going by my current car's odometer and length of ownership, I've been averaging 14.6 miles per day for the past few years. That said, I'm working from home at the moment; once I start commuting again I'll be adding 60...
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    Help testing my charging setup? N. Seattle area

    That calculator is showing 10AWG copper for me:
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    Help testing my charging setup? N. Seattle area

    The cable is 10 AWG - I'd had a 12/3 cord before, but swapped in a 10/3 to bring down the resistance - the drop was over 10V drop before, which could have made even 12A questionable. The outlet is on a dedicated breaker with 10AWG solid-core house wire. The main reason for the drop seems to be...
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    Acceptable voltage drop at 120V/16A?

    I'm not in a position to add a 240V outlet that I can charge from, but my outdoor outlet is 20A, which means I can use a NEMA5-20 cable. I use a long (90') 10/3 outdoor extension cord to reach my car's location, which I've been doing with my existing Prius Prime drawing 12A without issue. That...
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    Help testing my charging setup? N. Seattle area

    I'm currently charging a Prius Prime at L1, over an extension cord at home, and expecting my MYLR to arrive in the next month. Noticed that my breaker is 20A, so I've replaced the outlet and extension plug ends with NEMA 5-20, and bought the 5-20 adapter for the mobile connector. This should...
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    Chevy Bolt L1 EVSE (Wall plug) to trickle charge MY.

    Following up on my own post here; I've run a 10/3 cable in place of the 12/3 I had before, cut the same amount of excess slack, and attached the 5-20 cable ends. My EDD is still a month away, so I can't test 16A yet, but at 12A my voltage drop is from 121.5 to 114.5 - 7.0 volts total, for .583...
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    Delivery times of Tesla Model-Y (June-July orders)

    My EDD changed this morning to close to the very first one I was issued a month ago - 10/14-11/3. Somehow I'm not surprised by this, unfortunately.
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    Delivery times of Tesla Model-Y (June-July orders)

    Interesting that different people are getting different responses from their SAs on this - my SA said that he has no way to get information on my order beyond the same EDD that I see in my account. Do some SAs know things that others don't? Should I just call into the main sales support number...
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    Best interest rate via Tesla financing?

    Thanks for this - seems a lot simpler than I'd feared. I'm assuming that the MVPA won't be available until I'm assigned a VIN, correct?
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    Best interest rate via Tesla financing?

    I'm planning on financing with DCU - sounds like the rate match isn't a sure thing. That said...I've never bought a car with third-party financing before, only dealer financing. Can someone give me a quick rundown of the process on that?
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    Delivery times of Tesla Model-Y (June-July orders)

    Interesting that they're telling customers that - I asked my SA that specific question a few weeks ago, who replied that Tesla was not stealing MYLR production slots to fulfill MYPs, but that the shorter lead times were simply due to lower order volume of that trim.
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    Delivery times of Tesla Model-Y (June-July orders)

    Interesting - my EDD is 9/15-30 but no VIN yet. I expect I'll see it and a tightening of the EDD around the same time, but I'd expect people with similar EDDs to get VINs around the same time as well. I'm curious if anyone is already in their EDD window without a VIN...?
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    Chevy Bolt L1 EVSE (Wall plug) to trickle charge MY.

    After a bit more research, I decided to order a 10/3 AWG 100' cable, and I'll take the existing one (putting a 5-15 plug back onto it) and keep it in the frunk for emergencies. One thing I'm wondering is if it makes sense to take the existing 12/3 cord and cut if in half, so that I don't need...
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    Chevy Bolt L1 EVSE (Wall plug) to trickle charge MY.

    Thanks for this - I'm charging a Prius Prime over a 100' 12 AWG extension cable; at first the voltage dropped down to 105, but I took advantage of the fact that my outlet is on a 20A breaker (and 10 AWG supply wire), and replaced the outlet and the cable ends with NEMA 5-20 plugs and...
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    Washington State Waiting Room

    Possibly. There appears to be a method to apply for sales tax refunds (link), but it strongly recommends getting the sales tax refunded from the seller first, and only applying if the seller refuses to do so.

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