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Air Port parking

Discussion in 'Model S' started by CPD2601, Mar 20, 2016.

  1. CPD2601

    CPD2601 Member

    Aug 29, 2015
    Columbus, Ohio
    Good Morning,

    I'm going on a cruise soon and was planing on leaving the car in a parking lot for a week. If I charge at 100% will by battery be dead when i get back 7 days later?
    Has anyone done this? If so, will you share your experience
  2. dhrivnak

    dhrivnak Active Member

    Jan 8, 2011
    NE Tennessee
    A week should be fine especially this time of year. I have done this multiple times with my Roadster. A month or during a cold spell of below 20F could present a problem unless you could find a 110v plug. I basicly lose a mile per day so you have a good bit of margin.
  3. kort677

    kort677 Banned

    Sep 17, 2015
    you shouldn't leave it parked at 100%, 90% will suffice and be better for the battery pack. as for vampire losses, one week in mild temps should not be a problem but as already noted if you could find a 110 outlet it wouldn't be a bad idea to leave it plugged in while you are away. many garages will have outlets, outlets would be harder to find in many surface lots.
  4. tstafford

    tstafford Supporting Member

    Jul 4, 2015
    Nashville, TN
    I've had mine unplugged for three or four days at a time. It doesn't lose much juice unless it's very cold out.

    Watch this if you are particularly interested. Bjorn knows his stuff!
    Video: Tesla Model S Vampire Drain After 27 Cold Days of Being Unplugged - Inside EVs

    Edit - Also I agree I'd only charge to 90%. And IMHO trying to find a 110v line is a waste of your time - doesn't matter, all will be fine. Just park the car and have a safe trip.
  5. BertL

    BertL Active Member

    Aug 19, 2015
    Carlsbad, CA
    Agree with others. Only charge to 90% -- do not leave your MS for extended periods at 100%. To maximize remaining range upon your return, consider:
    • Set Controls / Displays / Energy Saving ON -- that will put your MS to sleep more -- in my tests, leaving me with 2-4 more rated range miles per day when not plugged-in
    • You could also uncheck the "Always Connected" option under Energy Saving which in my tests MAY save you another mile per day of rated range, but personally, I keep mine checked, as it allows me to check-in with my MS via the Tesla App while I'm traveling to ensure all is well -- assuming of course your MS is not in the depths of some parking garage and have lost cellular connectivity.
    • If you listen to USB music, be sure you manually switch to something like an FM station before exiting your MS to avoid the possible "phantom playing" problem that can take another 2-3 rated range miles away because Tesla has not yet corrected this known Media Player bug
    • ...if you do that, no need to worry with a 110V being away for a week.
    • Informative x 1
  6. AB4EJ

    AB4EJ Member

    Feb 25, 2015
    Tuscaloosa, AL
    What you charge car to before your trip kind of depends on the distance from your house to the airport (and which MS model you have). In my case, I live 90 miles from the airport - so if I was going to be gone for a week, I would have to charge to 100% to be able to drive the car home without stopping to top off.
  7. svp6

    svp6 Member

    Sep 6, 2014
    You should have no problems - I frequently leave the car in a parking. Under commands / displays, if you turn the "savings mode" to on and "always connected" to off you will lose ~3-5 miles range per day, depending on the temperature. I did this in February, see my link here Parking outside in very cold weather and not plugged in
  8. sorka

    sorka Well-Known Member

    Feb 28, 2015
    Merced, CA
    This is what my Prius is for. My MS will never be left in airport parking.
  9. ggr

    ggr Roadster R80 537, SigS P85 29, M3P 80k

    Mar 24, 2011
    San Diego, CA
    We just got back from an 11-day trip to Australia. Normally I wouldn't leave my car at the airport, but home renovations meant that we couldn't leave it in the garage or driveway, and it's illegal here to leave a car parked on the street for more than 3 days. So, anyway...

    We did nothing special at all regarding settings. Just parked and walked away. It had about 180 rated miles when parked, and about 150 when we returned. No worries. Once you've lived with the car for nearly four years, you just stop thinking about that sort of thing.
  10. DCGOO

    DCGOO Member

    Nov 24, 2015
    Indianapolis, IN
    I have been away for 3 weeks and left my car plugged in, in my garage. Set to 60%, no energy saving mode turned on at all. About every 5 days, the SOC has dropped 5% and the car starts to charge. I have no idea what mileage I lost/gained. My display is set to show percent, not a guessed range number.

    I really miss my car though :(

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