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Battery charging to "102%"?

gordo

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Jan 16, 2015
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CA
You know that scene in "This is Spinal Tap" where the guitarist is explaining that a particular amp goes to '11' and Rob Reiner asks him why not just make 10 louder? Clearly, Tesla UI Engineers know what I'm talking about, but I have the reverse question with regards to the way my car counts backwards from 100% charge...

When I left for a trip last weekend, I pulled the plug at '100%', but with about 10 minutes estimated to go on a 64amp charge -- so not even a *full* 100%. But I'll be damned if the car didn't sit at 100% for like the first 5 miles or so before counting down normally after it hit 99%. It's as if the car actually charges to like 102% or so. Is this normal, and if so can someone explain why the percentage point between 100 and 99 would appear to defy the laws of the mathematics/physics/the universe?
 

mknox

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Aug 7, 2012
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1,894
Toronto, ON
Not in my experience. My car usually starts dropping miles immediately. Sometimes I'll lose the first mile just a couple of blocks from home.

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My A type pack is probably way out of balance as it charged up to only 231 miles on a full charge, but did not lose any rated miles until I had driven 19.5 miles.

Wow. Opposite of me. Not that I'm willing to try, but maybe I see those miles when my car reaches "0" (i.e. I can go another 20 after it hits 0).
 
This is likely done in software where if the charge exceeds some threshold, the software displays "100%." That way, if the battery ages a little and loses some capacity, it will still be possible to get it to "100% charge". I think the emotional impact of not being able to reach "100%" in a few years would be severe, so the software helps you out.
 

SmartElectric

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Jul 9, 2014
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2,407
Toronto,Canada
My A type pack is probably way out of balance as it charged up to only 231 miles on a full charge, but did not lose any rated miles until I had driven 19.5 miles.

A pack here with 60,000 km and two years in. Supercharged to 100% recently and drove away when SOC was 100% and rated was near 410 km, but car was still charging at 12A 3xxV, so not "completely full".
Drove 7 km before rate range started dropping.
 
My A type pack is probably way out of balance as it charged up to only 231 miles on a full charge, but did not lose any rated miles until I had driven 19.5 miles.

Went on vacation to the Oregon Coast last week. Put a range charge on my Type A pack (first time in about a year) both going and coming back. Got EXACTLY the same characteristics, 230 rated miles and drove 15 before any reduction. Ideal was 265 miles. As others have stated, I suspect the software is a little off. But I generally arrive at the destination with the margins expected.
 

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