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Charge Anxiety

Discussion in 'Tesla' started by Haxster, Dec 27, 2016.

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  1. Haxster

    Haxster Member

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    First there was "Range Anxiety". The expending charging network has reduced that significantly.

    Now there's "Charge Anxiety". Your Tesla is plugged into a SuperCharger. You're eating at a restaurant several blocks away. The service is slow. The clock is ticking. Still no food. Finally the food arrives. The $.40/per minute clock starts running in ten minutes. What to do?
     
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    Go into the restroom. Look into the mirror. Take a good long hard look. Is this really how you saw your life going, twenty years ago? Yes. Yes it was. Driving the future. Take a deep breath. March confidently back out to the restaurant, and ask the server if you can get the meal to go, as you have things to do and places to be. Ask for a plastic spork on the way out.
     
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  3. GSP

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    #3 GSP, Dec 27, 2016
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    Increase your charge limit to 100% to gain more time to eat?

    Ask for your meal to be boxed up and eat it in the car?

    Ask for your meal to be held in the kitchen while you go out and unplug your car? (If you need more charge, plug it back in after you eat)

    Just pay the idle fee and enjoy your meal? (it is going to a good cause anyway)

    GSP
     
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  4. RubberToe

    RubberToe Supporting the greater good

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    Chateaubriand for 7 to go please !

    Damn white seats, waiter, hold the Au Jus...

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    keep eating
     
  6. Haxster

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    I'd find it hard not to feel a little rushed. And where's that bill already! It's costing me $24/hour to wait. And people are waiting for my charging spot.
     
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    I feel a new username coming up... ;)

    p.s. One more suggestion to the thread: Tweet Elon over lunch to build more Superchargers to better reflect fleet size. :)
     
  8. Haxster

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    "Speed it up waiter. I need to get back to my $100K car in 25 minutes"
     
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    A Spc user should be more aware of the car's SOC and how long that it would take to reach the desired level. after a few moments the car or the phone app would give the driver an estimate of when the car would be charged to the selected level, knowing that the driver would need only a 20 minute charge someone might consider waiting with the car rather than beginning a lengthy meal.
    it appears the .40 time charges is having the desired impact on SpC users
     
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    AnxietyRanger Well-Known Member

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    Well yes, if the desired impact is Charge Anxiety. :)
     
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  11. Doug_G

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    This. Even on a Supercharger the last few percent take forever.
     
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  12. TexasEV

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    If your charging session is that short, perhaps you didn't really need to supercharge then? This sounds more like opportunity charging. Or choose a restaurant closer to the supercharger if you're that worried about it.
     
  13. Haxster

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    To clarify in my questionable "joke" about needing to get back to the car in 25 minutes: I probably should have implied 25 minutes "left" (not total time). An hour can go by very quickly, even at a coffee shop, when you have to wait for a table, kids are involved, and the service is slow.
     
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    I've set the charge to 100% the last two times I've visited a SC and I have more than 30 minutes to full charge after getting the "charge almost complete" warning. (If you need more time than that, you probably shouldn't be parking at a SC.)
     
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    I think the point is that you shouldn't be sitting down to a table service restaurant when you are parked at a SC.
    SC is fast.
    Fast food is fast.
    Restaurants are slow. Park in a regular spot and enjoy your meal.
     
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    182RG Free The Service Manuals From Tyranny

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    Enjoy your meal. Stiff the waiter/waitress, after all the service was slow. Apply the tip $$ to your SuC bill. Seems pretty obvious to me.
     
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    I don't have my car yet, but I thought everyone was supposed to be mindful about charging. Since this are for charging, not parking, threfore one should not be too far from the car (whether it is distance, or your ability to leave from where you are) when the charge is nearing completion... IMHO.
     
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    You are right.
    However, not everyone is considerate... hence the overtime parking fee.
     
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    Clutch my pearls, tell the waiter that I've been taken by the vapors, and ask for a brown paper bag.
    Breathe in and out deeply.

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    Once my hysteria is over, realize that 40 cents a minute is $6 for 15 minutes.

    Then I'll look around and realize how amazing my life has been that a few dollar charge has reduced me to abject terror.

    I will then calmly make the decision best for me. Perhaps I'll stay and pay $6... or perhaps I'll excuse myself like a gentlewoman and go get my parked car out of the charging stall.

    After all, I am a lady.
     
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  20. number12

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    Change limit to 100%
    Turn on the heat
    Honk the horn
    Flash the lights
    Pray
     
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