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Climate always on or precondition?

Discussion in 'Model S' started by fasteddie7, Jan 8, 2018.

  1. fasteddie7

    fasteddie7 Member

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    Here's a question for the Tesla family: snowy day, 32° F out, expecting 3-5 inches, at work for 8 hours with no covered parking. I leave with 100% and get to work with 80% SOC. Do I : 1. Leave the always on climate at 65 or so to prevent build up of snow on the windows and keep the car conditioned all day, or 2. Start the preconditioning an hour or so before and maybe still have a partially covered car when I get out? What do you all do? My experience will all day climate in 30-35° F weather is I only get 2-3% an hour loss of charge leaving me with 50% battery to drive 50 miles home. Is it bad for the vehicle to do this once and a while in winter conditions, or is this what always on was made for?
     
  2. Tam

    Tam Well-Known Member

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    It isn't bad but it's a waste of energy and wear and tear on your car when you are not ready to use it for the next 8 hours.
     
  3. fasteddie7

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    I guess I'm weighing wear and tear of frozen handles and windows against that. All day climate my door handles and windows are always fine, even with 2 hours of preconditioning, I still get the scary crack sound when the handles pop out.
     
  4. Ande

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    at 0°C , one hour should be plenty, then you can push off any snow easily. Having it warm all the time is just a waste of energy, and if you don't care for that, waste of battery cycles. :)
     

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