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Disable drive-train when on a (car) show

Discussion in 'Model S: Driving Dynamics' started by widodh, Oct 25, 2013.

  1. widodh

    widodh Model S R231 EU

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    Hi,

    I was asked to show my Model S on a local conference/exhibition in two weeks and I said I was only willing to do so if I could disable the drive-train.

    I'd like the car to be open so people can see how awesome it is, but I want to avoid anybody getting near it with the keyfob and starting the car.

    Does anybody know about any fuse I could pull to disable the drive train but keep the rest of the car operating?
     
  2. brianman

    brianman Burrito Founder

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    I suppose you could unlock the car and then remove the battery from the fob. I haven't been motivated to try that though.
     
  3. Zythryn

    Zythryn MS 70D, MX 90D

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    You could plug the mobile connector into the car.
    It doesn't need to be plugged into an outlet, and will not allow the car to turn on while it is connected to he car.
     
  4. widodh

    widodh Model S R231 EU

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    Hmm, that would work I guess.

    I just want to prevent the keyfob going near the car. That's up to me.

    Ah, good one! That might be the best solution.

    It's from a local energy company which wants to show off their charging system. We will simply keep the charging cable in the charging socket and the keyfob away from the car.
     
  5. jerry33

    jerry33 S85 - VIN:P05130 - 3/2/13

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    Put the fob in an RF bag. Way easier than carrying around the UMC.
     
  6. Doug_G

    Doug_G Lead Moderator

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    Put the fob in the Frunk. It won't be detected in there. When the time comes to drive the car, pop the frunk from the touchscreen. Just be sure to have the auto-lock turned off, and keep your smartphone handy in case you forget!
     
  7. brianman

    brianman Burrito Founder

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    Interested but queasy about this idea.
     
  8. caddieo

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    Plug the car in. Even a 110 outlet will do. That's what they do with the demo cars in the TMC stores/galleries. The car will refuse to move if plugged in but you can sit in it and play with the touchscreen and non-drive controls. And since it is plugged, you won't have to worry about vampire drain on the battery. And if you're going to be hanging around anyway, just keep the fob in your pocket.
     
  9. brianman

    brianman Burrito Founder

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    And for outdoor car shows?
     
  10. stevezzzz

    stevezzzz R;SigS;P85D;SigX

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    I just carry my UMC and plug the connector into the car's charging port: it disables the drivetrain without having to be plugged into a power outlet, and demonstrates to car show visitors that the car is electric.
     
  11. dflye

    dflye S Sig Perf 414, VIN 814

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    I went to one show in a grassy field with huge trees sprinkled around; got a spot next one of the trees... plugged the UMC into the car, then ran the other end over to the tree.

    When people asked, I said I was running on green power! :tongue:

    In all seriousness, I'd recommend using the cable plugged-in method to ensure the car stays disabled. Have done that for multiple shows and it isn't a big deal to unplug & grab it when getting ready to hit the road. Usually I'll just spool the rest of the cable and plug into the nylon bag and slip that under the car below the charge port.
     
  12. brianman

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    So instead of stealing the car they might steal the UMC and then steal the car. ;)
     
  13. stevezzzz

    stevezzzz R;SigS;P85D;SigX

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    You can't unplug the UMC using the button on the connector when the cable isn't powered, so no, they can't steal the UMC unless they know how to release the port lock from the 17" touch screen. :biggrin:
     
  14. brianman

    brianman Burrito Founder

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    I guess I should take that out of my "here's how you use the car" demo cycle then. ;)
     
  15. Zythryn

    Zythryn MS 70D, MX 90D

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    If you are not with the car,I don't recommend leaving the key nearby:wink:
     
  16. jerry33

    jerry33 S85 - VIN:P05130 - 3/2/13

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    An RF shielding bag works for both indoor and outdoor. Plus you can easily take the fob out of the bag if needed.
     
  17. huntjo

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    I like to think I originated this technique. I wonder if anyone was doing it before May

    Top 10 tips for showing your model s in public - Page 3
     
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    Last summer (2012), when I visited the showroom in NYC, it was not "plugged in", but rather it was set to "limp mode" which was displayed in the console. Limp mode disables the accelerator so you couldn't drive away with it but everything else worked. I'm guessing that's only available to set through their service screen.
     

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