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Do i need to "warm up" batteries before going WOT?

dvaz

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Oct 11, 2019
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Coming from Turbo ICE's car, going WOT with a cold engine / cold oil is a big no-no.

Do i need to drive for a couple of miles before opening the car up?
 

jebinc

MSM Model S PLAID, cream/FSD; MYP, white on white
Jun 19, 2019
6,535
8,075
Seattle area
Coming from Turbo ICE's car, going WOT with a cold engine / cold oil is a big no-no.

Do i need to drive for a couple of miles before opening the car up?

For maximum current flow out of the battery to the motors, they have to be warm. Same for super charging, high current flowing in (to the battery) from the opposite direction.
 

kbecks13

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Dec 27, 2017
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I don't Supercharge that often, but I finally saw that "Preconditioning battery for supercharging" message today...

You were probably routing to a Supercharger with the cars navigation system which does that automatically to prepare the battery. Preconditioning warms the battery to a fairly warm degree (i.e i've seen it precondition on a hot day) but isn't absolutely necessary, it just means faster charge times (again being restricted by software)
 
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jkoya

NA2 NSX
Nov 21, 2018
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You were probably routing to a Supercharger with the cars navigation system which does that automatically to prepare the battery. Preconditioning warms the battery to a fairly warm degree (i.e i've seen it precondition on a hot day) but isn't absolutely necessary, it just means faster charge times (again being restricted by software)

You are absolutely correct !!! My wife was playing around with the map while we had a destination set on a road trip. She tapped the "T" on the nav map and accidentally routed us to it. Decided to stop and SC anyway (since it had power still) as we were told PG&E had rolling blackouts still. It's only the 3rd time I've supercharged as I usually don't drive that far from home in the 3.
 

dvaz

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Oct 11, 2019
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56
CA
For maximum current flow out of the battery to the motors, they have to be warm. Same for super charging, high current flowing in (to the battery) from the opposite direction.

Correct, but the driver does not need to treat the car any different than normal. It will limit itself via software, so you can go crazy with your driving.

Exactly the answers i was looking for.
Thanks!
 
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tjkessler

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Mar 12, 2018
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Campbell CA
pre warming the battery is a good idea especially if it's cold out. On a model 3 at least the motor is used to
warm the battery so you can warm them at the same time.
 

ajdelange

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Dec 10, 2018
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Virginia/Quebec
pre warming the battery is a good idea especially if it's cold out. On a model 3 at least the motor is used to
warm the battery so you can warm them at the same time.
It isn't the motor. It's the inverter which is located in the motor assembly. The motor does not need to be warmed but as it is doubtless on the same coolant loop as the inverter it will get warmed too.
 

AdamVIP

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Mar 4, 2019
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If the battery is too cold there's a little snowflake icon that shows up on the screen. I assume if that's not there you are free to drive the piss out of it and it will act accordingly.
 

jebinc

MSM Model S PLAID, cream/FSD; MYP, white on white
Jun 19, 2019
6,535
8,075
Seattle area
If the battery is too cold there's a little snowflake icon that shows up on the screen. I assume if that's not there you are free to drive the piss out of it and it will act accordingly.

The regen "dots" on the regen bar are another sign.
 

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