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Drive off while still plugged in?

Discussion in 'Model S' started by we7313, Oct 23, 2012.

  1. we7313

    we7313 Member

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    Ok, so i'm setting up an appointment to get my charger installed and the installer asked a question I didn't know the answer to.
    If the car is plugged in and you put the car into drive (or reverse), is there a warning or something to stop the car from driving off while still plugged in?

    If not, I might have to set up something special to avoid this from happening.
     
  2. vfx

    vfx Well-Known Member

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    #2 vfx, Oct 23, 2012
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    What kind of "drive off prevention" is there at a gas station?
     
  3. NigelM

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    Model S motor won't start if it's plugged in.
     
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    From what I understand, the car will not move while plugged in. So, pretty much impossible ...
     
  5. Doug_G

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    Same as Roadster - you can't start the car if the charge port is open.
     
  6. vfx

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    Not correct. You can't drive the Model S while plugged in, but you can with the port door open.
     
  7. AnOutsider

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    None, but that's hardly the point here, is it? Good to know the S has preventative measures in place though.
     
  8. vfx

    vfx Well-Known Member

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    It was only half a point. Sometimes I leave the coup de grace for others...
     
  9. alset

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    Situation 1: Someone drives to a gas station and fills up their car with gas over a period of a few minutes. When the machine "pops" to complete, they forget to take out the hose and just drive off.
    Situation 2: Someone leaves their car plugged in, potentially for several days. Some morning, for a trip to Dunkin Donuts for coffee, they drive off forgetting to unplug.

    I think it's safe to see that situation 2 is much more likely than situation 1. Situation 1 does still happen of course which is why all pump hoses have special disconnect apparatus to avoid major spills. It seems simple and sensible not to allow the car to drive off if the charger is plugged in (whether charging or not). The same could be done for ICEs if the issue was big enough.
     
  10. Ardie

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    The electric BMW ActiveE has a preventive measure that prohibits me from "starting" the car while it is still plugged into the charger.
    Its only annoying until someone (not my daughter, surely) tries to yank the charger off the wall by backing out of the garage without bothering to unplug it.

    With the Model S, since there is no start procedure other than walking up to it and getting in, I would imagine that it prohibits you from putting it in gear.

    -- Ardie
    The charger *does* have a breakaway charging cable, just in case.
     
  11. bonnie

    bonnie Oil is for sissies.

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    But situation 2 cannot happen, by definition. That risk has been mitigated.
     
  12. vfx

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    ALL electric cars are disabled when plugged in. Situation 2 is never possible. As for ICEs, as Doug said, the Tesla Roadster is disabled when the port door is open. No reason that a Gasoline car could not do this as well. If they did that maybe you would not see this. (I have)
    fail-owned-gas-nozzle-fail.jpg 1646181-L.jpg driving-off.jpg capt.dcpm10904272019.gas_prices_dcpm109.jpg Gas_pump_fire.jpg gas-hose-e1344611315975.jpg GasPump-761105.jpg pumping-gas-fail.jpg shell2.jpg
     
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    Is that an Obama sticker on that first Suburban? Just say'n !!:rolleyes:
     
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    The driver obviously supports freedom from the gas pumps :)
     
  15. vfx

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    The kid driving is busy texting.
     
  16. ElSupreme

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    My dad has driven off with a gas nozzle in his car.
     
  17. alset

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    So I guess I missed the point of your first post. If you knew this, why didn't you answer the guys question (as later responders did)? :)

    Nice photos, one more reason to go electric (safety) although my diesel won't go up in flames either.
     
  18. vfx

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    "Pointless" is my middle name. :)
     
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    Eric's posts are just for visual effects......
     
  20. bonnie

    bonnie Oil is for sissies.

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    It's nice of you to share like that.
     

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