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How far can you drain the battery before damaging it?

Discussion in 'Model S: Battery & Charging' started by fiksegts, Jan 9, 2013.

  1. fiksegts

    fiksegts Active Member

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    #1 fiksegts, Jan 9, 2013
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    Telsa says not to run down the battery too low? What is a comfortable remaining range before you risk damaging the battery? 40 miles?
     
  2. Robert.Boston

    Robert.Boston Model S VIN P01536

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    You can operate the car safely to zero; there is a reserve below that which you cannot tap by driving (except in a "limp home" mode). It is very important, though, to plug in your car soon when the battery is low.
     
  3. widodh

    widodh Model S 85kWh

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    I just moved this topic to the right subforum and updated the topic title to make it more clear.

    I also think this has been covered in other topics before.
     
  4. Doug_G

    Doug_G Lead Moderator

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    With my Roadster I adopted a policy of keeping a reserve of 30 ideal km (about 20 ideal miles) at all times. You never know when you might hit a detour, or your GPS invents a nonexistent highway exit ramp (yes that really happened to me). I intend to maintain that policy for the Model S, even though it has a small hidden reserve.
     

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