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Hybrid to Model S experiences

Discussion in 'Hong Kong' started by Titus, Sep 22, 2015.

  1. Titus

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    Hi guys

    A bit late for me to ask this as I've stepped my foot 80% down with a guy who is selling his spot for a P85D with delivery in two weeks, but could any members here share their experience on switching from a hybrid car to a Model S? Are you glad you made the switch? Any regrets? I liked the RX because of the ground clearance but see that the air suspension on the Model S also provides decent ground clearance.

    I'm taking range won't be any issues in HK with the 85kw package. My only brain fart was looking up the list of chargers and confusing Kwai Chung Shopping Center with Kwai Chung Plaza which is close to my office; but having lunch or dinner or go swimming near a Supercharger twice a week should do the charging job.

    LOL Hopefully no one here is going to change my mind on the switch to EV :tongue:
     
  2. hungyip84

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    I didn't drive a hybrid before, but I would say you will never regret! About ground clearance, so far I haven't gotten any issues in Hong Kong. I think with air suspension you are pretty safe (plus the GPS memory function)

    One supercharging can last you a few days depending on how much you are driving per day.
     
  3. Titus

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    Thanks, now I feel better haha
    Even though I read about some unfortunate owners problems with things like leaking roof.... I hope mine would be ok! And I can put up with it as long as Tesla remains great with the service like I read here
     
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    I am one of the unlucky who got leaking roof. Tesla fixed it anyway
     
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    Sorry to hear that but good to hear they fixed it quickly

     
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    Superchargers (SC we use) are amazing and they pretty much charge your car to 80% in less than an hour, for my 60kWh, usually 30mins to 45mins and it is done, so it is not advisable that you go too far because there are 2000 Model S in Hong Kong and the queue for SC is kind of long. Imagine you need a supercharger but the guys in front of you park their Model S there for 2 hrs.
     
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    Yea I read about that, there seems to be a whole new etiquette part to this EV culture haha hope I don't make any faux pas once I get mine lol so sounds like supercharging and going for a swim is out of the question, more like groceries shopping quickly. That or the CLP chargers that charges slower
     
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    I trust the Tesla owners are the Elite group of car owners. Hopefully, we can demonstrate we are considerate towards other EV users regarding using the SC.
     
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    Just don't go swimming after you have plugged into a SC unless you normally swim for 15 minutes, fast shower and run back/forth between pool and SC parking! I had the same anxiety but it's all gone, my 85kWh can go 500km between SC, and everytime I SC charge only for 30minutes. It's not because the SC can fill it full in 30 minutes because I know there could be other MS owners waiting. Once you got used to it you just won't empty your tank before next charge and you don't have to go SC to get juice. There are 13A, 32A single phase, 32A/3~ everywhere in pubic parking, your friends' parking just look and ask around then you'll get juiced up everytime you stop for whatever .... say at work 10A for 9 hours is a lot for a small place like hong kong.
     
  11. Titus

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    Ops yea I did more reading after this post and I'm impressed at how fast the SCs work! I was expecting it to take maybe an hour or more but darn haha I won't wander too far away then. I think there is a real business opportunity for Tesla to partner with entertainment (software, or otherwise) companies to fill in that 30min charging time. Hell even magazine vendors can approach Tesla to put up some stands next to the SC stations.

    And you're right after more calculations I think I might not even need the SC and just juice up from the CLP installed chargers that are slower while I'm at the office. I guess the main thing is I need to buy the BS1636 (forgot if that's the number) standard charger adaptor; from the list of charging stations posted on the gov website it looks like BS1636 is the majority of the outlets out there.
     
  12. MikeInFL

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    Hybrid to MS... Don't drive the MS straight home. Go to an empty parking lot and get a good feel for how the pedal works. People coming from slow cars to fast cars have a STEEP learning curve and tend to bump into things within a week or so of delivery.
     
  13. 3fiftynine

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    I don't want to mislead you about that 500km, it's 500km "between SC visit", meaning that you don't necessarily have to charge at SC and don't have to empty your tank before you go SC charging. The rate of charging is not linear so the closer you are to 100% the slower it would be. In other words you shouldn't be leaving your car in SC from 90-100% unless you have a valid reason ... e.g. do a long trip but HK is so small?

    I limit my time at SC for 30 minutes because I think it's more logical/sensible and considerate! My time is better used elsewhere, i.e. I could charge it while I'm at work/meeting friends/meal/movie at public parking with either 32A or even 10A. I'm not one of those lucky ones with home charging and I have absolutely no range anxiety since I'm now used to plan my travels. At work, with just a humble 10A cable, I could add 20% to my battery. So if you consume less than 70km for work you have a net gain at the end of each workday.

    30 minutes SC visit is good enough for gents visit, stretch your legs, windows browsing maybe a bit too short for coffee or afternoon tea!

    Yes a Mennekes cables (from Tesla $3,700, max 10A) is a must buy in my opinion.
     
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    add to that i charged for 15 mins yesterday at lee gardens (got real lucky as someone just left as i arrived) and 100km of range added in whilst i was sipping half the glass of wine i was served by my friend as a return for letting him test drive it. that how fast charging was! (not sure if the other car was charging at those charging speeds.... 65 to 90%)

    topped it up in the morning, but going around hk drank 100km range out of it!
     
  15. Titus

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    Thanks for the advice guys!
    Haha yes.... interested in seeing how a car as fast as my bike feels like.... was driving my wife's car today that's in the low 6 seconds range for 0-60 and I got excited imaging driving something that is twice as fast LOL
    My daily commute is around 40kms round trip; but I usually stay at the office for about 5 hours; I think I'll probably just charge as much as I could daily at the parking lots with the BS1363 outlets and then top up with supercharging whenever the range left goes below 100kms.
    I'm guessing the heat and air conditioning has a lot to do with the range too.... mine will be white and probably going to get windows tinted and custom shades installed, but we're heading into the fall anyway so I'll see how much real range I can get next summer
     

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