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Long Term Storage

Discussion in 'Model S: Battery & Charging' started by MG1882, Dec 2, 2015.

  1. MG1882

    MG1882 New Member

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    I will be out for almost a year, but want to keep a Model S in storage.
    Should it be kept plugged in or not?
     
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    120V wall plug should be sufficient though
     
  4. brkaus

    brkaus Active Member

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    Set the charge level to 50/60%. Plug in. Have someone occasionally check circuit is still live.

    From reading here, it also sounds like the 12v could be disconnected disabling everything and it would hold a charge for quite some time. Not clear of a year would be ok?

    Is the storage area temperature controlled?
     
  5. David99

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    Can I rent it from you for the year?
     
  6. DavidB

    DavidB Aug 2013 S85

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    Yes, very important to have someone check that the car is still periodically charging. There has been at least one Tesla out there that was bricked (battery pack ruined) because the circuit breaker tripped and the car drained the battery.

    * Set Charge Limit to 50/60%
    * Set Charge Current to 6 amps (reduces the chance that the circuit breaker will trip)
    * Set Smart Preconditioning OFF (Settings > Vehicle > Smart Preconditioning off)
    * Set Energy Saving ON, Always Connected OFF (Settings > Displays > Energy Saving)

    To protect your tires, either put your car on a lift or use FlatStoppers.
     
  7. bcalfee

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    Just checking in to see if there are any updates. I have to store my 70D for 4-6 months. I was going to use a "self storage" So for I have gleaned:
    -Keep it plugged in. Set to 50% charge.
    -Check the app to make sure it does not trip the breaker.
    -Set current flow to 6 amps (not sure how to do this...)
    -Put something under tires to keep the concrete from rotting them.
    -Climate control ideal.
    -Rodent control critical.

    Any other thoughts? Thanks
     
  8. bcalfee

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    I now see my "location" is listed as Dorset VT. The car is in Asheville NC and I am in French Polynesia... So, I will have to ask a friend to do all this...

    How much does the battery drain per day or week... incase there is no plug.

    One storage spot is near a Super charger... I could ask him to plug it in occasionally...
     
  9. TexasEV

    TexasEV Active Member

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    If you don't plug it in your battery will be dead long before 4 months. In winter the car could lose up to 7 miles/ day.
     

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