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Discussion in 'Midwest/Great Lakes' started by Aphysician, May 3, 2013.

  1. Aphysician

    Aphysician Member, Michigan Chapter

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    Hello Tesla owners, this is a great forum for owners and future owners. I joined the forum for some help with my EV purchase. I had decided on Leaf, but after consultation with Leaf owners in cold climate have come to a conclusion, it may not suit my needs. I live in Michigan, with temperature below 30 F for almost 4 months in winter, with frequent dips below 20 F. I have a commute of 50 miles RT, with close to 70% of that on highways. I was told that maximum range that I should expect is 60 miles, with compromises. I may need an EV with Thermal Management System (TMS) or with bigger range. I was browsing previous posts, and was thrilled to see many owners in cold climates and some of them have also taken their Model s out for frolic in snow. These are my limitation with Leaf.


    Limitations for EV use
    - Frigid climate with Temprature below 30 F for 4 months, with frequent dips into 20s
    - Snow covered roads for commute
    - Frequent high wind days
    - Daily commute of over 50 miles RT
    - More than 50% on highways (mine is around 66%)
    - L2 charging overnight at home only, not available at work
    - Cold soaking in parking lot for over 10 hours and sometimes overnight
    - Inability to trickle charge at workplace (to prevent cold soaking and preheat the car for return journey)


    It seems Tesla fits the bill, however I haven't figured out how to pay it's leasing bills. I have contacted Tesla team about new leasing program, but it is still an expensive affair. Recent announcement by Elon has been positive. The nearest Tesla store is in Chicago, IL and nearest Tesla service center is in Columbus, OH. I need to know few things even before I start thinking in that direction.




    (1) How to get the service? Tesla says that they will cover me with Ranger service program and car doesn't even need a service and now the service requirement has been waived off. I just wanted to ask owners how has been their experience?




    (2) I have seen only one Model S in Detroit, and couldn't catch it with my ICE. But how's the battery performance in the cold weather? It has TMS unlike Leaf, so it should fair better. Most of the Model S sales are still in CA. However Tesla was at Detroit Auto Show, and they clearly want to sell their car in all climates, and are not stupid to make car only for warmer climate. They are pursuing European sales now.




    (3) Other question that I have is, how is it to drive in snow considering it is a rear wheel drive car? Tesla's answer was that, it should not be any problem with traction control system.


    (4) If you could also post your mileage in snow, and how much degradation to expect. I will be keeping my car in parking structure for 10 hours or so, and worried about loosing a lot of range.




    Thank you all in advance.
     
  2. dsm363

    dsm363 Roadster + Sig Model S

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  3. Aphysician

    Aphysician Member, Michigan Chapter

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    Sorry dsm, newbie here. I tried to edit the title and by mistake submitted a new topic. Also did not know every post goes through moderator. I am trying to delete it, but can't find how to. Could you take out repeat posts? Thanks.
     
  4. dsm363

    dsm363 Roadster + Sig Model S

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    No problem. It is taken care of. Welcome!
     

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