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Model S Tech Talk

Discussion in 'Model S: User Interface' started by Kipernicus, Feb 8, 2012.

  1. strider

    strider Active Member

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    Ask about the steering wheel. Will the production S get the steering wheel shown in the Model X prototype?
     
  2. vfx

    vfx Well-Known Member

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    How will adjustable regen be implemented?
     
  3. ggr

    ggr Roadster R80 537, SigS P85 29, M3P 80k

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    "A mere matter of programming." I can't remember where that quote comes from... maybe Mythical Man Month? But I'm pretty sure that it would be just firmware.
     
  4. tdelta1000

    tdelta1000 Active Member

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    Please do ask that question. I personally think so because it has been mentioned to me that the Model S was going to get a thicker steering wheel for final production.
     
  5. vfx

    vfx Well-Known Member

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    Sorry. I meant, What is the adjustable regen driver interface?
     
  6. gg_got_a_tesla

    gg_got_a_tesla Model S: VIN 65513, Model 3: VIN 1913

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    I'm so sorry, folks; didn't get anywhere near Menlo Park :( Kid preferred to go to a B'day party and wife to a Corningware store! Hope Kipernicus gets some of these answered.
     
  7. Kipernicus

    Kipernicus Model S Res#P1440

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    Well now I feel even sillier about asking people with 1 kid "are you GG"?

    It was a good turnout, I heard over 200 people; nearly all hands went up when they asked "how many are reservation holders?" Quite a few roadsters there as well.

    Info I picked up (remember):
    1. The battery pack is quite well reinforced underneath, it is rather thick armor plating and there is a bit of "crumple zone" inside so the cells are not sitting right against the exterior plating.
    2. They haven't decided on variable regen yet, due to the implications it has on ultimate range and they don't want people to say that they aren't getting the advertised range because they set the regen to zero. I personally think that's a weak argument that can be solved with education.
    3. There will be a true "coast", neither applying power nor regenerating power - you can find it by looking at the watt meter and holding the pedal when it is at zero.
    4. They do plan on publishing a graph of Range vs Speed (I showed them the roadster example)
    5. They ducked quite a few questions, like what's the specific energy density of the cells, what is the weight difference between the 3 packs, and what does "TBD" for 60kwh supercharging really mean. I didn't even bother to ask about 3-phase.
    6. We talked a little about the steering wheel, and he admitted the white car had one that was very "mercedes-ish" but when I asked if we'll get the one we saw on the model X he gave an answer that seemed like no. I'm not confident in my recollection of his answer so we'll have to wait and see.
    7. I looked under the front of the beta and it was very smooth black plastic. It doesn't seem like there are tow points. Here's a bad pic.

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  8. Kipernicus

    Kipernicus Model S Res#P1440

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    and yes that's a small puddle of something under the car - I assume because people were playing around with the climate control and there was condensation.
     
  9. Kipernicus

    Kipernicus Model S Res#P1440

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    Nick stated that the intent of a 40kwh pack was for a city car and that supercharging would not be needed/appropriate for this use.
     
  10. brianman

    brianman Burrito Founder

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    Had to share what this word reminds me of whenever I hear it:
     
  11. gg_got_a_tesla

    gg_got_a_tesla Model S: VIN 65513, Model 3: VIN 1913

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    So so sorry for doing that to you :(

    Let's get a Bay Area Model S reservation holders gettogether going sooner than later. Would be great to get to know folks such as you, Norbert, Trnsl8r, MitchL, Strider and many more!

    Thanks for all the info!
     
  12. ddenboer

    ddenboer MODEL X #1770

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    A get together sounds good to me. I am heading up to Menlo tomorrow. I will ask again about the steering wheel, and quite a few of my own questions while I am at it.
     
  13. MitchL

    MitchL S#945

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    A get-together sounds great to me as well... I didn't make it to the menlo store today either, even though I was close by while my wife was shoe shopping a the Stanford shopping center... Sounds like it was very informative!

    I'll try again to get there Sunday, but we have an early dinner arrangement that might make it tough to fit in the schedule.

    I'm super curious about the steering wheel too, looking forward to what they say.

    And while not exactly a technical question, I'd like to know if they will be shipping the charger stations from day one, or can at least provide mechanical and technical info so I can rough in for it during our remodel this summer.

    Mitch.
     
  14. doug

    doug Administrator / Head Moderator

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    Much appreciated!
     
  15. widodh

    widodh Model S 85 and 100D

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    That question indeed still remains for us European customers.

    At the Model X some information came forward, but not enough.

    A lot of times they say that there will be an adapter to our 3-phase "Mennekes" / Type 2 connector, but that won't mean the Model S will utilize these three phases.
     
  16. setritt

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    long time lurker, first time poster. that would be great to know about the steering wheel. although, i called over to tesla motors and they were noncommittal about any changes to the interior of the model S from the beta. that was on wednesday though, before we saw the steering wheel on the X
     
  17. Trnsl8r

    Trnsl8r S85 2012-2018, X90 since 2016, 3 since 2018

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    Why not? I couldn't go yesterday due to a pre-birthing class to prepare for "number two" (yeah I know, my priorities are so backwards). But I'll be game some other weekend.
     
  18. ohaq

    ohaq Model S #P9,326

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