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My Test Drive Today

Discussion in 'Model S: Driving Dynamics' started by rolosrevenge, Mar 9, 2013.

  1. rolosrevenge

    rolosrevenge Dr. EVS

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    I took a test drive of a Performance Model Today and loved it. So responsive and amazing handling. Completely blows away my A6. Some negatives, the back seemed to shake when I punched it hard and that silly cruise control handle from the Mercedes steering column was annoying. I also wish it had more regen so I wouldn't waste so much energy using the brakes. Here's a full writeup at my EV blog.

    http://youradonmytesla.com/2013/03/09/tesla-model-s-performance-test-drive/
     
  2. Puyallup Bill

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    You know, when I test drove the Bellevue Performance car, I too was disappointed with the regen. Shucks, seemed like my LEAF had more regen than that. But, now that I have a non-performance 85 kWh, I think the regen is just where I want it - much stronger than I recall from the test drive.

    I wonder if they have the regen set on low, or is there a difference in regen between the performance and non?

    And I still sometimes mix-up those two levers.:rolleyes:
     
  3. lolachampcar

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    P85 with regen on high and I only use brakes to kill the last 2mph. I suspect Puyallup Bill is right and regen was set to low.
    The CC thingy is a known PITA. My wife kept hitting it for the blinker (BMW girl) which caused problems when she lifted at the corner and the car kept going :( It takes some getting used to if you're not a MB type.
     
  4. rolosrevenge

    rolosrevenge Dr. EVS

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    I specifically asked the Tesla employee if the regen could get any stronger and she showed that it was set on maximum.
     
  5. jerry33

    jerry33 S85 - VIN:P05130 - 3/2/13

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    It's the difference in weight between the Roadster and the Model S that makes the regen seem weaker.
     
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    That may be, but my experience was comparing the performance S with the standard S. My standard has much stronger regen than the performance I test drove. Like lolachampcar's post above, brakes aren't normally needed until just before the full stop.
     
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    the production Tesla S has quite aggressive regen.
     
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    Regen is quite strong on the P85.
     
  9. Todd Burch

    Todd Burch Electron Pilot

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    Regen also gets stronger as your battery warms up. I could probably go for a little more, but as others have pointed out, the higher mass of the Model S compared to Roadster or Leaf is why the deceleration is less.
     
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    The regen is maxed out. The battery just can't take any more that much at once.. The Roadaster is a lighter car so it slows faster. Maybe someday they will use supercapisitors to take the extra energy.
     
  11. rolosrevenge

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    Which is sad because driving the way I liked to, I needed the brakes a lot.
     
  12. jerry33

    jerry33 S85 - VIN:P05130 - 3/2/13

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    That is how my S85 behaves as well--about 4 mph depending upon grade. I've only driven the performance for the ten minute Get Amped tour, so I don't really have a comparison.
     

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