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pre heating for short trips?

Discussion in 'Model S' started by richardl007, Jan 5, 2016.

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  1. richardl007

    richardl007 Member

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    In the blogs section the is a nice write up for driving MS in cold weather. I have one question. Why would preheating diminish lifespan if not plugged in?

    "If you're not plugged in then it's a different story. You could end up using quite a bit of battery power preheating. This is not just running your battery down; it's also using up a little bit of your battery's lifetime. My usual compromise is to prewarm the car for 10 minutes to make the cabin reasonably comfy, then off I go."
     
  2. Jool

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    Technically, just driving the car in general would use up some of the battery's useful life.

    I wouldn't worry about it.
     
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    If you want to be picky, every electron in or out of the pack uses up some of a finite amount of charge cycles, that said, the amount is very very high, so I wouldn't worry about it too much. I'd worry about running the battery down if I'm doing much of it without a charger nearby, but otherwise enjoy being a bit more comfortable. Remember, there's almost nothing ever invented that doesn't wear a bit when using it. Doesn't mean we should stop using things.
     
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    I do it all the time. On cold days, when I hop out of the car to go into a store, I first get my phone and turn the climate control on so it stays nice and warm for my return.
     

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