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Rebuilding after my accident

Discussion in 'Model S: Driving Dynamics' started by GasDoc, Jun 12, 2013.

  1. GasDoc

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    #1 GasDoc, Jun 12, 2013
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    Finally some good news! Parts for my Car are supposed to arrive on June 19. The accident was May 25. Can you tell that I cleaned my car the afternoon before it was hit?

    With some luck, I'll be able to take my car to Teslive--It'll be tight though. After the bodywork is done, the car has to go to the Menlo Park Service Center to have airbags and seatbelts replaced. i'm going to have them fix my squeaky Pano roof and replace one of the door handles while it's there.
     

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  2. mcornwell

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    GasDoc, did I miss you posting what the official estimate $ to repair is?
     
  3. Al Sherman

    Al Sherman It's about THIS car.

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    I can sure tell it was cleaned. Here's hoping it'll look great again soon!
     
  4. NEWDL

    NEWDL R#350 R#1323 Sig23 8136

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    What is the concern for battery at this point? It is still isolated I assume to vamp load is minimal if at all but was/were there any concern expressed or suggestions/expectations voiced?
     
  5. AMPd

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    Glad you'll be getting your car back soon!
     
  6. Galve2000

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    Are they replacing the battery completely?
     
  7. EdA

    EdA Model S P-2540

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    Ditto!
     
  8. GasDoc

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    Here's what Tesla had to say about the battery:
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    ...Given the normal loss of range due to electronics, and the charge state of your battery pack at the time of incident, I am very confident that no long-term degradation effects will be observed regarding your standard range outside the standard curve.

    Also, if the state of charge becomes exceedingly low, we have safeguards in place to minimize the chances of permanent loss of range outside normal use. For example, the vehicle will hibernate to preserve the residual charge in the individual cells. It is not until the car loses this residual value that there is any danger of long-term effects outside the standard degradation curve. The vehicle can also alert us proactively when the state of charge becomes alarmingly low, so we can enact measure to prevent long-term effects.

    Usually, the vehicle must be without charge for a period of months before these effects will begin to occur, so rest assured, in this instance, you are safe.
     
  9. brianman

    brianman Burrito Founder

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    Thanks for sharing, GasDoc.

    That response addresses the "charge decay while unplugged" concerns. Have they said anything about the more mundane aspects of your battery pack? Like whether it was crushed or otherwise deformed in the collision?
     
  10. GasDoc

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    The car hasn't gone in the bench yet but it appears that all the damage was done to "bolt on" components forward of the battery.
     
  11. brianman

    brianman Burrito Founder

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    Awesome for you, and for the brand. :)
     
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    Wow I thought they would total the car but I guess since it hit the front where you basically have crumple zones. Doesn't look like it even hit the front wheel. That's great!
     
  13. brianman

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    On the one hand, I think it's a great research opportunity if there's any physical trauma at all to the pack.
    On the other hand, it's a great feather in their cap to show that it was "just a flesh wound" and get it back on the road with most of the original vehicle.
     
  14. GasDoc

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    I don't think that anything even crumpled. The blow bounced off the reinforcing beam behind the nosecone.
     
  15. ZestyChicken

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    Silicon Valley engineering >>>>>>>>>>> German engineering. (-:
     
  16. EarlyAdopter

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    Your Model S will forever be known as the Model S that (literally) ate an M5.
     
  17. brianman

    brianman Burrito Founder

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    Haha. It's okay to laugh since the other driver wasn't injured right? :)
     
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    So, he basically keyed his car by running into you...
     
  19. CapitalistOppressor

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    There have been times where I would have enjoyed being able to key a car quite that thoroughly...
     
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    It seems Tesla has missed the opportunity to test out its new battery swap system. :biggrin:
     

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