TMC is an independent, primarily volunteer organization that relies on ad revenue to cover its operating costs. Please consider whitelisting TMC on your ad blocker and becoming a Supporting Member. For more info: Support TMC

Running over charging cable while in use

Discussion in 'Model S: Battery & Charging' started by Sans Gas, Nov 14, 2016.

  1. Sans Gas

    Sans Gas Member

    Joined:
    Apr 5, 2012
    Messages:
    94
    Location:
    Punta Gorda, Florida
    We have two model S in the garage with one plug for the charging cable. If the car farthest from the plug is charging, can the other car back over the cable without harming it or affecting the charging? Is it safe to do this?
     
  2. kort677

    kort677 Active Member

    Joined:
    Sep 17, 2015
    Messages:
    3,606
    Location:
    florida.
    will it pull the cable from the car or the outlet? if no, it is just putting unnecessary burden on the cable, I would avoid doing it.
     
  3. Wander

    Wander Member

    Joined:
    Mar 28, 2015
    Messages:
    30
    Location:
    Gelderland
  4. Dstrohl

    Dstrohl Member

    Joined:
    Oct 13, 2016
    Messages:
    232
    Location:
    Seattle Area
    The cable *should* be OK, and I would worry much more about it pulling on one plug or the other (I think it would do a lot of damage to the car, if it yanked out the plug from the car side).

    However, as kort677 noted, I would avoid this as a normal practice as it is going to put un-needed stress on the wires.

    Best suggestion would be to move the plug and charger to somewhere between the cars, so it is only going behind the car that is actually charging and would need to unplug anyway.

    Second suggestion, make (or buy) a raceway like Wanter noted. you can do it pretty easily if you want with some long pieces of wood (like 2x4) put them far enough apart to put the cable between them, and get some trim for next to them to make getting over them easier, then fasten these to the garage floor so the car cant just push them around.

    Some options (Cable Ramps & Protectors | Discount Ramps)

    Alternatively you could look at hanging the wire from the ceiling (there are some pics somewhere on here that show someone doing that).
     
  5. GarrickS

    GarrickS Member

    Joined:
    Apr 5, 2016
    Messages:
    101
    Location:
    Inglewood, CA
    Absolutely not! you risk damage to the cable every time you run over it. it's just a matter of time before the integrity of the casing is destroyed.

    I wouldn't run over a garden hose either.
     
    • Like x 2
  6. Sans Gas

    Sans Gas Member

    Joined:
    Apr 5, 2012
    Messages:
    94
    Location:
    Punta Gorda, Florida
    Thanks to all. I'll unplug when she leaves and plug back in when she returns. Nothing like a simple solution.
     
    • Like x 1
  7. GarrickS

    GarrickS Member

    Joined:
    Apr 5, 2016
    Messages:
    101
    Location:
    Inglewood, CA
    I like the raceway idea. Don't give up right away!
     
  8. aesculus

    aesculus Still Trying to Figure this All Out

    Joined:
    May 31, 2015
    Messages:
    2,470
    Location:
    Northern California
    My neighbor does this. Its pretty slick. If you could put the last 6' of the cord on some sort of track you could move it from one side or the other, thus being available for either car.
     
  9. scottm

    scottm Active Member

    Joined:
    Jun 13, 2014
    Messages:
    1,713
    Location:
    Canada
    You could get a little more complex: unplug when she's about to leave, plug back in after she's left, unplug when she is due to arrive back home, plug her car in when she gets parked again.

    WIN WIN!
     
  10. ecarfan

    ecarfan Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Sep 21, 2013
    Messages:
    12,543
    Location:
    San Mateo, CA
    Bad idea. I don't know your garage layout, but is there a way to run the cord up and along the ceiling so that it hangs down between the cars?
     

Share This Page