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Tesla and summer heat

Discussion in 'Model S' started by Masoud, Dec 2, 2015.

  1. Masoud

    Masoud Member

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    Hi,

    Just wondering, how do the Tesla cars handle the summer heat? Especially in regions of Australia with hot climate, or anywhere with hot dry climate?

    Do the batteries get really hot? What are the cooling systems like?

    Thanks Masoud
     
  2. Saghost

    Saghost Active Member

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    Tesla uses a full thermal management system, with a liquid coolant circulated through the battery pack that can be heated, cooled with radiators, or held below ambient temperatures using the car's air conditioning system.

    Tesla and GM seem to have the most sophisticated TMS systems, and I doubt you'd have any issues. There are several folks here from Arizona who seem quite happy with the car in the desert heat.
    Walter
     
  3. mikeash

    mikeash Active Member

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    It's glorious. You can turn on the AC from your phone well before you go out to the car, so it's always nice inside once you get in. Cooling uses little power, so this barely impacts range. The batteries have powerful cooling systems as well and are always taken care of.
     
  4. bb07

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    +1 I live in Australia and use the pre-cooling feature all the time!
     
  5. jcaspar

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    No problem here in Sacramento but our summers top out at 45-46C. A Leaf would be another story.
     
  6. TES-E

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    No problems in sunny Arizona. I have driven the car in 110 degree weather without issue. Pre-cooling while plugged helps a lot, but the car works fine if you don't.
     
  7. smsprague

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    #7 smsprague, Dec 2, 2015
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    No problems in Tucson. Arizona summer. Routinely 40 to 42C.
     
  8. Rockster

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    No problems in Dallas.
     
  9. S4WRXTTCS

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    No problems in ...

    Err, wait. Nevermind.
     

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