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Tesla Roadster in zero degrees temps; What precautions 4 battery protection ?

Discussion in 'Roadster' started by Dean412, Dec 17, 2016.

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  1. Dean412

    Dean412 Member

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    Roadster is stored in garage and plugged in to charge at all times.
    What other precautions should one take to protect lithium batteries and 12 v aux. battery in zero degree outside weather ?
    Any suggestions or problems that other owners may have encountered ? Tesla service reps. indicate there are no concerns.
    Thanks,
    Dean
     
  2. djp

    djp Roadster 2.0 VIN939

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    If the car is going to be in storage for a few months you can change the charging mode to "Storage". This lets the charge level drop to about 20% and holds it there. A lower charge level is healthier for the battery over the long term.

    The cold shouldn't be a problem. The pack will preheat itself before starting to charge.
     
  3. pharma5

    pharma5 Roadster F#25, Model 3 #36xx

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    I know this was a battery Q about leaving the car parked outside, but main thing I think of is tires when temps go below freezing... if you're running Advan Neovas the spec mentions using or storing above 14 degrees F to avoid tire damage. They are intended for summer performance.

    Otherwise I think the ESS looks after itself very well as Canadian owners can tell you from year-round use (on different tires).

    If you are stretching close to full range travel, allow a little bit of extra buffer until you get a good feel for your energy use due to heater use, wintry conditions, etc.
     
  4. Dwalker13

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    How do you change charging mode to storage in the Roadster?
     
  5. gregd

    gregd Active Member

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    If the car is plugged in, the VDS screen should be on. Tap on the wrench symbol (settings), then Charging, then Storage. Hit Ok then Exit.
     
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