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Thoughts on range increase % using vent seats

CmdrThor

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Jul 24, 2013
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If you didn't run the HVAC at all it would be a similar range increase as not running the HVAC. If you look at the range calculator on the Model S page, at 70 degrees F, turning the A/C off gives you an extra 18 miles of range. I am not convinced the ventilated seats will provide enough comfort to completely turn off the A/C though. Maybe if you are pushing it to get to your destination you could set the temperature higher on the HVAC and turn on the ventilated seats, but I would only do so if I were driving by myself.
 
In case anyone isn't aware, the ventilated front seats in the Premium Upgrades Package are only the seat bottom, not the seat back. I called Tesla four times and used the chat once, and in each case was told it's only the seat bottom. So unless anyone else has heard differently, that's seems to be the definitive answer. In my opinion, that's a real shame, since my legs and butt don't get hot, but my back always does. Oh, well...
 
In case anyone isn't aware, the ventilated front seats in the Premium Upgrades Package are only the seat bottom, not the seat back. I called Tesla four times and used the chat once, and in each case was told it's only the seat bottom. So unless anyone else has heard differently, that's seems to be the definitive answer. In my opinion, that's a real shame, since my legs and butt don't get hot, but my back always does. Oh, well...
I've only ever used a ventilated seat a couple times in a friends Q7 and I don't recall if it was anything more than just the bottom.

Are there ones out there where the ventilation is more than this?
 

David99

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Jan 31, 2014
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Living in Los Angeles, I can't imagine, ... actually I know for sure that ventilated seats won't be able to replace the AC. At over 100 F and sun burning into your car, airflow (no matter where or how strong) alone isn't going to cut it. I always run the AC in the summer here and found it to be very efficient.
 
You've got it backwards - the A/C isn't able to replace the ventilated seats. You can crank the A/C down to 60 in any car, but then everyone is freezing while your back can still be sweating due to having a 98.6-degree person insulated up against a non-cooled seatback. The ideal set-up is A/C with some moderate ventilation in the seats.
 

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