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Weight-saving benefits of micro-fuses

Discussion in 'Model S' started by Haxster, Jan 29, 2017.

  1. Haxster

    Haxster Member

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    So, why did Tesla choose to use micro-fuses on a full size 2 1/2 ton car?

    Cost: Virtually the same as mini-fuses.

    Size:
    It's a big car with lots of room, but with some tight spaces. So maybe.

    Weight:
    By my *SWAG, the weight-saving benefits over mini-fuses could add nearly 27 feet of range over the life of the car. This must be why.:confused:o_O;)

    *SWAG: Scientific Wild-Ass Guess
     
  2. jelloslug

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    Why would the weight of the car matter on fuse choices?
     
  3. BluestarE3

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    I think it was a joke. The negligible savings in the weight of the fuses themselves would, according to his calculations, add an additional 27 feet in range over the lifetime of the car. Sort of like saying leaving a gym bag permanently in the frunk would decrease lifetime range by a certain number of feet.
     
  4. Haxster

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    Yes, a joke.

    People do ridiculous things to save weight on expensive aftermarket stuff. In almost all cases, the marginal benefits in performance or economy don't justify the expense.

    I'm sure that Tesla had good reasons for selecting micro-fuses. I doubt weight was a factor.
     
  5. pilotSteve

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    A (large unit of weight) is the accretion of many (small units of weight). That's one of the keys in aerospace design. Within reason, applies to vehicles too.
     
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  6. sorka

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    I think the real reason was the hope that the 0.00002 seconds faster in the 1/4 mile would be enough to push the P90DS V1 to 10.99999 seconds:D
     
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    What other cars use micro2 fuses?
     
  8. mspohr

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    Micro fuses were originally designed for the U.S. Space Program. Micro fuses are made with either glass, plastic or metal bodies. They are designed to be electrically equivalent to minature glass cartridge fuses in a smaller package with higher tolerance to impact and vibration.

    It's all about SPACE!
     
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    Serious cyclists believe that ounces matter. A bike's value is often dictated by its weight, thus the $10k and up bikes with carbon fiber frames and everything else. Some even go for as much as Model S.
     
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  10. mspohr

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    I think most new designs are using these smaller fuses.
    It's not so much about weight but about taking up space (SPACE!). You can fit more fuses into a smaller fusebox.
     

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