Tesla being more up front about the limitations would go a long way here. Why hide?
Every car has stickers warning you of all kinds of things ALL over it. Why should an EV one be any different?
They need to gratis those 5 and add lawyer stickies all over the place.
You know this apparent "media blitz" of random attacks and hit pieces on Tesla reminds me of......Tucker. I doubt it is just a coincidence because the big corporations FEAR independent upstarts and always have and they also play dirty.....real dirty, as Tucker found out.
Their desire to kill off what they perceive as a real threat overrides that kind of common sense more often than you'd think. Happens all the time in the corporate world. The big joke is that these "executive professionals" should have more restraint and intellect, you would think.
Reading through this thread...people blame Tesla for owner neglect and misuse....
As with those owners many of you don't seem to understand how the tech works or how to care for hybrids and EVs. But you have opinions none the less.
Didn't a similar issue come up with Priuses that weren't driven enough? I seem to remember some old couple complaining about their ****ty mileage but Toyota told them to pound sand as they didn't drive their car enough which ended up killing the battery.
Japans electrical grid is seriously screwed up. It's possible that between driving the car to the docks and then shipping the car to Japan the car was near death on arrival. If the car was in a 50hz region then there would be problems that aren't easily sorted. That's why there was rolling blackouts. He would been to find a transformer or generator to power the car. Who knows what the guy was thinking but depending on the length of drive from the Japanese docks and given that there's no way to just add a little it's possible he ran out of juice before finding a solution because he figured it would be plug and play in Japan. Judging by the Tesla forums and a Google search there isn't an easy way to interface with a 50hz electrical system.
there are various 'always on' systems in the car. 'always on'... meaning, cannot be turned off.
please read the article in detail next time.
the issue is not driving the car beyond its range and running out of juice. its the ever present energy draining sub-systems that totally kill the battery.
What everyone is suggesting is that they have a hard mechanical stop to current flow, which would be the same thing as unhooking the battery, which would be relatively simple even as is.
There's all kinds of warnings including the one that if active will call you and tell you hey dude you forgot to plug in your plug in car. Honestly, if my car contacted Tesla and said that it was dying and Tesla was able to save it, I'd say that's pretty bloody nice.
The entire car isn't ruined, it's the battery pack. There should be some kind of storage mode, but even then the battery will still not like sitting and not being used. The lil battery on my bikes and snowmobiles didn't like sitting around waiting to be used even when disconnected from everything, why would a big ass battery used to power a car be any different?