Things to think about when parking your Tesla Model S for a long time
'Vampire Drain' May Cause EV To Lose Three Percent Charge Each Day
To deal with vampire drain – the slow and steady decrease in an EVs battery state-of-charge when it's not moving – a Teslarati reporter created a set of guidelines for prospective Tesla Model S owners who will be parking their cars for extended periods of time. Of course, some of the tips were of the cosmetic variety, i.e. an effort to help Model S owners avoid getting their doors dinged in crowded parking areas. For instance, an airport parker planning a short trip should pick spaces between two cars (as opposed to away from the pack) because those two cars are less likely to be moved before the Tesla owner returns, so no door dings.
Worse than a door scratch is the prospect of picking up your car at the airport from a trip out and not being able to make it home. Officially, Tesla has said the Model S's battery when the car is parked loses about one percent of its range per day, but Teslarati's not buying it. In fact, in sub-freezing temps, a Tesla, even under its "energy saving" setting, can loose two to three percent of its charge daily. Meaning that the well-heeled Tesla owner planning an island-hopping trip better make sure his or her rig is good and charged up before splitting town or risk the need for a tow upon return. We should all have such problems.
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