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Question for those of you who have had your car for at least a month now: how much extra are you paying for your electric bill now?

@timdorr

Thanks for the astute observation and very helpful comments. I took note (& video) this morning upon approach and entry to the vehicle. It had been sitting for at least 10~12 hours. When the door was opened the displays came right on, no intermittent Tesla "T" screen.

I did recon firm that I had correctly set the display option in the menu to turn displays off.

On the other hand, the good news is that the car indicated it was ready for a SW update. So I decided to proceed and see if that resolves the vampire load problem.

This being the first SW update, I could not see any specifics about the release version queued for the update. To other experienced owners, is this shown somewhere in the update pending/notification screen?

I've had my MS for almost 3 weeks now. My MS tells me it us using 430 Wh/mile. (Lots of battery and cabin heating needed.) But my utility power meter is telling me it's closer to 800 Wh/mile.

What are other people experiencing?

I get pretty nice rates in WA. I figured it costs me about $6/week in electricity to drive the Model S. I used to spend $50 a week on gas.

@dtesla, it really depends upon the amount of driving you do, when you charge and drive and what temperature the battery pack is at.
The car will warm or cool the pack as necessary while charging for the best long term health of the batteries. This draws extra power.
So if you drive 5 miles, park it in your garage all day in cold weather and then charge it overnight, you will use power to warm up the battery, and then charging the car. Say the heater needs 5kWh and the mileage requires 4kWh. You would only have 42% efficiency. On the other hand, if you drove 150 miles and the batteries needed 60 kWh, but still needed 5kWh for heating, your efficiency would jump up into the 80% range.

I, in Minnesota get a charger efficiency ranging from 50% to 85%. In the late spring I expect that to climb to 70% to 92%, but we shall see.
One thing for sure, driving electric has given me another reason to really hate winter;-)

I'm buying a home in northern indiana and was pretty excited to see this:

http://www.nipsco.com/en/our-services/in-charge-ev/in-charge-at-home.aspx

Of course once I called them to setup service, I found that they're not my electric provider. Free installation and overnight charging is a sweet deal. The program is in effect until January 31, 2015, and is limited to 250 customers, or until funding is exhausted.

I have been spending around $35 per month to charge. Compared to almost 3 times that in gas...


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