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What do you do if you run out of charge?

Ok, it almost never happened to me but if you run out of gas you either walk to a gas station or call the auto club or a significant other (if you are willing to eat some humble pie). How about some suggestions for what to do if you run the limit of the battery. Humorous answers are ok too.

I meant humorous. I wish they had a spell checker.

AAA I believe is testing a mobile EV charger. Otherwise you'll need to tow it to a charger. I wonder if Tesla Ranger service will assist?

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Thanks Timo

I've been wondering the same thing. One solution might be to have one of those small, portable Honda Generators in the frunk for emergencies. It would take quite some time to add some more miles to the battery pack, but at least you would not get stranded.

Find your local RV park. KOAs, etc are literally EVERYWHERE with 30 and 50 amp hookups. When you get low, divert to the nearest one.

There are more power outlets than there are gas stations, so you could make a new friend. When you have 10 miles left, stop at the next house and introduce yourself and ask if you can charge from their dryer outlet (assuming you have both adapters). Offer $20 and a ride in the car once charged.

Same would probably work at a gas station or a machine shop.

Flintstones comes to mind.

I don't think I have ever run out of gas.... or at least I have blanked it from my memory if I have. In MO there is a gas station at almost every highway exit so it's really hard to run out of gas.

Same goes for electricity. There is a 120 volt plug (6 mile charge per hour) closer than the nearest gas station. I am looking at one now. The catch is whether someone will let you use it.

If you are prone to forgetting to fill up or tend to run out of cellphone battery I would recommend getting a small generator from Home Depot or at least an extension cord so you can knock on someones door and ask to borrow an outlet for a few hours.

Sudre are you on TLC?

Are TMC. Stupid auto correct

AAA already has EV charging services in the Northwest.

Liz G I have an account there but I barely have time to keep up on this forum.

If you purchased one of the service plans, you can call their 24 hour roadside assistance.

That would be revolting. Well, actually not.

well you better not run the battery to empty, ou may permanently damage the battery,
the owner's manual says

"Never allow the Battery to fully discharge

Even when you're not driving the Model S, the Battery discharges very slowly to power the onboard electronics. On average, the Battery discharges at a rate of 1% per day. Situations can arise in which you must leave the Model S unplugged for an extended period of time (for example, at an airport when travelling). In these situations, keep the 1% in mind to ensure that you leave the Battery with a sufficient charge level. For example, over a two-week period (14 days), the Battery discharges by approximately 14%.

Discharging the Battery to 0% may permanently damage the Battery. To protect against a complete discharge, the Model S enters a low-power consumption mode when the charge level drops to 5%. In this mode, the Battery stops supporting the onboard electronics to slow the discharge rate to approximately 4% per month. Once this low-power consumption mode is active, it's important to plug in the Model S within two months to avoid Battery damage.

NOTE: When the low-power consumption mode is active, the auxiliary 12V battery is no longer powered and may go flat within 12 hours. In the unlikely event this occurs, you may need to “jump start” or replace the 12V battery before you can charge. To do so, contact Tesla."

I don't know if you were driving if the car would actually allow you to go empty?
I hope to never find out myself. I did go as low as 16 miles, but I knew I was within the Supercharger reach.

@portia: the car won't let you discharge the battery to 0 SOC by driving. The systems and software are all designed to protect the battery from harm. When you reach zero miles of range, the car stops with some non-zero SOC. The problems would come if you leave it by the side of the road for a few days in that state, as the vampire loads slowly deplete the battery.

Does anybody think it would be useful to be able to manually put the car into "low power consumption mode"? In other words, if you knew you would be away for six months, but could not leave the car plugged in, you might want to leave the car fully charged but in low power consumption mode.

I can't see myself ever using this, but it might be worth putting it up for a vote on the "software enhancement list."

@DouglasR - I'm still waiting for my car so I can't say firsthand, but I saw that this came with the latest software update. I think the new Vehicle Sleep feature might be what you're looking for.

http://www.teslamotorsclub.com/showthread.php/10284-Model-S-Software-Fir...

@paul - It's a good bet. We'll have to see.

Beaker suggests that you can pull up to someones home and hope that they will allow you to hook up to their dryer outlet? My question is how long is the cord that you get for the "S" that would enable you to do this and how many people have "dryer outlets" close enough that would make this possible?

Same as if you run out of gas "basically" you need to find more gas, or in this case electricity or pay the tow bill.

Having run the car to 7% charge, the green indicator charge status turns yellow, and will turn to Red once you get to 5%. I've been told by reliable sources within TMC that there is reserve power in the on-board battery that will keep the car "Alive" even if you run to 0%. Don't want to try this out, but at 7%, no noticeable change in performance, although it does make you look around for a plug anywhere, and think creatively. Turn off the heat, A/C and anything else that will drain energy where you can.

Turn off the heat, A/C and anything else that will drain energy where you can.

Adding to that, Model S range sweet spot is at approx 25mph, so slow down to that if there are no charge points nearby. Speed is the biggest thing that affects the range, moving a two ton lump of metal thru air at highish speed uses a lot of energy.

Same as if you run out of gas "basically" you need to find more gas, or in this case electricity or pay the tow bill. (Superliner)

Problem is, you can easily carry 50-100 miles worth of gas in a canister, but you cannot do that with electricity. No as easily, anyway.

Hmmm, in 2 1/2 years it has never happened, I'll let you know what I do if it ever does.

Never in 50 yrs., in my case (though some of those were little or no mileage yrs!)

Same here as Brian. Never run out of gas. Had some other things that have stranded me roadside, but gas was never one of them.

However there was gas station always nearby with fast fill up, with BEV that will not be a case for very long time, so getting low on energy at middle of nowhere would be real problem. You get slow charging everywhere, but when we talk about 8 miles / hour or less you would need to be very patient. For very long time you need to plan your driving ahead of actually making the trip.

I would smack my forehead and call myself an idiot for my poor planning.

AAA Plus option - They will tow you up to 100 miles.

For a long time I wanted to pull a Kramer and drive my car to empty (with a gallon in a separate canister), just to see how low it can go. I don't see how it is even possible to run out of gas with an ICE. It isn't a sign of poor planning, it's a sign of neglect. Maybe I'll carry a long extension cord and try to run my S out of juice.


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