Low Earth Orbit, obstructing Earth's view of Venus
- Jul 28, 2018
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I think Tesla will indeed be allowing non-Tesla cars to use their Level 3 network eventually. They do in some countries to see how it goes. The adapter I picked is expensive because it's the smallest one. I want to keep it hidden in the glove box. Bigger, cheaper ones are available for less for those with a Tesla charger in their garage. Size doesn't matter when left in garage.I cringe to think of what an adapter that could let one charge a CHaDeMO car at a Tesla Supercharger would cost (or one that worked for CCS combo, for that matter) if such a thing exists.
Even having access to the Tesla network is probably not enough incentive for me to go road tripping with our 2016 Soul EV, even though it has its new battery now and should be able to pretty easily 100 miles on a charge come summer. I sure am glad to have it back. It was a bummer having to buy gas once a week or more when the Soul was between becoming pretty much unusable and the new battery arriving and getting installed.
You can bet I'll be taking a little better care of this battery than I did the first one, even though the replacement was free under warranty. No more charging to 100% every night....
I charge to 100% each day with no problem yet so I think it depends on each car's battery management system. While my car displays "100%", I know there's a buffer. I find it strange that Tesla suggests 80% or 95% or so, they could also easily have a buffer and tell a white lie. (I rented a Model 3 for a week earlier this year so I know a bit about how they work from the inside).