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#Tesla #Bricked: The Real Facts Behind The Scary Stuff



Tesla Motors released a statement today in response to TheUnderstatement’s scaremongering story.

All automobiles require some level of owner care.

For example, combustion vehicles require regular oil changes or the engine will be destroyed.

Electric vehicles should be plugged in and charging when not in use for maximum performance.

All batteries are subject to damage if the charge is kept at zero for long periods of time.

However, Tesla avoids this problem in virtually all instances with numerous counter-measures.

Tesla batteries can remain unplugged for weeks (or even months), without reaching zero state of charge.

Owners of Roadster 2.0 and all subsequent Tesla products can request that their vehicle alert Tesla if the batteries State Of Charge falls to a low level.

All Tesla vehicles emit various visual and audible warnings if the battery pack falls below 5 percent SOC.

Tesla provides extensive maintenance recommendations as part of the customer experience.

Moral of this story? #RTFM


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Here's a fun fact: Batteries and cars require maintenance. The Tesla Roadster runs on batteries that also require maintenance. Out of the 2,200 Roadster owners, apparently at least five didn't read th...
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I have no idea what Tesla does, but the LEAF manual has it all over the place, and when I bought the car I had to sign a statement saying I was aware of various issues about the car, including that the battery could be damaged by leaving it uncharged and that it would degrade over time, etc. It's possible Tesla could have done a better job making it clear to owners, but especially considering it was such an innovative car where only bleeding-edge (and well-heeled) buyers would be getting it, you would think the buyers would be educated about things like that.

I would hope anybody knows that leaving a battery uncharged for a long time is a bad idea, from your typical car's lead-acid battery to your laptop to your cordless drill. Heck, with a regular car if you park it for a long time you need to worry about the battery, stabilizer in the gas tank, and periodically cranking it.
 
+John Tamplin You're absolutely right, the general level of knowledge should be higher among the types of people that buy a Sports Car, especially a cutting edge electric car like the Tesla...

Apparently Tesla has a form very similar to the one you mention, and I know from experience that if you leave a car or bike in storage for a long time, it will likely have a battery fault that needs replacement.

But if you don't take care, as you say, you might also have an engine problem so major that it might need total replacement or overhaul:

Especially if you are the owner of an expensive Ferrari or a Lambo or something exotic like that, it would likely be bricked in the same way!
 
The funny thing is no one would ever leave their cell phone unplugged for months, nor their laptop, and even less their flashlight. Why would you do that with a $125,000 investment is puzzling. It's not as if people don't know the obvious, rechargeable batteries lose their juice when not recharged...

I'm thinking here some of them were garage queens bought by probably naive investors. Any car serious collector makes sure the batteries to their prize collection is always full.
 
That's the ultimate point. Car storage is a science and the first thing you get is a little device that hooks to your car batteries, into the wall and keeps everything charged. Another thing is long term storage mean you will have to check the brake lines, probably double brakes and any rolling parts of the vehicle. It's strange how strange people are sometimes :)
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