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Old 04-08-2015, 09:39 PM   #1
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Top-Off Batteries in Seconds....

They put a Tesla Supercharging station in our area! Go figure! As I understand it, the little outlet cable delivers 120kW, 80 amp DC current. Now if Camping World just had an adaptor/converter for our little egg, we could top off the batteries and be back on the road in a heartbeat!
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Old 04-08-2015, 09:58 PM   #2
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Except you would have fried batteries. Ours can't be charged that fast without overheating and warping plates.
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They put a Tesla Supercharging station in our area! Go figure! As I understand it, the little outlet cable delivers 120kW, 80 amp DC current. Now if Camping World just had an adaptor/converter for our little egg, we could top off the batteries and be back on the road in a heartbeat!
Doesn't your tow vehicle do a good enough job? Also I believe have to pay for privilege of using an automobile charge station.
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Tesla battery packs have their own cooling system. Without that they couldn't be charged so quickly.
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Tesla battery packs have their own cooling system. Without that they couldn't be charged so quickly.
I talked with the very nice family while they charged their Tesla (there is like a "mood ring" around the electrical port that turns colors as the car charges, I believe it glowed green when charging was complete), and when the battery cooling fan(s) kicked on, it sounded like a helicopter getting ready to take off! Two things they just had to show me: 1) the "frunk" (front trunk), like the old VWs (but much more posh than in my old '71 Super Beetle), and 2) the location of the cap for the only fluid they had to worry about - windshield wiper fluid (I guess they didn't have to worry about brake fluid, assuming the Tesla has old-fashioned hydraulic brakes). I didn't specifically ask, but my impression was the charging was free for now (Tesla promotional?). Nice family, cool car, interesting concept, but I'm guessing towing with a Tesla is out of the question. Oh, and for those concerned about me frying my batteries, my comment about a Camping World adaptor/converter was "tongue-in-cheek" (note smiley face), but thanks for your concern. Our tow vehicle does the job just fine.
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Here's a post on the ecomodder forum about towing with Nissan Leafs:

How much can a nissan leaf tow? Feats of towing might! - Fuel Economy, Hypermiling, EcoModding News and Forum - EcoModder.com

including this vid:

https://youtu.be/6sUSy7MPn2E
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For boondocking purposes, wouldn't a Tesla battery last much longer?
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THe leaf has a number of interesting attributes that make it a good tow vehicle except the most important one, range.

Our son has a totally electric car in Maine and it's virtually can't be driven in the winter. Cold weather kills battery capacity and running the heater further adds to the problem.
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When the electric vehicle finally becomes a success, it might be a lot more difficult to find a charging station or preferred parking spaces.
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