Tesla is starting to equip its cars with cheaper batteries, and owners should treat them very differently
today | Peter Prokopeck
If you previously had to think about things you can get out of your electric car when using an electric car, this is even more true with the new, cheaper Tesla batteries. Among other things, owners will have to charge them 100 percent at least once a week.
If you own a car with a rotary engine, then you definitely know that you must follow a number of rules, otherwise you will get into trouble. In the case of the Mazda RX-8, the power unit must be properly warmed up before sending it to high speed. Just as it requires cooling compared to about 4000 rpm. Turn it off. You should then forget about short trips during which you do not have time to warm up the oil, which must be filled regularly, as well as ride on the gas pedal under the carpet at least once a week to get at least partially off the engine carbon.
There are really few limitations, but the bonus is an experience you can’t count on in cars with traditional piston engines. That is why owners of Wankels endure all the mentioned “hardships”. After all, the Mazda RX-8, or perhaps its predecessor, is just for fun, while meeting their daily needs with the help of more conventional cars. Indeed, one should not be surprised by the number of critical voices that rotary units regard as a blind branch of evolution. But ironically, this camp brings a similar “twist” to heaven.
This, of course, concerns electric mobility, of which there are significant limitations in any case. No matter which model you choose, you can’t just pack any of them and go on a trip to France, for example, you won’t get anywhere. You need to fully charge the car before the trip, which can easily take a day at home, you need to plan your trip carefully and count on a few long charging stations for quick chargers – so if you are lucky and they all work fast enough, otherwise everything gets complicated. While you can easily make the same trip in 8 hours with an internal combustion car without any planning, because you can easily cross two hundred meters Germany on the highway, with electricity, it can take more than a day despite all the restrictions, because even a fast drive will not help between Recharge operations.
This is the current somewhat sad state of affairs that one would expect to improve, but it does not have to be this way. This is evidenced by the move of Tesla, which began to fit its cars with new, cheaper batteries, since it does not have enough standard batteries yet. Therefore, the Model 3 is equipped with Lithium Iron Phosphate (LFP) batteries, which come with a number of new limitations. The US automaker has already announced that these batteries need to be charged at least once a week to 100 percent of their capacity. However, ideally, you should refill it completely every day, although regenerative braking is limited at that time. Adding this aspect to a number of other essentials can be very annoying for many, since with 100 percent battery charge being the longest, recent percentages are increasing very slowly.
And that’s not the only limitation, Tesla also advises people to keep Sentry Mode, which can lead to envy wanting to scratch your paint, disabled in safe places. The reason is obvious and permanent, even a small infusion of energy from the battery damages the battery. However, this is another annoying limitation, as you cannot be sure of anything even in your driveway or in the garage. At times like these, Sentry Mode seems to be an invaluable helper – but recommended with LFP deactivated.
As in the case of the aforementioned rotating cars, in the case of Tesel with new lights, you become a slave to your car rather than to your service. This is one reason why electric vehicles cannot be considered a viable alternative to internal combustion vehicles, which are free to decide whether to refuel 10 liters, 20 liters or full at the pump. Especially when you don’t want to reduce your range. With those ten liters, you could easily drive more than 100 to 200 km at normal speed today and in ten years’ time.
As noted above, several restrictions can be accepted for cars that serve only pleasure. But for those with daily needs, it’s really not a step ahead. However, if you want to become a valet for your car, we won’t stop you from doing that, just please don’t force us to do the same. Today, we’ll just add that you’ll get to know the Model 3 with LFP batteries by the fact that you’ll see 50% and 100% on the display in the charging menu. However, if the screen displays the words “daily” and “trip,” it’s a version with lithium-ion batteries.
The car should serve you but this does not apply to electric cars regardless of their type. However, in the case of the Tesla Model 3 equipped with LFP batteries, this is more true than in the case of the others, with additional limitations. Image caption: Tesla
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