Posted by Menlo Voter, a resident of the Menlo Park: other neighborhood, on Mar 7, 2012 at 3:29 pm
Mr. Gordon: (yes, we all know it's you)
how you get that TESLA has hit a "huge sink hole" out of the attached article is beyond me. Either you have an axe to grind or you have problems with reading comprehension.
From the article:
Q. Can this problem be prevented?
A. Yes. Electric vehicles can use fail-safe systems, with multiple features to guard against full discharge, said Tom Gage, chief executive of EV Grid, a company focusing on energy exchange between E.V.s and the electric grid. They include the ability to isolate the battery from any loads (other than monitoring) when the charge gets low, use of a backup 12-volt battery and a separate “wake-up” function, sometimes using an external 9-volt battery, that can restart the vehicle’s systems.
Tesla’s corporate blog explained the fail-safe provisions of the new model this way: “A Model S will not allow its battery to fall below about 5 percent charge. At that point the car can still sit for many months. Of course you can drive a Model S to 0 percent charge, but even in that circumstance, if you plug it in within 30 days, the battery will recover normally.”
Hardly what I'd call a "huge sink hole." It is a problem that is clearly being addressed in the S model and can be avoided by owners of the roadster simply by plugging the thing in when it's parked.