Tesla Supercharging - Can Ludicrous+ compete with On-Route Battery Warmup? Part 1

A regular viewer and I were talking about Supercharger V3 and we got to talking about charging faster on existing V2 superchargers and how Tesla might be approaching On-Route Battery Warmup, at this point a lightbulb went off, I’ve got a vehicle with Ludicrous enabled, which means I can heat the battery at will, up to 50 degrees Centigrade.

On-Route Battery Warmup is supposed to work with Supercharger V3 and Supercharger V2 (with upgraded firmware in the station and the car) to reduce your charge times by 25% at existing stations and to 50% of current times at the new stations. It works by pre-heating your battery to accept the fastest charge by the time you arrive at the station.

My wife and I took a trip down to the Macon, Georgia Supercharger and about 30 minutes out we turned on Max Battery using the Tesla Easter Egg, doing it this way allows seeing the battery temperature before heating is completed. The results were interesting, the last time we heated the battery while Supercharging the outside temperature was cooler, and we didn’t turn off the Max Battery mode, here charging was slower than expected so I turned off the mode since the car had reached 50 degrees Celsius. On my blog are the two charges I did with the battery heated, and a handful of similar kWh charged sessions from the Columbia, SC supercharger.

Cars and Coffee Charlotte Motor Speedway March 16th, 2019

I met up with some Charlotte Tesla Owners and we went to cars and coffee this weekend. It was the first one for the speedway, they were well organized and it was a fun experience. The Model Xs drew a crowd, that's tomorrow's video. 

My first collab video

My Burlington Supercharger review video is the first time I've collaborated with another YouTube creator. Brian from i1Tesla was there and we filmed a few videos and had a fun lunch. 

Model X Sun Visors

It took me from my first test drive of a Model X in 2016 until my car was under construction before I was aware the sun visors in Model X have side coverage (the driver's window).



Tesla tire pressure monitoring

I've had several questions regarding tire pressure on the Tesla vehicles they require higher pressure than ICE cars and most hybrids and other EVs. 

Tesla referral program, another early deadline

Tesla once again shortens the deadline for something related to the referral program. Select your prizes before the end of the month. Good idea to check your perks if you used someone's code before this time too, I suspect getting any errors fixed later will be difficult.

Changes in recent Tesla updates

Here I record all the notable changes I found in my last three updates. 2018.42, 2018.48 and 2018.49.20 (I don't call it out but the only changes in the last one is if autopilot fails to engage in normally will turn off cruise again where in on of the two mentioned it would just set cruise and still display the message that autopilot isn't engaged.)