Is it possible to plug the MS in at home just to condition the car (inside temperature) without actually charging the battery? This would be an option if one has free charging at work, say, and wants to save a few $.
You can plug it in, then immediately stop charging.
no. if you stop charging it wont run the AC from line power- only from the battery pack.
In theory you would need to decrease the charge rate to compensate vampire losses and the battery conditioning draw.
of implement a new function like "maintain current SOC" shouldn't be that difficult I guess.
The interior warms up very quickly because, unlike an ICE, warm air is expelled instantly from the vents (I assume it's from resistive heating elements). With the exception of the leather seats, it's very comfortable inside the car in about five minutes unless it's very cold.
Now we just need remote activation of seat-heating with the mobile app *please*.
Plug it in and reduce the amps (charging) to 1 - 10 range. It will add few or no miles, but will warm battery and cabin.
The kid at the service center told me that there is no resistive element. He mentioned using the same fluid used for AC...I guess it is a heat pump then.
@agiangone - my understanding is there is both a heat pump and a resistive heating element, and the latter is used only when it is very cold.
I guess anything's possible, but you get warm air instantly and I've never heard any compressor rumble.
For those of you on the EV fence, I've got to tell it doesn't suck to never get into a 10 or 130 degree car again!
Rumor has this is coming in the next software release 4.5
dont understand why you dont want to let the car charge.
Can you plug in and then choose a time to start charging that is after the time you want to heat or cool?
He doesn't want to pay for it.
Heating: Leave it in the sun out on the driveway. Cooling is more difficult, do you happen to have any caves in the immediate vicinity?