Infographic: 10 Mind Blowing Tesla Facts

JUL 18 2014 BY STAFF 30

Did you know…?

This Tesla infographic is aimed at providing facts that even some of the diehard Tesla Motors fans may not know.

For example, did you know that Tesla Motors is the 2nd oldest publicly traded US automaker?  For more on the did-you-know front, check out the “10 Mind Blowing Facts About Tesla” infographic below:

10 Mind Blowing Tesla Facts

10 Mind Blowing Tesla Facts

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erfan

I guess the Break pads don’t need replacement on a Tesla then.

Mark Hovis

It is a bit of spin, but it did say “regular” replacement such as scheduled maintenance.

All properly used regenerative break pads last twice as long too, though they might not last as long in a Model S depending on driver.

kdawg

Doesn’t the Model S always use the brake pads when you push the brake pedal? It’s not like the Volt that uses regen, then blending at around 7mph.

Josh Bryant

You are correct kdawg.

The brake pedal on Model S is all Brembo. In my opinion it is a much better feel than the mushy/inconsistent feel of the brakes on my 2011 LEAF. This is from my limited test drive experiences in the Model S.

The difference is the regen is much heavier than the LEAF, and most reports say stronger than the Volt in L (I only have limited Volt seat time). The result is in normal driving, the brake pedal is rarely used. Only the last 5 mph in stopping situation. There isn’t much energy left to dissipate then, so very little wear on the pads.

One exception is that the driver can set the regen to low, which would probably mean they hit the brakes a little more.

Josh Bryant

I don’t think I was clear, but full regen is available on the accelerator pedal on Model S. That is not the case on the 2011 LEAF. Can anybody tell me if the newer B mode tops out regen when lifting off the accelerator?

Even still the full regen power of the LEAF (30 kW) is far lower than Model S (60 kW).

kdawg

Basically Model S drivers have to do their own blending, by switching from the accelerator to the brake. This could be fine as long as they are good with the pedals and don’t push the brake while they are still going fast. If the regen is so aggressive, do the brake lights come one when letting off the accelerator? They do not in the Volt (even in L mode), but they do in the Spark EV.

FYI – I have seen 60kW of regen on my Volt, but typically it’s around 40~45kW.

TomArt

Yes, that was a very early fix on Teslas – the brake lights come on when you let off the “gas”, thus engaging regen.

Josh Bryant

The brakes lights are tied to an accelerometer in the Model S. So no matter why the Model S starts slowing down, the brake lights come on. That all by itself is genius.

As far as the transition, it is seamless and much safer. The primary use of the brake pedal in Model S is a quick stop. The car is already starting to slow down while the relatively (slow) human is moving their foot from the accelerator to the brake. Then the human just has to add how much additional stopping power they want, until you come to a complete stop.

All changes of speed, even going from 80 mph highway to 35 mph side street, is handled with the accelerator pedal. So there is no need to move your foot at all, giving much more control to the driver.

You really need to go drive a Model S and feel how well they designed the pedal controls. It is an outstanding job of controls engineering.

kdawg

Can you come to a complete stop on level ground by leaving your foot off the accelerator, or is there a creep mode built in?

Josh Bryant

Creep mode is user selectable via the interface, saved to the driver profile. So you hop in select you as the driver, it sets your seat position, mirrors, seat heat settings, etc., plus your driving preferences (steering feedback level, creep, not sure if there are any others).

Mike I

I believe Creep is now configurable.

Suprise Cat

I never replaced tires or wipers on any car in a scheduled interval.

TomArt

I haven’t either, but that’s not the point.

NeilBlanchard

When the brake pads break, then they need to be replaced.

Unplugged

Brake pads on any EV and many hybrids, if driven correctly, should last the life of the car. For instance, my Focus Electric has a lifetime regenerative score of 98%. That means that when I have stopped, I have averaged 98% of the available regenerative braking in the car. Simply put, I have barely broken over the brake pads for the last year+.

Suprise Cat

Using the stock market capitalization to measure the size of a company is very one sided.

electric-car-insider.com

Jeez. Talk about dumbing down the news.

Aaron

Unfortunately, that’s how the world is heading. Little sound bites of information, just long enough to keep our attention before the next alert on Facebook.

jmac

Not too much substance in this article.

The idea that electric cars are maintenance free is kinda silly.

It like saying hydrogen is the most common element in the universe, and so all we have to do is run around with a butterfly net and scoop the stuff up, right ?

On a more realistic note, according to the Best Selling Cars website, Tesla sold 650 Model S in June ’14.

Total for 2014 is 1192 Model S sales for an 8 percent EV market share.

jmac

On a more realistic note, according to the Best Selling Cars website, Tesla sold 650 Model S in in China in June 2014.

1192 Model S have been sold in China this year (2014) for an 8 percent EV market share in China.

MTN Ranger

I agree, there are still things that can go wrong on an EV: Electric drive and components, coolant leaks, suspension and alignments, etc.

TomArt

But those things do not commonly go wrong on any car, nor require regular replacement, unlike tires and wiperblades.

TomArt

and oil/filter changes, which EVs don’t have…

kdawg

I think there’s a difference between things going wrong and regular maintenance.

For example, you still need to rotate/replace tires in a Tesla. (coolants?) I’m sure there’s a maintenance schedule in the owners manual. Maybe someone can share.

Josh Bryant

This (download link here) is a little dated (V 5.0), but says 2 yr, 40k km for brake fluid, 4 yr, 80k for battery fluid. Needs to be done by Tesla though. Tire rotation just like any car. Bonus, can’t rotate the tires on the P85+! Probably need to buy new ones every 5k miles anyway 😉

Foo

The only “real” maintenance (according to the owner’s manual) for my Ford Focus Electric is rotating the tires and changing the wiper blades and cabin air filter. Oh, and after 150,000 miles, replacing the battery coolant. (I might look at the brake pads then, too.)

I’ve had the car for 1.5 years, 20,000 miles. Other than washing it, and I’ve course plugging in it (takes 5 seconds), I’ve rotated the tires twice. Easiest car to care for that I’ve ever owned. Funnest to drive. Quietest to ride in. Doesn’t smell. Doesn’t get hot. Doesn’t leak.

Josh Bryant

Good info graphic, but I think one point is wrong. Chrysler is not a private company. It is part of Fiat, which is referenced later in the info graphic as a public company.

Am I wrong? Maybe the arrangement is more complex than I realize.

mrenergyczar

Chrysler isn’t a US automaker anymore so the longest running would be Ford, then Tesla, followed by GM…

Ocean Railroader

Another fact about Tesla is that it’s the only auto maker that would not suffer a major clasp in sale in the event of a massive oil storage.

As much as there could be a argument about Nissan, Ford and GM having EV’s the bulk of their sales still depend upon selling large volumes of gas cars. So they would suffer massive losses including the possibility of going bankrupt or dying out all together. While Tesla would oddly enjoy a major oil shock.

Another fact about Elon Musk is that he is right now the only other guy in town with a manned space program. Much as NASA says they are working on a manned mission they won’t have anything for the next eight years. And Russia is about to kick us off of their rockets. Which Makes Elon Musk the default winner.

Bernard Gibson

Did the mis-spelling of ‘brake’as ‘break'(above) lead the,now anonymous,UK police officer to write in the traffic accident statement-‘I BROKE’!!!