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2013 Tesla Model S Performance: Have App, Will Play

July 17, 2013

2013 Tesla Model S

I'm fairly obsessed with the iPhone app for our 2013 Tesla Model S. Every once in a while I just check in to see how the car is doing. It's like having a baby monitor for your car.

I noticed that it loses some estimated range just being parked overnight. Not sure if it is consuming a small amount of energy while it rests or if it adjusting itself based on my driving style from my latest trip. Either way, I check the app occasionally to see where I stand.

One sunny afternoon I noticed that the app said the interior temperature of the car was 117 degrees F. Yikes.

So, using the app I vented the sunroof to let some of the heat escape. (It's also fun to be able to honk the horn when my neighbor's kids get too close to the car. Tee hee.)

I checked back about 30 minutes later and the app said the car's interior was 116 degrees. Nothing stops the relentless Southern California sunshine.

Before I went out later that afternoon, I used the app to turn on the climate control system and watched as the interior temp quickly dropped.

The car was comfortably cool when I slid into the driver seat three minutes later.

Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor

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