I just bought a 2015 S with 9500 garage-kept miles on it and just one capacity bar missing. I have a Heavy duty diesel pickup for pulling a camper and decided I'd like to keep the miles down on it and save some fuel costs since it was how I was getting back and forth to work.
I'm having no problems completing my daily commute right now - with 20 miles of estimated range left when I pull back in my driveway.
I live 15 miles outside of town so the first and last 15 of each cycle is at 60ish mph. The rest is city. I've only got a couple of drive cycles since I bought it but so far so good on the range as I said...but it is summer. I should mention due to my paranoia - so far I've pretty much kept it in B mode w/Eco activated so these numbers are based on that.
This car has really low miles obviously so it doesn't have a ton of cycles on the battery...but it does have 4 years of age in the Florida heat. It was previously owned by a senior-citizen who decided to just totally quit driving - so the car likely spent a lot of time sitting around for days or weeks w/unknown states of charge.
So, my commute is about 50 miles a day on average so based on the 20 miles left over I'm thinking I've got about 70ish miles of range total. With the AC running about half of the time - at least if the Range Estimator is to be trusted.
I'm concerned that over the next 2-3 years the battery might degrade enough to be a problem. Also, I'm pretty sure since I have an S that I've got the resister-type heater which kinda makes sense for North Florida where there are maybe 30 days a year where I will even need heat...and then only in the morning. I read that it is a power hog which concerns me considering my already somewhat tight range window and the added concern with reduced range in the cold.
I see there are battery checks involved in the scheduled maintenance....I'm wondering what good that will even be? It isn't like they could do anything about an issue except replace the battery right? This is an S but is heavily optioned with the 6.6Kv charging and also the DC charge port. Is it a sure bet the heater is Resistor or was the heat pump an option on the S in 2015...if so I may have it.(fingers crossed)
I've got a 6.6Kv charger on the way but I'm wondering if a quick DC charge on occasion might also be a good idea? I know it isn't ideal to do it all of the time but Li-Ion batteries have weird lifestyles depending on the chemistry involved
The fact that is has the "Lizard" battery makes me feel a little better about the heat issue but I could use some reassurance from you fine folks?
Sorry for the babbling questions...I hope be being a newbie helps excuse some of it.
Also, before someone crucifies me about not searching around - did read some threads here about range estimations etc...I just thought folks would have thoughts pertinent to my particular situation.
Oh and Hello from Tallahassee, Florida