Written by David Waterworth from notes by participant Paul Wildman
The Tesla Model 3 Bootcamp 2022 was TOCA’s first bootcamp since 2019 due to the pandemic and other time restrictions. How the world has changed for electric car enthusiasts in the past 3 years! In another 3 years, with the change of the Australian Federal Government, it will be changed again. The bootcamp took place on May 28 and was funded, organized and managed by the Tesla Owners Club of Australia (TOCA) at the RACQ Mobility Center in Cornubia, Queensland.
The lead presenter was Luke Smith, President of TOCA: Qld. The day had something for everyone, from new owners of the brand who just wanted to know how to enjoy their car, to power users who wanted more detail. Everyone took some good advice. About 28 people attended, ranging in age from the mid-30s to the early 70s. There were about 15 Model 3s, with other Teslas and Honda e cars sprayed being the only ones in Australia. The cost was around $40 including an excellent packed lunch – all excellent value for money.
Attendees talked about the joys of owning a Model 3 — the fun things for kids that make them want to drive their own Teslas, and the performance, and fuel economy (especially when paired with solar power). One family has two Teslas and both have proven to be very reliable. Many expressed their love for the Tesla community. Roaming inside and out, participants found the following: fog lights were hard to find and see unless someone outside was watching; Some trailer hitches and bike rack rails featured. There have been discussions about wheel size, rim pattern and aerodynamics.
The interior tour was displayed on the screen inside for all to see and included seat adjustments, the 12V power supply, and every button on each screen shown and illustrated. Participants were always welcome to participate. ABC’s Electric Vehicle Ownership is Literally “Always Be Charged!”
Aerodynamics: There was a great slideshow and discussion about it. You can see that in the aerodynamics and therefore in speed The The biggest consumers of battery power, followed by low temperatures and towing, which can individually reduce range by up to 40%. Don’t drip on a cold day unless you’re around the block! Fortunately, low temperatures are not a big problem in Australia. Tire and wheel pressure and tilt also affect range.
Those interested can reach out to TOKA and join it on Facebook for merchandise, meeting planners, rides, and social gatherings.
trailer link: In Australia, Paul calls this ingredient a “big ticket”. TOCA has spent nearly two years and significant resources obtaining ADR approval for a detachable hitch that can now be installed on your Model 3 for $2000. A bike rack in a trailer hitch with bikes uses up to 50% more energy than without it. The loaded but aerodynamic skid-trailer, despite its weight, uses less power than a wheeled carrier.
Real-world scope: The presenters have been very open about the real world range (RWR) – so if you remove freight stores from your range expectations (don’t charge more than 90% and don’t charge less than 10%) you will immediately lose 20% of the vehicle’s range. Show. If you then subtract a few from the generous standards and conditions under which cars are tested, you’ll find RWR approximately 25% less than stated on the windshield sticker when you buy the car. This annoyed Paul because his long-range model was well under the 400 miles on the label. He now knows why RWR is approaching 460 km. He added, “However, the label’s range is correct to go from 100% to 0% on a very good downwind day!”
Mobility: Much of the day was devoted to live route planning using in-vehicle navigation, PlugShare apps, and A Better Route Planner. Paul really enjoyed the presentation and was able to make sense of some of it.
Paul’s main tip: “For me, an important psychological part of the day was the often-repeated meme: You want your EV to be a fun experience. You can use it as a ‘normal’ car without technology, or you can ‘pimp’ it with your computer on wheels.” , as we did until sometime during the day. Both and in between are good. Big problem is enjoying your trip!!!”
Well done toka.
Paul Wildman took “field” notes during presentations. David developed these notes for this article. These are his views and opinions on complex issues. Paul writes as an electric vehicle owner, not as a journalist or electric vehicle expert — as a “big” user.
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