During our visit to Chicago Illinois last weekend I hadn’t come across many electric cars. Our hotel normally is a good location to see EV’s. On this trip we didn’t stop by the downtown Tesla Motors service center / store. So I had seen no Model Ss. What I’d seen were two Chevy Volts and two Nissan LEAFs.
As we were packing up and getting ready to check-out of our hotel I took one last look outside the window. Imagine my surprise when I saw a Tesla Model S plugged into the AeroVironment Level 2 charging station at the Greektown Walgreens.
My first thought was this must be the same one I had previously recorded in this location. After reviewing my video I found out that isn’t the case. The previous Model S had a front license plate – the one above does not. It is against Illinois motor vehicle law to operate a car without a front plate. But many owners do this – especially with higher priced cars.
I’d assume this Model S owner plugged in to use grid power to keep the battery pack warm. The Model S has a state of the art thermal management system. Running that system of course requires energy from a battery. To eliminate battery use many owners choose to plug in. Especially during extremely cold or hot days. This helps to keep the battery pack conditioned and in optimal operating shape. In theory this should also provide battery longevity with minimal performance decrease.
The video is two combined – I took one outside on the balcony of our suite and one from inside the room. It was very cold that day and a light snow was starting to fall.
Disclaimer – I am a very minor Tesla Motors stock owner. Unfortunately I didn’t have near the amount of money I wanted to invest in this company. But I do own a few shares.