Tesla Factory Store Uses Diesel Generators to Recharge Slow-moving Model 3 Inventory

Let’s say you manage one of the soon-to-be-closed Tesla factory-owned stores and, for whatever reason, you have dozens of brand new Model 3 EVs sitting unsold on your lot. What are you going to do if one of them has a discharged battery? As car dealers learned a long time ago in the gasoline era, batteries won’t keep a charge forever and cars sitting for a long time sometimes need a boost to their batteries.

That’s true whether it’s a conventional 12 volt lead-acid battery for an ICE-powered vehicle’s electrical system or it’s the lithium-ion battery pack that powers a EV. That’s why car dealerships for conventional vehicles have battery tenders, heavy duty chargers that can be wheeled around the lot to whichever car might have a dead starter battery.

Of course, to recharge an EV’s battery, you’re gonna need a bigger charger.

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  • THX1136 Short answer: nope.
  • Jalop1991 No.
  • THX1136 I'm guessing I'm not as 'monitored' as other folks. No smarty pants phone, no insurance company provided plug-in monitor and my car is a 2013 Charger (V6). I'm probably wrong as I saw an increase last year. I very rarely drive at night. My miles driven has decreased big time since I don't have the 45 min. each way commute any more. No tickets, no accidents, no speeding. It could be the increase is due to the cost to repair damage from a collision, but who knows.
  • Picard234 Nice review. This reminds me of the Fiat 500e...cute little city car, WAY too expensive for the range and other limitations. Fiat has a nicer looking more modern interior though. Both cars will have a very limited audience I would guess.
  • Picard234 Would it really be too much extra work to just write a proper full review? These lists of bullet points aren't exactly the stuff purchases are based on. Example, the two points about the interior (cupholder space and door tops) are not accompanied by supporting pictures. The "mileage" is noted but is that observed or EPA? As others have asked, how's the ingress/egress? How much stuff fits in the back? Not trying to be personal here but if you had the thing for a whole week you should have more for your readers than 16 bullet points.