Vacation Mode for Low Drain


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Offer a vacation mode for minimal vampire drain – available from the main screen and remotely via the app.


Something that will allow the vehicle to still be accessed from the app without removing it from sleep. Also, a way to put it in this mode and pull out if by the app for those times it has been overlooked.


Current mid-2021 Tesla vehicles have a very low standby drain, much lower than in early years, such that a vacation mode doesn’t seem necessary anymore.  We’re going to close this out.

(voting combined from a close duplicate that has been removed)

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     Created 3-Aug-2018


Yeap - a  VAM "Vacation At (Home) Mode" - home in the locked garage for a month. Sans plugged in to the wall charging station. // AND  - a PAAM [Park-At-Aerodrome Mode (for a few weeks) ] no vampire-'ing capability by a nefarious w/a Android spook scanner. Both would be really nice.
    Created 28-May-2019
I love this idea. This would just make it simple to park at an airport for multiple days (something I have done and will need to do several times a year). As it is now, you have to manually try to optimize your settings for parking for an extended amount of time. If there were a one click option to optimize the car to be parked for an extended time without a plug... that would be great! Just make it simple for people.
    Created 2-May-2019
The specific implementation could be left to Tesla engineers, but a one-button Vacation Mode while parked for many days without a power cable would be useful. Think about the analogy of “Airplane Mode” for a phone, done for different reasons but with similar effect, or “Low Power Mode”.

This concerns me if I plan to park at the airport for a multi-week travel, in fact now I am hesitant to do so with a Tesla and instead would likely opt for limo service. I really prefer the convenience of parking, and eventually car parks will probably have lots of outlets supporting trickle charge, which is all you really need.

TeslaFi has a mechanism to put your car to sleep when parked for a long time, and maybe all that means is that they stop pinging it, haven’t looked into it much.
    Created 2-Dec-2018
It would be disconcerting to know the car was not connected to the mother ship.
    Created 1-Dec-2018
“The allowance of celular access is one of the major causes of vampire drain.”

Dubious statement. A typical smartphone battery in 2018 stores around 3000 mAh of charge at around 3.7 volts, equating to about 11.1 watt-hours of stored energy. The Tesla Model 3 Long Range battery packs store about 75,000 watt-hours of energy. If a typical smartphone can remain on standby for a day, then a smartphone running on the Model 3 LR's batteries could remain on standby for about 6,757 days. In other words, the cellular radio is NOT a major cause of vampire drain.
    Created 6-Nov-2018
Before I went out of the country for a month, I charged my 2018 Model S 100D to 90%, then set my charging to 80%, and left the UMC in the charge port.  The battery only drained and did not charge.

I'm a new Tesla owner, so it's possible I did not understand what to maintain a specific charge while the car is not in use for long periods of time.  I thought that setting it at 80% and leaving it plugged in meant that it would charge whenever the battery dipped below 80%  to maintain an 80% charge.
    Created 1-Nov-2018
The car remains alive.. "Vacation mode?"  I think not.
    Created 31-Oct-2018
I'm not certain, but isn't charging the battery the main source of vampire drain.  If that is the case, you eventually would have to replenish that energy when the car comes out of vacation mode.
    Created 8-Aug-2018