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August 3, 2021

By Zachary Shahan

What Do You Do With A ⚡ Tesla When You Leave For Vacation (For 1˝ Months)?


Vampire drain is a thing, especially with a Tesla. Tesla vehicles are extremely “connected,” and different activities can wake the car up and make it use energy. Sentry Mode is particularly energy intensive, especially if it’s being triggered a lot, and while I was definitely intent on turning it off and wouldn’t expect it to get triggered a lot in the garage anyway, I’m old enough to know that all kinds of things can happen and all kinds of things can be forgotten before leaving on a long trip.

So, one has to be sure to have multiple safeguards in place. (Note: I did turn Sentry Mode off, so didn’t suffer any electricity drain related to that while gone.) Similarly, “Cabin overheat protection” is a great feature, especially in Florida, since it prevents the car’s interior from getting swelteringly hot, which I assume also helps with the longevity of some interior elements, including the touchscreen.

Again, that can be turned off and I did turn it off since the car was just sitting in the dark garage for 6 weeks, but this feature is nested sort of deep in the Tesla options screens and it also could have been left on accidentally, which would certainly have used a lot of energy — even in the garage.

The point I’m making here is: when leaving a Tesla for a long time, in my opinion, it’s wise to include in your planning the possibility that your car will leak quite a bit of energy. Ideally, it doesn’t. But this is a possibility.

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