Submitted by s_morley on Sun, 2018-09-16 08:40
I have an idea that would assist Tesla owners who become stranded with a flat battery (I recently saw a video on YouTube relating to this topic). I am posting this here in a hope that someone will notice it and the idea will be taken on board by Tesla.
In the event that a Tesla owner runs their battery flat while driving the only option at present is to have the car towed. With a gasoline vehicle, you would call a friend to get you a can of fuel and you would be back on your way without much fuss. But what if a Tesla could be charged directly from another Tesla?
My idea goes like this,
- The car with the depleted battery could choose to send out a distress beacon of sorts to other Teslas in the area requesting an emergency charge. The distress beacon would specify if a Vehicle to Vehicle charge cable was also required.
- A Good Samaritan would accept the request and drive to the location of the Tesla with the flat battery. Details of who was responding to the distress beacon would be logged by Tesla for security.
- A direct charge cable would then be used from one charge port to the other charge port. This cable would also allow communications and handshaking between vehicles.
- Once the cord is in place the driver of the vehicle supplying the power would select how much power would be supplied to the other vehicle and charging would commence.
- The driver of the vehicle with the depleted battery would then be charged for the power as though they were charging from a supercharger. The Good Samaritan would then receive supercharger credit for the same amount of power.
If this Vehicle to Vehicle charge cable was standard equipment Teslas would be better equipped to deal with running out of energy than a gasoline vehicle would. This process would be similar to jumpstarting a gasoline vehicle but much easier.