Day 4 Pictures: Oh the flat lands of Nebraska!

Nebraska is a straight shot from the Wyoming border all they way to Lincoln.  This is great for long driving stretches (assuming you’re not sleepy).  Saw something that we never saw before: sunrise over a truck.  The below pictures don’t do the sunrise justice, but the sun came up as one large, red fireball, hanging in the sky before it disappeared behind the low clouds.

Toward the latter part of our drive, as we were running down on miles, I found out what that yellow dashed line that appears in the battery meter.

As range gets lower and lower, this apparently is the line that warns you to keep your foot out of it, and may (can someone confirm?) actually begin to limit the amount of power the car will supply.  As someone who rarely likes to drive with their car less than 1/4 tank, this was making me extremely nervous, and right after this picture I slowed down to 55.  I would love to test this theory, but in rural Nebraska, I don’t think this is a road tripping best practice.

We did, however make it to our final destination with 19 miles left.  And fellow “EVangelists” (someone has to have coined this term already) and roadster owners, Don and Mary graciously let us crash at their new house in Lincoln.  They have a 70A roadster charger, and with the supplied Roadster to Model S adapter, the car drank until it was full over night.  Thanks to them both for welcoming us into their house, sharing stories about Tesla, their roadster and EVs in general.  Both Jesse and I slept like logs.


7 thoughts on “Day 4 Pictures: Oh the flat lands of Nebraska!

  1. Guys – many, many thanks for the blog. Great reading. Question: have you settled on a layout for the screens? Maps and …? behind the wheel, and what on the 17″? Do you find yourself changing the display much?

    • Hi Nick,

      We did it hard to settle on a static configuration of screens on either display. The only thing that stays static is the speedometer 😉

      We toggle between nav and media on the left of the speedo and the right toggles between the ‘trips’ and ‘energy’ as we’re constantly monitoring our usage (making sure we can get there from here).

      On the 17″ screen, it’s constantly dynamic. Maps is popular on top, but out in the hinterlands where there was no 3G, it was replaced with media. Like the IP display, ‘energy’ is also popular. We don’t use full screen much, if at all. The other thing we do quite often is call up the ‘trips/range’ page under ‘controls’ to view the projected (from the last 30 miles) and rated range.

      At first the display was a bit of a distraction, but once you learn where everything is, it becomes 2nd nature and quite easy and quick to switch between screens and functions. Nothing like 2000+ miles to become acquainted.


      • Dan,

        You’re correct about the maps on the main display, it doesn’t work when you’re not connected to some cellular data network, (Edge or 3G networks function just fine).

        When you’re not connected to cellular data, however, the the nav directions in the instrument cluster still work if it’s a common enough address that the base set of maps can find your address.

        It seems that there are two different systems at work here, and they share information when they can. Just a guess, based on using the nav in a range of conditions.

        I am fairly confident that the Nav system will continue to get much better with subsequent software updates.


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