In December 2019, Tesla introduced a new feature called ‘Camp Mode’ via its OTA update. Although many people are aware of it and know how to use it, there may be some who still don’t know about it.
Today, we’re going to tell you everything from using the Tesla Camp mode, benefits, and situations when you can’t use it.
It’s one of the few features that Tesla is incorporating at the request of the owner. Since Tesla’s rear seat is foldable, some users think it can be used as a camping bed on adventure trips. Previously, Tesla cars did not have the option to keep climate control and lights activated for prolonged periods in parking mode. Hence, Tesla’s Camp Mode appeared.
What is Tesla Camp Mode?
Tesla Camp Mode is a simple feature that turns your electric car into a comfortable and breathable cabin. Camp Mode preserves airflow, interior lighting, temperature, and even music if you want after enabling it.
However, you have to manually lock the car from the inside so that no one can break-in.
How to activate Camp Mode?
To activate the camp mode, you have to touch the fan icon at the bottom of the screen and tap on the ‘Camp’ icon. However, your car must be in Parking mode.
Camp Mode maintains optimal temperature and airflow in the car; however, you can also adjust the temperature as per your convenience.
When is Camp Mode can’t be used?
Well, obviously, your car must be in parking mode to activate this feature. Also, you can’t use it if the battery percentage is below 15%. Tesla only sets a limit of 15% to save battery and reach the nearest charging station.
However, recently, while replying to a Tesla owner on Twitter, Elon said users would be able to use the feature even when the battery would be as low as 5%.
How much battery does Camp Mode consume?
Under normal conditions, Camp Mode generally consumes around 10% or 7-8 kWh of battery for about 8-9 hours. However, in pretty cold conditions, the drain rate can increase slightly higher and cost around 14-15% of the total battery percentage over 8 hours.
Well, this is just a rough estimate, and the numbers can vary depending on the environment and battery condition of the electric car.
If we talk about Tesla electric cars with heat pumps like the Tesla Model Y or Model 3 2021, you can expect slightly higher efficiency.