From the Frunk: A User’s Guide to EVTO Terminology
The specialized vocabulary of a particular field or social group, especially when viewed as unfamiliar. Speech or writing having unusual or pretentious vocabulary, convoluted phrasing, and vague meaning.
“Arrgh! I’m just not hip to all the EV jargon!”
OK, we admit it. EVTO borrows vocabulary from the world of electric vehicles and GPS apps, stirred together with some mumbo-jumbo we made up. This handy guide will have you talking like the hip kids on TMC pronto.
Trips, Segments, Routes and Waypoints
Automatic charging stop
When EVTO automatically calculates routes on your behalf, it adds automatic charging stops. Refreshing a route at a later time may select different automatic charging stops.
You might like an automatic charging stop so much that you want to make sure it’s part of your route. (Hey, who are we to judge your Starbucks habit?) To tell EVTO that you’d like to include an automatic charging stop as a required stop, touch the pin to open the Waypoint Inspector, then touch the pin icon, converting it from an automatic charging stop to a manual charging stop.
A downstream waypoint occurs later in time than a previous waypoint on the same route. For example, a route’s destination is downstream from its origin.
“Ahoy, matey, is that your paddle I see floating downstream?”
See also Upstream.
First World Problems
Internal Combustion Engine. Frequently used dismissively and pejoratively:
“The last supercharger spot was ICEd by some fossil fuel-farting numbskull loading up on Slim Jims at the 7-11! Grrr!”
Inflating a Route
A route fragment between two waypoints.
“Check out the legs on that route!”
Manual Charging Stop
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Top-Down Trip Design, Bottom-Up Resource Planning
Trips are a collection of one or more segments created with EVTO. The free version of EVTO allows planning a single trip at a time. By purchasing an annual Monthly or Annual Subscription, all features of EVTO are available to you including multiple segment trips.
A single-segment trip is a route calculated by EVTO, starting from point A, its origin, to point B, its destination. Available in all versions of EVTO.
A two-segment round trip has its first segment from point A to point B. The second segment begins with point B as its origin, returning to point A as its destination. Requires a subscription.
Multi-segment trips are a series of two or more segments connected by hinge pins, with today’s destination pin becoming tomorrow’s origin pin. When planning an extended road trip, use multi-segment trips to partition your trip into manageable one-day segments. Requires a subscription.
Navigation terminology often borrows colorful nautical phrases harkening back to the glory days of sailing ships on the high seas. Upstream comes to us from a time of backwoods types in canoes on creeks. An upstream waypoint is one occurring earlier along the same route. For example, a segment’s origin is upstream of its destination.
See also Downstream.
Batteries, Chargers and Energy
Tesla partners with hotels, restaurants, shopping centers and resorts to make charging when you arrive at your destination as simple as charging at home. Pull up and plug into a Tesla wall connector to charge while you shop, dine, or even during an overnight stay. Select HPWC from the Filter Chargers menu item to see destination chargers when toggle the lightening bolt icon.
Click for a Tesla-maintained list of destination charging locations.
Level 1 charging
Level 2 charging
Level 3 charging, aka DC Fast Charging
The good stuff when you’re on the move. Tesla superchargers can provide from 100 to 300 miles of added range per hour of charging. Zzzapp. Cue the smug Tesla grin.
Color coding applied to charging and destination pins, predicting Arrival SoC.
|SoC||< 5%||5% to Reserve SoC||> Reserve SoC|
The default value for Reserve SoC is defined in Settings. A trip segment’s Reserve SoC may be edited in the Edit Segment Details dialog.
State of Charge. The available energy in your battery pack, usually expressed as a percentage, or more generally, “not enough”. A constant source of range anxiety.
“This SoCs! Why didn’t I buy a bigger battery?”
State of [energy] Lusting. The degree of your range anxiety, typically inversely proportional to your SoC.
“SoL! Why didn’t I buy a bigger battery?”
State of Tranquility. A rarely-achieved peace of mind for range-anxious EV owners.
“For a fleeting moment, I felt that I had purchased a large enough battery. But that feeling passed quickly.”