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Issue 114 - Model Y awesomeness, MCU upgrades, and a new game

Model Y

Model Ys are coming

A bunch of Model Y reservation holders have been reporting receiving their VIN numbers at the same time earlier this week. According to this post on Reddit, the specific configuration for this batch is:

  • AWD Long range
  • 20 inch wheels
  • Black interior
  • White exterior

We also got an email from Tesla saying «Model Y test drives are around the corner» ๐Ÿ˜ฌMore and more Model Ys are coming!

Go on an adventure with your Model Y

Who wants to go on an adventure with their Tesla? I mean, what’s not to like about going on a road trip in the safety of your car, especially in these crazy times. And if you do, you may want to consider adding a hitch to your Model Y (or Model 3).

Check out this Model Y tow hitch with 3,500 lbs of towing capacity, lightweight, made in the US, and very affordable (save over $600 compared to Tesla’s). Start your adventure today!

Model Y durability test (off-roading on artic ice) ๐Ÿ“น

Tesla invited JerryRigEverything out to Alaska to see how they test their electric vehicles in extreme temperatures. Most people aren’t going to take their new vehicles offroading through the Alaskan Tundra, but… it’s good to know the Model Y can handle it. Check out the video!

Superchaging V3, charged 5-85% in 20 mins

Tesla is several steps ahead than its competition equipping its cars with batteries that not only have more capacity, but are also able to charge faster, and are cheaper to manufacture. Tesla’s latest effort in that direction is Model Yโ€™s heat pump and octovalve system, that significantly shortens Supercharging times compared to the Model 3 ones. Tesla owner Zack (@BLKMDL3), featured in this article by Tesmanian, shared his recent experience charging his Model Y in a V3 Supercharger and going from 5% to 85% capacity in just 20 minutes. This is not a theory anymore, it’s real. Just wow.

Upgrades & Updates

Play 'Fallout Shelter' in your Tesla ๐ŸŽฎ

A new software update is rolling out and it brings Model 3/Y owners (and everyone else with MCU2) a new videogame to play in your car: Fallout Shelter. 2020.20.1 also brings Theater and TRAX improvements (let your creativity run wild!).

We installed 2020.20.1 earlier this week and, unfortunately, for our Model S with MCU1 and AP2.5, it does not bring any new features ๐Ÿ˜ข

FSD upgrade complete with MCU1

There’s been a lot of speculation around if it’d be possible to upgrade cars with MCU1 to FSD (HW3). Well, we’re now seeing the first Tesla with MCU1 being upgraded to Hardware 3 both in the US and Canada. A few highlights from the stories we’ve read here and here:

  • The hardware part takes about one hour
  • The software update is trickier, it needs involvement from engineering, and it can take between 2-4 hours

In terms of functionality:

  • No cones or street markings on the IC display (MCU2 is needed)
  • TeslaCam and SentryMode recording works (Dashcam Viewer does not)
  • Only front and repeater cameras record - no recording from the rear camera. This is the same as with HW2.5

We hope to get the upgrade in the next few weeks, we’re currently waiting for some missing parts to arrive in our Service Center ๐Ÿคž

Time-lapse of a FSD upgrade by Tesla Mobile Service ๐Ÿ“น

Cool time-lapse of a FSD upgrade performed in the customer’s driveway in just a little over an hour. You can’t really see much in the video since it’s recorded from the outside but time-lapses are cool and it’s great to know Tesla’s Mobile Service is doing this so a) the upgrade can be done these days b) you don’t need to wait a whole day to get your Tesla back.

Community

You can get a piece of the famous Truckla and help #BlackLivesMatter ๐Ÿ“ท

Simone (@SimoneGiertz) is auctioning spare parts of her Truckla and will be donating all the proceeds to @Blklivesmatter and various bail funds. This community is awesome and this is just another proof of it ๐Ÿ–ค

Solar

Get your Powerwall referral credit

If you have the Powerwall referral reward and haven’t used it yet or you don’t know what to do with it because getting a Powerwall is not in your plans, it seems like Tesla is offering $5,500 of credit instead. This credit can be used towards service, vehicle accessories, as well as new Tesla vehicles.

In order to do so, reach out to Tesla ([email protected]) and Tesla energy, and they should be able to take care of it.

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What the acronym?

As Tesla fan I find myself sometimes having to remember what are all those acronyms, here is a list of the ones you can find in this issue.

  • AWD - All-Wheel Drive
  • FSD - Full Self-Driving
  • MCU1 - Media Control Unit. Has an NVIDIA Tegra-3 chip. All Model S and Model X built before the end of March 2018 have this version.
  • MCU2 - Media Control Unit. Has a more powerful Intel x86_64 processor. All Model 3 have this version, as well as the Model S and Model X built after the end of March 2018.
  • HW2.5 / AP2.5 - Autopilot hardware manufactured after August 2017 and by Hardware 3
  • HW3 - Full Self-Driving hardware. Manufactured in/after February 2019 for Model S / Model X, and in/after April 2019 for Model 3
  • IC - Instrument Cluster, the screen above the steering wheel

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