Tesla news curated with love and delivered to your inbox weekly.

If you are just now finding out about Tesletter, you can subscribe here!

If you already know Tesletter and want to support us, check out our Patreon page πŸ™

Issue 130 - Built for the track 🏎

Biggest Announcements from Battery Day

Tesla did not disappoint. Plans are aggressive, but realistic IMO. A good and short summary from The Verge: «The company’s moves toward eliminating cobalt in its batteries, a new Plaid powertrain for the Model S that could get to speeds of 200 mph, and a new cathode plant to streamline its battery production. And, with the new battery technology, Musk has said Tesla will make a $25,000 car.» Very proud to be a stockholder!

Race track

New Model S Plaid

They did it. Yesterday, Tesla announced the new Model S Plaid with a tri-motor powertrain and the specs are even better than what we were hoping for. It can already be pre-ordered online (since yesterday) and deliveries are planned for later in 2021.

  • >520 mi range
  • 200 mph top speed
  • <2.0 seconds 0-60 mph

If Plaid is going to be so awesome, why a Roadster, you’d ask yourself. Someone also asked Elon Musk on Twitter. His answer: it’s going to be even better.

Fastest SUV in the world

FromWhereICharge’ took Unplugged Performance’s Model Y for a spin and broke the old lap record at Buttonwillow Raceway by 2 secs with a 1:59.9. Well done!

Maintenance

Model 3 2-year review

This review is interesting because it’s not only a 2-year review but a follow-up of a 1-year review by the same owner of the same Model 3 and you can see a side by side comparison of what has changed in this second year of ownership.

Model 3 paint correction with Feynlab Self Healing Ceramic Coating

Model 3 paint correction with a two-step process: Spraying with Feynlab Panel Prep and then applying one layer of Feynlab Self Heal Lite and one layer of Feynlab Ceramic Coating as a top coat to give it that extra glossy and slickness. The main advantage compared to PPF such as XPEL is that this one lasts longer. Note that this is a certified installer only product.

Uncer construction

Superchargers, Superchargers everywhere

Even though it’s not on the supercharger.info site yet, it seems like Tesla is building its biggest Supercharger location yet with, wait for it, 56 stalls!! Check out the constructions pics taken in Firebaugh, (North) California. At the same time, this week we received a tip from @nwbailey with a picture of a Tesla sign taken in ROW DTLA, (South) California, saying 200+ V3 stalls are coming in 2021 in LA METRO. So much needed!

Giga Texas colossal plans

We’ve known for a while that Tesla had big plans for the Giga Texas. But how big? Some say it’s not all about the factory- afterall, Tesla is a hardware but also a software company, Elon has said it himself many times. Speculations say that Tesla could be building a separate research and development and design facilities at the site. Austin has a great tech scene and Tesla could potentially be creating a new video game design and production team there. What do you think?

Community

Tesla Parade Guinness World Record Attempt

Calling all Tesla owners in the Southeast of the US: Participate in the longest Tesla parade, be part of a new Guinness World record, and help raise awareness to fight human trafficking. Save the date: December 12, 2020.

Elon finally said 'yes' to waypoints

This should be under ‘Software updates’ but hey, the community has been asking about this for a while and we’ve finally managed to get Elon to say yes in public. Waypoints, or the ability to add multiple destination points to calculate routes and charging stops, may finally be arriving soon to our Teslas. Thank you @Model3Owners for asking one more time!

Mini Model Y limited edition

Mini Model Y version for kids, limited-edition Signature Red. How come I didn’t know about this? My kids are going to need one.

Tesletter Supporters & Sponsors πŸ™

Sponsors
Producer Supporters

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.

  • SUV - Sport Utility Vehicle
  • PPF - Paint Protection Film

If you enjoy Tesletter, please take a second to forward to your friends and share on social media

If you have any feedback please let me know by reaching out to [email protected]


Because we πŸ’š Tesla

Our Model S rocks so much that we designed some sweet t-shirts to go with it. Check out all of our designs at https://shop.spreadshirt.com/tesletter

Support Tesletter

Tesletter is put together by Ignacio and Vanessa. We're really grateful for all the love and feedback we receive. Special thanks to our supporters. If you like what we do, please consider supporting Tesletter. All the funds will go into making Tesletter more awesome.