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Issue 146 - Y do you love me?

Model Y

Standard Range Model Y and seven-seater option available!

Tesla just launched the Standard Range Rear-Wheel drive Model Y as well as the 7 seat option, meaning Model Y now starts at $42,000 and an additional $3,000 for the third-row option. The option of the Y Standard Range was surprising since Elon said a while ago on Twitter that they were planning on releasing the LR RWD and not the Standard Range Model Y.

In case you didn’t’ t know, I placed an order for a LR AWD Model Y with the seven-seat configuration back in March 2019 when the Y was first announced. I can’t wait to drive it!

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Pictures and videos showing the new Model Y 7-seater

Tesla has only published one photo of the rear seats of the new Model Y 7-seater. There’s also a video which you can see here. If you ask me, the picture is not very good, it looks like there’s no leg space at all. I have reached out to Tesla to ask for more pictures of the third row without success, but here are some that have been leaked.

Heated steering wheel will be standard in all Model Ys

You’ve heard it right, and this includes the Model Y Standard Range! I know folks who drive a Model 3 have been asking for this upgrade for a while. Great to have it in the Model Y- especially for those living in areas with cold winters!- hopefully it will arrive at other models soon.

Thanks to @Yelloe1213 we know that if your Model Y has the silver scroll wheels that means you have the heated steering wheel as well.

Hidden Features of the Model 3/Y

After 2.5 years of Tesla ownership, Andy Slye shares his ultimate list of top 30 Tesla tips and tricks for the Model 3 and the Model Y. Here’s some of them (check out the full list in the description of the video):

  • How to watch streaming in full-screen mode (apart from the built-in streaming services like Netflix or Hulu)
  • Priority device - no more reading your partner’s text messages when you’re the one driving! :P
  • What are the best voice commands
  • Some great accessories
  • … and the list goes on and on"

Tesla’s Model Y is the company’s latest five-star safety rated car

Another Tesla, another car that gets a five-star rating in the safety tests. Tesla has always put vehicle safety front and center while designing their vehicles. The safest car is the one that doesn’t get in an accident in the first place, and Tesla has shown repeatedly how their vehicles are not only the best at protecting the passengers during accidents but also at preventing them in the first place. I don’t know about you, but I want my family on the safest vehicle while we are on the road.

Warning: this link contains graphic images of Model Ys been hurt!


Model X wood carving

If you like wood carving, and even if you don’t, here’s a mesmerizing video of a wood-carved Tesla Model X. This is some serious craft!

MagSafe dock for the new iPhone 12 Pro (Model S/X)

This Tesla owner was looking for a MagSafe for his Model X and, after not being able to find a solution he liked, he built his own. Here’s a short demo and here’s a detailed explanation of the hack and all the pieces needed. The DIY has become so popular that the creator is 3D printing them and selling them on Etsy. He plans on donating the proceeds to clean energy non-profit to help further the Tesla mission.

New Model Y DIY Paint Protection Film offered by Tesla

Tesla is now offering their own PPF for the Model Y. For their first product in this category, Tesla is targetting an area that suffers a lot, especially for those who live in cold climates where snow and sand can damage the car. This new accessory consists of 2x clear protective film for rear fenders and 1x squeegee. It seems like a good option if you like DIYs and don’t want to spend a lot of money on a PPF for the whole car. As someone who may get their Model Y soon, I’d like to see what folks say of its quality and how it compares to other brands that we like and trust like Tesbros.


Tesla to produce $25K car as early as 2022

Last September at the Battery Day, Elon Musk announced that Tesla would be offering a $25K electric vehicle soon. Well, we have recently learned through an eco-assessment report for Giga Shanghai that a third Tesla will be produced at the China-based electric factory. The documents hint that Tesla is looking to produce a new car at Giga Shanghai as early as 2022 and it will be priced between $25K and $30K). What has been said in the past is that both Giga Shangai and Giga Berlin will produce smaller vehicles for their local markets, so it’s unclear if we will see these in the US.

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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.

  • LR - Long Range
  • RWD - Rear Wheel Drive
  • AWD - All-Wheel Drive
  • PPF - Paint Protection Film

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