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Issue 21 - M3 AWD will be available on standard battery

M3 AWD also available on standard battery

Elon recently confirmed on Twitter that the Model 3 AWD will also be available on standard battery. Woooot?!

Read more: Reddit

Is it worth leasing a Tesla?

Apparently not. Some of the main reasons shared by Tesla owners in the TMC forum are:

  • Tesla takes the 7500 tax credit and pockets it, (unlike Nissan which treats it like a down payment)
  • Bad money factor (e.g. hidden costs in the monthly payment)
  • One of Tesla’s main advantages is the Supercharger network for further travel - you’re not going to be taking advantage of that in a lease with limited yearly mileage"

Read more: TMC Forum

Stolen Tesla vehicles in the US have almost all been recovered: 112 out of 115

American thieves really need to rethink their strategy when it comes to stealing Tesla vehicles because they are being caught at an alarming rate. (…) It compares to a recovery rate of just 58.4% for all vehicles in 2016 – meaning that Tesla vehicles are much easier to recover on average in the US.

Read more: Electrek

Comparing side mirrors blind spots - American vs European Tesla MS

This video is an oldie but goodie. As Europeans driving in the US we thought that blind spots in the US were bigger because lanes are wider. It turns out that there is a pretty big difference between the side mirrors in the American and European Tesla Model S too.

How much power does cabin overheat protection use?

This is a long post and provides very interesting data. As shared by thebluehawk on Reddit, the milage / math may vary, but for his car (which has a dash cam and never sleeps due to his data collection, so has higher power usage) the normal vampire drain is about 0.3 miles per hour or 6-8 miles per day. When parked in the sun on a day with outside temps around 94F my car lost 3 miles per hour after it had sat in the sun for 2 hours.

Read more: Reddit

Why is it worth spending $200K on a Tesla Roadster

The Electric Forest had its share of obituaries over the years but the new American car company Tesla is determined to prove that the concept is a workable one. the Tesla Roadster looks good and can hold its own in the performance arena.

Read more: Vehicle Suggest

Upgrading standard sound on Model S and using Chromecast

“I used Custom Car Stereo in Houston and Jonathan helped me choose the various components (due to my limited experience with car stereo). Both the Focal speakers and Helix DSP were on sale at that time (on Crutchfield) and Custom car stereo matched the price, so it made my choice on the components a little easier. It cost me a little over $5000, and out of which about $2000 was the installation cost.”- says aiorbroke, who shared this DIY. Thanks for sharing!

Read more: TMC Forum

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
  • MX - Model X
  • MS - Model S
  • M3 - Model 3
  • TMC - Tesla Motors Club

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