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Issue 224 - Possible solution for HVAC smelly smell

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Superchargers in Lexington, Kentucky, now have a Starlink. When the owner plugged the car, it connected to the Starlink automatically.

Tesla's non-Tesla Supercharger pilot program to open in the US in 2022

We’ve seen this happening in Europe as well, Tesla is slowly but steadily opening its charging network to non-Teslas. I tend to see this as a positive thing, another source of income for Tesla to expand faster, but I understand a lot of owners have their reservations about it, especially because many EVs would have to take many stalls to be able to plug in because of the position of their charge port.


Software Updates

With 2022.20.5 variable speed limit signs in the UK are being recognized

Tesla released the speed sign recognition a few months ago in the US, but with 2022.20.5, they introduced it in Europe. In the video, this Tesla owner shows their car changing speed accordingly to one of their variable speed limit signs.

Hot weather improvements coming soon to enable a custom Cabin Overheat Protection threshold

With record heatwaves mainly everywhere, Tesla’s Cabin Overheat Protection should now more than ever protect your electronics from too much heat. According to a tweet from Elon, Tesla is adding the ability to adjust its activation temperature, currently, it activates when the car is above 104F (40C).

Bluetooth connections for wireless controllers

This is something that many owners have been waiting for, more so since they remove the data from the USB ports in the center console. Seems that starting in 2022.20.5, you will be able to connect your game controllers using Bluetooth.


Running the heat for at least an hour solves the problem of air conditioning smelling bad for many people

I haven’t personally verified this, but if you have the problem of a smelly smell coming out of your HVAC and you don’t want to keep replacing your filters, seems that running the heat at the highest setting for a few hours eliminates the odor. If you try, let us know the results.

Giga Texas structural battery pack cover

Munro got their hands on a Made in Texas Model Y and started tearing it down to analyze the changes involved in the structural battery pack. A lot of simplification in these packs compared to before.

🤓 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.

  • FSD -  Full Self-Driving
  • HVAC -  Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning

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