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Issue 80 - 🥥🐐💨🐮and more

Tesla V10 and Spotify

Vanessa and I have been Premium users of Spotify for ten years so we’re really excited about finally having Spotify in our Tesla. That is why Vanessa decided to record a video going over how to use Spotify in your Tesla with a couple of nifty tricks. Watch it and subscribe to our YouTube channel!

Customized horn & movement sounds

Tesla started shipping new cars with the pedestrian warning sound in September, and now Elon has announced that they will add custom horns and movement sounds to the vehicles. I love how Elon finds the way of creating something fun out of something that nobody wanted to have in the first place, to the point that folks are asking him how hard would it be to add the speaker to older cars (not easy).

Read more: Twitter

Giveaway Alert: Tesmanian Model 3 floor mats

You probably remember a video that we featured a couple of weeks ago in which TeslaRaj poured 5 gallons of water into his trunk to test some new mats. If you’re new to Tesletter, or just want to watch it again, here is the video. After watching this video (and many others), we decided to reach out to Vincent, and he agreed on sponsoring this week’s giveaway (thanks Vincent 🙏). If you are in the market for new all-weather interior mats, especially now that rain/snow is coming, check out the floor mats by Tesmanian.

As usual, check out our pinned tweet to participate. And good luck!

Smart Parking in 'a month or two'

We just got the first version of Smart Summon, and people are already asking for the next thing. According to Elon, Smart Parking could drop in a couple of months for all cars that purchased EAP or FSD, although as he said: “it may be a little silly at first.”

I think that Elon is always really ambitious, but, as folks test Smart Summon, Tesla is gathering a lot of data about parking lots, curbs, and others; which is going to give them an advantage in implementing Smart Parking.

Read more: Twitter

Tesla ring key DIY

We’ve seen folks doing keychains and even implanting the RFID chip from their Model 3 keycard in their skin. This time this tutorial shows you how to make a ring that will lock and unlock your car.

Monthy Python Easter Egg

I’m only going to describe how to activate it in case you haven’t seen it yet. To enable the Easter Egg, rename your car to any of the following: Patsy, the rabbit of Caerbannog, Mr. Creosote, or Biggus Dickus. In case you don’t know, all these are characters of different Monty Python movies. You should expect to see the result immediately, as far as I know, this first part works in all cars.

If you have MCU2, open the Theater app to see something new, and if you have Smart Summon, try summoning your Tesla from the Smart Summon screen with the “Come to me” option (tap on the cross if it’s showing “Go to target”) for some extra fun.

Official Tesletter advice of the week: Watch Monty Python and the Holy Grail this week, even if you have watched it before.

Read more: Reddit

3D printed Tesla Model 3 storage tray with a built-in USB hub and J1772 adapter slot

I’m not sure how useful it is to have the J1772 adapter right there in the console - probably it depends on how much you use it - but I like seeing people designing these things

Read more: Reddit

Tesla is working on the upgrade for MCU1

It’s been around a year since the first time Elon mentioned that it was possible to retrofit old cars with MCU1 and get MCU2, but every time I’ve asked the service center, they told me this is something that Tesla doesn’t offer. If you have been a subscriber of this newsletter for some time or have been following us on Twitter, you probably know that I own a Model S 75 from Dec 2017. Tesla started shipping MCU2s in the Model X and S in March 2018, so I’m on the bucket of interested people. It’s good to hear that Tesla is actively working on it!

Read more: Twitter

Tesla issued a 'storm watch' alert ahead of PG&E's planned power cutoffs

Storm Watch is the alert that Tesla issues every time that some areas might lose power (e.g. because of a hurricane). If Storm Watch is activated, all the Powerwalls in that area immediately start charging to full using the grid so they can be ready to back up the house. In the US, during normal operations, Powerwalls connected to a solar installation can’t take energy from the grid. During normal circumstances, they are only allowed to charge from solar.

Read more: Twitter

Tesla Shanghai Gigafactory 3 Leaked Video of the MIC production line undergoing testing

It’s incredible to think that the groundbreaking of GF3 was in January, and now we are seeing videos of general assembly lines. We should expect to see Chinese Model 3s produced in Shanghai any day now!

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.

  • EAP - Enhanced Autopilot
  • FSD - Full Self-Driving
  • RFID - Radio Frequency Identification chip
  • MCU 1 - Media Control Unit 1. Has an NVIDIA Tegra-3 chip. All Model S and Model X built before the end of March 2018 have this version.
  • MCU 2 - 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.
  • GF3 - Gigafactory 3 (Shangai)
  • MIC - Made In China

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