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Issue 86 - Electric cars are changing the cost of driving

Electric cars are changing the cost of driving

If you own an electric car you probably know by now how the economics of it are different from ICE cars. EVs have fewer moving parts, don’t need to replace oil twice a year, and the price of electricity is much lower and controlled than gas, as the article states “The potential savings are huge. Fleet owners’ biggest expenses after depreciation (44%) are fuel (22%) and maintenance and repairs (11%), according to Deloitte. EVs could slash those by more than half.” As an example of this, the article shows how the maintenance cost for an electric Ford Focus is $386 versus $1,805 to maintain the gas version.

Read more: Quartz

Screen Protector by Abstract Ocean

If, like us, you’re in the market for a new screen protector, check Abstract Ocean’s. They are made of tempered glass, have six layers of protection, and are available for all models (yay!). Their matte version looks perfect to minimize glare and hide fingerprints.


Elon Musk: Part II | Artificial Intelligence Podcast

The second interview with Elon Musk by Lex Fridman. This, as the first part, is a really interesting interview to peek a bit on Elon’s head and see how he thinks about AI, Autopilot, and Neuralink, amongst other interesting things!

Giga4 timeline from the German minister

Last week we talked about Tesla announcing GF4 in the Berlin Area, in Germany. There is a lot to be said about the speed that Tesla had in China but according to the German minister they seem to think the project in Germany is going to go pretty fast as well, here is the timeline:

  • Q1 2020 Construction starts
  • Q2 2021 Finished construction work
  • Q3 2021 First cars will roll off the assembly line

Read more: Twitter

Giveaway Alert! Win a Cybertruck t-shirt

We’re printing a few Cybrtrk t-shirts and giving away two of them amongst our participants in this week’s giveaway. Check out pinned tweet to participate.

See more: Twitter

Tesla is starting to try out Owner's Orientation

Ahead of the end-of-year delivery madness, Tesla San Diego is organizing some events to go through the features of the car since during delivery there won’t be a lot of time. Personally, I think this is a very good move. Tesla’s current situation is that at the beginning of each quarter most of the cars the company manufactures are for Europe or China and only halfway through the quarter they start producing cars for North America, this results in some frantic weeks at the end of each quarter, even more so at the end of the year.

Read more: Twitter

Concerned about your battery degradation?

Battery Compare is an iOS app is brought to you by the creator of StatsApp, the app helps you understand how your current battery and car configuration compares to cars with the same characteristics and mileage.

See more: Apple Store

Tesla owner upgrades Autopilot 2.5 to 3.0 Hardware: Cost, results, and more

Afaik this is the first report of Mobile Service performing the Autopilot upgrade from HW2.5 to HW3. Here is the process:

  • Replacement of the computer, one hour and a half
  • Installation of the necessary firmware, two hours
  • Updated the card to the latest software, another hour or an hour and a half

Read more: Teslarati

Tesla Model 3 V3 Supercharging: 2% To 100%


  • 2% to 50% (150miles) in 11 minutes and 22 seconds
  • 50% to 80% (90 miles) in 15 minutes and 27 seconds

Changing lanes away from cones

As far as I know, this is only for HW3 cars running 2019.36.1 or later. For what is worth one person on Twitter told us that if there are cones on both sides of the road the car keeps on switching lanes, I guess there is still some unwrinkling to do.

Read more: Reddit

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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.

  • ICE - Internal Combustion Engine
  • EV - Electric Vehicle
  • GF4 - Gigafactory 4 (Berlin, Europe)

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