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Issue 9 - Coming soon: Request service from mobile app

Tesla Supercharger map to be updated soon

According to a tweet by Elon Musk, Tesla is working on permits and construction of new Superchargers and the map should be updated soon. Stay tuned!

Read more: Twitter

New black Arachnid wheels and ventilated seats

Tesla is bringing back the previously discontinued ventilated seats and it is making new black Arachnid wheels available from the ordering process. (Previously, they were only available through the referral process). For now, they’re available both for the Model S and the Model X but only for the P100D.

Read more: Electrek

Model 3 Dual Motor AWD and Performance versions announced

In the rare event you haven’t heard yet, Tesla finally released the specs and opened the orders for the long-awaited Model 3 dual motor all-wheel-drive and performance versions.

Dual Motor AWD
  • Range: 310 miles
  • 0 to 60 mph acceleration: 4.5 seconds
  • Top speed: 140 mph
  • Price: $5,000 for AWD option
Performance
  • Range: 310 miles
  • 0 to 60 mph acceleration: 3.5 seconds
  • Top speed: 155 mph
  • Price: $78,000 (without autopilot)

Read more: Electrek

Tesla won’t stop until Model 3 has better braking than any remotely comparable car

Tesla Model 3 shows 60-0 mph braking weakness in CR tests, Elon Musk responds: «Looks like this can be fixed with a firmware update. Will be rolling that out in a few days. With further refinement, we can improve braking distance beyond initial specs. Tesla won’t stop until Model 3 has better braking than any remotely comparable car.»

Read more: Twitter

Tesla M3 cost calculator

Includes ‘Performace’ option. Thank you budlande for recovering this, updating, and sharing!

More: Google spreadsheet

Autopilot usage survey

Are you curious to see how other Tesla drivers use the AP? BostonGraver has put together a survey to collect this data anonymously. Results are public:

More: Survey

Tesla Autopilot Survey (from MIT)

Lex Fridman (MIT) is leading an effort at MIT aimed at analyzing human behavior with respect to Autopilot by using computer vision and needs Tesla owners to help him answering this Tesla Autopilot Survey.

Read more: TMC Forums

Tesla owners can soon request service from their mobile app

Elon Musk said that Tesla owners would soon be able to request service through their smartphones. He also added that the use of the mobile-based service would require no paperwork on the part of the electric cars’ owners.

Learn more: Teslarati

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.

  • AP - Autopilot
  • AP1 - Autopilot hardware released after late September 2014 and before October 2016
  • AP2 - Autopilot hardware released after October 2016 and before August 2017
  • AP2.5 - Autopilot hardware released after August 2017
  • AWD - All-wheel drive
  • CR - Consumer Reports
  • M3 - Model 3
  • MS - Model S
  • MX - Model X

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