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Issue 91 - Santa Elon brings the goods

What's in Tesla's software update 2019.40.50.1

2019.40.50.1 dropped just on time for Christmas Eve and it comes with a bunch of new stuff:

  • Driving visualization improvements (HW3 only)
  • Voice commands
  • Read and respond to text messages using the right scroll wheel button
  • Camp Mode
  • Voice Keyboard
  • TRAX v0.1
  • and more

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Get 15% off Model 3/S/X Power frunk and trunk

Today is the last day to get 15% off Hansshow power frunk and trunk. This is the perfect DIY for the holidays for those of you who like this kind of project. Free shipping anywhere in the world. Use discount code ’tesletter’ at checkout.

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Definitely feel the boost with the 'acceleration upgrade'

Folks who have already purchased the ‘acceleration upgrade’ seem to be happy with it. ‘Chill’ and ‘Standard’ modes are now ‘Chill’ and ‘Sport’. A few owners are saying they wish they’d be an option in the middle (like chill, standard, sport) since ‘Chill’ is just too slow.

Read more: Reddit

New Tesla owner orientation guide (PDF)

We have been wanting to put this guide together since we helped with the deliveries in Q3. We thought that it would be super awesome to be able to hand these to new owners at the delivery hub. Unfortunately, I didn’t think about it with enough time to have it ready by then, but we made sure we had it for the rush time in Q4. Feedback always welcome πŸ™‚

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The Tesla Model 3's Aero Wheel Covers improve efficiency way more than we expected

We shared a test by BjΓΈrn a few months ago in which he showed similar results to this new test by ‘Car and Driver’.

Read more: Car and Drive

Upgrades to MCU1 & AP2 will be available in a few months

According to Elon “There are many diff versions of mcu & autopilot computer & supporting hardware. Cars last so much longer than phones!” I hope we can get our AP retrofit (MCU1 + HW2.5 here πŸ‘‹) in the next month or two. Since 2019.40.50.1, I feel like I’m starting to miss out on too much cool stuff.

Read more: Twitter

First European V3 SuperCharger with 250kW online in London

Good news for our European friends, V3 just made it all the way to the old continent.

Read more: Reddit

Tesla partners with EVgo to deploy Tesla connectors on their nationwide charging network

It’s always great news to hear that Tesla cars will be able to charge in more and more places. This time Tesla and EVgo have partnered to start including Tesla connectors at EVgo charging stations. Honestly, this would be even better if they start by adding them to chargers where Tesla needs them the most because of the lack of Superchargers, but anywhere is good!

Read more: Electrek

First (unofficial) MCU1 + HW3

‘Greentheonly’ purchased an HW3 board and installed it himself in his car. After having done it once, he believes he can do it again in under 20 minutes.

Read more: Twitter

Tesla on Tour 2019 t-shirt

A couple of weeks ago we shared with all of you a t-shirt we’ve designed for the end of the year. You still have time to grab one, and we’ve made two changes:

  • We’re happy to share that it can be shipped anywhere in the world
  • We’ve changed the design a bit to align it with the style of the Tesla Owners clubs (thank you, William!)

Grab your ‘Tesla on Tour t-shirt 2019’ here

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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.

  • HW2.5 - Hardware 2.5. Carried by cars manufactured between August 2017 and Hardware 3 (see next point).
  • HW3 - Hardware 3. Carried by Tesla cars manufactured in/after February 2019 for Model S / Model X, and in/after April 2019 for Model 3.
  • SR - Standard Range
  • MCU1 - Media Control Unit version 1. It has an NVIDIA Tegra-3 chip. All Model S and Model X built before the end of March 2018 have this version. (All Model 3 have MCU 2).

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