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Issue 94 - You talkin' to me?

Big tax incentives in the UI?

niccaman has run the numbers and according to him “buying my Tesla through my business as a company car/employee perk cuts my personal costs of buying this Tesla down by 41%”. More information about the EV incentives in the UK

If you plan on buying a Tesla and need a referral code for free Supercharging, use ours http://ts.la/ignacio9266

Read more: Twitter

Frozen Tesla charge port

After freezing rain Trevor shows us how the preheat feature helps to defrost his Model 3. Well, everything but the charge port. If I’m not mistaken - being in the Bay Area there aren’t many cold days here - starting to charge the vehicle would have resulted in the charge port being defrosted as well.

Tesla Semi: New update on test program, improvements, and the timeline for electric truck

Some folks with Semi reservations got an update from Tesla on the Tesla Semi program. In their email Tesla wrote:

β€œGreetings again from the Tesla Truck Team! We recently wrapped up a great year, in which we achieved record production and deliveries, GAAP profitability, completed Gigafactory Shanghai ahead of schedule, launched new solar and energy products, and confirmed that we are on track to produce limited volumes of the Tesla Semi in the second half of 2020.”

This confirms that Tesla plans on starting the limited production of the Semi in the second half of the year. 🚚

Read more: Electrek

Testing stop sign and traffic detection and reaction

Greentheonly tested what happens when his Tesla encounters a stop sign that wasn’t in the maps that the car has. While the stop sign renders correctly on the screen, the car doesn’t react to it. If the sign is in the maps, the car beeps. My assumption is that this will change since detection seems to be working pretty well in the FSD preview. Greentheonly also discovered that if there’s a stop sign in sight, Autopilot refuses to engage if it was not already active.

TeslaRideFinder.com is looking for volunteer Tesla owners

TeslaRideFinder.com is a brand-new, enthusiast supported website designed to allow anyone interested in a Tesla to arrange a test ride from a nearby volunteer owner. There is no charge to either owners or buyers to use this site.

As we all know, almost everyone who ever rides in a Tesla wants to own one for themselves. Tesla only has showrooms in about half of all US states and even in states which do have a showroom, large segments of the population live a considerable distance away from that showroom. TeslaRideFinder.com tries to alleviate this problem by signing up volunteer owners who share the desire to convert the world to sustainable transportation and who would be willing to occasionally go for a test ride and spend a brief amount of time answering questions about Teslas and electric vehicles in general.

Of course, when the new Tesla buyer purchases a Tesla using your referral code, you earn 1,000 free Supercharger miles under the Tesla referral program currently in effect.

For a limited time, Tesla Ride Finder is also offering a $50 bonus to all volunteer owners whose test rides result in the purchase of new Teslas.

Read more: TeslaRideFinder

MCU1 browser fix

Lately, the browser of MCU1 cars (like ours) has become totally non-functional. Reddit user u/djhazee has discovered a trick that makes it at least (somewhat) functional. The steps are:

  1. Open Browser
  2. Type in “” into the browser and navigate to it.
  3. Once you see “This webpage is not available”, browse to your page of choice!

Read more: Reddit

New Tesla wall connector

A new Tesla wall connector is on the Tesla Shop, it not only has a longer cord but it comes with Wi-Fi connection:

“Monitor your charge with the Tesla app and receive notifications when complete. Wi-Fi connectivity enables over-the-air firmware updates and remote service if necessary.”

Read more: Tesla Shop

Tesla Model Y CARB certification published, hinting at stellar range and imminent delivery

Might this mean that the first Signature Model Ys will be delivered soon?

Read more: Twitter

Changes to Supercharging billing

California is introducing a new law to regulate how EV chargers should be billed and with it, Tesla is about to change the calculation they use to bill for Supercharging. Owners will also be billed for kWh consumed by the car going towards the HVAC system, battery heater, etc. If you ask me, this makes a lot of sense ( I wasn’t even aware this wasn’t the case).

Read more: Twitter

Teslas will soon talk to people if you want

Yeah, I don’t see why not πŸ˜‚

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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.

  • EV - Electric Vehicle
  • GAAP - Generally Accepted Accounting Principles
  • FSD - Full Self-Driving
  • MCU1 - Media Control Unit 1
  • WLTP - Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure
  • EPA - Environmental Protection Agency
  • CARB - California Air Resources Board
  • kWh - kilowatt hour
    HVAC - heating, ventilation, and air conditioning

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