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Issue 98 - Spoiler Alert

DIY fix for dreaded yellow border issue using cheap UV lamp off Amazon

Tesla is performing this fix at no cost (we got it done last November), but if you’re more the do-it-yourselfer type, u/shadrap of Reddit has shared how to fix the yellow border in the Model S/X with a $14.99 UV “nail dryer” from Amazon. Thank you @AndrewClark_aus for sharing!

Read more: Reddit

Ultra-premium carbon fiber aero package for the Model 3

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Affordable and convenient way to get Tesla cables off the garage floor, trip-free charging from above

A while back I asked folks on Twitter about their garages and @paulbraren shared a pretty cool solution that I loved to avoid tripping with the cables on the floor. He recently published a short video where you can see it in action.

You can claim 30% (or $1,000) of the cost of an EV Charger installed in 2018/19/20

It’s tax season and this is a reminder that you can make a credit of 30% or $1,000 (whichever is less) for the equipment and installation cost of an EV charger in your home (to include panel upgrades etc). This new law can be applied retroactively for equipment put in place after Dec 2017 but can only be claimed in the year the equipment was put in service so anything made in 2018 would require an amended tax return (form 1040x). Consult your tax advisor for more information.

Read more: Reddit

See how Autopilot detects traffic lights

In this “what does Autopilot sees” tweet from Greentheonly, we can see how the neural net tries to detect traffic lights and how it makes predictions about going/stopping.

Autopilot rewrite with 3D labeling is only starting to use FSD computer’s potential

In the recent Elon Musk interview by Thirdrow Tesla Part 2, we learned that the Autopilot team is going through a foundational rewrite that goes from different networks for different cameras to combine all of them, planning, and perception. This reddit post goes over why this is a big deal and why the change was needed.

Read more: Reddit

Elon Musk says Tesla Model 3 and Model Y do not have plans for an air suspension

Earlier this week we got news that Tesla leaked a new air suspension coming for the Model 3. Soon after, Elon Musk denied the news and said on Twitter that only the Model S/X and Cybertruck have/will have air suspension.

Read more: Twitter

Model 3 cabin air filter replacement

Michael from Teslatunity shows us how to replace the cabin air filter and how to get rid of the ‘wet sock’ smell. Tesla should cover this under the warranty, but it’s always good to know how these things work in case you want different filters (e.g. HEPA) or for when the warranty expires.

How to inspect a used Tesla before buying

Rich Rebuilds shows us how to inspect a used Tesla before purchase. He also gives a glimpse of Tesla’s 70 point inspection and how to take it a step further.

ChargePoint launches $1 billion effort to add EV chargers across rural America

ChargePoint and NATSO are planning to spend $1 billion dollars to add charging to truck stops across the country. This is great news and a huge step towards implementing a robust charging infrastructure in key traveling areas across the center rural America. Go more charging options!

Read more: CleanTechnica

Tesla has a new high-tech steering wheel with touchscreens and haptic feedback

Tesla has filed a new patent which shows that they are working on a new steering wheel-based user interface with a bunch of new features, including one replacing the gear stalk, a bunch of touchscreens, haptic feedback, and more. This may or may not become a reality. I like the idea of less levers and more control from the steering-wheel, I wouldn’t like a steering-wheel that is too cluttered. Good design will be key here.

Is it just me or the drawing in the patent matches almost perfectly the supposed leaked redesign of the Model S that Electrek published a while ago?

Read more: Electrek

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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
  • FSD - Full Self-Driving
  • HEPA - High Efficiency Particulate Air

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