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Issue 99 - Downloading more range...

Model S estimated EPA range above 390 miles (~630 km)

Elon announced on Twitter that, with some recent modifications, the EPA of the Model S is now above 390 miles. With the same improvements, the Model X’s EPA went up to 350 miles.

He also that all Model S/X made in recent months will be unlocked more range for free via software update. It turns out they already have the components that made these improvements possible. How cool is that?

Read more: Twitter

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Tesla to provide more loaners in high dense areas

Elon Musk said on Twitter they’ll take action to try and get more loaners in high dense areas in response to a tweet from @teslaownersSV. Specifically, Palo Alto (California) has 15 loaners which aren’t enough for that service center’s demand. Uber credits are great, but repairs can take weeks in which case both Tesla owners and Tesla would definitely benefit from more loaners being available.

Read more: Twitter

Giveaway Alert: Win a Jeda USB Hub

We’re excited to partner again with Jeda to give away a Jeda USB Hub for the Model 3 to a lucky winner.

  • 5-in-1 Hub with charging
  • Dashcam and Sentry ready
  • Easy magnetic opening (hidden to prevent thefts)

Check out pinned tweet to participate

Upcoming network update and 2FA

It seems to me that Tesla is getting ready to enhance their security infrastructure and support 2FA. Back in November, Elon said on Twitter they were making changes to their core operating system so they could introduce 2FA. Now, they have been sending in-car notifications to owners running very old versions of the firmware so they update by May 2020. The in-car notification specifically mentions security enhancements “The Tesla network is undergoing enhancements for increased security.”

What to do if you get a flat tire in your Tesla

Is it considered an emergency? Will Tesla repair it? How much does it cost? I hope you don’t have to get through this, but if you do, here is Tesla Raj’s experience.

Tesla to match best rate from your bank in the US

If you’re purchasing a new Tesla soon, know that they will match your rate if you can demonstrate valid approval for a lower rate from your third-party bank. In our case, Tesla’s rate was better even though our bank turned out to be the same that Tesla was using 🤷‍♂️ Thank you @ElonAccessories for sharing this information on Twitter!

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Read more: Tesla

Service Centers to specialize in certain Tesla Models to improve service experience

Tesla is starting to dedicate Service centers to certain models and has started implementing this strategy in Orange County. Honestly, I think it is a smart strategy to split these since the S and X don’t share many parts with the Model 3.

It’s great to see how Tesla keeps on testing out different strategies to improve the service experience.

Read more: Twitter

Is the Performance Spoiler functional?

Sunil from Tesla Unplugged asked Tesla if the Performance spoiler was also functional, and they didn’t really give him an answer. After 9 months of collecting data, he’s sharing the results in this video.

110 kWh packs and 400+ range coming for S and X?

Jason Hughes discovered some interesting bits buried inside the Tesla BMS firmware. Tesla has made changes to fit 108 cell groups and there is a ‘packid’ that states that the pack can be ~109 kWh.

Potentially, these changes come from removing the modules that as Elon stated, make an enclosure, in an enclosure, in an enclosure, and get back some space.

Read more: Twitter

Back row heated seats for the Model 3 SR+

New upgrade option for SR+ owners to get back row heated seats for $300. Up until now, this option was only available for owners with the premium interior but it was knowns that the SR+ had the heaters and were just disabled via software.

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.

  • EPA - Environmental Protection Agency
  • 2FA - Two Factor Authentication
  • SR+ - Model 3 Standard Range Plus
  • BMS - Battery Management System

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