The Tesla community is a mix of Tesla owners and fans from all around the world. In our experience, it is a caring and friendly community and we love being part of it. In this page, we highlight Tesla community members and share community driven events and initiatives that catch our attention as well as some in which we participated ourselves.
If you'd like to get more involved in the Tesla community, a good way of getting started is joining your local Tesla Owners Club.
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When I got my Model S, I had no idea where to go to read about Tesla’s updates or about all the things Tesla I still didn’t know I didn’t know. If you’re like me and don't have enough with Tesla's blog, keep reading. I’m sharing with you my top 5 places where to read about Tesla online.
Last Saturday our family spent a really nice morning attending the Earth Day EV Ride & Drive in Palo Alto. I heard about it through the Tesla Owners Silicon Valley group and decided to volunteer some of my time to share with people the wonders of having an electric vehicle.
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Tesla Engineering has published an update on the Tesla ventilator to help hospitals taking care of patients with COVID-19. Amazing to see the Model 3 center display touchscreen, infotainment computer, and vehicle controllers, powering a ventilator. By utilizing car parts Tesla is aiming to not take away from medical supplies. Way to go, Tesla!From issue #106
Great post about a long road trip by this family. A total of 4800+ miles driven and $350 spent on charging. They did the trip over 43 days, with 8 days of actual driving. Thank you for sharing!From issue #234
Smart and easy tip, just rename one of the trips on your Tesla Trip Counter (Controls > Trips) to “since last tire rotation” and, that way, you will have an easy way of remembering when was the last time that you rotated/replaced your tires.From issue #242
Woohoo! We made it to Tesletter’s issue #100 🎉 It seems like it was yesterday, but it’s been almost two years! It’s been a great journey and one thing that is clear to us is that Tesla not only makes incredible cars but also has the power of bringing together amazing human beings which, together, form a terrific community. The Tesla community is huge and we’re humbled to be part of it 🙏
To celebrate our issue #100, we wanted to pay a little tribute to the community by featuring some stories of its members. Zoom in for a closer look at it ;-)
Read more: TesletterFrom issue #100
Lots of Tesla owners try to make their vehicle unique, Jaimee Newberry has customized her Model 3 to resemble the iconic car from Death Proof.
BTW, if you have a creative child you probably want to check out Jaimme’s project https://picturethisclothing.com/
Read more: EvannexFrom issue #73
DIMO is a secure connected vehicle app specifically for Tesla owners, built by top engineers and designers. It allows you to collect, store, and visualize the data from your vehicle for free - nothing is shared without your permission and they’re working with an active community of developers to build the best apps and services on top of it. They’re building the world’s biggest connected car club - allowing users to pool their data and access better mobility apps, services, and ownership in the network as a whole through the $DIMO token. Join the revolution and connect your vehicle to DIMO!From issue #217
[Sponsored] Feynlab’s DIY products follow a regimen: Preparation, Protection, and Maintenance. First Prepare the paint by washing it with Pure Wash, followed by Panel Prep to remove any residual oil or contaminants. Then Protect your Tesla using Ceramic Lite - the easiest coating to apply. Then Maintain the coating with Pure Wash, and if you want that extra touch of protection, follow it up with Ceramic Spray Sealant every couple of months.From issue #238
We featured this project a long long time ago, in issue #42 3+ years ago. With these small 3-D printed locks, you can present thieves from pulling down your back seats and reaching on your trunk. 15% of proceeds will go to Razom for Ukraine, thank you Tesbros for bringing these back!From issue #207
Our friends from TOSV together with Ryan from The Kilowatts and Eli from My Tesla Adventure had the amazing opportunity of sitting down with Elon for four hours and set the record straight in the early days of Tesla. This is part 1 of the interview.From issue #219
Cool UI prototype of what how an energy graph by elevation could look like. To be clear, the current calculation already takes into account elevation, this is just changing the Y axis to plot the graph based on the elevation, instead of just the percentage of battery left.From issue #228
Lasse Edvardsen shared with us the site that he created about a year ago that make easier finding Tesla Inventory cars. In his own words “I have a lot of inventory that other inventory sites don’t have. This is especially true for the UK, USA, and Norway.”. Good job Lasse!#19
First look into 10.69.3. Maybe it is just my impression after watching this video, but it seems that the car slows closer to the stop and is not way ahead of it, as it did in the previous version. I recommend taking a look at 7:07 to see FSD handling an interesting and confusing situation.From issue #241
The group of German Youtubers just modified their Model 3 and built giant tracks on it, making it a Model T(ank). The production of this video is excellent and worth watching.From issue #216
For those of you with the ability to work remotely- and t’s a lot of us right now- can you imagine working from anywhere your Tesla can drive you? This week we’re partnering with ‘ScentWedge’ to present you their latest creation: ‘DeskWedge’, a wooden work surface that is designed for Tesla Model 3 and Model Y and fits perfectly in the center console. Get inspired by watching this video.
Want to win a ‘DeskWedge’? Head to Twitter, RT, and follow to participate! Winners will be announced next Wednesday.From issue #125
RT and follow @tesletter on Twitter for a chance to win a ‘Tesla Parking Only’ wooden sign to decorate your garage. A fun car deserves fun accessories. We’re giving away 2 signs to 2 lucky WINNERS. Good luck!From issue #128
We’re giving away 3 copies of ‘Elon Musk: A Kid’s Book About Inventions’ a very nice children’s book created by a fellow Tesla owner. Head to Twitter and check out the pinned tweet to learn more about how to participate. We’ll be announcing the winners on Wednesday, Dec. 23rd. Good luck!From issue #142
Like to drive your Tesla in the snow or in the mud? Or just to protect your baby from road debris? Participate in this week’s giveaway to win a set of mud flaps by Evannex. Check out pinned tweet to enter.From issue #164
This week we are partnering with our friends at EveryAmp to give away a SnapPlate front license plate mount for your Tesla (all models available). RT and follow @tesletter on Twitter to participate. The winner will be announced next Wednesday 7/20. Good luck!From issue #224
The prize of this giveaway is something that quite a few of you have asked for: a puzzle of the Tesla Community Mosaic Poster. Specifically, a 1014 piece puzzle 😱 Check out pinned tweet to participate!
P.S. You can purchase the poster here (we’ll be donating the profits to theTesla Owners of Silicon Valley and Tesla Owners East Bay Clubs). The puzzle is not available to purchase (yet), stay tuned!From issue #107
This week we’re giving away a print of the original Tesla community poster that we put together to celebrate Tesletter’s issue #100. This has never been available and we only have two copies of it!#115
The artist Diplo recently shared on Twitter he makes music with TRAX in his Tesla and claimed “you don’t need an expensive studio to make great music… just an expensive car”. True! And Tesla is not just any expensive car, it’s designed for it to offer the most fun that you can have in a car 😎From issue #149
As part of what is now a tradition, a lot of fellow owners used their free time to go to a Tesla delivery center and talk to folks waiting to pick up their Teslas on the last day of the year. As an example of these owners’ dedication, TeslaRaj spent six hours on New Year’s Eve giving orientations to new owners until he lost his voice and had to go home. Good job folks ❤️
Here is @tesla_raj giving introductions on how to use your model 3. His wealth of knowledge will be a huge asset to each new owner. This is all a part of the push for a sustainable future. @elonmusk pic.twitter.com/zsPRKcoB5j— Tesla Owners Silicon Valley (@teslaownersSV) December 31, 2019
P.S. Thank you to all who shared the ‘New owner orientation guide PDF’ we put together.From issue #92
It’s the end of the quarter, and @tesla service centers are crazy busy. This Saturday we’ll be delivering donuts in San Jose as part of @teslaownersSV. We want to collect positive thoughts from the community, print them, and deliver altogether. We’re sure the Tesla employees will really appreciate this! Help us with some 💚 messages? Shoot us an email!From issue #65
One more year, we’ve gone through our favorite list of gadgets, apparel items, and all sorts of fun items, and have put together this holiday gift guide for Tesla owners and enthusiasts. Some of the brands that we love are also offering discounts during the holidays, check them below. I hope you like our ideas for the Tesla lover in your life!From issue #142
Our friends from The Kilowatts have put together a deep dive with the most common questions as well as some of their revenue numbers after renting their cars for 350 trips on Turo. This is a must-watch if you are considering renting on Turo or wondering how it works.From issue #174
We’re sorry to report the loss of Erin Carroll this past June. Erin was a member of TOSV, a former Tesla employee and was very active in the Women of Tesla group in Gigafactory One. Outside of Tesla-related events, Erin was also very active in the Berkeley Dragon Boat racing team (DragonMax).
We join her family in mourning Erin’s passing.From issue #234
Next February 8th, Evannex, MyEV, and InsideEVs are organizing what is going to be the biggest EV event on the East Coast. Some of the guests include Trevor Page from Tesla Owners Online, Rafael Santoni (aka Teslatino), and Michael Bodner (aka Teslatunity). You can’t miss it!
Read more: EVs & Tea event pageFrom issue #95
Local Tesla Owner Clubs are great resources for folks as well as for helping Tesla- at least in some locations- with deliveries. Local clubs usually do meetups, help with events like Earth Day, and in general help accelerating the world’s transition to sustainable energy. I personally know the folks who run three of the clubs in my area (Silicon Valley, San Francisco, and East Bay) and the one in South Florida, and I can say they are all amazing human beings who use their personal time (and money) to help other Tesla owners. If you don’t know about your local Tesla Owner Club yet, I recommend a search here. And if there isn’t one in your area, maybe you can be the one starting it!
Read more: TeslaFrom issue #95
Visit charitystars.com/tesletter, enter the sweepstakes now, and get 1,000 free entries with promo code TESLETTER. Donations will support the Jamie Kimble Foundations for Courage’s mission to end intimate partner violence.From issue #193
We recently celebrated Tesletter’s 3 year anniversary and it seems as it was only yesterday when we decided to start with it! It’s been a great ride and we couldn’t be happier to be part of the Tesla community and contributing with our selection of curated content every week. If you like what we do and would like to support our project, go check out our Patreon page. Thank you for reading every week <3From issue #159
The Model 3 Owners Club is facilitating test drives/rides for potential new buyers with existing owners on their forum. When the referral program went away a few weeks ago a lot of people thought that it was the end of Tesla owners helping each other, they couldn’t have been more wrong! If you are a Model 3 Owner and want to help, add yourself to the map in the link below.
Thank you Model 3 Owners community and thanks Trev!
See more: Model 3 Owners Club ForumFrom issue #49
Fred, a fellow member of the Tesla Silicon Valley group, has created this fantastic site to keep track of the feature requests for Tesla. Putting it up on his words “There are of course already several Tesla forums out there, but none seem to be able to keep folks on track. When the occasional feature request thread is started, 3-4 messages in the thread has usually derailed. So I set out explicitly to not create yet another forum. By limiting comments to one pretty issue and tearing them as optional explanations or clarifications, I’ve had good success keeping folks on message, i.e. kind of the opposite of YouTube comments :)”
Good job Fred!
Read more: MoreTeslaFrom issue #51
Great trip by this Redditor, if you are one of those who rely on the personal hotspot instead of paying for Premium Data Connectivity, with the shortcuts in iOS 16 you can enable/disable the hotspot when your phone gets in or out of driving mode.From issue #234
Ryan McCaffrey has been recording his podcast (Ride The Lightning) for about 4 years. For his episode #200 he was able to pull an interview with Elon Musk himself. I highly recommend you to listen to the podcast, Ryan does a fantastic job at moving the interview along while letting Elon have thoughful answers. You can tell by the interview that Ryan’s full time job includes interviewing people and he is really good at it.
Listen to the podcast: Ride The LightningFrom issue #62
Running the heat for at least an hour solves the problem of air conditioning smelling bad for many people
I haven’t personally verified this, but if you have the problem of a smelly smell coming out of your HVAC and you don’t want to keep replacing your filters, seems that running the heat at the highest setting for a few hours eliminates the odor. If you try, let us know the results.From issue #224
We really enjoyed this short video and want more (Eli gives us more!). Luckily for us (and for you after you watch the video), this is the Episode 2 of The Adventures of Starman: Big Oil Strikes Back! and the comic is available here.
Watch video: YouTubeFrom issue #115
Our friend Ji, from Tesbros, just released a great guide on how to fix minor scratches in your Tesla (or any other vehicle) for as low as $20. Thanks for the tips, Ji!From issue #152
Thank you to everyone who is sharing pics of their cars with us for the community mosaic poster. Quick update on that:
- We’re going to be collecting images to be included in the mosaic until 3/31
- The poster should be available to purchase online on 4/2
If you already submitted a picture or were in the first mosaic, no need to resend :)#103
As you may or may not know, Tesletter is a small family business run by Ignacio (@plunchete) and Vanessa (@deepbane). We love putting together this letter every week and if you like it too and feel like supporting us, you can do that through our Patreon page. We’re beyond grateful for our subscribers and we are humbled that people read this newsletter, just thank you! 🙏From issue #141
As you may or may not know, Tesletter is a small family business run by Ignacio (@plunchete) and Vanessa (@deepbane). We’re getting close to 200 newsletters sent and couldn’t be happier about what the journey of putting together this newsletter has brought to us.
If you like what we do and feel like supporting us, you can do that through our Patreon page. We’re beyond grateful for our subscribers and we are humbled that people read this newsletter, thank you! 🙏From issue #196
Tesletter is free but if you like what we do, please consider supporting our efforts becoming our Patron. There is a lot of effort that goes into creating Tesletter, becoming one of Tesletter’s Patrons is a small gesture that certainly helps us. As a plus, you’ll also get access to our mobile app.From issue #108
From the San Joaquin Valley club leadership: “Members of the area have agreed to donate their time to the disposal. Going forward all cans will have the club website QR code. That can be used to join our club or email us if a can is full.” Please support your local Tesla Owner Clubs 🙏 You can find a list of clubs (and contact information) here.From issue #128
Tesla spent almost four hours on Monday presenting to investors the current state of FSD. Luckily for the rest of us, the event was livestreamed.
Tesla covered their hardware, the famous HW3 designed in-house; their software, including an intro to NNs by Andreij Karpathy; and their future plans for a robo-taxi fleet. Honestly, the presentation was deeply technical and it didn’t seemed addressed to investors that much. If you are the type of person who likes learning about the nerdy details I encourage you to watch the entire presentation, it’s really worthy.#56
There are people everywhere trying to do everything they can to fight Covid-19 and the Tesla community is no exception. We wanted to highlight a few Tesla community members (who we happen to know personally or well) who are making exceptional contributions to help support Covid-19 patients and hospitals taking care of them 👏
- Arash Malek (ScentWedge) is making face shields. Sponsor face shields for $3 each
- TesBros is partnering Philip Prescott with to make 3D face shields. This is their GoFundMe page
- LivingTesla are 3D printing face shields
- Best Coast Burritos (Alvin Shen from Tesla Owners East Bay) is gearing up in an effort to feed emergency staffs in the East Bay. GoFundMe page
Great night drive video by Whole Mars Catalog, with good narration. The car definitely seems much more calm and smooth.From issue #241
Trevor, from Tesla Owners Online, updated his designed of the Tesla LEGO Cybertruck to be a bit longer. Read the post for a Bricklink Want List that you can use to get all the parts you need as well as some cool pictures, and a PDF with the instructions. Thank you Trevor!From issue #147
To achieve the 8.83 seconds, the owner did “some serious weight reduction while keeping full stock exterior appearance, door handles, and windows/power windows.”From issue #220
Simply an awesome video of 5 cars with a totally synchronized light show 🕺💃From issue #200
Impressive mileage! The owner is in his fourth rear motor and fourth battery pack, still impressive tho.From issue #221
Attend the largest Tesla event in North America on August 6, 2022, in San Luis Obispo, California. This event will feature a panel of the most influential YouTubers in the Tesla space, educational sessions, customized Teslas with original roadsters along with activities for kids. A must attend to hang out with other community members from all over North America.From issue #213
The largest event for Tesla owners, organized by most (all?) owner clubs in California, is back in 2022 at the Madinna Inn in San Luis Obispo. Judging from the pictures of the event in 2021, attendees had a bast, and this year Elon even mentioned that he and the Cybertruck might do an appearance. Early bird tickets are now available for $30.From issue #205
As you know, we don’t write about Tesla stock but this week we attended the Shareholders Meeting and wrote about it since they shared a bunch of information about Tesla’s current plans and future roadmap. Also, we were able to see the Model Y, the new Roadster, the Semi, and the first production Model S in person and OMG they are 🔥🔥🔥 We took a few pictures too!
“Tesla will host investors on the morning of April 19th at our headquarters in Palo Alto to provide a deep dive into our self-driving technology and road map.” Tesla, if you are listening, we are investors and would love to attend! You can send us our invite to [email protected]
Read more: TeslaFrom issue #53
In one of the latest additions to North American Model 3s, Tesla just updated the tail light design for the Model 3 Performance and it now comes with amber turn signals. As a European, I can say that amber turn signals make it much easier to see than red ones, also one less piece to switch between geos for Tesla.From issue #242
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: TeslaRideFinderFrom issue #94
After a few of you gave us the idea on Twitter, we’ve decided to make it happen. We’re going to extend the mosaic with more pictures (submit yours here!) and make the poster available for purchasing online soon.
More on where to purchase the poster soon!#101
If you’re a fan of SpaceX and Tesla and you don’t know The Adventures of Starman, what are you waiting for? Created by Eli Burton, his illustrations and pictures are out of this world- like, really! You can follow Starman’s travels and causes on Twitter and Instagram @reallifestarman. If you’re lucky enough, you may even be able to meet him in real life!
By purchasing these comics you will be supporting a small business that it’s all about inspiring children and adults to dream about a better future. Check out their online store with comics, t-shirts, posters, and more!
If you would like to sponsor Tesletter, please let me know!From issue #109
DIMO is a simple, beautiful app that allows you to collect and store all the data from your Tesla for free. They’re building an ecosystem of services to help you save money and get the most out of your car, and early adopters can earn rewards just for contributing data. Sign up today - it takes less than 1 minute to get started!From issue #222
Thank you to everyone who has participated submitting their pictures (I hope we haven’t missed anyone in the credits list, but if we have, please let us know!).
If you would like to sponsor Tesletter, please letme know by replying to this email!From issue #105
A lot is said about EVs and catastrophes, in particular, uninformed people like to make fun of what would happen to an EV when the power goes out. Well, this family in Texas (infant included) was able to warm themselves up in their Tesla when their power- and main way of heating their home- went out for six hours. The temperature outside was in the single (Fahrenheit) digits 🥶From issue #151
We’ve heard about a couple of winners of the Model Y via the referral program before, but this time our friend @Tesla_Raj has interviewed a couple who won and received a free Model Y, cool!From issue #126
Our good friend John from Tesla Owners Silicon Valley was featured in an article talking about the club and the latest FSD Beta update. John has been one of the few people who have publicly been testing the FSD Beta and has put a bunch of videos out there to show the rest of us what the beta is capable of.From issue #151
Have I said before that I love how many entrepreneurs are there in the Tesla Community? Our really good friend, and also the first Tesla referral that we ever had, recently replaced his Model 3 P with a refreshed Model S Long Range. After not finding great options to protect his new car, he decided to start his own business selling DIY PPF and vinyl kits for the new Model S and is now extending the products to the rest of the cars. Take a look and support one of us!
Get 15% off TWraps with the code TESLETTERFrom issue #184
Great list, video, and PDF checklist from our friends at Tesbros for those of you (or your friends) looking into purchasing a used Tesla. Go take a look!From issue #235
This Reddit user was able to configure his Galaxy Watch 4 to work as a key card and unlock the car. He shared detailed instructions here.From issue #206
A Tesla fan and designer published a concept design for the V11 quick actions bar. One of the cool things about it is that you can add any settings to it. I know that Elon said that almost all input is an error, but I like the ability to set up my shortcuts the way I want 😊From issue #199
Last Saturday our family spent a really nice morning attending the Earth Day EV Ride & Drivin Palo Alto. I heard about it through the Tesla Owners Silicon Valley group and decided to volunteer some of my time to share with people the wonders of having an electric vehicle. Meanwhile, our girls had fun in the park, dancing, playing, and learning new things about how to better take care of our planet.
Read more: TesletterFrom issue #55
Simone (@SimoneGiertz) is auctioning spare parts of her Truckla and will be donating all the proceeds to @Blklivesmatter and various bail funds. This community is awesome and this is just another proof of it 🖤From issue #114
There is an opportunity to help out with Q4/year end delivery push at the SF Van Ness location. The Tesla Owners of Silicon Valley have been invited by Tesla to help. All you have to do is:
- Sign up to be a member at https://www.teslasiliconvalley.com (you have to be in the club to volunteer)
- Grab a slot on this sign-up sheet once you’re signed up
If you are not in the Bay Area and want to help just contact your local Tesla store and see how you can help in the last big push of the year!From issue #38