Long distance trips
Past Tesletter articles
We don’t cover Tesla’s stock, financial results, or other stuff that isn’t their product but this time during the Q2 call, they made really cool product announcements:
- v9 would include on-ramp off-ramp AP with automatic lane change when possible
- Hardware 3 will be introduced next year. According to the announcement, the new hardware is a chip designed in-house. This chip is designed explicitly for neural network processing. There are drop-in replacements for the Model S, Model X, and Model 3. According to Elon, the current Nvidia hardware can process 200fps while this new one can process over 2000fps.
- The coast-to-coast trip on AP won’t happen soon. The AP team is focused on «safety features» like recognizing stop signs and traffic lights in a super reliable way. They don’t want to distract the team or do it with a predefined hardcoded route, so it’s going to have to wait.
It is not a secret that lots of Tesla owners like to go on road trips and camping in their cars. Soon we will be able to keep the music on while we are around the campfire, charge our devices even when not using the card, and more.#19
According to greentheonly (aka verygreen) it comes disabled by default, but 18.48 version includes ‘Coast to coast mode’, although it can’t be enabled by ‘normal means’ (he’s still looking into it).
Read more: RedditFrom issue #39
As charging infrastructure grows across the country, electric car manufacturers are reassuring owners that long road trips are just as feasible as with fossil-fuel powered vehicles.
To illustrate this, USA TODAY asked electric car maker Tesla to identify charging options on five popular long distance routes across the country.
Read more: USA TODAYFrom issue #10
u/ChemtrailDreams has published a spreadsheet comparing the time spent (or saved) driving a certain distance by the different versions of the Model 3. There is a bunch of interesting data there, for example, this Seattle - San Francisco (815 miles) trip:
- SR 16:23:00
- MR: 15:26:00
- LR (with Aero): 14:57:00
So the difference between the Standard Range and the Long Range in a 815 miles road trip is 1 hour and 26 minutes. Worth the $18k difference (the LR being more expensive Model 3)? Well, that honestly depends on you and the options that you would add to the SR plus factoring in the tax incentive. In any case, it’s worth looking at these numbers and thinking about it when purchasing a Model 3.
See more: Google SpreadsheetFrom issue #32
Taking on the state’s most iconic highway in what has become—for better or for worse—the state’s most iconic car.
Read more: Afar.comFrom issue #12
Using RV parkings (with real toilets and hot showers!), going for walks during charge stops, keeping it flexible for ‘surprise’ destinations, and having lunch at Superchargers are some of the recommendations shared by Tesla drivers.
Read more: RedditFrom issue #6
How much more longer are long trips with a Tesla compared to other ICE cars? One extra hour for a five hour trip and three extra hours for an 11 hour trip are some of the times reported by Tesla drivers. If you’re worried about trips getting longer with a Tesla just think about how for an 11 hour trip you’re probably going to stop to eat something at some point anyway.
Read more: TMC ForumFrom issue #8