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Hitting a pole with our Tesla Model S ended up costing around $5,800. The two quotes that we got were very different: from our insurance company ($2,600) and from a Tesla certified body shop ($6,200).
Past Tesletter articles
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: TwitterFrom issue #99
The latest software update brings these long-waited features to the M3 in addition to speed limit mode and TACC on-ramp off-ramp released for MX and MS as well.
Read more about 2018.24.1From issue #14
2018.32.2.1 introduced lane departure avoidance and emergency lane departure avoidance for Model S and Model X
This has been out for several weeks for Model 3 but just got released for Model S and Model X. Thanks Sofiaan!
Read more: TwitterFrom issue #77
It seems like the actual key fob also uses Bluetooth since September 2016 (see Electrek’s post about this), so I assume both the S and the X have the appropriate antennas to power using the phone as the key.
Read more: TwitterFrom issue #7
This video is an oldie but goodie. As Europeans driving in the US we thought that blind spots in the US were bigger because lanes are wider. It turns out that there is a pretty big difference between the side mirrors in the American and European Tesla Model S too.#21
Thank you HandleX for sharing!
- The perforations are only in the middle of the seats and not on the side bolsters.
- The perforation (hole) design has been totally reworked (according to OA). New design pictures below.
- The 2nd and 3rd rows will also have perforations to match the fronts, but with no air flow mechanism.
- The design draws (sucks) heat away. Two other people could also feel the difference
Tesla is giving people an incentive to get a new Model S / X over a new Model 3 by throwing unlimited Supercharging in the mix. We have no idea how long this offer is going to last but if we use the past to predict the future it’s probably going to be there at least for the rest of Q3.
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Read more: TwitterFrom issue #71
A recent report from venture capital firm Loup Ventures found that the depreciation of Tesla’s MS compares quite favorably with that of other vehicles in its class (Tesla Model S loses 28% of its value vs. Mercedes S-class ~36%, and BMW 7 Series 40%). Not that we’re planning on selling our MS any time soon, but lucky us :)
Read more: EvannexFrom issue #37
Good news for owners that have a Model S or X, the latest software - thanks to warming up battery when you head to a Supercharger - improves supercharging times by up to 25%. It is pretty amazing that cars from 2012 are still getting better! For now if you use the navigation when heading to a Supercharger, that way your car will charge faster.
According to Elon, between the software update, the new v3, and the increase in power in v2, Superchargers charge time will drop by a factor of 2 for the whole Tesla fleet and a factor of 4 for Model 3s. These changes more than double total Supercharger system throughput worldwide.
Read more: TwitterFrom issue #50
Elon announced on Twitter that to simplify the production many of the current interiors for the Model S and the Model X are going to disappear after November 1st. If you were thinking about getting a Model S or X it may be time to do it now so you can get the configuration that you wanted and still take advantage of the full tax credit.
Read more: TwitterFrom issue #30
Sunday night is the last chance to order the 75kWh Model S or X. Would it be because they are releasing new packs? We don’t know but if you were thinking about getting one of them hurry up and if you need a referral code remember that we have one ;)
Read more: TwitterFrom issue #41
For Model S build after September 2016 and for $350 (including installation at a Service Center), Tesla is offering enhanced anti-theft system on their website. It consists of active sensor technology designed to detect motion inside the cabin as well as sense if the vehicle is moved or tilted.
See more: Tesla ShopFrom issue #33
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: TwitterFrom issue #99
Our Teslas don’t offer a 360º view. It’s well know that the reason why is that while it has cameras in all directions it lacks a forward camera low enough to see what it’s directly in front of the car. The pilar cameras also don’t show what it’s in the ground right next to the car. Having said that, some folks in China modded their Model S to have a 360º view and looks really good!#33
Tesla has dropped the price of the Model S and tthe Model X by $8,000. Model S and Model X that were previously sold under the 100D label will now be sold as “Extended Range” vehicles, while Tesla’s top-of-the-line P100D variants will now be branded as Model S Performance and Model X Performance. If you’re tempted, order before February 1st and get 6 months of free Supercharging with our referral code http://ts.la/ignacio9266
Read more: TeslaratiFrom issue #44
The author of the video says: «Notice the speed limit on autopilot slows down automatically. Previously, when I had the autopilot on when I was using this off ramp, it would just drop from whatever speed I was going to 45MPH very abruptly and that was it. Now it is very gradual. I tried another time with a longer ramp and it slowed down more gradually and got down to around 25MPH.»»
Tesla is bringing back the previously discontinued ventilated seats and it is making new black Arachnid wheels available from the ordering process. (Previously, they were only available through the referral process). For now, they’re available both for the Model S and the Model X but only for the P100D.
Read more: ElectrekFrom issue #9
Greentheonly discovered a few bits pointing to new hardware coming to the Model S and the Model X imminently:
- Two new battery types in several configs, no word about the capacity yet
- Integrated inductive phone charger (Qi)
- New charge port type
- New suspension version, not a new suspension but an iteration in the one released a few months ago
- New lumbar support, maybe new seats?
- Is there an interior redesign coming? Who knows 🤷♀️ But it seems that the S and the X are getting some love for sure!
Read more: TwitterFrom issue #96
Woot?! We bought our Model S only a few months ago… But to be honest, we knew this could happen. And we’re happy for the new and future Model S owners. Enjoy!
Read more: TMC ForumFrom issue #18
Tesla left its Model S cars open to a far more straightforward form of hacking: stealthily cloning the car’s key fob in seconds, opening the car door, and driving away. (…)
Just two weeks ago, Tesla rolled out new antitheft features for the Model S that include the ability to set a PIN code that someone must enter on the dashboard display to drive the car. Tesla also says that Model S units sold after June of this year aren’t vulnerable to the attack.
Read more: WiredFrom issue #25
A prototype of the Model S with a Plaid powertrain and a new chasis lapped Laguna Seca in 1:36:555, one second faster than the previous record for a four-door sedan. According to Elon, the Plaid powertrain is about a year away from production and applies to S, X, and Roadster (not to 3 or Y) and will be more expensive than the current Ludicrous option.
The name Plaid comes from the movie Spaceballs, because the only thing faster than Ludicrous is Plaid.
*~ Some personal news ~*— Tesla (@Tesla) September 12, 2019
We lapped Laguna Seca @WeatherTechRcwy in 1:36.555 during advanced R&D testing of our Model S Plaid powertrain and chassis prototype
(That’s a second faster than the record for a four-door sedan) pic.twitter.com/OriccK4KCZ
Model S Changes:
- Carbon fiber spoiler has been made standard on all the Model S P100D
- Rear-facing child seats are gone
- 21″ Black Arachnid Wheels are not in the config anymore
- Panoramic Sunroof is gone
Model X Changes:
- The 6-seat with center console configuration has been discontinued
- 72 amp on-board charger: now only available in single phase markets. Other markets will only have the 48 amp charger»
Read more: RedditFrom issue #33
Hopefully, this is one of the few steps to refresh the tech in the Model S and X and to bring it to par with the Model 3. The new electric motors, codenamed ‘Raven’, are permanent magnet reluctance motors, like the ones found in the Model 3.From issue #54
These are some of the details published on Electrek:
- Recall issued over a bunch of bolts on a powering steering component made by Bosch
- Specific bolts can suffer corrosion in regions with very cold climates and especially where they use calcium or magnesium road salts
- Tesla estimates that less than 0.02% of pre-April 2016 Model S vehicles in the U.S. have this issues
Impact on Tesla
- Tesla expects that it will be immaterial as the supplier covers the cost of the component
Read more: electrek.coFrom issue #2
They keep their mechanical inspection but - in anticipation of their first batch of leased Model S ending- they have changed their CPO program and now don’t do cosmetic refurbishments.
Read more: InsideEVs.comFrom issue #4
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: TeslaFrom issue #99
Tesla announced several changes to the Model S and X lines:
- The all-new drivetrain increases the range of the Model S Long Range to 370 miles and the one of the Model X Long Range to 325 miles
- New Model S and Model X are are capable of achieving 200 kW on V3 Superchargers
- A new air suspension that constantly adapts by sensing the road and adjusting for driver behavior, automatically softening for more pronounced road inputs and firming for aggressive driving
- Tesla just re-introduced the SR version of both Model S and Model X that leverages the new air suspension and the new drivetrain
- Existing owners purchasing a new Model S or Model X Performance will get the Ludicrous Mode upgrade, a $20,000 value, for free
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Read more: TeslaFrom issue #56
One would think a car doesn’t belong in a list of gadgets, but one would be wrong. Happy to see that a publication like the Time Magazine recognizes the impact of the Model S on the last decade, and the decade to come: «The electric sedan has slowly reshaped the trajectory of the automotive industry, forcing competitors to embrace a battery-powered future instead of the gas-guzzling present, and challenging the belief that electric cars can’t be cool.»
Read more: Time MagazineFrom issue #90
MS owners share their favorite tunes in this thread. What’s yours?
Ours are «How far I’ll go», from Moana’s soundtrack. Our 3 year old makes us play it all the time! And «The Passenger» by Iggy Pop, but only when we’re driving with AP on ;)
Read more: TMC ForumFrom issue #22