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Tesla Model 3

Tesla Finally Coming To India In 2021. Here’s What You Need To Know

Official: Tesla Finally Coming To India In 2021. Here’s What You Need To Know About Its Debut Model

Expect the entry-level model with over 420km per charge, price to start from around Rs 60 lakh.

Tesla Finally Coming To India In 2021

In just about a decade Tesla has risen to become the biggest name in the EV business today. With eco-friendly family cars that can outpace sportscars and even some supercars, Teslas appeal to both enthusiasts and the environmentally conscious. The Indian market has been waiting a long time for the brand to offer its models here as well. Well, the Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways and Minister of MSMEs Nitin Gadkari recently announced that Tesla will start operations in India in early 2021.

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An earlier tweet from Tesla CEO Elon Musk in October had hinted at this development as well. The US-based carmaker focuses almost exclusively on electrified mobility solutions with a range of premium and luxury models that offer a blend of range and performance. Of the four models currently in production, Tesla is likely to enter the market with its first “mass market” offering, the Model 3

Tesla Finally Coming To India In 2021

Model 3 Range and Specs

Since its production-spec debut in 2017, the Tesla Model 3 sedan has been the most successful product for the company. It is offered in three variants: Standard Range Plus, Long Range and Performance. The entry version uses a single motor to drive the rear wheels and offers a claimed range of over 420km with a 0-96kmph time of 5.6 seconds. The Long Range model features a bigger battery pack and also has two motors, one at each axle for AWD. It promises to deliver a range of over 560km while the 0-96kmph time drops down to 4.2 second. The top-spec Performance model has the same battery and motor as the Long Range version but is calibrated for even faster acceleration (nought to 96kmph in 3.1 seconds) which brings the claimed range down to just over 500km. Only the Standard and Long Range variants are expected to be offered in India initially.

Tesla Model 3 Features

Model 3 Features

Tesla continues to improve on the model each year while also offering over-the-air updates for the car’s software to existing owners. A key aspect of the interior of a Tesla is the large central display on the dashboard which acts as the entire control panel for the car. The Model 3 has a 15-inch touchscreen unit (like a laptop screen) with split-screen viewing to access various controls, connected services, and driver’s information. There isn’t a conventional instrument cluster on its dashboard.

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As a premium offering, even the base-spec Tesla Model 3 comes with comforts like a panoramic glass roof, power-adjustable and heated front seats and premium upholstery. Most of the fun features of a Tesla are packed into its onboard software such as the autonomous driving tech but that is unlikely to be offered in its full capacity in India anytime soon.

Tesla Model 3 Finally Coming To India In 2021

Model 3 Expected Prices

The US pricing currently, before government incentives and savings, stands between Rs 27.87 lakh (US$ 37,990) and Rs 40.34 lakh (US$ 54,990). It will be launched in India as a CBU import and prices are expected to start from Rs 60 lakh (ex-showroom) but as an EV, it is sure to attract certain government-backed benefits as well. Tesla is likely to look into setting up local assembly and/or manufacturing in India later on, along with other products and models like the Model 3’s SUV equivalent, the Model Y

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Tesla MCU1 eMMC

Tesla MCU1 eMMC failure

On Feb 1st, 2021 Tesla decided to recall all cars with the Tesla MCU1 and pro-actively fix the eMMC issue with this hardware. This was after many complaints and private prosecutions by owners and we suspect more importantly by intervention from the NHTSA (US Safety board) who gave Tesla an ultimatum to do it voluntarily or be compelled to do it. Approx 135k cars will fall under this recall.

This is finally good news and can bring closure to this significant problem that has blighted many owners enjoyment of their cars. It sadly will not provide redress to those that sold up or paid for the MCU 2 upgrade at considerable expense looking to simply avoid being left stranded by the failed MCU. We are leaving the original details below as a reminder to some of the background and attitude of Tesla over a number of years.

If you have not been contacted by Tesla regarding the recall, then in the coming months we suggest you make proactive contact with them to arrange for the recall to be performed at a time convenient to yourself.

The Tesla Media Control Unit or MCU has been a significant feature of the cars since the Model S was first introduced. The original version is now referred to as MCU1 was updated in 2018 and is different again in the Model 3. Unfortunately, Tesla chose to make two mistakes which hurt the MCU1 badly, firstly they used cheap embedded Multi-Media-Card memory (abbreviated to eMMC) which has a finite number of write cycles, and secondly they left on excessive data logging that wrote to this memory. As a result the memory is constantly being over written and as a result will eventually hit the write limit and fail.

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Tesla previously responded by adjusting the amount of logging the car performs. This however does not prevent the issue as many activities write to this memory including streaming music and while the reduced logging extends the time before the inevitable failure, this is actually a slightly cynical move pushing more of the failures to occur outside warranty. Tesla have now accepted the problem and have extended the warranty on the MCU1 eMMC issue to 8 years and 100k miles, whichever comes first, from date of first customer delivery.

What are the symptoms?

The most noticeable symptoms on the lead up to a permanent failure are:

  • An increase in MCU rogue reboots/crashes
  • A significant slowing down of the MCU in operation, e.g. slow boot times or slow map rendering
  • Failed software updates
  • Glitches and issues with bluetooth connectivity.

Our guide to rebooting your Tesla talks through some other potential causes of the MCU crashing or rebooting which are worth exploring before jumping to the conclusion that your MCU is about to fail, although increasingly we feel even those issues are likely to be linked to the eMMC issue.

Do you have an MCU1 with the potential problem?

Tesla MCU1 eMMC failure

To determine the version of MCU in you car, the easiest way is to go the Software menu and then click on the “Additional vehicle information” text. A pop up will appear.

If the details presented indicate the NVIDIA Infotainment system as shown in this example, the car has the MCU1.

The good news is, Tesla now seem to have updated their software to notify you if the car suspects the MCU is failing. If you get this warning then contact the service centre. If you don’t get the warning and still suspect you have the issue then the course of action depends somewhat on the extent of the failure:

  • We recommend first trying to rule out local issues that may cause a problem such as corrupt mobile phone contacts, large USB music libraries and extensive consumption history. These have all been cited in the past as helping to cure the issue however this may also be coincidental and just results in different parts of the failing memory being temporarily used deferring the problem for a short while. Our guide on rebooting covers how to do this.
  • If the issue persists then log the issue with Tesla through the app as a service request explaining the symptoms
  • If the MCU failed during or because of a failed software update, there is a chance that the problem was caused by the corruption of the data partitions and can be corrected by Tesla, usually free of charge, even if the car is out of warranty. Raise the issue with Tesla.
  • If the MCU has totally failed, then ring the roadside assistance and ask for recovery and a replacement, especially if the car is in warranty (which for MCU1 eMMC failure is now 8 years and 100k miles).
  • If Tesla request a fee to investigate in the event they deem it is not a warranty matter, initially refuse. If Tesla still refuse to examine the car then inform them you believe it is related to the eMMC issue.

Remedy while under the revised warranty

Tesla now accepts that there is a problem with the memory on the eMMC for MCU1 cars which were built before March 2018. As a result they have extended the warranty of the eMMC memory to 8 years and 100k miles, which ever comes sooner.

Some still question whether this is acceptable and Tesla may well be forced to perform a recall at some point.

An out of warranty fix is approximately $500/£400

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It should be noted that the extended warranty is only for the eMMC memory board and other failures have the original warranty and it is unclear whether corruption to the memory due to a partial failure is covered or whether Tesla will want to charge. We suspect Tesla will need to cover these issues.

Remedy outside of the revised warranty

Tesla offer memory board replacement for approx $500/£400 and MCU2 upgrades for approx $2500/£2200 with the radio and extra $400/£400. Third parties did offer fixes but these were generally more expensive that the Tesla option and came about because Tesla at one point wanted over $2000 to fix a failed MCU1.

Upgrade to MCU2

If you are in the unfortunate position of being out of warranty with an MCU1 failure, you can consider a MCU2 upgrade. Tesla have reduced the price of this to circa $1500/£1400 and offers more functionality. Personally we would only suggest this for cars with Tesla autopilot hardware and not the older AP1 system as the extra features are somewhat limited with AP1.

Removing Pin to Drive with a dead MCU

If you have pin to drive enabled and the MCU dies there is no way to enter the pin code which would ordinarily leave you unable to drive the car. There is a temporary fix to get you home or to a service centre. Disconnect the 12v battery for a short period of time and reconnect. You should find the car can then be driven. This is not a security bypass as if the MCU fires back up the P2D will be enabled automatically, it only works with a dead MCU.

Note: the ability for the car to charge can be compromised with a dead MCU and therefore this is only a temporary step to get you home, drive the car onto a low loader or a short trip to a service centre.

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Tips and Tricks

Reboot and reset instructions for your Tesla – 2021

Tesla cars can sometimes find themselves with a software gremlin that requires a reboot or reset for your Tesla. Its not that common, but it’s certainly something that all owners need to be aware of as it solves the majority of issues. Which computer has had the issue means different resets will be needed, the most common one is a simple main screen reboot. but if the fault is deeper within the car, for instance linked to the autopilot or chargers, a deeper reset may be required. It’s also possible that just leaving the car alone for a few hours will cure the problem as the car will go to sleep and effectively reboot itself when you wake it up.

The crashing of the MCU also seems to be linked to one of a number of issues that point to a memory leak of some description, we provide some tips to help trouble shoot. The worst case however is a sign of an eMMC failure.

The reboot options for your Tesla

The following reboot options exist. While some are possible while driving, we recommend that the car should always be stationary and in a safe place before rebooting the car.

Tesla now suggest unplugging all USB devices prior to performing a reboot as it can prevent some sub systems from shutting down.

  • Option 1: The scroll wheel reboot Press and hold both scroll wheels on either side of the steering wheel for up to 10 seconds and the main/central screen will reboot. While rebooting you may have seen the airbag icon become visible in the dash and the clicking noise from the indicator will not be heard.
  • Option 2: Top button reboot (MS and MX only) Press and hold both buttons above the scroll wheels on either side of the steering wheel for up to 10 seconds and the drivers dash/screen will reboot.
  • Option 3: Full steering wheel hard reset and brake pedal This reboot is a little harder to do. You need to be sitting in the car with the doors closed and not open them for the duration of the reboot to perform the hard reset.
    • Place your foot on the brake and keep it there, although some believe this is optional, it does no harm.
    • Now press and hold both buttons above the scroll wheels, and the scroll wheels on either side of the steering wheel (MS and MX). or just the scroll wheels (M3)
    • Hold for up to 10 seconds and the drivers dash/screen will reboot (centre screen on the M3).
    • Wait, keeping your foot on the brake. Eventually the screens will restart.
  • Option 4: Full power down and restart Sit in the car with the door closed and don’t touch anything or open the door other than to follow the instructions. This is also best done where its quiet as being able to listen to the car can help, otherwise pay attention to the time.
    • It’s recommended that Option 3 is performed first
    • Release the brake pedal if pressed
    • Go to the main screen, bring up the service menu and select “Power Off”.
    • After a while the screens will have gone out, the interior light will have gone off and the system are shutting down.
    • If you can hear the car, you may still hear some background noises from the car. If this is the case wait until the car is quiet.
    • If you can’t hear the car because of background noise, wait for several minutes, we suggest a minimum of 5 – it seems a long time but it is worth doing to ensure the car is fully shut down.
    • Press the brake pedal to reawaken the car.
  • Option 5: Factory hard reset We don’t advise doing this hard reset unless you are selling the car but if you are stuck and Tesla support is unable to help, then this can be tried. The process is the same as Option 4 just pick the different option from the screen.

Additional things to try in your Tesla

Some people report their car screens rebooting randomly, the first sign of this on an MS or MX is if the Air-bag light comes on. Nobody knows all the reasons, but there have been a number of software glitches over the years that can cause this to a greater or lesser extent. If you are experiencing frequent reboots, maybe the air-bag light appearing and the steps above do not help, then some or all of the following have been known to help.

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They all point to a memory issue, possibly the eMMC issue below, or a software fault of one form or another. Either the memory cannot handle some form of corrupted data, or the actions below move the active part of the eMMC memory to a different area which has not started to fail. If one of the suggestions below does resolve the issue, you should still log the issue with Tesla especially if in warranty as it may be temporary. If out of warranty you may want to consider the eMMC resolution below. If you can attribute the issue to a specific rogue music file or contact then there is no need to contact Tesla.

  • Clear the trip computers Your car stores up a history of your driving and clearing the trip computers has been known to improve the stability of the computers, especially if one of the trip computers has a significant amount of history captured.
  • Clear previous destinations Your car also stores the sat nav locations that have been previously used. These build up over time. These can be deleted by swiping them off the list.
  • Remove any USB devices If you are using a USB dashcam or have a USB stick with music on it, then try removing it. Similar to the trip computer, a large amount of data can cause problems and in the case of music files, the car reads these in and stores the information to make the contents available to the driver. If this cures the problem, then try reducing the number of files on the USB stick and seeing if that solves the problem while regaining the utility of USB music.
  • Disconnect your bluetooth phone You may see a pattern here, if your phone has a lot of contacts then these will be loaded into the car. Disconnecting your phone for a while will help determine if this is the problem.

None of the above options are ideal, the car should be able to handle problems, but if one of these temporarily cures the problem you can start to work out how to permanently fix. It may be a rogue MP3 file, or a phone contact with some corrupted details. If however its trip or destination data then it could point to a problem with the car memory.

The eMMC issue while Reboot and reset your Tesla

Frequent reboots could be the sign of something much more sinister going on and that the failure of the eMMC memory. This is the memory that the car writes to when its being used and as well as the user information we have covered, it also includes logging information the car generates.

Essentially, the eMMC memory can wear out and crashes are a sign that this can be occurring. Once failed, the solution is to have a replacement MCU which is $1000’s. The tell tail signs is an steady increase in needing to reboot or the system rebooting itself, especially across software releases. We recommend one of the following:

  • If the car is under warranty, make a note and log it with Tesla, especially if the issue occurs across different software versions. Higher mileage and older cars are more likely to have the issue. MCU1 cars are also more prone to get the issue, in part because they are generally older cars, and secondly because an MCU2 has more memory to share the workload.
  • If the car is out of warranty then consider getting the eMMC memory replaced. This involved removing the memory, copying the content onto a new memory chip and installing that in the car. There are independent repairers offering to do this for a few hundred dollar/euro/pound, and should avoid the need for an expensive replacement MCU

For more information, see our guide to the Tesla MCU1 eMMC failure and what you should do.

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Tesla Mate

How to setup and run TeslaMate for free on Google Cloud

If you are also facing a few issues on setup and running TeslaMate on Google Cloud (on my Raspberry Pi (mainly very stable on ethernet only, but still bombed out for no reason on occasion)), I decided to look into getting TeslaMate running in Google Cloud.

Thankfully, being a light touch application you can run TeslaMate on the free tier of GCP.

You will however need your own domain name to be able to do this following the guide from TeslaMate. You can follow all the steps one by one to setup your own domain.

Creating a Micro instance in GCP

There are few steps to build micro instance on Google Cloud. The first thing we need to do, is build our micro instance on Google Cloud. I followed this guide: How to set up a free micro VPS on Google Cloud Platform

The only difference to make this work, is to make sure you select http and https and also change the Linux version to Debian 9 (Debian 10 would not work with the auto generated SSL Cert for me).

Setting a static IP for your GCP instance

Setup TeslaMate on Google Cloud Raspberry Pi

If you have successfully setup the GCP and its live, you’ll now want to set a static IP address, this should be done to ensure that if you reboot/upscale/rebuild your box you’ll have the same IP address that you are going to point your subdomains to.

Click the ‘hamburger’ (three stacked lines) menu top left, this will pop a left hand menu out. Scroll down the menu items on the left hand side until you get to the Networking section, and then hover over VPC Networks, from the menu that pops out on the right hand side, select External IP addresses.

You will now see the VM you have created, in the details of the server, you will see text that says Ephemeral with a down arrow icon. Click the down arrow and instead choose Static. A pop out window will appear asking for a Name, enter the name you wish to give this (I imaginatively choose teslamate), then click Reserve.

This will now fix the currently assigned IP address to your VM.

Create two subdomains to setup TeslaMate on Google Cloud

As per the TeslaMate Guide you have to setup the two different subdomains. TeslaMate instructions recommend creating grafana and teslamate, this is completely up to you, you’ll just need to make changes in the .env file later on to make sure this works for you.

For those subdomains, you need to change the DNS setup so that those subdomains have A records that point to your public facing IP address for your GCP micro VM instance.

Wait for the DNS changes to propagate

Before proceeding, I’d advise waiting until your DNS changes have been reflected. Ping your new subdomain URLs (teslamate.MYDOMAN.COM) when you get a positive result that matches the public IP of your Micro VM you are good to proceed. This won’t be instant and will depend on the DNS management service you are using.

Docker install

Open SSH (SSH via the browser from the Google Cloud console is fine).

Run the following commands one after the other:

sudo apt update
sudo apt install apt-transport-https ca-certificates curl software-properties-common gnupg2
curl -fsSL https://download.docker.com/linux/debian/gpg | sudo apt-key add -
sudo add-apt-repository "deb [arch=amd64] https://download.docker.com/linux/debian $(lsb_release -cs) stable"
sudo apt update
sudo apt install docker-ce
sudo usermod -aG docker $USER

Docker Compose install

Within the same SSH session, we can now install Docker Compose

Run the following commands one after the other:

sudo curl -L https://github.com/docker/compose/releases/download/1.26.1/docker-compose-`uname -s`-`uname -m` -o /usr/local/bin/docker-compose
sudo chmod +x /usr/local/bin/docker-compose

Creating a swap file

Due to the micro instance having a small amount of memory, we will create a 1gb swap file to help deal with the load.

Run the following 2 commands one after the other:

sudo fallocate -l 1G /swapfile && sudo chmod 600 /swapfile && sudo mkswap /swapfile
echo "/swapfile swap swap defaults 0 0" | sudo tee -a /etc/fstab && sudo reboot

Once the box has restarted, continue to the next step.

Installing TeslaMate on Google Cloud

You can now follow this guide to Setup TeslaMate on Google Cloud Raspberry Pi: Advanced Traefik TeslaMate install

For those unfamiliar with how to create the files in the above guide, I use the nano editor. For example, to create the docker-compose.yml file, type the following into your SSH session: nano docker-compose.yml this will load up the nano editor, allowing you to use your familiar PC/Mac copy/paste commands to get the content in.

Once you’ve finished editing the file(s), Ctrl+X to exit, choosing Y to save the file

I’d advise when first starting up TeslaMate, you run the following just so you can check for any errors: sudo docker-compose up

With the above, you’ll see it getting everything installed, hopefully with no errors. Check your new URLs, if you’re a new user login to the teslamate URL, if you’re an existing user moving over to cloud from local you should do a restore of a previous backup before signing in.

Once you’re happy everything works, in the SSH window, you can quit the docker-compose session with Ctrl+C, then restart it with sudo docker-compose up -d

What next?

Now TeslaMate is running, you might want to setup some backups, import Supercharger and destination charger locations (so they show up when you charge)

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Batteries

How long do Tesla batteries last Updated 2021

This is the biggest challenge when you are looking for a new car, one of the biggest misdoubt people have before committing to the purchase of an electric vehicle like Tesla is the fear that their charged car battery will not last as long as they need it to. In this article, I will tell you why Tesla is best selection when you are purchasing an electric vehicle.

However, the good news is, Tesla vehicles have come a long way since the first Tesla Roadster, which did not hold a charge. EVs are becoming much more practical for everyday use, and their batteries are lasting for more miles’ worth of range.

In this blog, we will explain what you can expect from your Tesla car battery, including how much total mileage range you’ll get per charge, how long your battery will last, and what it will cost for a battery replacement.

How long do Tesla batteries last Updated 2021

The Tesla Model S has the longest range of any commercially-available electric car. Image source: Tesla

What is the range a Tesla has after one charge? 

For any Tesla car, the battery will last for at least 250 miles on a single charge. The range really depends on how you are driving and how large your battery is. 

The longest range Tesla offers is just over 402 miles of range per full charge. 

Much like a gasoline engine, the Tesla adjusts the available mile range up or down based on current driving conditions. With a full charge, it may say that you have 250 miles to go, but it could be slightly less if you are always stomping on the gas pedal and driving aggressively.

Tesla’s Model 3, Model S, and SUV Model X and Model Y, have varying range after one full charge, as the below chart shows:

ModelRange
Model 3 Standard Range Plus250 miles
Model 3 Long Range322 miles
Model 3 Performance299 miles
Model S Long Range Plus402 miles
Model S Performance348 miles
Model X Long Range Plus351 miles
Model X Performance305 miles
Model Y Long Range Plus316 miles
Model Y Performance315 miles

The mileage range for each model is based on EPA estimates.

So, if your commute is 50 miles in one direction, after a single charge for the Model 3 Standard Range, you can commute back and forth four times and will need a charge on the fifth trip. Put another way, on that single charge, you can take a road trip from New York City to Washington D.C. – just be sure to plug in once you reach your destination! 

If you are really interested in high mileage reliability, your best option is the Model S Long Range Plus. Which, in our hypothetical scenario, could get you from New York City to Washington D.C. and halfway back before needing to stop and charge somewhere around Delaware. 

Either way, any Tesla you choose will provide sufficient range for everyday and long-drive uses. 

Why is the range different for each Tesla model? 

Your Tesla’s range really depends on the model of the car, its battery size, and how you drive. 

Car model 

Tesla’s Model 3 is meant to be a more affordable option, so it comes with a smaller internal battery. If you are interested in owning a Tesla for your daily commute or for simply running errands, this car is a great option. 

You can compare it to the Nissan Leaf or Chevy Volt in terms of practicality and affordability, but the Tesla offers a more sleek, aesthetically appealing car with a higher mileage range. 

The Long Range Models, such as the Model S cars, offer unparalleled acceleration, going from 0 to 60 miles per hour in as little as 3.7 seconds. So if you are looking for an electric car that can perform even better than its gas-powered counterparts, a Long Range Model would be a great choice. 

The Performance Model is similar to the Long Range but comes with more features like enhanced interior styling, a carbon fiber spoiler, and better traction control. The Performance Model can accelerate even quicker, going from 0-60mph in 2.3 seconds. 

Not your typical commuting car, but if you are interested in performance and style, this is the one to choose. 

Battery size 

The battery size affects the mileage range of the car. For example, the Model 3 has the smallest battery and on a full charge, it can drive up to 250 miles, versus the Model S Long Range, which has a larger battery, and can travel up to 402 miles on a single charge. 

However, the battery size also determines the car’s cost. So, the Model 3 Standard Range has the smallest battery, making it the cheapest option at about $30,000. The Model S Long Range will cost you about $70,000. 

With most EV batteries, you either get one with a high battery capacity that holds a charge for a very long time or one that can be charged quickly. The goods news is with a Tesla car, you can have both! 

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How you drive 

It is important to note that similarly to traditional internal combustion engine cars, your car’s battery will deplete more quickly and not make it the full range if you consistently drive fast. 

Also, when driving in less than ideal conditions, such as snowy or rainy weather, your battery will exert more power. Driving into a headwind or in freezing temperatures can definitely affect your range, so you need to be aware of those things in advance.

Ensuring you drive at a safe speed, keep the tires fully inflated, break slowly, and reduce excess weight inside the car, means you’re less likely to encounter issues surrounding range. 

Like any car, the way you maintain and care for your Tesla will help the car and the battery last longer. But no matter how well you take care of your vehicle, there will come a point where your Tesla battery has to be replaced. 

How long do Tesla batteries last? 

Tesla car batteries are designed to last 300,000-500,000 miles and the rumor is that Tesla is working on developing a battery that can last a million miles. However, currently-available batteries are not yet capable of lasting a million miles and might need a battery replacement during the lifetime of the car. 

So few EV batteries have been replaced that the best information available is Elon Musk claiming a $5,000 to $7,000 price tag for a new battery for a Model 3 car. But, a Tesla battery might still be able to perform after 500,000 miles, just at a lesser mileage range per charge.

Recharging electric car batteries does put strain on the battery life and its ability to hold a charge, especially if the battery runs out of power and is fully recharged daily. On the bright side, however, that is unlikely unless you are driving 300+ miles a day. 

You can also expect your battery’s performance to be reliable over time. Research suggests that a typical Tesla battery degradation is 10% after 160,000 miles. That means that after all of those miles driven, the performance and energy density of the battery drops a mere 10% less than it was at its peak performance.  

Tesla’s battery warranty 

Luckily, all Tesla car batteries are covered under a warranty, so if for some reason they stop performing or break down, you will be covered. 

The battery warranty depends on the model of your car. The battery is covered for 8 years or 120,000 to 150,000 miles – whichever comes first. The chart below breaks down the warranty you are guaranteed based on the model of your vehicle. 

ModelBattery Warranty
Model 38 years or 120k miles
Model S8 years or 150k miles
Model X8 years or 150k miles
Model Y8 years or 120k miles

All of the Tesla car model batteries are covered for at least 8 years if you do not hit the 120,000 or 150,000 miles travelled mark. 

So, you can drive your Tesla Model 3 or Model Y for 15,000 miles a year, or about 41 miles a day, before hitting 120,000 miles before your 8-year timeframe is up. For the Tesla Model X and S, you have 18,750 miles a year, or 52 miles a day. 

Ultimately, your car battery should last longer than 8 years and 150,000 miles but for the first few years of your car’s life, Tesla will have you covered.

What battery options do I have when buying a Tesla? 

Each car comes with different lithium-ion batteries based on the desired functionality of the car, including energy storage, speed, and charge time. You can get a Model S and Model X with a 100kWh battery pack which allows the Tesla Model X and S to go further on a single charge. 

The amount of time it takes to charge your car battery depends on the charger you use. For instance, the Tesla Model S (both the Performance and Long Range Models) comes with an 11.5 kW Onboard Charger. The Onboard Charger charges a battery at 11.5 kW an hour, meaning for a 60 kWh battery, you will need about 6 hours to fully charge the battery. 

Unfortunately, Teslas do not come with a wall charger – you will need to purchase that separately. They do, however, include a mobile charger as a backup option.  

When you need a charge and you aren’t home, Tesla superchargers can be found in high-traffic areas for Tesla owners to use, for a fee. They are becoming more available globally and can charge cars in 15 minutes for up to a range of 136 miles. 

However, using these charging stations is stressful for your battery and should be used sparingly to maintain your battery’s life and functionality. 

How does a fully charged Tesla compare to gas powered cars? 

Tesla cars have become more reliable in terms of mileage range and the lifetime of their batteries. The upfront cost of a Tesla vehicle ranges from $37,000 – $125,000 based on the model type, making it much more expensive than many gas powered vehicles.

However, it is cheaper to charge your Tesla than it is to pay for gas. You will save money in the long run with a Tesla versus traditional cars, even if your battery does need replacing down the line. 

An even better way to keep costs low is to charge your car using solar panels. This way, the electricity you are using is free and sustainable. Find out how much it will cost you to install solar panels so that you can make owning a Tesla as sustainable and cost effective as possible. 

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Tesla confirms software update for Model 3 SR+ MIC

If you have been following the buzz, you will by now be aware that many new Tesla Model 3 SR+ MIC (made in China) owners are experiencing slow charge speeds on SuperChargers around Europe. As the vehicles arrive from the Shanghai gigafactory, this has only gotten more traction.

So we reached out to Tesla, that confirms they have a software team that is investigating the slower supercharge claims on the Model 3 SR+ and plan to release a patch to fix this.

They also denied that there is any official statement regarding free supercharge in Europe for models purchased this year from December 12th and forward.

They also let us know, that the Model 3 SR+ comes with 30 days free premium connectivity and anyone getting a full year got it by mistake.

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How to tell if you have the 2021 Tesla Model 3

Earlier this month, rumors were plenty about an update to the model 3 that included very nice new features. Some are taken from the model Y others are “just” part of the constant tweaking an innovation that Tesla is known for.

Tesla Model 3 2021 Changes

Not all of these are confirmed, but so far, this is the list of changes people have observed.

  1. No more piano-black center console. It’s now changed to a matte finish that gives it a more high end look. It also looks like the center isn’t flipping out anymore and the sides are covered in leather finish.
  2. Updated steering wheel.
  3. Updated headlights
  4. Updated tail lights.
  5. The chrome frames are gone. I guess Elon saw all the chrome delete work being done and decided to get rid of it, but more likely, it’s for environmental and cost issues.
  6. Double layered glass on the windows and windshield, should reduce noise in the cabin.
  7. The frunk has decreased in size to make room for the heat pump, that was previously only available for the Tesla Model Y.
  8. USB ports in the glove compartment for safe storage of the sentry cam recordings.
  9. New standard aluminium rims, that are supposedly more aerodynamic.
  10. Power lift trunk. Yay!

So how do you actually see if your Tesla Model 3 is the 2021 model or not?

It’s quite simple, the VIN number has a letter as the 10th digit and if it’s an L, it’s the 2020 model. If the letter is M, it’s the 2021 model.

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Can a 65″ TV fit in the Tesla Model 3 Trunk?

So the other day my wife asked me: “What size TV can you fit in that trunk of the car you ordered?”. It’s not like we need a new TV, but I do recall that when we bough the last TV a 65″ LG tv, it could just fit in the Volvo V60 with the seats down.

So I googled it, turns out I was not the only person that asked this question. Turns out that it can!

Tesla Model 3 Trunk Dimensions

Width : 37 inches – 94 cm
Length : 42 inches – 107 cm
Height : 18 inches – 46 cm

Those are with the seats down and you need that to fit that 65″ TV there. Turns out that you can!

Courtesy of user Jedi2155 of TeslaMotorsClub

There you have, a nice snug fit as described. Doesn’t damage anything and now there is no reason not to go get that new 65″ TV for Black Friday!

Can a 65″ TV fit in a Tesla Model S?

Sure can, look at this! It’s almost like they were made for it.

Image courtesy of user kaidou of TeslaMotorsClub

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How does ordering a Tesla work?

Let us try and see if I can walk you through the process that I have been through until now. Because Tesla is not like your regular car dealer, where you go to try out cars and get to take one home the same day.

Tesla has showrooms, where you might be able to see a car – but not always, because they might not be in. So you need to book a test drive with them.

A few days before the test drive they will call you to confirm your attendance. You usually get 45 mins from arrival until you have to hand in the car key (or in the case of Tesla the Model 3, your car card) – it might sound like a lot of time for a test drive, at least for me it did – but it’s not. Fortunately, you can book more than one test drive 😉

For me one was enough, I was sold. or at least, hooked, because I still had to justify spending more than I was actually prepared – see in my country, a Tesla Model 3 will cost you around $60.000 including VAT and Tax.

Even at that price, it’s worth it, because of 3 things:

  1. It’s a Tesla and I’m already a shareholder.
  2. The gasoline savings alone for me, is around $250 a month
  3. Much less maintenance than a regular ICE car.

If you want an example of the numbers for a current owner, check out this YouTube video.

How much does it really cost to own a Tesla Model 3

I did so much number crunching it was crazy, about an hour a day for two weeks. Sure I could get by with a regular car and the math would say that I could save around $200 a month doing so, but I felt like I needed to be part of it. I felt like I need to support the goal of a cleaner world. And the joy of driving a Tesla Model 3 would not leave me.

So I contacted someone I knew that owned a Tesla, he was in the US and owned a Model S. But he had a referral code and I wanted those 1500 Km. of free super charging and wanted him to get 1000 miles of free super charging as well.

Placing the order for a new Tesla

I placed the order, using his referral link… of course! But I am getting ahead of myself. Because first you need to configure your Tesla, at this point, you will have played with the configuration already – if you haven’t at this time, go do it!

Once you have your car configured, ordering it is fairly straightforward. Choose how you want to pay and go for it. For most people, you pay a small reservation advance of around $200. If you cancel before you get the card, you do not get the money back – the amount is subtracted from your final payment, so it’s not a fee. It’s just to make sure tons of people don’t place orders, they don’t intend to fulfill.

The tesla hedgehog giving the OK sign after you order your tesla

After this, you need to add some information about yourself, how you plan to pay, what your insurance company is and where you want to pick it up.

Delivery times after order

After this the waiting starts. For me it, I got a call from Tesla 9 days after the order, they wanted to confirm everything. I asked them when delivery would be and they said late November early December. I placed the order on September 30.

Why so late? Well, first off all. In Denmark most cars get taxed at around 160% + 25% VAT of the total amount. Yea it’s crazy.

But Electric Vehicles are exempt if they are below a certain price range…. at least until January 2021. So a lot of people are ordering Teslas these days, since they are classified as a “luxury EV” and the price will go up.

Also it is my understanding that the first six weeks of every quarter, the Tesla Freemont Factory produces the European models, then swap over to produce the American models. So if you are in Europe and happen to order a combination of a car, that isn’t already en-route, you need to wait at least the time it takes the cars to get loaded on a big boat, sailed across the Atlantic, offloaded in Europe and then driven via train or lorry to your country. That could be anything from 6-12 weeks.

So I shall lean back, try to be patient and keep researching my new car. Never have I been this excited to get a car… and I’m not even a person usually interested in cars…

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So I ordered a Tesla Model 3 SR+ in all black

Now the wait begins… I actually ordered it 8 days ago. I’m in Denmark (northern Europe, the old viking lands) and I’m building this website to make time go faster and to document my research.

Right now the powers that by, are deciding what to do about the “green energy initiative” and one of the things they want to do, is tax cars above a certain price threshold. That basically includes all Teslas.

So before that happens, I decided to blow my car budget and purchase a model 3.

I’ve owned all sorts of ICE (Internal Combustion Engine) cars and since I am swapping my current position out and have to drive 170 KM to work every shift (that’s twice a week in average I do 24 hour shifts as a fire fighter), I decided I needed something that would be a comfortable silent ride so I could arrive at work ready to go.

My current company car I have to give up. Before that, I had a Volvo V60. A very nice, safe car and comfortable too. But I sold when I was offered a company car and now that’s going away, the wife’s Renault Twingo is all that’s left…. and while that’s a great small city car, it’s not a car to ride 170 KM in at 5 AM in the morning.

So I did the math and between driving in the Twingo and driving in the Tesla Model 3 SR+, there is a price tag difference of $250.

My calculations might not apply to you, gasoline is super expensive here so the bulk savings are from that, but service savings are huge as well. Tesla’s just require less service than ICE cars. In fact, any true EV (electric vehicle) will do that, but right now, in my book, no other EV comes close to the Tesla Model 3. Also I need an EV with a towbar.

If you want to learn more about the cost of owning a Tesla Model 3, check out this video that I enjoyed (it’s not mine)

So I plan to expand this website, as I wait for my car to arrive. I’ll include a section with tips and tricks, good links and so on. If you have any comments or questions, please feel free to let me know in the comments below.