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What we know about the Tesla models due for launch in India

Electric mobility giant Tesla Motors Inc. is all set to enter the Indian market, with four of its models having received approval for homologation by the Indian government. According to the government’s Vahan Seva website, four models or variants of Tesla were submitted for homologation and have recently received approval for the same.

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While the website does not confirm the name or variant of the car, Tesla Club India – a Twitter group actively providing updates on Tesla’s activity in India – speculated that the models are the Tesla Model 3 and Model Y.

The speculations come in light of Tesla’s Model 3 and Model Y having been spotted testing on Indian roads, heavily camouflaged, but, given the unique silhouettes carried by each Tesla, hard to be mistaken for anything else.

So what do we know about the Teslas coming to India and why do they have four models listed instead of the two that have been spotted on the road?

All Tesla cars, like pretty much every other car sold in the world, come with multiple variants, with different motor configurations and different states of tune. The Model 3, for example, has three powertrain variants sold internationally, starting with the rear-wheel-drive “Standard Plus”  variant which features a single electric motor powering the rear axle.

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It features a 50 kWh battery and has a claimed range of 421 km, as per the Environment Protection Agency testing method. In the U.S, the base Tesla is priced at roughly Rs 29.2 lakh, and given that it’s a direct import, will cost twice as much when launched in India.

In addition to that, Model 3 has two dual-motor variants – the Performance and the Long Range AWD model. Both are powered by the same 75 kWh battery but while one is tuned for outright acceleration, the other is designed for an extended range of 568km with the top-end variant priced at Rs 41.6 lakh in the US and will cost roughly Rs 82 lakh if launched in India.

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Why the Model Y?

While the Model 3 is presently the best-selling plug-in electric car in the world, India still remains an SUV market, and given that the Model X might be too pricey to be launched initially, it’s the smaller Model Y that makes more sense for the Indian market. Although buyers in that category tend to be less utility conscious, the Model Y does come with a seven-seat configuration (optional) and a dual-motor AWD setup as standard, making it a potent off-roader.

Available in two variants—the Performance and the Long Range AWD—the Model Y’s pricing is expected to start around Rs 77 lakh, given that it costs Rs 38.7 lakh in the US. Both the Model 3 and the Y form the lower-end of Tesla’s product lineup with the Model S Plaid and the upcoming Roadster, marking the top-end.

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While there has been no official communication from Tesla regarding launch dates or details about which model is being launched, Elon Musk has been vocal in his demand for greater tax rebates. While the Central government hasn’t made an official statement regarding lowering duties, a Reuters report claims that two senior government officials have told the news agency about the government considering slashing EV import duty from 60% to 40%. But only if the car’s total value is less than $40,000 including cost, insurance, and freight charges.While the likes of the Tesla Model S mark the top-end of the brand’s luxury and performance spectrum and would comply with Tesla’s top-down sales approach, it’s not going to meet the criteria mentioned here and therefore is unlikely to be one of the four variants approved for homologation. At present, only the base Model 3 meets the alleged $40,000 cut-off criteria. For the rest, Tesla is just going to have to build cars locally.

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Tesla gets approval for four models from India’s testing agencies

It was not immediately clear which models or variants these were but multiple test cars of Tesla have been spotted regularly on Indian roads. Model 3 and Model Y have been seen testing in India since the past several weeks.

Electric vehicle giant Tesla has cleared the homologation stage for all the four models/variants it had sought approval for in India paving the way for their launch.

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As per information shared by the Centre-controlled Vahan Sewa, Tesla India Motors and Energy, the India subsidiary of Tesla Inc. has received approvals for all four of its vehicle variants. Homologation is a process that certifies a particular vehicle is roadworthy after meeting all the specified criteria.

It was not immediately clear which models or variants these were but multiple test cars of Tesla have been spotted regularly on Indian roads. Model 3 and Model Y have been seen testing in India since the past several weeks.

Tesla gets approval for four models from India

Tesla gets approval for four models from India’s testing agencies.

The approval, however, does not mean an immediate launch. Tesla, which has sought lowering of import duties from the Indian government, is yet to finalise its launch plans. The company is hoping to have a cheaper price tag on its cars which is otherwise not possible due to the steep import duties.

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Import duty on EVs in India is 100 percent if CIF (cost insurance and freight) value is more than $40,000 and 60 percent if CIF value is less than $40,000.

The Model Y and Model 3 of Tesla are priced in the range of $38,700 to $41,200. Both models made up 90 percent of Tesla’s volumes in 2020. The balance share of 10 percent came from Model S and Model X which are priced in the range of $81,200 and $91,200.In 2018 the government relaxed norms, permitting manufacturers to import and sell 2,500 vehicles per year without the need for homologation in India. A compliance certificate from the country of origin would suffice.

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India may lower import duty for Tesla vehicles, but on one condition

The government said it may consider reducing import duty for Tesla as Elon Musk’s company gears up to sell electric vehicles in India. But the government has one condition. Here is all you need to know.

The central government has said it may consider lowering import duty and other incentives for Tesla, which is expected to soon start selling its electric vehicles in India. The development comes days after Tesla CEO Elon Musk raised concern over high import duties charged by the country.

However, the consideration will only be taken up when if the company decided to manufacture its cars in the country, according to a senior government official quoted in an ET report. Tesla had approached the government earlier to seek a reduction on its cars, adding that they should be treated as electric vehicles and not luxury automobiles.

“We will be open to consider, especially if they will set up a manufacturing place here,” the senior official told ET. The official, however, made it clear that any decision on the matter will apply to the entire sector and not just a particular company.

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EXISTING INCENTIVES FOR EVs

import duty for Tesla vehicles

The government has announced multiple incentives in the past for companies that produce electric vehicles in the country. One of the moves, for instance, is the reduction of goods and services tax (GST) on electric vehicles from 12 per cent to 5 per cent.

The tax on chargers and charging stations for electric vehicles was also reduced to 5 per cent from 18 per cent.

The government has not only incentivised local production of electric vehicles but also introduced tax benefits for people who buy electric cars. Under the scheme, buyers are eligible for an upfront reduction in price and an income tax deduction of Rs 1.5 lakh on interest paid towards loans taken for the purchase of electric vehicles. However, there is no such incentive for selling or buying imported vehicles at the moment.

Tesla has sought a 40 per cent reduction on fully assembled electric cars, according to an ET report from last week.

The current rate applicable is 60 per cent for electric vehicles prices below $40,000 and 100 per cent for anything above. The company has reportedly flagged the issue in a letter to various government ministries and departments.

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It may be noted that India’s current import duty structure does not differentiate between electric cars and those that run on traditional fuels.

Even Elon Musk has tweeted highlighting the high import duties charged by the country on electric vehicles. Responding to a tweet on when Tesla will enter the Indian market, Musk said, “We want to do so, but import duties are the highest in the world by far from any large country!”

“Moreover, clean energy vehicles are treated the same as diesel or petrol, which does not seem entirely consistent with the climate goals of India,” he added.

“But we are hopeful that there will be at least a temporary tariff relief for electric vehicles. That would be much appreciated.”

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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 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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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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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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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! 

Get 1000 Miles / 1500 KM of FREE supercharge when you order your new Tesla if you use this order link.

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.