Now that the Model 3 can connect to wifi, I needed a solution to my poor signal in the garage. A Google Wifi system worked great for me and significantly improved my speed and reliability.
Tesla has confirmed that it has hit the 200,000th US delivery threshold. This milestone triggers the phase-out period.
Tesla buyers will lose the full $7,500 credit on new or inventory vehicles by the end of 2018, phasing to $3750 for the first half of 2019 and $1875 in the second half of 2019.
The big push for Model 3 production expedited this phase out milestone. However it appears Tesla intentionally timed the 200,000 vehicle to be sold in July (Q3) as to extend the phase out timeline.
For new and inventory Model S, X, and 3 buyers the federal phase out will look like this, under current rules.
$7,500 On or before December 31, 2018
$3,750 January 1 to June 30, 2019
$1,875 July 1 to December 31, 2019
There’s a new bill in Congress that is attempting to remove the delivery limit for the federal tax credit and replace it with a time limit but it doesn't seems likely to pass at this time.
Configure your Tesla here to get Free Supercharging im addition to the full Federal Tax credit: https://www.tesla.com/referral/kevin1561
After generously offering his template for free on the teslamotorsclub forums, member Kenriko is selling a great center console wrap kit on Amazon. It's well worth the asking price and installation time!
Elon Musk tweeted that the upcoming Roadster 2.0 is going to have an ‘Augmented Mode’ to help handle all that power.
In typical Elon fashion not much detail was provided. However, it sounds like a system that would take over some of the controls to help manage the available power.
Tesla plans to bring the new Roadster to production in 2020.
Check out our $25 solution to make the Model 3 trunk easier to close with a pair of replacement lift support struts.
Like many vehicles today, the Model 3 does not come with a spare tire. While under warranty, it does have roadside assistance to help with a flat tire, but that can be time-consuming and frustrating, especially if the flat tire is simply due to a nail or other puncture in the tire tread.
To prepare for such a situation, we've assembled a tire repair kit and an air compressor that look good, don't rattle, and fit perfectly in the side pocket of the Model 3 trunk.
Check out our review of an inexpensive Dupli-Color touch-up paint that is a perfect match for the factory metallic grey paint on the Model 3 wheels. It's perfect for curb rash repairs.
Tesla owners Erik Strait and Sean Mitchel set out to achieve their goal of 600 miles on public roads. They achieved 600 plus some, 606 to be exact.
Strait and Mitchel maintained their speed under 25 mph for 32 hours to achieve this record. They streamed the entire hypermiling run on Youtube in case you need something to put you to sleep.
Elon tweeted the following in response to a question on how the pilot project was going: "Pretty good. TinTin A & B are both closing the link to ground w phased array at high bandwidth, low latency (25 ms). Good enough to play fast response video games."
Tesla fan You You Xue crashed his Model 3 in Greece.
Prior to taking his Model 3 to Greece for an unofficial road trip, You You was advised by Tesla not to do so. The Model 3 is only being delivered to the US and Canada at this point in time. As such the car has no internet connection and has not been appropriately configured and approved for use in other countries,yet.
You You claims Autopilot was engaged at the time when the car gave the center divider a love tap. The car apparently swerved into it unexpectedly. Tesla advises that autopilot should only be used with you hands on the steering wheel and ready to take over at a moments notice.
It's not too far fetched to understand the disability the car had driving on European roads with no internet connection or mapping available. In addition to on board senors the Tesla cars are designed to utilize a shared data base of roads collected from each car. This car was driving without any of that available.
Don't place too much trust in Autopilot and always be ready to take over. Especially in a foreign country where the car is not released for use yet and at a disadvantage with part of its system disabled.
Even in the US I've has my Model S try to throw me into a few barriers and off bridges. This isn't full autonomous ready yet. Don't treat it like it is.
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