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New Teslas are dropping the mobile charger — what it means for you

Although Tesla is a fairly new company compared to traditional car brands, it is currently the biggest name in the electric vehicle world and has come a long way in all-electric cars. It’s been a bumpy year for Tesla.

And as such, there’s a lot going around Tesla, from new cars to EV considerations started by Elon Musk. We now have an ongoing collection of Tesla news and updates and offer you a one-stop shop for you to follow what’s going on with the company.

Read on to find out the latest Tesla news and why you might want to get a little excited about what’s coming from Tesla this year and beyond.

Latest Tesla News (Updated April 19)

April 19: Your new Tesla won’t come with a free cell phone charger

Tesla’s 2nd Generation Mobile Connector Pack lets you plug your car into a standard household outlet, so you can charge it anywhere. Previously the package was available at the point of sale with your Tesla, but this is no longer the case.

elon musk approved This news on Twitter referenced statistics claiming that Mobile Connector usage was “super low”. This is not surprising considering the Mobile Connector’s 1.3 kW charging rate can only charge a range of 2-3 miles per hour. This means that the recharge time is measured in days, not hours.

However, Musk Changes was being done. If you want to buy a mobile connector, the price will drop from $275 to $200 Tesla will also include some additional adapters, you can probably plug the car into 240v outlets or Type 1 EV chargers if available.

Fortunately, Superchargers and Tesla home chargers, which can charge much faster, plug directly into any Tesla without any adapters.

April 13: The Standard Model Y series is back

After many rumors, Elekrek is reporting that the standard Tesla Model Y series is making a comeback. Tesla canceled the original Standard Range Model Y in February 2021 due to its (relatively) low 244-mile range. That leaves the Long Range Model Y as the cheapest model, currently at $62,990.

But Tesla is bringing back the cheaper Model Y, thanks to new 4860 batteries that offer significantly better power capacity than previous batteries. 279 miles of range and $59,990 starting price.

Unfortunately, Elekrek reports that the car is currently only available to Tesla employees, with the first being delivered at the Giga Rodeo event last week. However, sources say the car will be available to casual buyers “in the coming weeks”.

March 15: Tesla raises all prices again

“Tesla hike” is a phrase we have heard a lot in recent months, but here it is again. Earlier this week, Tesla took the risk of pricing once again in its online configurator, which means Tesla’s cheapest car, the Model 3, will now start at $46,990. That’s a $2,000 price increase.

The long-range Model 3 is now $2,500 more and is priced at $54,490, although it had a $1,000 price increase last week. The performance model went up to $3,000 and will now cost $61,990.

Other models were also not spared. The long-range Model Y is now priced at $62,990 after seeing a price increase of $1,000 last week and an additional $2,000 this time around. The Performance Model Y went from $3,000 to $67,990.

The already expensive Model S and Model X models did not suffer either. The Standard Model S now starts at $99,990, while the Plaid now starts at $135,990, both in increments of $5,000. The most expensive series in Tesla’s lineup, the Model X now costs $114,990 for the standard model and $138,990 for the Plaid. Related increases of $10,000 and $12,500.

As a result, the increase is likely due to the supply chain and increased material costs. The price of nickel, a key component in electric vehicle batteries, has seen a price increase in recent weeks.

The good news is that the price change only affects new orders. So if you booked a Tesla when prices were lower, that should be the price you pay.

March 11: Tesla prioritizes orders with $12,000 Full Self-Driving add-on

It’s no secret that Tesla may have trouble keeping up with demand, and some of its cars have quite long wait times – notably the Model X. But if you can afford to pay for Full Self-Driving, you can get it. If your car hadn’t done it sooner.

InsideEVs states that the wait time for the Model Y is about six months, but with the addition of the $12,000 FSD add-on, your wait time has been reduced to just two. Meanwhile, the standard Model 3 would arrive in May, while an FSD-equipped model would arrive a month earlier.

Therefore, if you want a Tesla and want it right away, you may have to pay an additional $12,000 for the privilege.

tesla model 3 in a supercharging station

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February 28: ‘Part Mode’ comes to non-performing Teslas.

Tesla will give drivers significantly more control over the setup of their vehicle, even if they don’t own either the company’s Performance or Plaid models.

owned by Elon Musk g It will come to Model 3 and Model Y – even if you own a standard or long-range version of both cars. Or at least it will if you have the Acceleration Boost update.

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Track Mode allows you to adjust handling, traction control and regenerative braking, and change the car’s stability. In addition, Tesla displays g-force, temperature of various parts, etc. on your car’s screen. It will display various properties, including

In addition, your vehicle’s dash camera automatically records each lap as a separate video, as long as you set the star and finish markers.

There is no timeline for this or if cars without Acceleration Boost will receive the update. So sit tight and be patient.

February 28: Full Self-Driving Beta begins in Canada

Tesla’s Fully Self-Driving Autopilot may be available in various parts of the world, but it was only available as the beta program began rolling out in the US or Canada as well.

The beta version is an optional program as long as your ride can pass Tesla’s “safety test score” and allow FSD drivers to access new software and features before they are released to the public. And now it will start to be available if you live in Canada. But bad luck if you live outside of North America.

Canadian FSD drivers can request access to the beta version in the vehicle’s infotainment screen. ride a Controls > Autopilot > Request fully autonomous driving beta and follow the on-screen instructions.

Tesla Model S

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February 23: Tesla wants you to be able to play Steam games in their cars

There may be a day in the near future where you can access your Steam library from inside your car. Or at least that’s what Tesla CEO Elon Musk is looking for. chirp It’s the company’s intention to allow Tesla to play games from Steam instead of moving games individually.

We’re working on the general case of getting Steam games to work on a Tesla versus certain games. The first is obviously where we need to be in the long run.February 22, 2022

The ability to play games on Tesla is nothing new. Newer Model S and Model X cars can play AAA games like The Witcher 3 and, in the future, Cyberpunk 2077. Other cars can also play various mini-games with less resources.

Obviously, adding Steam games would be a big boost. While it’s pretty useless to be able to play video games in your car right now, Musk alleged “when cars drive themselves, fun will be key”. It’s not wrong, but no matter how many times Musk tries to argue the contrary, we’re still a long way from cars that can handle all the heavy lifting without driver intervention.

This gives Tesla plenty of time to expand the limited game libraries of its cars. As long as you don’t let people throw them while you’re driving.

February 18: Tesla allows former Model 3 owners to upgrade their luggage – but only in China (for now)

Tesla has announced a new upgrade program that will allow people to pay $650 to equip their old Model 3 with an electric tailgate, or in other words, a self-opening motorized trunk. But there is a trick: the update is currently only available in China.

Older Model 3 EVs were sold without the electric tailgate, a feature many have come to expect at the price. Some have turned to third-party aftermarket facilities, but Tesla is now offering Chinese customers the chance to get the job done by authorized Tesla engineers. The asking price of $650 includes parts and labor.

Tesla seems to have been in the habit of announcing things in China before the rest of the world – recently it started offering a first-party packaging service in the country as well. Expect it to finally expand internationally and a tailgate update.

Photo of a white Tesla Model 3 charging from the supercharger.

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New Teslas are dropping the mobile charger — what it means for you

Tesla is the biggest name in the electric vehicles world at the moment, having somewhat blazed a trail with all-electric cars despite being a rather new company compared to tradition car brands. And it’s been a year of ups and downs for Tesla.
And as such, the Tesla has a lot going on around it from new cars to EV thoughts spouted by Elon Musk. So we now have a rolling collection of news and updates from Tesla, giving you a one-stop-shop to track what’s going on at the company. 
So read on for the latest news from Tesla and why you might want to get a bit excited about what’s coming from Tesla this year an beyond. 
Latest Tesla news (updated Apr 19)
April 19: Your new Tesla won’t come with a free mobile charger
Tesla’s Gen 2 Mobile Connector Bundle lets you plug your car into a standard household outlet, meaning you can recharge just about anywhere. Previously the bundle was included with your Tesla at the point of sale, but that’s no longer the case.
Elon Musk confirmed this news on Twitter, citing statistics that claimed Mobile Connector usage was “super low”. Which is not surprising given the fact the Mobile Connector’s 1.3 kW charging speed can only recharge 2-3 miles of range every hour. That means recharge time is measured in days, rather than hours, which is 
However Musk confirmed that some changes were being made. If you want to buy a Mobile Connector, the price will be dropping from $275 to $200. Tesla will also be including some additional adapters, likely so you can plug the car into 240v outlets or Type 1 EV chargers if they’re available. 
Thankfully Superchargers and Tesla home chargers, which can recharge significantly faster, will plug straight into any Tesla without an adapter.
April 13: The standard range Model Y is making a comeback
After many rumors, Elektrek is reporting that the standard range Tesla Model Y is making a comeback. Tesla canceled the original Standard Range Model Y in February 2021, due to it having a (relatively) low range of 244 miles. That left the Long Range Model Y, currently priced at $62,990, as the cheapest model.
But thanks to the new 4860 battery packs, which offer significantly better power capacity than previous batteries, Tesla is bringing back the cheapest Model Y. This new model offers a dual motor all-wheel drive system, rather than rear wheel drive of its predecessor, 279 miles of range and a $59,990 starting price. 
Unfortunately Elektrek reports that the car is only available to Tesla employees right now, with the first ones being delivered at the Giga Rodeo event last week. However sources say that the car will be made available to ordinary buyers “in the weeks ahead”.
Mar 15: Tesla raised all its prices again
“Tesla price increase” is a phrase we’ve been hearing all too much of in recent months, but here it is again. Earlier this week Tesla chances the prices on its online configurator once more, and means the cheapest Tesla car, the Model 3, now starts at $46,990. That’s a $2,000 price increase.
The long range Model 3 is now $2,500 more, despite already getting a $1,000 price hike last week, and costs $54,490. The Performance model went up by $3,000, and will now cost you $61,990.
Other models haven’t been spared either. The long range Model Y now costs $62,990, having suffered a $1,000 price increase last week and an additional $2,000 this time. The Performance Model Y went up by $3,000 to $67,990.
The already-expensive Model S and Model X models weren’t spared either. The standard Model S now starts at $99,990, while the Plaid is now $135,990, both of which are $5,000 increases. The Model X, the most expensive range in Tesla’s line-up, now starts at $114,990 for the standard model and $138,990 for the Plaid. Respective increases of $10,000 and $12,500.
As to why, the increase is presumably down to the supply chain and the increasing cost of materials. The price of Nickel, a key component in EV batteries, has seen its price surging in recent weeks.
The good news is the changing price only affects new orders. So if you reserved a Tesla back when prices were lower, that should be the price you pay.
Mar 11: Tesla is prioritizing orders with $12,000 Full Self-Driving add-on
It’s no secret that Tesla can have trouble meeting demand, and there are some pretty hefty wait times for some of its cars — especially the Model X. But if you have the money to pay for Full Self Driving, you may be able to get your car earlier than if you didn’t.
InsideEVs notes that the wait time for a Model Y is around six months, however adding the $12,000 FSD add-on shortens your wait time to just two. Meanwhile the standard Model 3 would arrive in May, while a FSD-equipped model would arrive a month earlier.
So if you want a Tesla, and you want it pronto, you might have to shell out an additional $12,000 for the privilege.

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Feb 28: ‘Track Mode’ is coming to non-performance Teslas.
Tesla is going to give drivers considerably more control over their car’s setting, even if they don’t own one of the company’s Performance or Plaid model cars. 
Elon Musk has g it will be coming to Model 3 and Model Y — even if you own a standard or Long Range version of either car. Or, at least, it will if you have the Acceleration Boost upgrade.

OkFebruary 21, 2022

Track Mode lets you adjust handling, traction control and regenerative braking, and modify the balance of the car. On top of this Tesla will visualize various specs on your car’s screen, including g-force, temperature of various parts, and so on.
On top of this, your car’s dash cam will automatically save each lap as a separate video, provided you set up star and finish markers.
There’s no timeline on this, or whether cars without Acceleration Boost will get the upgrade. So sit tight, and just be patient.
Feb 28: Full Self-Driving Beta is rolling out to Canada
Tesla’s Full Self-Driving Autopilot may be available in various parts of the world, but the beta program is only available in the U.S. Or it was, because it’s also started rolling out in Canada.
The beta is an opt-in program, provided your driving can pass Tesla’s “safety test score”, and gives FSD drivers access to new software and features before they roll out to the public. And now it’s going to start being available if you live in Canada. But tough luck if you live outside of North America.
Canadian FSD drivers can request access to the beta on their car’s infotainment screen. Head to Controls > Autopilot > Request Full-Self Driving Beta and follow the on-screen instructions.

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Feb 23: Tesla wants you to be able to play Steam games in its cars
There may be a day in the near future where you can access your Steam library inside your car. Or, at least, that’s what Tesla CEO Elon Musk is gunning for, by tweeting the company’s intention to let Tesla play Steam games — rather than simply porting titles one by one.

We’re working through the general case of making Steam games work on a Tesla vs specific titles. Former is obviously where we should be long-term.February 22, 2022

The ability to game in a Tesla is nothing new. More recent Model S and Model X cars can play AAA titles like The Witcher 3 and, at some point in the future, Cyberpunk 2077. Other cars can also play various less resource-hungry mini games.
Obviously adding Steam games would be a huge boost. While it’s pretty unnecessary to be able to play video games in your car right now, Musk has previously claimed that “entertainment will be critical when cars drive themselves.” He isn’t wrong, but we’re still a way off cars being able to do all the heavy lifting with no driver input — no matter how many times Musk tries to claim otherwise.
Which gives Tesla plenty of time to work on expanding its cars’ limited gaming libraries. Just so long as it doesn’t let people play them when they’re driving.
Feb 18: Tesla’s letting older Model 3 owners upgrade their trunk — but only in China (for now)
Tesla has announced a new upgrade program that will allow people to pay $650 to retrofit their old Model 3 with a power tailgate — or, in other words, a motorized trunk hatch that can open and close itself. But there’s a catch in that the upgrade is only available in China right now.
Older Model 3 EVs were sold without a power tailgate, a feature that many would expect at its price point. Some have resorted to aftermarket installations from third parties, but Tesla is now offering Chinese customers the chance to get the work done by authorized Tesla engineers . That $650 asking price included parts and labor.
Tesla seems to be making a habit of announcing things in China before the rest of the world of late — it recently began offering a first-party wrapping service in the country, too. Expect that, and the tailgate upgrade, to expand internationally eventually.

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