Tesla will add the ability to automatically configure your side mirrors

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By Jorge Aguirre

Elon Musk hinted on Twitter that Tesla will add the ability to automatically configure side mirrors for each driver, possibly leveraging the cabin camera to do so.

The tweet came in response to Twitter user James Stephenson (@ICannot_Enough) who directly asked the CEO:

“Hey, @elonmusk: Will Teslas ever be able to automatically adjust side mirror settings for new drivers? (based on 3D driver eye position + comparison with internal fleet camera data and side mirror settings)”

“Yes, but the side mirrors will no longer be necessary in a future autonomous. That said, we will add the automatic configuration to the side mirrors,” Musk said.

The Tesla CEO pointed out that side mirrors lead to about a 5% reduction in range at highway speeds, likely the reason he wants to remove them in a fully autonomous future.

Currently, Tesla side mirrors auto-tilt, auto-fold, and auto-dim, so auto-configuration seems like a logical next step.

Manual driver adjustment of mirrors is known to have particular weaknesses inherent in the biases and comforting tendencies of the driver performing the manual adjustment.

A known bias or propensity among operators in manually adjusting mirrors is a tendency to capture part of the side of the vehicle in the field of view. Due to this trend, the blind spots on the outer parts of the side mirrors are increased.

This tendency to tilt the mirrors inward creates larger blind spots in visual areas particularly relevant to making lane changes, which can lead to more accidents.

Drivers have been known to forgo making mirror adjustments or adjusting angles haphazardly due to the time it takes to fine-tune all three mirrors.

This new feature would provide a way to automatically and quickly adjust mirror adjustment angles.

This news follows Tesla’s release of cloud-enabled driver profiles in update 2022.24, which allow you to transfer your settings from one vehicle to another.

By Jorge Aguirre

Tesla prepares to launch non-Tesla Supercharger use in the US

If you’ve bought an electric car, you now know how frustrating it can be to find a place to charge it quickly. That’s why Tesla initially rolled out its Supercharger network of high-voltage chargers, and now they appear to be gearing up to allow other American electric vehicles to take advantage of the widely available network.

While there weren’t many details on how the company would proceed in the United States, Tesla has made it clear that its intention is to bring the global network of Level 3 high-voltage charging stations to the available to owners of non-Tesla electric vehicles, and it has been conducting test programs overseas for several months. According to Twitter user Sawyer Merritt, on the evening of Aug. 16, 2022, Tesla offered a brief preview of how the program works, temporarily offering non-Tesla owners membership options on the Tesla app.

It’s unclear whether the company erred in briefly giving access to the program or just trying it out, but membership options remained available through the app from around 9:30 p.m. until just before midnight, according to Merritt. .

It looks like Tesla will make a “pay as you go” option and an advertised subscription at just $0.99 per month available to non-Tesla EV owners. Merritt said each account requires a separate subscription, and there is a daily load cap of five sessions.

Merritt pointed to the cheap monthly membership fee of $0.99, especially compared to the $4 per month charged by Electrify America, suggesting that Tesla’s price tag of around $1 could be an effort to undercut competitors. .

We know that Tesla is preparing to launch the network in North America by creating a new CCS adapter for non-Tesla EV owners after launching the network in Europe, where Superchargers use the industry standard CCS plug. Although recently Aptera pushed Tesla’s connector to become the charging standard.

The change, which is expected to take place before the end of the year, is necessary to access additional federal funds intended to accelerate the development of electric vehicle charging stations. As electric cars become more popular, higher priority will be given to making sure drivers have easy access to charging stations for their cars. Tesla has a dominant market share in the electric car space, so it makes sense that they would offer the Supercharger network as a service to drivers of other electric vehicles.

This decision will not be without criticism, however, as the network is one of the biggest benefits of owning a Tesla and is significantly larger than any other fast-charging network in the United States. However, the network can get congested at times, and it’s unclear what will happen if more EVs are added to it.

Tesla should upgrade Superchargers to include the CCS connector in addition to Tesla’s proprietary connector.

Tesla’s next Supercharger redesign is also expected to be released later this year.

By Jorge Aguirre

New EV tax credit will only apply to certain Teslas

The Cut Inflation Act (a massive $750 billion health care, tax and climate bill) was signed into law by President Joe Biden.

The package includes incentives that will make buying electric cars in the United States more affordable. The caveat is that some of the most popular electric vehicles sold won’t see any difference.

A tax credit of up to $7,500 will be offered to buyers of new all-electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid vehicles through 2032. For used versions of these vehicles, the plan would also establish an additional tax credit of a maximum value of $4,000.

However, the legislation also introduces additional restrictions on who can qualify for the credit and which vehicles are eligible.

For new cars, the manufacturer’s suggested retail price for sedans must be less than $55,000 to qualify for the tax credit. For SUVs, trucks and vans, the maximum price would be $80,000.

This price cap effectively excludes the Tesla Model X and Model S, which start at over $100,000, alongside other high-end vehicles like the Mercedes EQS, Porsche Taycan and GMC Hummer. Some of the more expensive Tesla Model 3 configurations will also not be eligible.

Which Tesla models are eligible

The only Model 3 that would currently qualify is the rear-drive entry-level model, which costs around $47,000. This model would make it possible to take full advantage of the federal tax credit.

Tesla recently halted orders for the all-wheel-drive Model 3 Long Range, which could have reached the $55,000 mark had it received a slight price reduction. It will be interesting to see if Tesla will start offering this model again in the near future.

The rear-wheel-drive Model 3 is the only Tesla currently selling for less than $55,000. Fortunately, Tesla’s Model Y vehicles are classified as SUVs and will also be classified under the trucks, vans and SUVs portion of the tax credit.

Since SUVs can cost up to $80,000 and are still eligible for the full tax credit, both Model Ys will also be eligible, including the Performance model which currently costs just under $70,000. .

Model Price Qualified
Model 3RWD $46,990
Model 3 performance $62,990
Model Y Long Range (AWD) $65,990
Model Y performance $69,990
Models $104,990
Model S tiles $135,990
Model X $120,990
Pattern X Poster $138,990

That’s important, given that the Model Y and Model 3 are currently the most popular electric vehicles in the United States. In the first half of 2022, more Model Ys and Model 3s were sold in the United States than the combined sales of the next ten most popular electric vehicles.

Used electric vehicles must be at least two model years old to qualify. The ceiling price would be $25,000 and the credit would be limited to the lesser of $4,000 or 30% of the cost of the vehicle.

Other hurdles include a requirement that final assembly be done in North America. This should exclude electric vehicles made by Hyundai Motor, Kia, Audi and Polestar Automotive. These companies assemble electric vehicles sold in the United States in Asia and Europe.

In addition, the criteria for the EV purchase credit will be modified. For example, there are specifications for battery assembly locations and battery component sourcing. These specs appear to be intended to bolster the U.S. EV supply chain. Around 2024, these new complexities come into effect. The list of approved automobiles is maintained by the Treasury Department.

It is important to note that the existing tax credit of $7,500, which was established in 2008 and 2009 to encourage the adoption of electric cars, included a phase-out provision that would apply if a manufacturer sold 200,000 vehicles.

Tesla reached this milestone in 2018, and currently its electric vehicles are not eligible for the tax credit. The same goes for General Motors and Toyota (including its Lexus brand). But thanks to the revised bill removing the 200,000 sales cap, their electric cars would once again be eligible for the credit.

In addition, single taxpayers whose modified adjusted gross income exceeds $150,000 would not be eligible for the credit. This income cap would be $300,000 for married couples filing jointly and $225,000 for singles filing as heads of household.

It might seem like a good idea to buy an electric vehicle now given all the changes to the electric vehicle tax credit. However, keep in mind that several benefits, such as removing manufacturer limitations and applying credit at time of sale, won’t take effect until 2024 or next year.

While this change in tax incentives will make the already difficult-to-navigate electric vehicle market much more complicated in the immediate term, in the long run it will be great news for customers, especially mainstream middle-class consumers who will be able to later buy more affordable vehicles. EV.