Teslas can now seamlessly charge at EVgo stations with adapter

By Kevin Armstrong
EVgo now features a seamless payment solution
EVgo now features a seamless payment solution
EVgo

EVgo is one of the largest public fast-charging networks in the U.S., and it's now getting more appealing for Tesla owners. EVgo, which plans to triple in size in the next five years, added Autocharge+ in its latest app update, allowing CCS-enabled Teslas to use the system without swiping a card.

Autocharge+ is similar to how Tesla owners use the Supercharger network by simply plugging in, and letting the vehicle determine the charges.

Tesla's Supercharging network is massive and growing every day. There are currently more than 35,000 stations worldwide, including approximately 1,500 in the United States, and the company recently asked for public input for the location of its next stations.

While Tesla serves its customers, the more charging stations in more places, the better. This expansion will be significant with the rapid growth of EVs both now and in the future. EVgo predicts that half of all vehicles will be fully electric or some form of hybrid electric by 2030.

EVgo is the first public charging network that offered a Tesla connector, meaning no adapters were needed to use their stations. However, the Tesla version chargers do not work with the AutoCharge+, and owners who want to take advantage of the hassle-free charging will need to use Tesla's CCS adapter.

EVgo is utilizing the ISO 15118 communication standard that allows vehicles to communicate with the grid to make charging a vehicle easier.

Tesla's CCS adapters have already been added to the EVgo list of eligible products or vehicles to use with its system. Tesla added CCS adapters to its store in September, and for people who own Teslas that are not CCS compatible, they were met with a message that a retrofit is required and to check back in 2023.

According to EVgo's website, it has partnered with several automakers, including Tesla, "to offer their EV customers enticing charging solutions including pre-paid charging credits, preferred pricing, infrastructure deployment, mobile app solutions, and more." In addition, there are instructions and videos to simplify the signing-up process, which is a one-time enrollment in their app.

While EVgo may never be as simple as using Tesla's Superchargers, since it does require setting up an account with EVgo, this is a great step in the right direction. Superchargers are extremely convenient, but more choice is always welcomed and this solution will further help EV adoption.

People may also like the company's environmental initiatives. For example, it celebrated its 500,000 customer by partnering and donating to One Tree Planted, an organization working on reforestation efforts. Cathy Zoi, CEO of EVgo said, "As we enable more drivers and communities to access the benefits of driving electric, EVgo remains committed to renewables and renewing our mission to grow a business that is sustainable environmentally and financially."

Another reason Tesla owners may want to swing by EVgo, the company has launched a social media campaign encouraging users of the system to use #EVgo500K when posting a picture of using one of their stations. People posting pictures on Facebook or Instagram using the #EVgo500K hashtag will earn 500 bonus EVgo Rewards points.

Tesla Chief Designer Says His Favorite Vehicle Is Yet to Come

By Kevin Armstrong
The Tesla Roadster 2.0 could be Tesla's next vehicle to hit production
The Tesla Roadster 2.0 could be Tesla's next vehicle to hit production
Tesla

Tesla's Chief Designer, Franz von Holzhausen, has designed the company's entire fleet of vehicles, but the Model S, 3, X, Y, Cybertruck and Semi are not his favorites. "My favorite one is the one that is coming.

I can't talk about (it)," von Holzhausen told CNBC. He then quickly pivoted the conversation away from that topic. Nevertheless, several rumored vehicles will be the next to carry the "T" logo. So, which one is the creative mind of Tesla referring to in his evasive answer?

Franz von Holzhausen Interview

Let's start with the suspects. A cheaper, smaller and less expensive electric vehicle has been predicted for years. More recently, there have been ideas about a van. And then there is the second generation of the highly anticipated Roadster. While von Holzhausen didn't talk about the next one, he did give some clues later in the interview. "My all-time favorite car is a '62 250 GTO (Ferrari). I mean, it is quintessential. It's an insane car. I'm also a big fan of this kind of wedge era. The early (Lamborghini) Countachs, the whole kind of flat, low sports car. Those were always the posters on my wall."

The Designer Loves Sports Cars

When a 54-year-old man reminisces about the cars featured in posters plastered on his wall when he was a kid, he is not excited about a van or a compact vehicle — no, he is excited about a sports car. The second-generation Roadster was unveiled in 2017 simultaneously with the Semi. But there hasn't been much mention of the sports car since. The company is just now delivering Semis, and Cybertrucks are expected in 2023, but the Roadster doesn't have an ETA. Or does it? The chief designer says, "… the one that is coming." So, we can only assume that the Roadster is next to hit the production line.

Tesla Roadster 2.0

A Designer Who has Changed the Industry

One of the first employees of Tesla back in 2008, von Holzhausen, recalls the early days and how things have changed. "There is a moment that I thought when I first joined Tesla that it would be great to see multiple Teslas in one drive experience around town. And now, it's hard to go anywhere without seeing a bunch of Teslas. So, it's great to see the impact that Tesla has had in people's lives but also how it's changed the industry. It really pushed this idea that an EV can be better than an internal combustion vehicle."

He also gave some insight into designing vehicles that have and continue to change the auto industry, "Tesla isn't beholden to what has been done in the past. We are always trying to push the boundaries and deliver on a promise of something fun, something enjoyable and something you would love to own and tell your friends about."

It looks like The Roadster could be the next fun, enjoyable vehicle to tell everyone about.

Tesla's 2023 Model 3 'revamp' is for cost-cutting, not a redesign

By Lennon Cihak
Tesla's revamping its Model 3 vehicle
Tesla's revamping its Model 3 vehicle
Tesla

Tesla’s gearing up for a small "revamp" of its popular Model 3 vehicle, which is set to go into production in the middle of 2023.

According to Reuters, the revamp is called “Project Highland” and aimed at lowering the production costs and increasing the Model 3’s attractiveness and not because it needs a redesign. The Model 3 was launched back in 2017, and Tesla has already sold well over 1 million of them.

According to our sources, don’t expect a design overhaul of the Model 3, though. Instead, Project Highland will focus on reducing the number of components and complexity of the Model 3’s interior.

The main goal of this Model 3 revamp is to increase manufacturing efficiencies and reduce costs. Tesla would like to get the Long Range and possibly the Performance variants of the Model 3 to qualify for the US tax incentive for 2023. Under this tax credit, manufacturers’ suggested retail price for brand-new sedans must be less than $55,000. For SUVs, trucks and vans, the maximum price is capped at $80,000.

Our previous evaluation of the vehicles that would qualify include the Model 3 RWD, Model Y Long Range (AWD), and Model Y Performance. However, this will likely change once the revamp goes into production.

Do not expect new vehicle features to be added to the Model 3, such as a rear display, air suspension, or ventilated seats. These features would raise the price of the Model 3 and create a significant overlap between the Model 3 and the refreshed Model S.

Yoke Steering Wheel

One new feature that is possible in this Model 3 revamp is the introduction of a yoke steering wheel or more likely, a wheel similar to the Tesla Semi, which has capacitive controls and no stalks. The stalks are replaced with capacitive controls on the steering wheel and touch controls on the vehicle's display. We previously reported on this rumor in August.

Redesign Rumors

A few rumors are floating around online including a redesigned front bumper and removal of door handles in exchange for touchless doors like the Cybertruck and Roadster 2.0, although our source tells us that this is cool, but not accurate.

The revamped Model 3 is likely to remain without its ultrasonic sensors, as Tesla is beginning its transition to its own Tesla Vision. This technology uses the vehicle’s onboard cameras and vast amounts of data from the neural net to function.

Over the past few years, Tesla has made significant efficiencies in the way it builds and manufactures vehicles. Recently, the Model Y switched to a single-mold front casting. This requires 169 fewer pieces and 1,600 fewer welds. To achieve this, Tesla is using its Giga Presses at its Berlin Gigafactory.

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