Salvaged Tesla may soon be able to use Superchargers again
Unfortunately, accidents happen. There are more and more Teslas on the road every day. Consequently, more of them are likely to be involved in collisions. A Tesla write-off is quite a bit much more than your average vehicle write-off. Tesla previously banished salvaged vehicles from its robust Supercharger network (v4 Superchargers coming) and other third-party charging stations due to liability reasons. But that may be about to change.
Electrek has acquired internal documents outlining a new inspection process to allow salvaged Teslas back on the network. Electrek, a popular electric vehicle and green energy site, reports that the document is titled "Salvaged-Titled Vehicle Fast Charging Safety Inspection." It explains a two-step process of inspecting the high-voltage battery pack and all the charging components. If the car passes, it's back on the grid; if not, the components can be fixed at Tesla at the owner's expense.
The document, reportedly distributed to employees, lists the steps the car will go through. The Salvaged-Title Vehicle Fast-Charging Safety Inspection will commence after the Tesla has passed the Salvage-Titled Vehicle High Voltage Safety Inspection. It is also clear that if the owner does not authorize the repairs at Tesla, the inspection will stop, and the vehicle will fail the report. The document states: "Diagnosis and component rectification are not included in this inspection procedure and may be performed only at customer expense."
How much two inspections would run has yet to be discovered, but fair to say it would increase the cost of salvaged vehicles. These units are usually purchased by people who can get them repaired at a reasonable price. However, the inspection and other repairs identified during the double inspection could move the price tag a little too much for some prospective buyers. That said, Teslas have a massive battery pack that stores a lot of energy. An expert should inspect them to prove it is safe and roadworthy.
It seems that Tesla is adapting as it grows. For example, it gave free access to all its Service Manuals on its website in May 2022. That move alone encourages more people who like to fix cars to try a salvaged Tesla. While the company would likely much rather sell more new vehicles than invest in certifying salvaged cars, this latest document reveals that the demand must be growing, and Tesla has to address it.
The Tesla Roadster 2.0 could be Tesla's next vehicle to hit production
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 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.
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.
2023 Model 3 Update
Based on recent rumors -Bumper facelift (in line with Y/S/X) -No door handles, wing mirrors or ultra sonics (as Cybertruck) pic.twitter.com/GQ5k64bV4O
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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