Tesla's Love Letter to Canada Could Have a Deeper Meaning

By Kevin Armstrong
Tesla is considering opening a Gigafactory in Canada
Tesla is considering opening a Gigafactory in Canada

Tesla's love for Canada is more evident than ever. A recent email to owners showcases the company's commitment to sustainability and its positive impact on Canada's economy and the environment. The email comes at the same time as Canada committed millions to more charging stations and rolled out its first electric vehicle, a Tesla Model Y, to the country's police force.

Remember, Canada is on the shortlist for a new Giga factory, and these are positive signs that North America may be getting another Tesla-producing super plant. Despite Elon Musk being half Canadian and previously suggesting a Canadian location, he will go to the country, province/state, and city that offers the best strategic location, the most tax incentives, and a skilled workforce.

While recent developments have pointed at a new factory in Mexico, Tesla has previously stated they plan to have 10-12 really big factories that will allow them to produce up to 20 million vehicles annually.

Overview of Tesla's recent email to Canadian owners

Interestingly, the wording in the Tesla email says, "a recent economic impact assessment conducted by Enviro Economics quantified Tesla's impact on the Canadian economy. However, EnviroEconomics states that Tesla asked the company to "assess the economic impact of their Canadian operations and spending, as well as the emission reductions and operational fuel savings associated with Tesla vehicles in Canada."

Why would Tesla want that information unless the company is deep in conversations with Canadian officials? This new information may be the next phase to win over public support for a Tesla Gigafactory development.

Analysis of Tesla's Impact on the Canadian Economy

The numbers make a compelling case for Canada to do whatever it can to encourage a Gigafactory in the Great White North. Tesla spending in Canada has grown by 25% year-over-year between 2018 and 2021. The expenditure was widespread, with 51 economic sectors benefiting from Tesla's investment in automotive parts, charging stations, manufacturing, and retail operations.

Tesla's total contribution to Canadian GDP in 2021 was $762 million, and the company contributed to 6,645 full-time jobs in the country, including 3,100 direct jobs due to its operations and spending. The direct employment impact was equivalent to 3% of all jobs in the auto parts manufacturing sector.

Benefits of Tesla's vehicles in Canada

Canada recently introduced new targets for manufacturers' and importers' vehicles. The regulations state that 20 percent of new cars sold in Canada will be zero emission by 2026, at least 60 percent by 2030, and 100 percent by 2035. There are more than 145,000 Teslas in Canada, including a new Model Y, as part of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police force. It's the first electric vehicle in the fleet and part of the Canadian Net-Zero Emissions Accountability Act. Canada also announced a $15 million investment in 2,350 EV chargers.

According to the study, the benefits of Tesla's vehicles in Canada extend beyond the economy. Between 2018 and 2021, Tesla's vehicles helped avoid 583,000 tonnes of CO2e emissions. Additionally, Tesla owners in Canada saved an estimated $113 million in 2021 in transportation fuel, equivalent to $1,259 in savings per vehicle.

Canada's Commitment to Sustainability and the Future of Tesla in the Country

Tesla's recent email highlighting the company's impact on the country could signify deeper discussions with Canadian officials. The numbers make a strong case for Canada to encourage the establishment of a Tesla Gigafactory in the country. Tesla's spending and contributions to the Canadian economy have grown significantly over the past few years, and its vehicles have helped reduce carbon emissions and save millions in transportation fuel.

The recent announcement of Canada's new zero-emission vehicle targets, investment in EV chargers, and the addition of a Tesla Model Y to the police force all point to the country's commitment to sustainability. Tesla sees an exciting future ahead in Canada and is poised to continue advancing its mission of transitioning the world to sustainable energy.

420 Anyone? Tesla's New Release is the Most Powerful Model 3 Ever

By Kevin Armstrong
Courtesy of @BooDev/X.com

The latest Tesla Model 3, the fastest yet, is poised to make a significant impact on Tesla's lineup. Speculation suggests the updated Performance Model 3, potentially named "Ludicrous," could be unveiled soon—possibly on April 20. This would, of course, be on 420, aligning with Elon Musk's fondness for the date, which falls 69 days before his birthday—nice.

Revamped Performance and Engineering

"Welcome to the Most Powerful Model 3 Ever," announces the Great Britain Model 3 configurator source code teaser, setting the stage for an electric sedan that surpasses its predecessors in every metric. The heart of the new Model 3 Performance lies in its all-new high-performance drive units, rumored to deliver a combined output of over 500 horsepower. This power upgrade is not just about higher numbers but also about how it translates to the asphalt.

Tesla has reengineered the vehicle with an all-new adaptive suspension system. This system, powered by bespoke in-house software, ensures enhanced body control, maintaining comfort without sacrificing performance. The result is a vehicle that can handle daily commuting as smoothly as it navigates tight corners on a race track.

Advanced Design and Aerodynamics

The Model 3 Performance features redesigned front and rear fascias and a rear diffuser that enhances visual appeal and improves high-speed stability. A carbon fiber spoiler adds to the aerodynamic efficiency while asserting the car’s sporty aesthetics.

One of the standout features of the new model is the Forged Performance wheels. These lightweight, staggered wheels are not just about style; they enhance the vehicle’s turn-in response, improve predictability, and increase traction out of corners, all while optimizing aerodynamics.

Where Comfort Meets Performance

Inside, the Tesla Model 3 Performance introduces a completely revamped interior. The all-new seat design includes enhanced side and cushion bolsters to hold occupants securely in place, which is crucial during high-speed maneuvers. Ventilation is built into the seats to keep the driver and passengers cool and comfortable, reflecting a thoughtful balance between performance and luxury. The cabin's aesthetic is elevated with lightweight carbon fiber décor and a refined weave pattern unique to the Model 3 Performance.

A significant highlight is the Track Mode V3, an innovative feature that allows drivers to tailor the handling balance, stability controls, and regenerative braking to their preferences. This mode integrates a performance-optimized powertrain with adaptive suspension controls, creating a driving experience that is not only responsive but also enjoyable.

The unveiling of the Model 3 Performance is imminent, as indicated by its addition to the configurator source code. There is speculation about a media embargo lifting on the 23rd, possibly coinciding with Tesla’s earnings day, which could provide further details or even see the official launch. My money is on 4/20, which will give a weekend for all influencers who got an early look to ramp up the views and bring that stock (down 40% year to date) some time to rebound before the earnings call.

First Look at Tesla's V12 User Interface, Full Screen Visualizations and New Media Player [Updated: Photos and Video]

By Not a Tesla App Staff

Tesla's latest V12 user interface will change the look and feel of some of the vehicle’s operations. This new interface, announced on X, is already partially available on the Cybertruck but will now be rolled out to the Model 3 and Model Y, equipped with AMD Ryzen processors according to Tesla. However, the new Model S and Model X will likely receive it as well, although possibly not at the same time. It integrates several new features and aesthetics that set new standards in vehicle interface design.

The new interface will become available in Tesla update 2024.14, which started rolling out to employees yesterday.

New Parked Vehicle Visualization

A standout feature of the v12 UI update, not to be confused with FSD v12, is the centralized vehicle visualization, which dominates the display while parked (video below). This design choice enhances visual appeal and improves functionality by placing critical vehicle performance metrics, and status updates front and center. Similar to the layout in the Cybertruck, this feature provides drivers with a clear and immediate view of their vehicle's status and shows off the gorgeous 3D model.

New Media Player

There’s a new media player that’s larger and easier to use. By increasing the size of the media player, Tesla is now able to fit additional options that were hidden before, such as EQ and audio settings, the search icon and shuffle and repeat options.

The new media player appears while the vehicle is parked, driving or while the visualizations are in full-screen mode.

The media player is available on the Model 3 and Model Y and according to Tesla it’ll be limited to vehicles with the Ryzen-based infotainment center.

Tesla adds a new media player in update 2024.14
Tesla adds a new media player in update 2024.14

Improved Navigation

The navigation system will see several improvements. You’ll now see a little trip progress bar that lets you visually see how far along you are on your route.

If your vehicle has a rear screen, as in the new Model 3, the redesigned Model S or Model X, then trip information such as ETA will also be displayed on the rear screen.

Tesla already has the ability to update your route if a faster route becomes available. You can change some of these settings under Controls > Navigate. However, now the vehicle will show you if a faster route becomes available and gives you a chance to cancel the updated route if needed.

Expanded Autopilot Visualizations

Tesla is now bringing its full-screen visualizations outside of North America. However, there will be some improvements as well. In addition to being able to have the visualizations go full screen, there will now be a small map displayed in the corner as well.

That’s one of the issues with the full-screen FSD visualizations right now. If you make them full-screen, you lose your navigation map completely and only have the next turn available.

This will be the first time full-screen visualizations are available outside North America. It’s not clear whether all the FSD visualizations will be available such as traffic lights, curbs and more will be displayed, but Tesla has slowly been adding additional visualizations for non-FSD users, so there’s a chance that this feature will finally display all FSD visualizations to users outside of North America.

It’s not immediately clear whether this feature will require Enhanced Autopilot (EAP) or FSD.

Update: The full-screen visualizations do not require FSD or EAP, but unfortunately the visualizations displayed are still the same ones as in previous updates, so it won’t display the surrounding environment and curbs.

Full-Screen Browser Support

With this update, Tesla will finally let you manually make the browser full-screen. While this will make Tesla’s Theater apps a little redundant since they just loaded the website of the selected streaming service, you’ll now be able to stream any video service full screen, as long as the service supports Tesla’s browser.

As expected, the full-screen button will only be available while the vehicle is parked.

Checking Compatibility

Owners can verify their vehicle’s compatibility with the new full-screen visualizations while parked and driving by navigating to Controls > Software > Additional Vehicle Info on their Tesla’s touchscreen. This update is tailored for Tesla vehicles equipped with the AMD Ryzen processor.

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