Tesla Creates Earth Day Photo Contest for 3,500 Supercharger Credits

By Kevin Armstrong
You can enter Tesla's Earth Day contest through the Tesla app
You can enter Tesla's Earth Day contest through the Tesla app
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Tesla has announced an exciting new contest for its loyal fan base. This might be the easiest contest ever to enter. You'd have a hard time finding a Tesla owner who doesn't have a picture of their beloved car. Now that picture can be cashed in!

In a recent tweet, the company invited Tesla owners to submit their best photos of their electric vehicles for a chance to win 3,500 credits, which can be redeemed in Tesla's Loot Box for Supercharging, software upgrades, and other goodies.

Tesla's tweet reads: Submit your best Tesla pics for a chance to win 3500 credits (can be redeemed in Loot Box for Supercharging, software upgrades & more)

History of Earth Day

This contest comes as a celebration of Earth Day, a global event held annually on April 22nd to demonstrate support for environmental protection. Earth Day was first celebrated in 1970 in the United States, and it has since grown into a worldwide movement with more than 193 countries participating. The day allows individuals and organizations to take action and promote environmental awareness in their communities.

Earth Day is Every Day for Tesla

Tesla's mission has always been closely aligned with the values of Earth Day. The company's primary goal is accelerating the world's transition to sustainable energy. Tesla has played a significant role in saving the planet by popularizing electric vehicles, which produce zero tailpipe emissions and significantly reduce the carbon footprint of transportation.

Over the years, Tesla has revolutionized the automotive industry with cutting-edge technology, such as the Autopilot feature and over-the-air software updates. The company's dedication to sustainable energy has expanded beyond EVs, as Tesla now offers solar panels, solar roofs, and energy storage solutions like the Powerwall and Powerpack.

The Earth Day photo contest is a creative way for Tesla to engage with its customers and reinforce the shared values between the company and its environmentally-conscious fan base. To participate, Tesla owners can submit their best photos of their Tesla products via the app until April 23. When you open up the Tesla app, you'll notice that the loot box has a spot light. Tapping it will take you to the Loot Box with a new section at the top letting you know about the Earth Day contest. The company asks that you upload only your highest resolution photos, do not crop or modify those pictures, and you can only enter four times. At this time, the contest appears to be limited to certain countries, as some users are reporting that it's unavailable in their region.

Winners will receive 3,500 credits that can be redeemed for a variety of perks, including free Supercharging, software upgrades, and other exclusive Tesla offerings available in the Loot Box. This contest is not only a fun way for Tesla owners to showcase their prized vehicles but also serves as a reminder of the company's ongoing commitment to making the world a cleaner, greener place.

Tesla Cybertruck to Receive Charging Improvements in Upcoming Update

By Karan Singh
Not a Tesla App

Former Tesla VP of Powertrain and Energy Drew Baglino previously mentioned that Cybertruck would be receiving charging improvements soon.

Wes Morrill, Tesla’s Cybertruck lead engineer, recently reposted Baglino’s comments on the charge speed update on June 16th and mentioned that it would be coming soon via OTA.

Charging Improvements

The 4680 cell has seen some difficulties in its charge curve, similar to Tesla’s other vehicles that have been deployed with the 4680. Tesla has alluded to difficulties in the manufacturing curve previously, and also with engineering improvements to the new cell standard, and eventually stopped manufacturing the Model Y with the 4680 cells.

However, this is the first time that Tesla has begun to deploy major improvements to the 4680 cell. It appears the improvements will allow up to 154 miles to be recovered in 15 minutes, which is approximately a 30% improvement to current charge rates.

We’re hoping that these improvements to the 4680 will also translate to older Model Y vehicles that have 4680 cells, which will be key to the owners of these vehicles. 4680 production is currently mainly focused on Powerwall, Megapack, and Cybertruck – with Semi not using 4680 yet.

Tesla Model 3 Long Range Now Eligible for $7.5K Tax Credit

By Karan Singh
Not a Tesla App

In the US, the Model 3 Long Range has now become fully eligible for the $7,500 federal tax credit for EVs.

Federal Tax Credit

The federal tax credit is up to $7,500 USD off at the point of sale, which applies to EVs with batteries originating from the United States. The Model 3 Performance was launched with the EV tax credit, which meant that until now, it was cheaper to purchase than the Model 3 Long Range.

Interestingly, after this change, the Model 3 Long Range is only $1,000 USD more expensive than the Model 3 Rear Wheel Drive, as the RWD model is not eligible for the credit. The LFP batteries in the RWD model are from CATL in China, and thus mark it as ineligible.

At $40,000 USD, the Model 3 Long Range is now an even better deal than before – and is nearly $7,500 less (the amount of the credit), than the average new car in the United States.

Canadian EV Credits

In Canada, Tesla dropped the Model 3 RWD price by $1,000 CAD, in response to the province of  British Colombia reducing the upper limit of their EV credit MSRP range. This means that the Model 3 RWD is the only Tesla vehicle that is covered under the new BC rebate – which is one of the few provincial rebates still left standing.

Sadly, as a result of this change, and due to a weird classification gimmick, the Model Y is considered a sedan by the Government of BC and is completely ineligible for the additional rebates – but the $5,000 federal EV rebate still applies.

Tesla vehicles accounted for 80% of federal EV rebate applications in Canada in 2023, marking a net increase since last year at 60%.

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