Tesla Puts Model X and Model Y to the Test in Extreme UAE Heat

By Kevin Armstrong
Tesla goes to the UAE to perform extreme heat testing
Tesla goes to the UAE to perform extreme heat testing
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Tesla released a new video (posted below) that features the Tesla team conducting field testing on a black Model X and Model Y in the extreme heat of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The testing took place outside of Dubai and aimed to ensure the vehicles' reliability and safety in various challenging climates.

Field Testing in Dubai Service Center

The Tesla team chose the UAE for its unique, consistently hot climate, which provides an excellent environment for testing vehicle performance in extreme heat. The primary focus was on mileage accumulation, hot weather-related tests, and product launch testing. The team also conducts similar tests in Norway during the winter to cover the full range of extreme conditions.

Driving 250-400 Kilometers per Day

To thoroughly stress test the cars, the team drove between 250 and 400 kilometers daily, charging the vehicles using superchargers and pushing the air conditioning and cabin overheating protection features to their limits. By parking in the sun for extended periods and frequently charging at superchargers, the team aimed to identify any potential issues from bumper to bumper.

Challenging Climate Conditions Perfect for Testing

The UAE's climate poses unique challenges for vehicles, with temperatures soaring to 51 degrees Celsius and humidity reaching up to 80-90%. These extreme conditions test the vehicles' ability to keep the battery, drive units, and passengers cool. The Tesla team chose black cars for the tests, as black absorbs more heat, adding an extra layer of challenge to the process.

During the testing, the team encountered various other challenges, such as navigating steep inclines, twisty turns, and mountain roads, which put additional strain on the powertrain, cooling systems, and air conditioning. These conditions proved ideal for assessing the vehicles' thermal systems and overall performance in extreme heat.

The Tesla team's dedication to conducting these tests during the hottest time of the year in the UAE demonstrates their commitment to ensuring their vehicles' reliability and safety in even the most challenging environments. While most people would avoid the UAE's scorching summer heat, Tesla embraces it as an opportunity to refine their cars and ensure a superior driving experience for customers worldwide.

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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