Danielle Wright, the social media influencer who became famous for the wrong reason, is not just laughing off her mistake but also wants to advise the mastermind behind her electric car, Elon Musk himself. “Elon, I’d love to meet you and share some ideas on the next Tesla. Hit me up!” she said, brushing off the recent incident where she tried to fill her Tesla Model Y with gas.
Danielle, 22, from Sheffield, UK, found herself in the spotlight when a video was shared on Instagram showing her confusedly trying to find a gas tank on her Tesla - an electric car that not only does not need gas, it's the most efficient SUV ever built! The video quickly became a viral hit, collecting nearly 40 million views and causing quite a stir.
To her surprise, the incident even caught the attention of Tesla's CEO, Elon Musk, who light-heartedly tweeted about it, saying, "Old habits die hard."
Was it Staged? Danielle Defends Herself
Despite accusations that she staged the incident for publicity, Danielle defended herself firmly. She had just been tired after a long day and made an honest mistake. "People online can say what they want, but it was an embarrassing mistake," Danielle confessed.
The Daily Star chatted with Danielle about the incident and her newfound fame. She admits she had no idea what she was doing at the gas station but laughed it off saying, "Haha, I mean Elon Musk even said it himself, habits die hard."
Though some people laughed at her mistake and trolled her on social media, Danielle does not seem to mind. She's used to people judging her, she said, for everything from her appearance to her lifestyle.
Danielle's Invitation to Elon Musk
The most interesting part of this saga? Even as people laughed at her mistake, Danielle had a supportive voice in Elon Musk, who she mentioned has "the biggest brain in the world."
Danielle used this experience to remind others not to be quick to judge. "I've earned every penny to buy this [Tesla], and I love cars. It's a dream come true to own a Tesla," she said. Despite the incident, Danielle's popularity only increased, and she is now making over $500,000 a year as an adult content creator.
"People are just so jealous when you've worked hard and achieved something, and they turn nasty because of it," she noted, proving that she won't let the incident or people's opinions bring her down.
Whether it was a genuine mistake or a brilliantly planned publicity stunt, Danielle's viral gas station trip made the world laugh, brought her attention, and even got a comment from Elon Musk himself.
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Tesla introduced a wrap-around ambient lighting strip to its new Model 3
If you look up ambient lights for Tesla, you'll see several ads for third-party light kits. Perhaps this is why Tesla added its own Ambient Lights feature to the new Model 3. So, let's get enlightened.
Tesla's ambient lights are thin light strips that are embedded in each of the vehicle's doors near the top edge. It also curves around the dashboard near the windshield, giving passengers a near 360-degree light effect.
Tesla new ambient light feature is available on the new Model 3 (2024+), and will be available on the Cybertruck in a similar manner. With a refresh ongoing for the Model Y, known as Juniper, it will likely also have ambient lights. That just leaves out the most luxurious flagship vehicles, the Model S and X, for now.
The Model S and Model X could be due for a minor refresh that would not only add ambient lighting, but also include a front-bumper camera that the Cybertruck has and the new Model 3 is expected to have in the near future.
Tesla introduced a wrap-around ambient lighting strip to its new Model 3
The ambient light settings allow you to light up the interior in a color that reflects your mood or preference. Under Controls > Lights > Accent Lights, you are handed the freedom to choose virtually any color to adorn the interior of your Tesla.
You have control over whether the ambient lights are on, off, or set to an "Auto" setting, though not fully clarified, seems to promise intelligent lighting adjustments akin to our control over dome lights, offering a reduction in reflections during drives.
While the ability to control the brightness level seems missing, Tesla did include color presets, letting you curate a series of your favorite colors.
It should be noted that the changes are confined to the light strips on the doors and dash, steering clear of the footwell lights and other interior lighting.
With Tesla, we can be assured there will be enhancements to this feature in a future update. In fact, the Tesla community is already busy coming up with useful suggestions. Some owners thought Tesla should take advantage of the lighting to provide driver feedback, such as automatically changing the ambient lighting to a red hue when there's a vehicle in your blind spot. Tesla could also glow the light strip on a door if it's not closed properly, or use the lighting to provide feedback when Sentry Mode is enabled.
Other uses could be more fun, such as cycling the light through various colors when the 'Rainbow Road' easter egg is activated.
Ambient Lighting in Action
While the possibilities are endless and Tesla engineers will surely have fun coming up with creative uses for the feature, the biggest improvement we can hope for in the near future is the ability to adjust the light intensity.
Tesla's new Model 3 received a host of exterior and interior upgrades
Tesla outdid itself with the refreshed Model 3, known as the Highland. Despite all the fantastic upgrades, something is missing - the Performance version or perhaps the Plaid. The letter "T" has shown up on vehicle certificates in Europe, and despite Elon Musk's sense of humor, it is unlikely this is a Mr. T reference.
Deciphering the 'T'
A new document shows the new Model 3 Performance will have a dual motor
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Diligent scrutiny of the European Type Certificate, issued by the Dutch vehicle authority RDW and shared on the TFF Forum, revealed a subtle yet pivotal alteration — including the letter 'T' in the eighth digit of the Model 3 Performance's VIN.
This seemingly minor detail, indicative of the vehicle's motor/drive unit type, sparked curiosity and speculation on the forum. Could it be a tri-motor setup to usher in a new Plaid version of the Model 3? This vehicle has already got endless amounts of zip, but three motors? May The Schwartz Be With You!
This could also explain the Model 3+ badging that was spotted during the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) in China inspection of the refresh. However, the regulatory filings highlighted just two distinct variants of the car: a rear-wheel drive (RWD) with a 194 kW motor and an all-wheel drive (AWD) dual-motor setup that combines to deliver a formidable 331 kW of maximum power.
Initial conjectures leaned towards the possibility of a tri-motor setup, drawing parallels with the Plaid variants of the Model S and Model X. However, a deeper dive into the certification document clarified that the Model 3 Performance retained its Dual Motor setup, dispelling the possibility of a tri-motor upgrade.
Strategic Enhancements: A Glimpse into Potential Upgrades
Given the documented specifications, it becomes plausible that Tesla has strategically enhanced one of the dual motors, potentially aligning it with the advanced motor found in the Model S/X Plaid. This modification is poised to augment the top-end speed and acceleration of the Model 3 Performance, addressing its comparative limitations in extended races against traditional gas-powered supercars.
Meanwhile, the Model 3 refresh has become the new Bigfoot of the roads of North America, with rare sightings posted on social media. However, it appears the continent is excluded from the initial launch of the Model 3 Highland. Internal communications within Tesla suggest North American enthusiasts might have to exercise patience until 2024.
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