Tesla Model 3 Refresh Leaks: Ventilated Seats, Improved Lighting and Sound [Video]

By Kevin Armstrong
The Model 3 refresh may come with ventilated seats according to the latest rumor
The Model 3 refresh may come with ventilated seats according to the latest rumor
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Tesla's pursuit of enhanced comfort in its EVs continues with a potentially groundbreaking addition to the upcoming Project Highland — ventilated seats. A new video on Twitter may be the latest change to the Model 3. This rumor, stemming from the Project Highland discussions, suggests that Tesla aims to introduce a feature that is available in the Model S and Model X to the Model 3.

The rumor mill began churning after a patent filing for "Enhanced vehicle seat ventilation and construction techniques" by Tesla last year, sparking speculation of this luxury feature making its way to more affordable models.

A Glimpse into the Future: Video Leaks and Test Vehicles

Evidence supporting the ventilated seats theory emerged from a video leak showing a Model 3 seat with distinctive perforations, a vital element of the seat ventilation process. The leak indicates that the fundamental seat design might remain essentially unchanged, while adding perforations will allow for enhanced airflow. While the video does depict a Model 3 seat with perforations and even a Tesla-branded cooling fan at the bottom, will these cooled seats be similar to the ones available in the Model S and Model X?

More Than Just Seats: Ambient Lighting and Sound System Upgrades

Project Highland doesn't stop at ventilated seats. Other rumored features include ambient lighting and an upgraded sound system. Ambient lighting, a sought-after feature by many Tesla owners, could finally make its way into the Model 3, elevating the vehicle's interior aesthetics. The upgrades in the sound system, while remaining under wraps, could include additional subwoofers, providing a richer sound experience for Tesla owners.

Speculations for the Model 3 Extend to Cybertruck and Model Y

The possible addition of ventilated seats to the Model 3 is more than an isolated upgrade — it could signal the direction for other Tesla models. With Cybertruck's production expected to start soon and the Model Y due for a refresh next year, these models might also get the ventilated seats feature.

Project Highland: A Gateway to Enhanced Luxury in EVs

While the updates are still in the realm of speculation, the possible additions highlight Tesla's commitment to bringing luxury car features into the EV world. The patented ventilated seats could provide unmatched comfort, especially for drivers in warmer climates. Alongside the rumored ambient lighting and sound system upgrades, these changes can substantially improve the driving experience, setting Tesla apart in the EV market.

As we eagerly await the unveiling of Project Highland's new design, adding these comfort-enhancing features could mark a significant milestone for Tesla, elevating the Model 3 to new heights of luxury and comfort in the electric vehicle industry.

Tesla Reduces Price of FSD Subscription to $99 Per Month [Subscriptions Now Available in Canada Too!]

By Not a Tesla App Staff

Tesla just dropped its FSD subscription pricing dramatically in the U.S., lowering the cost from $199 to $99 per month. However, not everyone is thrilled with the new pricing.

For owners who bought the Enhanced Autopilot package for $6,000 USD, Tesla offered a lower-priced FSD subscription of $99, instead of $199. However, with this new FSD price reduction, EAP owners are no longer receiving a discount.

FSD Subscription Expansion

Currently, the FSD subscription is only available in the U.S., but plans for expansion are underway. Tesla's Rohan Patel recently announced that the subscription will soon be available in Canada, alongside the introduction of an annual plan for Premium Connectivity. 

This expansion into the Canadian market is anticipated to follow a similar pricing strategy, adjusted for the currency exchange rate, possibly setting the cost at approximately $140 CAD per month.

Update: Tesla has just announced that FSD subscriptions are now available in Canada! What’s even more surprising is the unexpectedly low subscription price of $99 CAD. Tesla took to X to announce the availability in Canada but unfortunately didn’t reveal any additional information regarding the subscriptions.

Is Buying FSD Still Worth It?

Despite the lowered subscription price, the outright purchase price for FSD remains steep at $12,000. This price point equates to subscribing to the service for over 10 years. Given that the average length of car ownership in the U.S. is about 8 years, this makes the current price of buying FSD unattractive to most. The saving grace of buying FSD is that you know what you're paying for the life of the vehicle and can avoid any potential subscription price increases.

Temporary Reduction or Long-term Strategy?

Tesla has not confirmed whether the price reduction is a temporary promotional tactic or a permanent adjustment. The timing coincides with Tesla's release of FSD v12 and its trial offer, suggesting that the company is keen on encouraging more drivers to experience FSD. This approach not only boosts user engagement but also accelerates the volume of data Tesla can collect to improve the system.

FSD With Referral Credits

Although Tesla hasn't adjusted the price of buying FSD, it is tweaking its referral program to accommodate the new price. Three months of FSD are now available through Tesla's referral program for 6,000 credits, reduced from the previous 12,000 credits.

Tesla's reduction in FSD in the U.S. and its planned expansion into Canada reflect a strategic initiative to make FSD more accessible and financially attractive to a broader audience. There's no doubt this change will increase the number of FSD subscriptions, but it'll be interesting to see how much. To break even, Tesla would need to double the number of subscriptions, but they likely have their eyes set much higher.

If you currently subscribe to FSD, Tesla has automatically reduced future payments to the lower $99 price point.

Tesla Cybertruck to Receive Additional Features in Upcoming Update

By Not a Tesla App Staff

Tesla frequently introduces new models or trim levels before all the software features are available. This situation also applies to the Cybertruck, where several features are still in development.

In the 2024.8 update, Tesla added a handful of features to help the Cybertruck catch up in the software department, adding features such as Reset Tire Mileage, Rear Passenger Headphones, Auto Wipers and others. Tesla also added a Cybertruck exclusive feature that sets off the truck's alarm if the trailer is unhitched from the vehicle.

However, Tesla continues to improve Cybertruck's software. The company is planning an upcoming update that will let the truck charge faster and add Tesla's convenient cabin overheat protection feature.

According to Tesla's SVP of powertrain and energy, Drew Baglino, the Cybertruck's charging speed is about to be upgraded. This software update, slated for release later this quarter, is set to substantially improve the Cybertruck's charging curve and unlock faster charging times for owners. Baglino said the update will "let the Cybertruck get 154 miles of charge in just 15 minutes." That's a 20% increase over the truck's current 128 miles in 15 minutes.

Early reports on the Cybertruck's 4680 cells revealed a somewhat disappointing charging curve. The truck's charging speed would start at about 250kW, then drop off to about 150kW at ~40%. It would then level off at 75-80kW for the remainder of the charge.

It seems Tesla was being careful with the Cybertruck's new battery pack, but now, the company is ready to unlock additional throughput.

This fits Tesla's usual approach. The company likes to start conservatively and then improve its vehicles over time.

Cabin Overheat Protection

Another feature that's set to arrive on the Cybertruck is Cabin Overheat Protection (COP), according to the Cybertruck's program manager. This feature which keeps the cabin from overheating has been available in other models for several years, but it has yet to be made available for the Cybertruck.

In 2022, Tesla added the ability to customize the temperature at which COP would turn on. Users can now choose COP to activate at 90, 95 or 100º Fahrenheit. The Cybertruck's COP is expected to match the same features available in other models.

Given that Tesla's SVP and program manager have officially commented on these upcoming features, it may not be long before we see them available in an upcoming update.

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