Tesla Enhances App with Destination Charger Integration and Ability to Filter and Sort

By Kevin Armstrong
Tesla is testing adding more charging options to its app
Tesla is testing adding more charging options to its app
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Tesla lets you easily view and navigate to nearby Superchargers in their app, but they're now testing out some additional features that will give you more charging destinations and options to find the best charger.

Destination Chargers

In Tesla's latest app update, v4.26, Tesla is testing adding more charging locations to the app. The app will now display Destination Chargers alongside its own Superchargers. This modification has appeared in the app north of the border, but our Canadian friends can also see Destination Charger locations in the U.S.

Adding thousands of chargers in the Tesla app drastically broadens the charging options available to Tesla owners. Right now, Tesla only includes Superchargers and Destination Chargers in the app, but this may soon open the door to third-party charging solutions as well.

Filter and Chargers

Further enhancing user experience, the Tesla app in Canada now gives users more control. Owners can filter charging points based on power and charger type, whether private or public. But it goes further by filtering for available amenities such as restrooms, restaurants, shopping, Wi-Fi, lodging, cafes, and open 24 hours. This targeted approach ensures drivers find the most compatible and convenient charging station.

The app also introduces the ability to sort available chargers in various ways. You can now sort by distance, power (low to high, or high to low), as well as availability. As Tesla adds more chargers to the app, these filters become increasingly useful.

Reduced Dependency on Third-Party Apps

Third-party charging apps like PlugShare, ChargePoint, and Electrify America have been indispensable tools for EV owners. They offer comprehensive charging station lists, real-time availability, user reviews, and more. But Tesla's new feature could reduce the dependency on such apps for its car owners. By integrating some of these features within their own app, Tesla aims for a streamlined user experience.

In Europe, Tesla already displays third-party fast chargers in the vehicle to provide a more comprehensive look at available chargers. Tesla may offer the same capability in other parts of the world in the future, either through the app or the maps in the vehicle.

Supercharger Monitoring & Predictive Analysis

Tesla's Supercharger monitoring system
Tesla's Supercharger monitoring system
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Tesla places a big emphasis on providing fast and reliable charging solutions. They closely monitor their Superchargers and recently announced that they will go beyond displaying real-time details of Superchargers and predict the availability and possible wait times of a Supercharger at your arrival.

Tesla's move to integrate Destination Chargers into its app demonstrates its commitment to the great charging experience. While it's still early days and only available in Canada, Tesla is likely to expand the feature in an upcoming update. If rolled out globally and refined further, Tesla owners might need a single app for all their EV charging needs. As the electric vehicle ecosystem evolves, seeing how other brands and third-party apps respond to these innovations will be interesting.

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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