Why Tesla Is Updating Stopping Modes for Model 3 and Y to Feature Hold Mode Exclusively

By Kevin Armstrong
New 2024 Model 3 and Model Y vehicles will eliminate the creep and roll options
New 2024 Model 3 and Model Y vehicles will eliminate the creep and roll options
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Tesla is reportedly removing two of the three existing stopping modes - Creep and Roll - from the new Model 3 and Model Y. Existing Model 3 and Model Y owners won't see these modes removed via an over-the-air (OTA) software update. Additionally, Model S and Model X owners do not have the option to choose different stopping modes.

The latest change will see new Model 3 and Model Y cars manufactured after January 1, 2024, only featuring the Hold mode. As per internal communications obtained and reported by Drive Tesla Canada, this modification is specifically for vehicles destined for the U.S. market.

Tesla's Updated Range

Tesla updated the range estimates for the Model S, Model X, and Model Y, reflecting unspecified improvements that enhance battery utilization and adaptations to EPA testing methodologies, leading to higher consumption figures. These updates and removing Creep and Roll modes are part of Tesla's ongoing efforts to improve their electric vehicles' efficiency and user experience.

Since the EPA now requires manufacturers to average the different acceleration modes of a vehicle to determine the vehicle’s EPA estimate, Tesla has decided to eliminate the less efficient stopping modes in new models.

Electric vehicles, including Tesla's lineup, are known for their one-pedal driving capability. This feature allows drivers to primarily use the accelerator pedal to accelerate and slow down through regenerative braking. Tesla's stopping modes – Creep, Roll, and Hold – provide drivers with different behaviors as the car slows down.

The Dominance of Hold Mode: Why Tesla is Betting on It

Creep Mode mimics the automatic transmission of traditional vehicles, allowing the car to move slowly when in Drive or Reverse without pressing the accelerator. Roll Mode enables the car to freewheel near or at a complete stop, similar to a vehicle in Neutral. The Hold mode continues regenerative braking at lower speeds, allowing the vehicle to stop entirely without using the brake pedal. Not only does this save on brake wear, it also sends energy back into the battery.

Hold mode is reportedly the most popular and effective among the three, offering a superior driving experience compared to internal combustion engine vehicles. This mode is particularly beneficial for those new to Tesla's one-pedal driving. However, regenerative braking is the most significant change for new EV drivers and takes the most time to get used to. Newbies may start with Roll or Creep before trying Hold, but those training wheels are now gone.

Sweet Move: Tesla Shifts from Creating EVs to Making Candy

By Karan Singh
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Tesla has filed four new trademarks recently, according to the US Patent and Trademark Office. These trademarks aren’t exactly what you’d expect from Tesla – they’re not for cars, not for batteries, and not for any cool new software features.

They’re for sweet, sweet, candy!

Candy Trademarks

Tesla has filed 4 distinct trademarks in its filings with the USPTO, for the following four names.

  • Supercharged Gummy

  • Cyberberry

  • Mango Bolt

  • Dog Mode Chill

The trademarks don’t come with any particular logos, art, or renderings, or it doesn’t reveal anything besides the names of the candy or candy-like items. Tesla filed these trademarks last month on June 25th.

While we’re not quite sure exactly what type of candies these will be, there is one thing we can knock off the bat – given how premium Tesla’s food products have been, these will likely include high-quality ingredients with a matching price point.

Elon Musk previously hinted that he wanted to start a candy company, and claimed he was super serious. Given his usual 2-week timeline, starting it 7-years later under Tesla seems fairly fitting. Jokes aside, we hope that the candies will launch sometime before the Tesla van, otherwise you can expect some more jokes on that front.

Tesla is well known for designing and selling non-vehicle merchandise. In the past, they’ve sold a glass decal that makes your window look like it was shattered with a metal bearing, Tesla Tequila, the Cybertruck whistle and many others.

Maybe we’ll hear more about Elon’s candy ambitions during Tesla’s upcoming earnings call, which will be taking place this coming Tuesday, July 23rd.

Tesla Looking to Hire 800 New Employees After Recent Layoffs, Large Focus on Energy

By Karan Singh
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Just three months after Elon Musk fired the entire Supercharger team, and laid off many employees at Tesla, the company is now looking to hire 800 new employees.

This comes after many members of the Supercharger team were hired back after their initial layoffs.

New Hirings

Tesla’s careers page now has more than 800 open positions today, and positions go from anywhere between engineers for artificial intelligence or batteries, ADAS testers in local communities, or service and desk employees for service centers.

Most of the new jobs focus on engineering positions, and many positions in Legal Affairs, Business Support, and vehicle software positions have not been posted or renewed. Those sections remain empty, at least in North America.

Tesla Energy Focus

Interestingly, quite a few of the new positions focus on Telsa Energy and its role in the company. There are several positions for supporting the deployments of Powerwall and Megapack, as well as doing further engineering work on these types of stationary battery systems.

Just recently, Tesla secured a $375 million Megapack contract in Australia – to build one of the biggest 4-hour battery banks in the world. This comes just days after the announcement of a $256 million Megapack contract to expand a different Australian facility.

We’re expecting Tesla to bank more towards its energy business – which has really just started getting off the ground with recent factory expansions and new business. Tesla Powerwall also recently hit some spectacular milestones – 100MW in California delivered to the grid, and 200,000 hours of backup power after Hurricane Beryl in Texas.

Powerwall and Megapack are going to be defining features of Tesla’s business – and we hope to see Tesla Solar – both Solar Panels and Tesla’s Solar Roof, also become more available to the mass market, just like Powerwall is today.

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