Tesla Significantly Reduces Wrap Pricing and Adds New Abyss Blue Color

By Kevin Armstrong
Tesla has added Satin Abyss Blue to its collection of wrap colors
Tesla has added Satin Abyss Blue to its collection of wrap colors

In a move that combines aesthetic expansion with affordability, Tesla has not only introduced a new Paint Protection Film (PPF) color, Satin Abyss Blue, but also significantly slashed the prices of its wrap offerings. This new color joins a diverse palette, marking the eighth option in Tesla's PPF lineup.

Pricing Strategy: A Shift Towards Affordability

Originally launched in October 2023, Tesla's PPF wraps were initially priced between $7,500 and $8,000. Though reflective of the premium quality, this pricing was a significant investment for Tesla owners. Many believed the price was two to three times what a high-quality wrap costs at auto shops. Perhaps Telsa was testing the market as the price tag was slashed four months later to a more affordable range of $5,700 to $6,000.

The price adjustment may be a strategic decision to broaden the appeal of these wraps, making them a more feasible option for a larger segment of Tesla owners. However, the service is currently only available at two Tesla locations in California. The company would likely expand the service to other locations if the demand picks up due to the improved price point.

Current PPF Wrap Options and Pricing

The revised pricing structure now makes the following options more attainable:

  • Glacier Blue: $6,000

  • Forest Green: $6,000

  • Satin Rose Gold: $6,000

  • Slip Gray: $5,700

  • Satin Ceramic White: $5,700

  • Satin Stealth Black: $5,700

  • Crimson Red: $6,000

  • Clear Satin or Gloss: $5,000

  • Satin Abyss Blue: $6,000 (new addition)

The consistency in pricing across most colors, including the new Satin Abyss Blue, shows Tesla's approach to offering a uniform pricing strategy for its custom PPF options.

Benefits of Tesla's PPF Wraps

Tesla's PPF wraps are not just an aesthetic upgrade. They are a practical investment offering several benefits:

  1. Self-Healing Technology: The urethane-based film is designed to recover from minor abrasions while maintaining a flawless appearance.

  2. Enhanced Protection: Being twice as thick as typical vinyl wraps, Tesla's PPF offers superior safeguarding against scratches and environmental damage.

  3. Eco-Friendly Choice: Aligning with Tesla's sustainability goals, these wraps are more environmentally friendly than traditional options.

While these colored PPF wraps are currently limited to the Model 3 and Model Y, there’s also the option of a black or white wrap available for the Cybertruck for $6,000. Meanwhile, a clear satin wrap for the Cybertruck runs $5,000, the same price as the Model 3/Y clear option.

The Cybertruck has been seen in various unique wraps
The Cybertruck has been seen in various unique wraps

There's growing excitement about the potential of wider color availability for the Cybertruck, which has appeared in several unique wraps. Tesla's wrapping service has the potential to enhance the customization options for owners, allowing their cars to stand out from other Teslas. The free color option, currently stealth gray, can sometimes result in a cluster of similar-looking Teslas at a particular location.

Tesla's decision to launch and expand its PPF range resonates with its strategy to offer more personalized options to its customers. This move parallels Tesla's initiatives in China, where the company already offers a wrapping service catering to customers' desires for a unique vehicle appearance.

Rivian to Add Google Cast and Native YouTube App, Will Tesla Respond?

By Not a Tesla App Staff

Coming to Rivian vehicles over a software update is Google Cast and YouTube support, which will allow for seamless, high-quality content streaming to Rivian vehicles.

This is a big step forward for Rivian’s software integration, especially compared to Tesla, which has yet to integrate native apps or release the long-rumored Tesla native app store.

Google Cast

Google Cast is Google’s version of Apple AirPlay which is supported in a variety of audio and video streaming apps such as Netflix, Disney+, YouTube, and more. By using a supported app, a user will be able to cast content directly to Rivian’s main 15.6” center screen.

Like Casting to a TV or Smart Device at home, this will allow you to play, pause, or skip back and forth using the vehicle’s touchscreen. Google Casting automatically pauses when the vehicle shifts into Drive.

Native YouTube App

Alongside Google Cast, Rivian is also bringing a native YouTube app to vehicles, enabling users to access YouTube’s video and music library from anywhere with a data connection. These features will be integrated right into Rivian’s vehicle operating system, which means they will receive regular software updates, and not be reliant on browser-based capabilities.

Similar to casting content, YouTube content will also automatically pause when the vehicle is shifted into Drive.

Tesla Equivalents

For the time being, there is no way to AirPlay or Cast video from a phone or tablet to Tesla’s front or rear screens. However, for some apps such as YouTube, you can send the video URL to the vehicle and have it open the YouTube app to that video.

To do this, open the YouTube app and find a video. Once you’d like to share it with the vehicle you can tap on share. You’ll then need to share it with the Tesla app which will then send it to your vehicle. On iPhones this requires you to scroll to the right and tap on More, which brings up the native sharing screen and has the Tesla app.

However, this is far more limited than including AirPlay or Google Cast support which will work for practically and video, even personal videos in your photo library.

Elon Musk mentioned back in 2016 that Tesla would add mirroring of phone apps to the center screen, but that has yet to materialize. More recently Musk mentioned a native X App coming to Tesla vehicles.

Tesla Theater

Tesla Theater allows users to stream videos from various platforms, including YouTube, but these are web-based applications, with no native applications available. This leaves some marked limitations on usability.

Tesla most recently announced in their 2024.14 update that the browser will be able to be expanded to full-screen mode when parked, enabling more access to streaming services on the web. Meanwhile, Google Cast and Apple Airplay continue to remain highly requested features.

Tesla FSD V12.4 - Features and Release Date

By Not a Tesla App Staff

The greatly anticipated FSD v12.4 is around the corner, with Elon Musk mentioning that it will be going to employees this weekend, with limited external testers next week.

Several significant improvements are coming with V12.4, which is being compared to the leap in performance that was previously seen between V12 and V11.

Improved Comfort and Reduced Interventions

There are quite a few improvements expected with V12.4, which Musk has said will be focused on user comfort by reducing hard accelerations and sudden braking. According to Musk, FSD v12.4 is also expected to have a 5-10x improvement in time between user interventions, which means that Tesla is rapidly approaching its goal for the Robotaxi announcement on August 8, 2024.

Steering Wheel Nag Removal

FSD V12.4 is expected to eliminate the steering wheel nag, as Musk confirmed its removal last week. The camera-based driver monitoring system will be taking over, providing a hands-free experience. These improvements will most likely benefit owners who have cabin cameras with infrared lights the most, while Tesla may continue to use steering wheel nag as a fallback mechanism.

Driverless Autopark

The second key feature that may be included in v12.4 will be Banish Autopark, previously known as Reverse Summon, allowing you to choose a parking spot, exit the vehicle and have the car park itself. Whether this feature makes it in v12.4 is yet to be seen, but Musk has mentioned that parking without a driver is coming soon.

Automatically Seek Parking Spot at Destination

Finally, your Tesla will now traverse a parking lot and automatically enter Autopark mode when arriving at a destination, according to a post from Musk.

Eligibility and Branch

Tesla recently added FSD v12.3.6 to the 2024.14 branch with updates 2024.14.5 and 2024.14.6. This makes it very likely that Tesla’s next FSD version will also be based on 2024.14, meaning that it will be available to any vehicle on 2024.14.x.

For users on update 2024.3.25, this means that they’ll receive all of the features included in updates 2024.8 and 2024.14, which should make it a massive update.

Release Date

Musk has mentioned that FSD V12.4 is going out to employee vehicles for internal testing this weekend, with external testing starting next week. The rollouts typically go slower than predicted but looks like we may see this begin shipping to customers by the end of the month.

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