Tesla To Build the World's Largest Supercharger With 164 Stalls and Solar Canopy

By Kevin Armstrong
Supercharging Record Setting Station Planned
Supercharging Record Setting Station Planned

Tesla continues to build its Supercharger network with expansion plans to construct the world's largest Supercharger station. The proposed site, located in Kern County, California, near the intersection of Highway 46 and Interstate 5, is poised to set a new standard in electric vehicle charging infrastructure - with an impressive 164 charging stalls.

Solar Canopies and Pull-Through Stalls

The latest ambitious project extends beyond mere numbers. It introduces a comprehensive design that integrates solar canopies over each parking stall, ensuring that the energy used for charging comes from a renewable source. Moreover, the station will feature 16 pull-through stalls catering to drivers’ towing trailers and embody the essence of a microgrid with Tesla's cutting-edge Megapacks for energy storage. These components will collectively harness and store solar energy, underscoring Tesla's holistic approach to energy management.

Tesla's plan also hints at the potential development of a solar farm nearby, indicated by site plans showing a maintenance gate and a designated area. While this aspect remains confirmed, it showcases Tesla's broader vision for renewable energy integration within its Supercharger network.

Strategically situated close to Lost Hills, the new Supercharger station will serve local and passing EV drivers and signal Tesla's vision for the future of transportation. This location is set to eclipse the current largest Supercharger station at Harris Ranch, also in California, which boasts 98 stalls, highlighting Tesla's rapid network expansion.

Tesla's Kern Country Supercharger in California will be Tesla's biggest, with 164 stations
Tesla's Kern Country Supercharger in California will be Tesla's biggest, with 164 stations
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Tesla News will be Supercharging Stations

As Cybertruck and the latest Model 3 versions have made their debut, with the updated Model Y off the 2024 agenda and the next-gen vehicle delayed to 2025, Supercharger sites are set to be a focal point this year. Though perhaps lacking the immediate allure of sleek, advanced vehicles, the significance of Supercharger stations surpasses that of the cars themselves.

Tesla is the new ‘gas’ station of the future. The company achieved this by giving all of the competition its charging technology, the North American Charging Standard, and the competition conceding to the King of the EV sector. However, the challenge will now be to build that infrastructure as quickly to keep up with the demand that no Teslas can use these far-superior charging stations.

Tesla's innovation extends beyond charging technology. In Los Angeles, construction is underway for a unique Supercharger station featuring a diner and a drive-in theater, offering a nostalgic 1950s theme complete with rock music and servers on roller skates.

The U.S. has just over 2,700 active Tesla Superchargers, an increase of more than 700 since October. Worldwide, Tesla has more than 2,400 Superchargers and 55,000 charging stalls.

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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