Change your Tesla’s Color and Wheels With Tesla's Colorizer Feature

By Karan Singh
Tesla's Colorizer feature lets you customize the color of your Tesla
Tesla's Colorizer feature lets you customize the color of your Tesla
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Changing your Tesla’s color – whether through PPF/Vinyl or Paint, is a definite possibility. But how do you show those colors throughout the car’s software? Easy! Tesla’s Colorizer feature offers the ability to adjust the vehicle’s color in software.

You can even change what kind of wheels appear in the visualizations – a quick and easy way to match whatever you have on the car – as long as it’s a first-party wheel.

Where to Find the Colorizer

There are two ways to access Tesla’s Colorizer feature. You can go to the ToyBox app and choose Colorizer, or you can go to Controls > Software and tap on the colored square underneath your vehicle. Keep in mind this feature can only be accessed while the vehicle is parked.

Once enabled, you’ll be presented with the vehicle color wheel and menu – which offers a set of options to cater to your preferences. We’ll tackle some of those options a bit further down.

Where the Colorizer Feature Applies

Tesla's Colorizer feature even applies in the Beach Buggy Racing game
Tesla's Colorizer feature even applies in the Beach Buggy Racing game
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So where do these colorizer changes apply? All throughout the vehicle, and in unexpected places too! It will display the chosen color directly in the visualization, both when parked and moving. These changes will also appear throughout settings and different parts of the car, including the mobile app, and even the Beach Buggy Racing game.

Keep in mind that the Colorizer is only available on Intel or AMD-based vehicles (MCU2+) vehicles – which means legacy vehicles won’t be able to benefit from these software color changes.

Colorizer Settings

The colorizer primarily offers a color wheel for easy selection of whatever hue you’d like to go with – whether for the day, or for longer. It also offers two other options – paint style, and trim style.

The three paint styles – Solid, Matte, and Metallic – are similar to regular car paints. The solid paint style is a flat color that matches most of Tesla’s paint offerings. The matte paint style is a bit smoother, and metallic is much more reflective. In our testing, matte often looks the best on screen.

Tesla also gives you two trim color options. Most legacy vehicles nowadays have chrome trims – and if you’d like to match that or you prefer chrome – you can also choose a chrome trim. Most modern vehicles have black – and it is selected by default.

Saving and Removing Presets

The Colorizer also offers you the ability to save presets – and to switch back to your car’s default paint – whatever it shipped with from the factory. The factory preset is located on the bottom right and quickly swaps the color back to the factory option if you can’t find one you’d like.

You can create new presets after deciding on a new color and pressing the plus box on the bottom left corner of the menu. This will add a new preset to the right of the plus icon. If you want to delete a preset, tap and hold on one, and an X will pop up – allowing you to delete that preset.

Changing Wheels in Software

You can also change your Tesla’s wheels from the car. Everywhere the Colorizer applies – these same changes apply.

You can access this by going to Settings (the grey vehicle icon), and then going down to the Service Menu. From there, select the Wheel and Tire sub-option on the right. You’ll be presented with a list of options.

However, keep in mind that selecting wheel options that do not match your current wheel size will impact your vehicle. Tesla provides a warning in this menu to not mismatch the wheel sizes – as it will impact range estimates and the vehicle’s speed display.

Optimus - What We Learned About Tesla's Robotic Future

By Karan Singh
Optimus Gen 2
Optimus Gen 2

Optimus was a major point of coverage at the 2024 Tesla Shareholder meeting, and we’ll help break down some of the key points for those interested in Tesla’s future humanoid robots.

What Is It?

Optimus is Tesla’s humanoid robot, built entirely in-house, from the batteries to the motors and actuators in the arms, legs, and hands. Tesla has taken a unique design approach to Optimus and intends to have it replace humans in mundane or risky tasks.

It is a bipedal robot, built around the same aspect as the human body. Optimus was originally unveiled in August 2021 and has since seen several major design iterations. And those aren’t the only ones, Optimus is scheduled to undergo at least one more major design revision this year, as well as one more major design revision for its hands – which will feature 22 degrees of freedom.

In comparison, the human hand has 27 degrees of freedom – Tesla is quite close to replicating the complexity of a hand in its custom-designed hands. Musk mentioned that with the 22 degrees of freedom, Optimus is capable of learning and playing music on a piano – an intricate task that many humans find difficult today.

Best of all, they’ve placed the immense learning prowess of FSD behind its brains – each Optimus unit runs similar hardware and software as Tesla cars . It can also navigate autonomously, using the same object recognition and learning that Tesla’s cars use every day. Optimus learns from watching humans do things or can be taught how to do something by a remote operator. Elon Musk also mentioned that it will eventually be able to watch a video and learn how to do a task.

What Can It Do?

Elon Musk has mentioned that Optimus’ primary goal is to replace humans in certain tasks, especially those that could put a human at risk. This could be anything from being a humanoid companion or caretaker, a construction worker, or even working in factories. Of course, it has a focus on high-precision tasks, owing to its intricately designed hands, and is intended to replace human workers doing everyday precision work that robots today cannot do.

The primary goal is to have Optimus robots begin working in factories, and to this end, two have been deployed to one of Tesla’s factories, and are working on the battery cell assembly lines in a prototype and testing deployment. Today, these two units are moving battery cells off the production line and into shipping containers.

2:1 Robot to Human Ratio

There are some ambitious plans for Optimus – Elon Musk envisions that there will be 2 humanoid robots for every human on the planet in the future. This is alongside an eye-watering build rate of 1 billion humanoid robots a year – of which Tesla intends to build at least 100 million per year or more.

With these numbers, Tesla sees the market cap for Optimus as double that of FSD – approximately $20 trillion, with an expected profit of $1 trillion per year at scale. That’s an expected profit of $10,000 per unit, which will be quite the achievement.

When’s It Coming?

Given the fact that Tesla still has design revisions planned, scale production isn’t starting anytime soon. However, Elon Musk did mention that Tesla currently plans to have approximately 1000 to 2000 Optimus units deployed for internal use in Tesla factories by the end of next year. This limited production run will be the start of Tesla’s larger Optimus deployments and will serve to help them refine the FSD stack that runs Optimus, helping teach it the many tasks it could do in a factory.


The next big question is what it will cost. Musk has mentioned that it will cost less than a car – with an expected cost of $20,000 USD, once large-scale production kicks off. Just like the Cybertruck, that means initial adopters will be faced with fairly high adoption costs for the initial production runs. Economies of scale will eventually lower the cost as more units are produced.

One of Tesla’s significant challenges will be scaling to reduce these costs. Currently, each unit is hand-built in Tesla’s Optimus labs. Eventually, this will have to scaled up to a proper production line, which will require a factory. Optimus also uses 4680 cells, which means some production of the newer 4680 batteries will be required to produce Optimus.

So perhaps, someday soon, there will be an Optimus knocking on your door, delivering itself to help you take care of your home. Definitely a bright future to look forward to.

A Better Routeplanner 5.0 Launches; Adds EV Charger Ratings Using Rivian Data

By Karan Singh
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A Better Routeplanner 5.0 launched yesterday, and there are some pretty awesome features coming to all EV owners courtesy of Rivian. Rivian purchased ABRP last year and has made good on its promises to continue its improvement and ensure it remains open to all EV owners.

Charger Scoring

Rivian recently added a feature that would rate any chargers compatible with Rivian vehicles. The list of chargers includes Rivian Adventure Network (RAN) chargers, Tesla Superchargers and any other compatible third-party chargers. The charger score is automatically calculated based on the station's average top speed and reliability.

With the launch of ABRP 5.0, Rivian is integrating its charger scores directly into the free tier of ABRP so that all EV owners can benefit. ABRP users will now be able to see charger scores, and ABRP will automatically route users to chargers with higher scores if they are available on your route.

Google Automotive

Another cool feature for ABRP is that it will now be available as an app to install and use directly in vehicles that support Google Automotive. Any EV that uses Google Automotive, including Volvo,  Polestar, Ford, and GM will support the in-system experience, which will also provide data for charger scoring and routing.

This will be an excellent way to hold third-party networks accountable, which have commonly suffered from uptime or speed issues.

Tesla’s Implementation

Tesla previously implemented a “Qualified Third-Party Charger” program, that would allow highly-rated third-party chargers that meet a strict set of requirements to be displayed directly in the vehicle. However, this is currently limited to Europe and parts of the Middle East. Within North America, Tesla only displays third-party Tesla destination chargers in addition to Superchargers.

While Tesla doesn’t directly show charger scores, they clearly are tracking charge data, and are providing the cream of the crop of third-party chargers for navigation where the program is available. We’d hope that this implementation of qualified third-party chargers also comes to North America, as NACS is becoming the de facto standard for charging.

If Tesla does expand the display of third-party chargers to other regions, it’ll likely be similar to what we see in Europe today, and won’t be as open as Rivian’s implementation in ABRP.

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