Tesla’s Battery Health Test - See your Battery Health in App or in Service Mode

By Karan Singh
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Tesla’s battery health and longevity have recently been revealed to be quite good as shown in their latest Impact Report. However, on rare occasions, you may still encounter problems or degradation, and it is worth knowing how to self-diagnose potential issues without needing to reach out to Tesla Service, at least as a first step.

Tesla offers two ways to test your vehicle’s battery health. One is a quick self-test that highlights any issues, while the other one takes much longer, but offers a detailed view of your battery’s health.

Battery Health Check in the Tesla App

Battery health check in the Tesla app
Battery health check in the Tesla app
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You can open up your Tesla app and go to the ‘Service’ section on the main screen.

You can then tap “Request Service”, choose “Battery & Charging”, and finally “Range”. If you’re prompted to pick a service center, go ahead and pick any service center first. You’ll then be asked to describe the concern. You can type in “range” or any other text and then tap Next at the bottom.

Keep in mind this is an automated solution and your request won’t actually go to a service center when you tap Next.

The app will perform a quick self-diagnosis to see if your battery is within the normal range of degradation. This is a quick self-test and just lets you know that you’re well within Tesla’s expected battery degradation levels.

Thorough Battery Health Test in Service Mode

If you want a more detailed analysis, you can open Service Mode using our instructions. Navigate to the High Voltage menu and then tap on ‘Health Test’ in the ‘HV Battery’ section.

The battery health test in Service Mode is more in-depth and can take up to 24 hours – or more – depending on your charging setup. You’ll need to be plugged in – and not at a Supercharger.

The slower your means of charging, the longer the test will take. However, expect it to take at least 12 hours at minimum, and more than 48 hours if you’re charging a Long-Range vehicle at a lower amperage.

How the Service Mode Battery Health Test Works

The best time to run the Service Mode test is when your battery is closer to empty, rather than full – otherwise the car will need to spend time wasting energy to drain the battery.

Once it reaches a low enough state of charge, the car will then charge up to 100%. Once that completes, go back to the High Voltage section in Service Mode and the vehicle will display a Battery Health percentage.

According to Tesla, Tesla batteries degrade about 15% after 200k miles (321k km) on average. Much of the degradation is front-loaded, meaning that degradation happens faster when the vehicle is newer and the degradation then tapers off.

Note that running the battery health test should be used sparingly and mostly only if you suspect there may be an issue with your battery. By running the test you’re increasing the number of charge cycles on your battery and thus causing some additional degradation. One time won’t hurt it, but doing it often would not only degrade your battery but also increase your electric bill.

Compare to Others

Average battery retention per Tesla
Average battery retention per Tesla
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Below is a chart Tesla shared on the Model 3 and Model Y’s battery retention. It can be used to compare your results to Tesla’s findings.

Tesla recommends keeping the state of charge of your battery between 40%-80%, depending on the vehicle. Vehicles with LFP batteries are recommended to be charged to 100%.

Tesla Vehicles Spotted With LiDAR: What Do They Use It For?

By Karan Singh
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Tesla recently hit the news for purchasing approximately $2M in LiDAR sensors from Luminar, one of Tesla’s long-term suppliers. You’ve probably seen photos of Tesla’s Semi and various Tesla models, including the Model 3 and Model Y sporting LIDAR equipment on the roof. These cars drive around with manufacturer plates scanning streets and highways.

However, many people confuse Tesla’s purpose in purchasing LiDAR equipment with using it for FSD versus testing. So, let’s look at what LiDAR is, and why Tesla uses it on its Fleet Validation Vehicles.

What is LiDAR?

LiDAR stands for Light Detecting and Ranging – essentially using lasers to measure distances. A laser pulse is sent out, and the time it takes to return is measured – providing extremely accurate distance measurements.

Some companies working on self-driving vehicles, including Waymo and BYD, use LiDAR as part of their self-driving suites, but Tesla is one of the few stand-outs that does not. Even Rimac’s “Verne” Robotaxi – which uses self-driving technology from Mobileye, also uses LiDAR.

While LiDAR can produce extremely accurate and high-quality 3D environments, it comes with its downsides as well. Not only is LiDAR costly and requires large gear strapped to a vehicle, but it also can not be used in bad weather and can have interference issues if there are other strong light sources present.

Why Does Tesla Use LiDAR?

A LiDAR rig mounted on a Tesla Semi for testing FSD.
A LiDAR rig mounted on a Tesla Semi for testing FSD.
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At Autonomy Day in 2019, Elon Musk mentioned that LiDAR isn’t the solution for self-driving cars – it's just a crutch. Thus, Tesla hasn’t used LiDAR for any production self-driving software.

Instead, Tesla uses it exactly how it's described – they use it to gather ground-truth data. This data is then used to feed Tesla’s Full Self Driving system – which helps validate its vision-only system's accuracy. LiDAR provides very accurate measurements to help ensure that FSD’s perception of space is accurate – and is only used by Tesla to ensure that its AI technology which is the brains of FSD is capable of accurately interpreting depth from just visual data.

Tesla’s vision-only system has been seen to be extremely accurate, with Vision-only Autopark being able to park in even narrower and tighter spaces faster than the previous version that relied on ultrasonic sensors.

We’ll likely continue to see Tesla purchase LiDAR systems, as well as use them for validation well into the future.

Tesla's Upcoming Robotaxi Event in August Delayed, According to Bloomberg

By Karan Singh
Sugar Design

In a report from Bloomberg, it is claimed that Tesla will be delaying its much-anticipated 8/8 Robotaxi event by two months to October 2024.

While sources other than Bloomberg haven't confirmed this report, Bloomberg has a positive track record of reporting on financial decisions. We’ll be sure to update the article if there is confirmation on X from Elon Musk or another Tesla senior official.

Tesla’s stock has dropped nearly 8.5% over the day, ending back-to-back gains over the last two weeks. It closed yesterday at $ 241 after hitting a peak of $270 earlier in the day before the news broke.

Why the Delay?

The delay – of approximately two months – has been communicated internally, but not publicly announced just yet. Bloomberg goes on to mention that the design team was told to rework certain elements of the Cybercab, necessitating the delay.

If Bloomberg’s report is correct, it sounds like Tesla’s unveil event will be largely focused on showing off the vehicle, instead of demoing how it will work. Of course, it could still be both, but given past events, Tesla has always shown off the vehicle years before it hits production.

Rimac recently showed off their version of robotaxi vehicle named Verne, and surprisingly, it could almost pass for Tesla’s own robotaxi. A lot of design cues in Rimac’s version are elements we have already seen or expect to see in Tesla’s autonomous taxi.

A recent Tesla patent revealed that Tesla is incorporating a sanitation system into their robotaxi that will be responsible for analyzing and cleaning the vehicle’s interior, although the delay itself is likely tied more to a physical feature rather than software.

Another element we know almost nothing about is how Tesla plans to charge these robotic taxis. Will they rely on the existing charge port and adapt a solution like the robotic charging arm (video below) we saw almost eight years ago, or will wireless charging or a dock finally become realized?

While the delay for Tesla’s event appears to be related to the vehicle’s design itself and not further development of FSD, Tesla is wasting no time in getting FSD working for the upcoming vehicle. Model 3 vehicles have already been spotted with camera locations that resemble a robotaxi.

Is the Delay Accurate?

We expect that this delay might actually be true – Elon Musk usually takes to X within hours of such news breaking if it's false to refute it and hasn’t done so yet.

Tesla has delayed several of their events in the past, and a delay of a couple of months seems plausible. We should hear from Musk himself soon on whether this report is accurate.

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