Tesla FSD Beta 10.1: How it's looking

By Henry Farkas

Tesla released their latest FSD Beta on the 25th. Beta testers have now had a few days with the latest beta and we take a look at how it compares to previous iterations. I am not (yet) a beta tester. Ever since I pushed the button three days ago, I had only one drive. Then I got sick. Today I am in the hospital, and I may need an operation.

Tesla FSD Beta 10.1
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Dirty Tesla (he doesn't wash his car very often, and he lives on a dirt road) is a bit disappointed in 10.1. It's still too hesitant at stop signs, and other drivers take advantage of the Tesla's timidity. And it can't read the No Right Turn On Red signs.

Tesla Joy gives a good description of the Tesla insurance algorithm and how to convince it that you are an excellent driver. Just keeping the car on Autopilot all the time won't do it.

AI DRIVR tried to get FSD 10.1 to shift into reverse. Elon said the feature would be included in 10.1, but when shifting to reverse was the right thing to do, 10.1 didn't do it.

HyperChange lives in Seattle. He's been testing FSD Beta against streets where the rectangular concrete columns hold up the monorail. It has not done well until now. FSD 10.1 maneuvered well in the test.

Rocco Speranza took a drive with 10.1. It did well until near the end of the drive when 10.1 tried to go around some cars that were stopped in traffic. Going around would have been inappropriate so Rocco had to intervene.

At the very end of the drive, a car heading in the opposite direction was stopped a bit over the center line, and it appeared to Rocco that 10.1 didn't realize that the other car was over the center line. Rocco took over to avoid the accident. This was an example of the warning that Tesla gives to the beta testers, that the car might do the wrong thing at a crucial time, and that the human must be alert with hands on the wheel and able to take control of the car at any instant.

Tesla is making steady progress in the race to autonomous driving, but there's still work to be done. The single stack for highway and city driving didn't make it into this beta release as expected. Tesla is looking to release FSD Beta 10.2 on October 6th.

Beta Released Version
Beta 9.0 July 10th, 2021 2021.4.18.12
Beta 9.1 July 31st, 2021 2021.4.18.13
Beta 9.2 August 15th, 2021 2021.12.25.15
Beta 10.0 September 11th, 2021 2021.24.15
Beta 10.0.1 September 18th, 2021 2021.24.16
Beta 10.1 September 25th, 2021 2021.24.17
Beta 10.2 October 6th, 2021? TBD

Tesla Cybertruck to Receive Charging Improvements in Upcoming Update

By Karan Singh
Not a Tesla App

Former Tesla VP of Powertrain and Energy Drew Baglino previously mentioned that Cybertruck would be receiving charging improvements soon.

Wes Morrill, Tesla’s Cybertruck lead engineer, recently reposted Baglino’s comments on the charge speed update on June 16th and mentioned that it would be coming soon via OTA.

Charging Improvements

The 4680 cell has seen some difficulties in its charge curve, similar to Tesla’s other vehicles that have been deployed with the 4680. Tesla has alluded to difficulties in the manufacturing curve previously, and also with engineering improvements to the new cell standard, and eventually stopped manufacturing the Model Y with the 4680 cells.

However, this is the first time that Tesla has begun to deploy major improvements to the 4680 cell. It appears the improvements will allow up to 154 miles to be recovered in 15 minutes, which is approximately a 30% improvement to current charge rates.

We’re hoping that these improvements to the 4680 will also translate to older Model Y vehicles that have 4680 cells, which will be key to the owners of these vehicles. 4680 production is currently mainly focused on Powerwall, Megapack, and Cybertruck – with Semi not using 4680 yet.

Tesla Model 3 Long Range Now Eligible for $7.5K Tax Credit

By Karan Singh
Not a Tesla App

In the US, the Model 3 Long Range has now become fully eligible for the $7,500 federal tax credit for EVs.

Federal Tax Credit

The federal tax credit is up to $7,500 USD off at the point of sale, which applies to EVs with batteries originating from the United States. The Model 3 Performance was launched with the EV tax credit, which meant that until now, it was cheaper to purchase than the Model 3 Long Range.

Interestingly, after this change, the Model 3 Long Range is only $1,000 USD more expensive than the Model 3 Rear Wheel Drive, as the RWD model is not eligible for the credit. The LFP batteries in the RWD model are from CATL in China, and thus mark it as ineligible.

At $40,000 USD, the Model 3 Long Range is now an even better deal than before – and is nearly $7,500 less (the amount of the credit), than the average new car in the United States.

Canadian EV Credits

In Canada, Tesla dropped the Model 3 RWD price by $1,000 CAD, in response to the province of  British Colombia reducing the upper limit of their EV credit MSRP range. This means that the Model 3 RWD is the only Tesla vehicle that is covered under the new BC rebate – which is one of the few provincial rebates still left standing.

Sadly, as a result of this change, and due to a weird classification gimmick, the Model Y is considered a sedan by the Government of BC and is completely ineligible for the additional rebates – but the $5,000 federal EV rebate still applies.

Tesla vehicles accounted for 80% of federal EV rebate applications in Canada in 2023, marking a net increase since last year at 60%.

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