Elon: Tesla to release FSD Beta in Europe this summer

By Nuno Cristovao
Tesla to introduces FSD Beta in Europe this summer
Tesla to introduces FSD Beta in Europe this summer

Tesla rapidly iterates on its FSD software suite. Tesla has released 11 major FSD releases in the last six months, averaging an update about every two and half weeks.

This weekend Tesla hit a milestone by releasing their FSD Beta software outside of the US. Canada has become the second country to have access to Tesla's Autopilot on city streets.

Tesla's FSD Beta is geared toward owners who wish to help Tesla test and collect data for their FSD program. The betas are opt-in only and are not available in production releases.

In order to receive the beta, a user must have the FSD package or a monthly subscription, a supported vehicle/hardware, be in a supported region, and have a high Safety Score.

Tesla's Safety Score judges drivers based on several metrics. It's not a perfect system by any means, but it gives Tesla a way of selecting drivers that are committed to testing and are reasonably safe.

Introducing the FSD software into other regions is difficult because it introduces new languages, new signs, traffic patterns, right-of-way issues, and more.

Europe is a major market for Tesla and many owners are eagerly awaiting the arrival of FSD Beta, but there has been no official word from Tesla as to when the beta will arrive in Europe.

Up until recently, Tesla and Elon have been relatively quiet on the subject, instead choosing to improve the software in its current markets.

At the Giga Berlin opening, Elon gave a speech to employees, commenting that Tesla may release the FSD Beta in Europe later this year.

Now in a somewhat surprising tweet by Elon today, Tesla appears to be aiming to exceed that expectation.

Elon is now saying that FSD Beta should be available for left-hand markets in Europe by this summer, just a few months from now. Right-hand driving (RHD) is obviously something new that Tesla hasn't added yet and due to that, those European countries will come later.

Elon estimates that RHD markets will come a few months later than the rest of Europe. He adds that these dates will also depend on regulatory approval in each country.

While Elon's time predictions aren't always the most accurate, I think we'll all agree that it's welcoming news to finally have a target date communicated to owners around the world.

There's no word on when additional countries will be included, but it looks like Tesla will be focusing on Europe next and other markets may need to wait until 2023.

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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