Tesla teases solar-powered range extender trailer with Starlink at IdeenExpo in Germany

By Gabe Rodriguez Morrison
Tesla shows off a Starlink-equipped solar trailer
Tesla shows off a Starlink-equipped solar trailer
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Tesla teased a solar powered range extender trailer at the IdeenExpo in Germany. The trailer features an array of solar panels that can extend outwards when stationary.

The trailer also features a Starlink satellite dish attached on top of the trailer. Twitter user tesla_adri shared images from the expo below.

The unit has nine 300W solar panels that can generate up to 2.7 kW, when fully extended and one-third that amount when the solar panels are folded in.

Although it seems that Tesla does not intend to start production of this product for sale anytime soon, this trailer would be especially useful for camping.

The trailer can continually power the attached Starlink satellite dish, providing constant internet access and can also serve as a charger for small electronic devices.

Additionally, solar panels could charge the battery of an electric vehicle, although it is not clear how much range they would provide. It has also been confirmed by Tesla employees that there is no internal battery storage.

This wasn’t the only display from Tesla at the expo. The automaker also brought out a cutout Model Y with a structural battery pack and 4680 cells.

Tesla also showed off a Giga Berlin-made Model Y Performance, displaying the instant torque and raw speed of one of their fastest vehicles.

Tesla Model Y with 4680 batteries is shown off
Tesla Model Y with 4680 batteries is shown off
tesla_adri/Twitter

Tesla Cybertruck to Receive Charging Improvements in Upcoming Update

By Karan Singh
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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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