Tesla to allow users to vote on new Supercharger locations

By Kevin Armstrong
Tesla to allow users to vote on new Supercharger locations
Tesla to allow users to vote on new Supercharger locations
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The Tesla Charging Twitter account has taken a page out of Elon Musk's social media strategy playbook. With more than 73 thousand followers, the account tweeted: Supercharger Voting coming soon. Reply with location suggestions — replies with the most likes will be included in the poll. The tweet has grabbed a lot of attention as suggested locations have been pouring in.

Tesla already has a vast network of Superchargers across the globe, and that grid is constantly expanding. The Tesla Charging account's primary use is to announce openings of new supercharger locations worldwide. There are occasional retweets of someone's observations at a site. But, it receives a countless number of suggested locations daily.

The account had thousands of responses within hours of pinning the tweet to the top of its profile. Many replies included screen grabs of maps showing distances between Supercharger locations. Some others show non-service or dead zone areas. There were also numerous responses of sites with chargers that were too busy. But, of course, with this on social media, there are plenty of different and humorous opinions. Ironically, one user wants a location at a place called Dodge City.

This tweet is on the heels of a report that Tesla received funding from the California Energy Commission's Clean Transportation Program. As a result, Tesla will create 420 new stalls, including the world's largest site. DriveTeslaCanada.ca reported that the approval places a 164-stall Supercharger hub in Coalinga, California. This location is along the I-5, one of the busiest interstates in the U.S.

Due to Tesla being the pioneer of electric vehicles, it already has thousands of charging locations. Until recently, those sites were exclusive to Tesla owners. But the company has been running a European pilot program allowing non-Teslas to charge at the companies Superchargers. It appears the inclusion of non-Teslas at Tesla Superchargers will soon be available in North America.

Twitter user Sawyer Merritt shared a short-lived glance at the program in August. It was a screen grab of the app showing a Supercharging membership plan that offered pay per use and a $0.99 monthly membership. Unfortunately, the information was only on the app for a few hours before being removed.

Tesla is ramping up Supercharger developments in several countries. A Tesla employee used his LinkedIn to promote the company is hiring Supercharger project managers in multiple locations in Canada.

Of course, the Tesla Charging Twitter account is public and can receive location nominations from Tesla owners, other EV owners and users who don't have an electric vehicle. This kind of information will go a long way to improve the network and maybe be enough to convince the non-EV owner to switch.

Tesla Begins Testing FSD in China

By Karan Singh
Not a Tesla App

Tesla was recently granted permission to test FSD on Chinese streets – specifically in Shanghai. Just recently, Elon Musk visited China and discussed the potential for FSD to come to China.

Gearing Up for FSD China

This is just the first step for Tesla to begin its customer deployments of FSD – Tesla conducts similar ADAS testing in North America, where special testing vehicles and testing employees run the latest FSD (Supervised) versions against a gamut of real-world, real-life tests.

Tesla has recently been working on translating FSD release notes into multiple languages, alongside building a data center in Shanghai and establishing an FSD Operations and Labelling team at the same center. These are the first, key steps to bringing FSD to a new market that has unique and different traffic rules when compared North America.

China doesn’t have the regulatory hurdles or challenges that Tesla faces in Europe to bring FSD and has been working with Chinese corporations as well as the government, which has now provided its official approval for FSD testing in-country.

We might even see FSD deployed to early testing customers in China by the end of 2025.

ADAS Competitors

There are quite a few competitors in the Chinese market already- with challengers like Xpeng and Xiaomi working on building their own homegrown systems, mostly driven by a mixture of cameras, radars, ultrasonic sensors, and LIDAR. However, many of these systems face similar challenges to other non-Chinese competitors and don’t have the mileage under their belts to tackle Tesla’s dominating lead in data and data processing.

European Union

Tesla is poising itself for an FSD rollout internationally, with increased testing also taking place in the UK, France, and Spain – some of the key locations with unique infrastructure in the European Union. However, some EU-specific regulations restrict how FSD can perform – each and every action must be manually approved by the driver. Until that regulation is changed to adapt to systems like FSD, it won’t be making its way there just yet.

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.

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