Tesla to Add Reliable Third-party Chargers to Their In-Car Navigation

By Gabe Rodriguez Morrison
Tesla improves access to third-party charging stations
Tesla improves access to third-party charging stations
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Tesla has made significant strides in improving access to fast chargers around the world. This is an important development, not only for the company but for the future of sustainable transportation. Tesla aims to make charging an EV as convenient and practical as driving an internal combustion vehicle.

Tesla continues to improve the charging experience in a variety of ways. In addition to continually expanding its own Supercharger network, Tesla is also partnering with companies like EVgo in the U.S. to install Tesla connectors at their charging stations. Tesla has also recently opened up access to its own charging connector and charge port, allowing other companies to use Tesla's tech free of charge.

Tesla opening up its charging connector is a generous move but also a clever, strategic play. There is no doubt that electric vehicles are here to stay. The question is, what will the nozzle be on the gas pump of the future? With more private companies getting into the EV charging game, this move makes it easy for them to add the Tesla connector to their equipment. Tesla has already been in discussions with some of those companies. Tesla states, "network operators already have plans in motion to incorporate NACS at their chargers, so Tesla owners can look forward to charging at other networks without adapters."

Part of the Tesla experience is having access to its vast charging infrastructure that is as reliable as it is fast. Unfortunately, not all fast chargers are as reliable, which has prevented Tesla from displaying other charging options in their vehicles.

However, Tesla will now display select third-party charging stations that meet Tesla's performance and reliability standards.

Tesla will first roll out this update across Europe and Israel, allowing Tesla owners to find third-party charging stations directly in the vehicle's navigation system. This will not only allow users to easily find and navigate to compatible chargers but also allow the vehicle to preheat its battery to maximize charging speed.

Charger Criteria

For a charging station to be added as a 'Qualified Third-Party Charger' and appear in Tesla's navigation system, it must meet these conditions over a 60-day period:

  • At least one compatible charging connector
  • Frequently used by Tesla drivers at least once every four days
  • Average charge success rate is 90% or higher

Stations will be removed from Tesla’s navigation system if any of the following conditions are met over a 14-day period:

  • No charge sessions detected
  • Average charge success rate falls below 70%

Tesla's efforts to improve access to third-party fast charging will make it easier and more convenient for Tesla owners to charge their EVs, ensuring a smooth charging experience. By expanding its network of charging stations and making it easier for drivers to access and pay for charging, the company is making it more practical for drivers to own and use their electric vehicles.

Expect this improvement to Tesla's navigation system to expand to additional regions in the future as Tesla tests and evaluates its software and additional charging stations.

Elon to Switch to the Cybertruck; Volume Production in 2024

By Kevin Armstrong
Cybertruck mass production to start in 2024
Cybertruck mass production to start in 2024
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Tesla's fourth quarter and 2022 earnings call with investors was mostly good news unless you were planning to drive a Cybertruck soon. While company executives eagerly jumped on every question asked by investors, there was a noticeable pause when a point-blank question was asked about Cybertruck's mid-year production date.

Elon Musk responded "um, we do expect production to start, I don't know, maybe sometime this summer. But I always like to try to downplay the start of production because the start of production is always very slow. It increases exponentially, but it's always very slow at first. So I wouldn't put too much thought in start of production."

Volume Production Next Year

If the millions of people with Cybertruck reservations were in attendance, you might have felt the air leave the room. The previous belief was mass production would start by the end of 2023. There may be some stainless-steel beauties on the road by then, but only a few. "It's kind of when does volume production actually happen, and that's next year," said Musk.

Perhaps sensing some disappointed buyers, Lars Moravy, Tesla's Vice President of Vehicle Engineering added, "(I'd) like just to emphasize on that, we've started installation of all the production equipment here in Giga Texas, castings, general assembly, body shops. We built all our beta vehicles, some more coming still in the next month, but as you said, the ramp will really come 2024."

The Cybertruck Will be Elon's Next Car

Cybertruck was originally announced in 2019 at the memorable event that included the unbreakable armor glass smashing. Musk was wearing the smashed glass Cybertruck t-shirt while taking questions from investors. While the wait continues, he is adamant that it will be worth it, "So it's an incredible product. I can't wait to drive it personally. It will be the car that I drive every day… it's just one of those products that only comes along once in a while, and it's really special."

The original release deadline was set for 2021. However, the production date has been delayed due to unforeseen circumstances, like a global pandemic. Nevertheless, it is a positive sign that beta vehicles have been produced. Images of what appears to be a Cybertruck were leaked a few months ago.

Recently, chief designer Franz von Holzhausen did confirm that the Cybertruck was ready for production, but it's a work in progress. Every Tesla beta product gets thoroughly examined and meticulously reviewed before the next step. But at least it's a step in the right direction.

A Look at Tesla's 2022 Numbers and Record Quarter

By Gabe Rodriguez Morrison
Tesla set new records in production and deliveries while beating analyst expectations.
Tesla set new records in production and deliveries while beating analyst expectations.
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Tesla published their Q4 2022 and full-year financial results, setting new records in production and deliveries while beating analyst expectations. Tesla’s annual profit rose to $12.6 billion in 2022, from $5.5 billion in 2021. Annual revenue rose to $81.5 billion, from $53.8 billion the year prior. Tesla reported fourth-quarter revenue of $24.32 billion beating analysts' $24.07 billion estimate. The automaker also reported earnings per share of $1.19 beating analysts' $1.12 estimate.

Tesla’s stock rose more than 5% in after-hours trading following the earnings release and surged more than 10% the next day.

Tesla's Q4 2022 revenue set a new record for the company, up 59% from a year earlier. In addition to automotive revenue of $21.3 billion, Tesla recognized $324 million of deferred revenue from the company’s driver assistance systems.

FSD Beta Numbers

Tesla reported that 90 million miles have now been driven with FSD Beta, up from 58 million miles in the previous quarter. The company also confirmed that they have about 400,000 FSD Beta users in North America, a sizeable increase since the last report. With such a steep increase in miles driven and FSD Beta becoming widely available in North America, Tesla is making significant progress with its autonomous driving software.

In late 2022 and into this year, Tesla began cutting prices on its cars globally. Elon spoke about how recent price cuts have fueled a surge in demand for Tesla: “Thus far in January we’ve seen the strongest orders year-to-date than ever in our history. We’re currently seeing orders of almost twice the rate of production.” He added: “These price changes really make a difference for the average consumer.” Tesla acknowledges that average sales prices have to decrease over time because affordability is part of Tesla's mission to grow into a company that sells multiple millions of cars annually.

Price cuts will impact profitability, but margins should remain healthy, Tesla CFO Zach Kirkhorn affirmed. Tesla has wider operating margins than the industry average, which allows them to make such price cuts.

Elon issued an uncertain forecast for 2023, saying Tesla planned on 1.8 million vehicles for the year without specifying whether that was a target for production or deliveries. If the company were to deliver 1.8 million vehicles in 2023, that would result in 37% annual growth.

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