First Look at Tesla’s New 'Energy App' Feature in the Tesla App

By Nuno Cristovao
Tesla will let you view how your vehicle is consuming energy via the Tesla app
Tesla will let you view how your vehicle is consuming energy via the Tesla app
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Another new feature has landed in the Tesla app. With Tesla app 4.16.1 Tesla appears to be testing the new 'Vehicle Range' feature that breaks down how your vehicle used energy during its last trip and while parked.

Richard Lopes from Watts on Wheels, a fully electric car rental service in Portugal noticed Tesla is testing this feature in select regions. The new Vehicle Range feature is very similar to the new Energy App that was introduced in vehicles last year with update 2022.36.

Vehicle Range

Vehicle Range lets you view how your vehicle used energy during its last trip and while parked. Similar to the vehicle's Energy App, Vehicle Range breaks down energy use into several categories including Driving, Climate, Elevation, Battery Conditioning and Everything Else.

If you're already familiar with the Energy App in the car, then you can expect to see almost the same thing in the app, with a few exceptions. It appears Tesla removed a few features to presumably simplify the interface on your phone. The app appears to only allow you to view the overall expected range called 'Trip,' while in the vehicle you can switch between Tesla's projected range and the rated range. The trip projection takes driving, road and environmental factors into account, such as the driving speed, road elevation, ambient temperature and the direction and speed of the wind.

The feature will be available in the Service area of the app and can be accessed by tapping Service then Vehicle Range.

Tesla app source code revealed that this feature was coming to the app in a future update, but it looks like Tesla may soon be ready to launch it for everyone.

Availability

Tesla seems to be testing this feature in select regions and vehicles only as it's currently not available for most users. Tesla has a history of testing features in select vehicles or countries before making them available to a wider audience.

Tesla likely has this feature limited to select users based on a server-side configuration, which would allow Tesla to launch the feature at any time, however, they may also want to make fixes that may require an app update.

Legacy Model S and Model X

What's interesting is that this feature is available on legacy Model S vehicles, which do not yet support the new Energy App feature in the vehicle.

This may mean that Tesla is not only planning to support the new Energy App in legacy vehicles but may add support in an upcoming vehicle update soon.

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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