Tesla Adds 'Upgrades' Section to Cars Offering Premium Connectivity and More

By Nuno Cristovao

We previously reported that Tesla will be adding an Upgrades section right inside of the car. These are the same upgrades that you initially needed to buy on Tesla's website. Tesla has since added them to the new Tesla app with the release of version 4.0 as well.

Tesla is now enabling in-car upgrades
Tesla is now enabling in-car upgrades
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Some vehicles are now able to access the new Upgrades section inside of the car. It appears in the Controls menu, right underneath the Software section.

This option is not yet available to everyone as Tesla appears to be slowly rolling it out. Like some other features as of late, Tesla appears to be enabling this feature remotely to select cars.

Tesla is likely testing the feature and looking for feedback before they release it to everyone.

Tesla is providing a clean interface for the upgrades, with a simple swipe in order to buy or subscribe to the upgrade.

It's unclear whether there is a confirmation once swiping, as a car is less of a personal device than a phone so it could lead to unintended purchases.

Hopefully Tesla is confirming the subscription by asking for the Tesla account password like they do when you forget a Valet or Glovebox PIN.

Some of the upgrades offered in the car are the FSD Subscription, Tesla's Premium Connectivity, Acceleration Boost and more, but the exact upgrades offered will depend on your model and current subscriptions.

Adding this Upgrades section makes a lot of sense, and I'm honestly surprised it took so long to implement.

Adding the ability to buy upgrades and subscriptions in the car are a logical place for these upgrades and Tesla will likely see an uptick in subscribers and upgrades because of it.

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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