Tesla to start offering cheaper 'Annual Subscriptions' on Premium Connectivity and more

Implemented on Feb 23, 2022 (6 days)
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By Nuno Cristovao

Today Tesla updated its app to version 4.6 for iOS. This update contains additional features such as actionable notifications, which allow you to perform certain actions by interacting with the notification.

Tesla to offer annual subscriptions
Tesla to offer annual subscriptions
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For example, when preheating your vehicle, you'll be given the option to turn off the climate system directly from the notification.

In addition to actionable notifications, Tesla also made some underlying changes that set them up for two upcoming features.

Annual Subscriptions

Tesla currently offers monthly subscription plans for their Premium Connectivity service and for Full Self-Driving. However, there is currently no way to subscribe for a longer period of time.

However, it looks like Tesla will soon offer annual subscriptions that are cheaper than their monthly counterparts. Tesla currently offers monthly subscription plans for FSD and Premium Connectivity, but it looks like Tesla will soon offer you a discount if you choose to pay annually instead.

In late December Elon was asked on Twitter whether Tesla could introduce a cheaper yearly plan for Premium Connectivity instead of having to pay $10/month. Elon replied to Zack saying it was a 'Good idea.'

Twitter user Tesla_App_iOS uncovered these additional details in Tesla's latest app update.

The additional language doesn't specify whether Tesla would only offer annual plans for their Premium Connectivity plan or on FSD, but it's likely that Tesla would offer an annual plan on all their plans.

There's no indication on the amount of the discount for annual plans but annual plans are usually about 10-15% cheaper than their monthly counterparts.

Climate Keeper

In app update 4.6, Tesla also made some changes that suggest they will soon offer the ability to turn on Climate Keeper directly from the app.

Climate Keeper allows you to keep the car at a certain temperature for an extended period of time. Climate Keeper currently can only be turned on from within the vehicle.

You can view all the release notes for Tesla app 4.6 on our app updates section.

Update: Tesla has now launched the annual plan for Premium Connectivity in the US. The annual plan costs $99/year, a savings of about 20% compared to paying monthly.

You can sign up for the annual plan, or switch from the monthly plan to the annual plan by navigiating to Upgrades > Manage in the Tesla mobile app.

There's no word yet whether Tesla will expand the annual plan to FSD.

Update: You can now subscribe to Premium Connectivity on a yearly basis in the US. You save $20/year compared to paying monthly.

Tesla's Model 3 Turns 5 Years-Old

By Kevin Armstrong
Tesla's Model 3 HVAC UI in 2017
Tesla's Model 3 HVAC UI in 2017

Happy Birthday to Tesla’s Model 3. It’s hard to believe that five years ago, just 30 Model 3’s had rolled off the assembly line and been delivered. Now Tesla’s answer to a more affordable vehicle is the best-selling electric vehicle in the world, has been named car of the year, is considered one of the safest vehicles on the planet and has a long waiting list of eager buyers.

It’s a birthday, so we should reminisce about the early days. While this iconic car first appeared on the road in 2017, it was on Elon Musk’s to-do list for over a decade.

Elon Musk talks to Wired Science about the Model 3 in 2006

Years later, as it became more of a reality, the car was given the code name BlueStar. It was to be named the Model E, but Ford had already trademarked the wording. Then Musk turned the E into a 3, but he didn’t want the number; he envisioned 3 lines, similar to the current E in Tesla. But Adidas quashed that, arguing it was too close to that brand’s three stripes. So that’s how the 3 was named.

The Model 3 was supposed to be the smaller, stripped-down version of the Model S to invite more buyers into Tesla and EVs. However, this more affordable, entry-level Tesla holds its own against luxury sedans and even its big sister, the Model S. Tesla has been rolling out several updates throughout the Model 3’s existence, allowing the vehicles to keep up and even pass the Joneses.

In 2019 the Model 3 received a significant software boost when the beta versions of Navigate on Autopilot and Smart Summon were added. Voice commands, a voice keyboard and new language supports were also implemented along with the popular Camp Mode. Once owners posted photos and videos of comfortable beds in the Model 3 with the backseat down, Tesla had to add climate control and a camp fire to complete the experience.

Tesla introduced Dog Mode in Teslas in 2019. In fact, the manufacturer used a Model 3 to unveil the feature to the world. With the help of a sleepy Husky and an excited German Shepherd, Dog Mode was demonstrated to the world on all of Tesla’s social media channels. This made Tesla a must-have for any dog lover!

Also included with the Model 3 in late 2019 and early 2020 was Sentry Mode. This all-encompassing security system records and notifies the owner if anything is happening around or to the Tesla. It’s arguably the most advanced stock vehicle alarm system on the market.

In 2020 the Tesla Toybox was overhauled and updated in all Model 3s. Emissions, sketchpad and many more favorites were revised and made even more fun. But it wasn’t just the games that have been updated; although plenty of games were added over time, Tesla improved it’s maps and dashcam. Later in the year, the Beta version of Full Self Driving was added to all Teslas, including the Model 3. While FSD is still a work in progress, for the system to be available in even the entry-level Model 3 was a big attraction.

A crowd pleaser is the Boombox. This was another addition in 2020 to all models. With the car in park, the boombox blasts music or sound effects through an external speaker. You can even add your own sounds through a USB drive. Perhaps the Boombox should be used by all Model 3 owners to wish their Tesla a happy 5th Birthday!

Elon Musk says Canada could be home to the next Tesla Gigafactory

By Gabe Rodriguez Morrison
Tesla's Fremont Gigafactory
Tesla's Fremont Gigafactory
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Elon Musk mentioned that Tesla could announce a new factory location later this year at Tesla’s annual shareholder meeting. 

During his speech at the shareholder meeting, Elon talked in detail about Tesla's newly opened factories: Gigafactory Berlin-Brandenburg and Gigafactory Texas. 

During the meeting Elon said that Tesla "might be able to announce another factory location later this year." When Elon asked where the next Gigafactory should be, the crowd shouted out various locations. Elon then said:

"We get a lot of Canada. I am half Canadian, maybe I should?"

This is not the first time Elon hinted that Canada could be home to the next gigafactory.

During an employee meeting in June, Elon confirmed that the company was looking at a new site in North America. During the Q and A, an employee asked a question about the location of the next American Gigafactory.

Musk noted that the company had not confirmed the location, but he said it may not necessarily be in the United States:

"We are looking at sites, but we are considering some site options more broadly in North America, so including Canada and Mexico, and the US as well."

Scaling Production

At the shareholder meeting, Elon told investors that Tesla's next Gigafactory will be one of 10-12 factories the company is planning.

"Ultimately, we'll end up building probably at least 10 or 12 Gigafactories and they will be really big Gigafactories aiming for an average output of 1.5 to 2 million units per factory, which is enormous."

If Canada is home to the next Gigafactory, it would most likely be located somewhere in Ontario's "Golden Horseshoe", Canada's most populated and economically productive region. Alberta could also be a good option considering it has favorable business regulations, cheaper energy costs, including Canada's best solar and wind potential, and its proximity to lithium resources.

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