Your Tesla to automatically adjust its air suspension based on road elevation

By Nuno Cristovao
Tesla shows you real-time suspension metrics
Tesla shows you real-time suspension metrics

One of the things that separate the Model 3 and Model Y from their bigger siblings is the adaptive air suspension.

The ride with an air suspension is much smoother than a traditional spring-based suspension. Tesla offers some excellent features to adjust the newer adaptive air suspension that allows you to customize your ride.

The Model S and Model X have a separate menu under Controls specifically for suspension settings. The 'Suspension' section allows you to view detailed metrics about your suspension, such as ride height, compression, rebound, and body acceleration. You can even view it all in real-time while driving the car.

Furthermore, you can tweak the vehicle's ride height from four pre-defined levels. You can adjust the vehicle's ride height from as low as 6.1 inches, all the way up to 8.9 inches.

You can also individually adjust the ride comfort and the handling of the vehicle.

Similar to Tesla's location-based auto-folding mirrors, you can also have your vehicle remember the ride height at a given location. The vehicle will then automatically raise or lower its suspension to your predefined height when you're arriving at that location.

Tesla lets you fine-tune your air suspension
Tesla lets you fine-tune your air suspension

This is useful when entering or leaving steep driveways that may cause the vehicle to rub against the pavement.

Adjusting Tesla's Air Suspension

Overall, the adaptive air suspension is a great feature, but it looks like it may be getting even better in the future.

Twitter user BLKMDL3 recently asked Elon to further improve the Model S suspension by automatically raising the car's height if a dip is detected in the road ahead.

Elon responded with a simple, "Yeah," as he traditionally has, but what makes this especially interesting is Tesla's recent look into terrain recognition.

In addition to detecting road edges among many other objects, Tesla hacker @GreenTheOnly has now found references in the firmware that Tesla is starting to detect elevation changes as well, which would be necessary to properly solve full self-driving.

So now when you tie BLKMDL3's request with Elon's response and the fact that Tesla is starting to detect elevation change in the road, it starts to paint a clearer picture.

If Tesla is soon able to detect visual changes in elevation then it's probable that Tesla will adjust the car's ride height when major elevation changes are detected.

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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