Tesla will add the ability to customize Cabin Overheat Protection feature

26 days since announcement
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By Lennon Cihak
Tesla will allow you to further customize its Cabin Overheat Protection feature
Tesla will allow you to further customize its Cabin Overheat Protection feature

Cabin Overheat Protection (COP) is an amazing feature that is available on all Teslas.

If the interior of the vehicle gets too hot, the car can automatically turn on the HVAC fan, allowing cool air to be brought in to help cool the cabin.

You can also choose to have the vehicle use the AC to more effectively cool down the interior of the car, although it comes at the expense of some battery drain.

Up until now the temperature at which Cabin Overheat Protection turns on has not been configurable and is set at 105° F.

However, last night Elon Musk announced that Tesla will be bringing some improvements to Cabin Overheat Protection. You’ll soon be able to adjust the temperature at which COP turns on.

Although Elon says that you'll be able to adjust the temperature at which COP kicks on, it may be limited to a certain range. Maybe somewhere along the lines of 90° to 120°.

After all, if you want to keep the car any cooler, you could always use Climate Keeper.

It'll be interesting to see if Tesla includes any additional improvements to Cabin Overheat Protection, such as only allowing it to cool at certain times or locations. It could also allow the vehicle to automatically vent the windows to help further cool the interior.

Elon recently said that Tesla would incorporate a feature that would allow the vehicle to automatically close its windows when it starts raining. It's certainly possible that these features could be tied together in a 'Summer Improvements' package.

Elon said that the enhancement will be included in the next software update. Elon is likely referring to the next major update and not any minor revisions to 2022.20.

The next major release is expected to be 2022.24, which is probably still 2-4 weeks away.

Cabin Overheat Protection currently has three options: Off, No A/C, and On. When the feature is set to off, which is the default, the vehicle will simply not do anything when the interior temperature reaches 105°.

When “No A/C” is selected, COP will simply utilize the fans to cool the cabin. This will help cool down the cabin slightly, but during hot days the interior of the cabin will still climb into 130° and beyond.

The best way to keep the cabin cool during hot days is to set Cabin Overheat Protection to "On," which will let the vehicle utilize the AC.

While this method is best for keeping the interior of the vehicle from exceeding 105° F, it still may not be enough in excessive heat. There is no gaurantee that the cabin will below 105°.

To enable Cabin Overheat Protection in your vehicle, head to Controls > Safety and scroll down until you see Cabin Overheat Protection and pick your preferred option.

You can also turn it on from your Tesla app by navigating to the Climate section and sliding up the bottom drawer for additional climate options, such as Dog Mode, Camp Mode.

In the app you can also choose to receive a push notification on your phone when COP is activated by going to Profile > Settings > Notifications.

COP is a nifty feature if you live in a warmer climate and dislike getting into a car that is excessively hot. It can also be life-saving if a small child or pet is ever forgotten in the car.

Cabin Overheat Protection will remain on up to a maximum of 12 hours after the car is parked, or until the battery reaches 20% of charge.

Look for this improvement and others in Tesla's upcoming update.

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

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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