Earlier this week Elon Musk spoke to the Financial Times at the
Future of the Car conference. The Chief executive of Tesla and SpaceX gave a few interesting quotes in this
The interview started with a bit of overlap with Elon Musk and
Co-Founder of Tesla JB Straubel both talking together. JB mentioned that it's "tougher now for EV startups
because what are they going to do that Tesla hasn't or won't do. What is their niche?"
Elon added "Companies are jumping in at the deep end, trying to make
a high volume vehicle without having ever made a vehicle before. Start small and make mistakes at a small
scale with a lot of reserve capital."
Elon was asked who he views as the most impressive EV startup and he
answered "Volkswagen is making the most progress aside from Tesla." He also noted that there will be some
strong EV companies coming out of China.
When asked about supply constraints, Elon said that he sees
constraints in lithium coming in about three years, in large part due to the difficulty of converting the
ore into battery-grade material.
Elon said that Tesla may have to get involved in mining/refining raw materials. When discussing supply constraints, Elon also
iterated that the 20 million vehicle target for 2030 is simply an aspiration; "We may achieve it, but we may
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When asked about the current situation in China, Elon stated that he
has had recent conversations with government officials. From these conversations he believes that it is
clear that the lockdowns are being lifted rapidly, adding "I would not expect this to be a significant issue
in the coming weeks." This statement is optimistic as the lockdowns have posed huge supply chain challenges
for Tesla and the broader economy.
When asked about demand, Elon said "now its demand is exceeding
production to a ridiculous degree. We’re probably gonna just stop taking orders for anything beyond a
certain period of time because some of that timing is like a year away.
This would be an interesting move for the automaker. Tesla has
previously alluded to the idea on their Q1 earnings call where they discussed the difficulty of setting
their prices so far out because they don't know what their future costs will be.
When asked about how long he would stay at Tesla, Elon responded:
"as long as I can be useful."
Non-Tesla electric cars have been allowed to charge at select Tesla Supercharger locations in France, the
Netherlands, and Norway since November.
Allowing Superchargers - which account for more than half of all fast chargers in the United States to charge
all electric vehicles would be easier and less expensive for everyone involved, and it would substantially
improve the landscape of the current fast-charging infrastructure.
CCS is the obvious charging standard to go with, given that Tesla, like many other manufacturers, has already
accepted CCS standards in Europe and its Supercharger stations are already equipped with CCS connectors.
Tesla's cars and Supercharger stations in North America use its own proprietary connector, which has rendered
Non-Tesla owners unable to use Tesla's fast-charging infrastructure.
It also prevents Tesla owners from charging at other DC charging stations, unless they spend a considerable
amount of money purchasing a CHAdeMO or CCS adapter.
Speaking at the Financial Times Future of the Car summit, Musk said they will add the connectors even if it
lessens their competitive advantage over other automakers.
“It's a little trickier in the US because we have a different connector than the rest of the industry, but we
will be adding the rest of the industry connectors as an option to Superchargers in the US. We are trying as
best as possible to do the right thing for the advancement of electrification, even if that diminishes our
competitive advantage,” Musk said.
This is comparable to Tesla's approach in Europe when the Model 3 was originally introduced with the CCS
standard. Both Tesla and CCS connectors were installed at new Supercharger stations, and the carmaker also
began retrofitting some existing stations.
Last year, the Taiwan EV Charger Equipment Supplier and Manufacturer Advancement Alliance declared that CCS
should be the country's charging standard, forcing Tesla to retrofit CCS connectors to all
Tesla upgraded Superchargers with CCS connectors in addition to their proprietary connectors a few months
after the decision.
Tesla's CEO gave no indication of when the company planned to begin installing CCS connectors at stations in
the United States.
Is Your Vehicle Compatible?
The connector the US is using differs slightly from the CCS connector in Europe. In the US it's known as CCS combo 1, or CCS1 for short. This is the connector that Tesla will support in the US and it is not interchangeable with CCS2 that is used in Europe.
Tesla is already selling an adapter to go from CCS1 to Tesla's plug, but it is currently only available in South Korea. Tesla is likely to make this adapter available for sale in the US in the future.
However, your Tesla will need to specifically support the CCS adapter. If your Tesla was built after May 2019, then it likely supports the CCS adapter. If it was before then, then it will need to be retrofitted if you plan to charge using the CCS 1 adapter.
You can check whether your car supports the CCS adapter by going to Controls > Software and tapping Additional Vehicle Information.
You can also find more information about how to check whether your car is supported, the cost of a retrofit, and the cost of the adapter in our CCS adapter article.
Tesla to address display restarting in certain situations
Tesla has issued a new recall affecting 129,960 vehicles from 2021 and 2022, due to an overheating issue with the
infotainment center CPU.
The automaker has discovered a fault where the center display may become laggy due to the CPU overheating when
the vehicle is pre-conditioning the battery pack for Supercharging or while it's Supercharging.
“A lagging or restarting CPU may prevent the center screen from displaying the rearview camera image, gear
selection, windshield visibility control settings, and warning lights, increasing the risk of a crash”, Tesla
wrote in their recall notice.
Tesla claims to have discovered the issue during standard endurance testing. Although there have been no reports
of wrecks or injuries, the company has received 59 warranty claims from January to early May.
Luckily, just like past recalls, the automaker will be able to fix the issue with a software update. The Recall
Report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Safety reads:
“On May 3, 2022, Tesla began deploying an OTA firmware that will improve the management of the CPU temperature
and associated communications with elevated temperature operation. This remedy will mitigate temperature
elevations in the CPU when the vehicle is fast-charging or preparing to fast-charge, which will prevent slow
processing or restart.”
Tesla will contact the specific owners with an official recall notice, expected to be mailed July 1, 2022.
Tesla’s ability to issue over-the-air software updates in order to fix most of the issues that have led to
official safety recalls lately, highlights the effectiveness of their approach to in-car operating systems and
connectivity, a feature that seems to be gaining fast adoption by other automakers, and will surely change the
landscape of the automotive industry.
A typical traditional recall, in which affected owners must bring their vehicles in for service, could easily
bankrupt a carmaker, which must pay for labor and parts to perform the repairs.
Affected vehicles appear to be limited to those with Ryzen-based CPUs, Tesla's latest MCU. MCU 3 provides increased
responsiveness and faster loading apps such as streaming services and the web browser.
If you have a Tesla with a Ryzen-based
CPU and have experienced a delay when using the touchscreen or had it restart randomly, you may see
improvements when this fix is rolled out.
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