How To View Tesla Odometer in the Car or App

By Lennon Cihak
You can easily view your Tesla's trip meters and odometer in the vehicle
You can easily view your Tesla's trip meters and odometer in the vehicle
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Do you need to view how many miles are on your Tesla? Are you looking to see how far you’ve driven on a trip or figure out your vehicle's efficiency?

In this post, we’ll discuss how you can access Tesla’s odometers, both, trips odometers and the overall odometer, as well as accessing quick view trip cards on the Model 3 and Model Y.

View Odometer

The primary odometer in Teslas is located under the software tab in the vehicle’s controls. To access it, tap the car button at the bottom-left side of the screen (called “Controls”) and then touch the “Software” tab. Underneath the car's image, you'll see the vehicle model, along with the odometer and the vehicle's VIN.

Trip Odometer / Tripmeter

In addition to the main odometer, Teslas have two trip odometers for more nuanced needs. For example, using the trip odometer during a road trip will allow you to monitor the energy used, distance driven, and average watts per mile or kilometer during your trip.

To use or view the Tesla trip odometers, go to Controls > Trips. Once here, you’ll see “Trip A” and “Trip B.” These can be renamed by tapping on the trip odometer name or reset by using the buttons further down the screen. Like other vehicles, trip odometers will continue to count until they're reset.

Tips

Many vehicle owners like to keep one of the trip odometers counting since they first bought the vehicle, letting them view the energy used and average efficiency from the very beginning. Unfortunately, the vehicle's main odometer only keeps track of miles or kilometers traveled and not efficiency.

You can also use the trip meters to track how many miles you've traveled with your existing tires, or use one of them to track when your tires were last rotated. Unfortunately, you are limited to two trip meters in your Tesla, in addition to the other default meters.

Current Trip Odometer

Tesla also includes two other odometers that make it convenient to track your battery usage and time driven. The 'Current Trip' odometer is reset after each drive. If the vehicle is left in park for more than a few minutes, the current trip odometer will be reset back to 0. The 'Current Trip' odometer is the only odometer in the vehicle that tracks slightly different metrics. Like the other vehicle odometers, distance traveled and average energy usage is displayed, but instead of total energy used, the vehicle will display the amount of time you've been driving in minutes. Similar to Trip A and Trip B, the current trip odometer can also be reset whenever you'd like by tapping the 'Reset Current Trip' button at the bottom of the screen.

Since Last Charge Odometer

The vehicle also tracks the distance traveled and energy used since the vehicle was last charged. This metric could be useful toward the end of a charge cycle to know how many miles or kilometers your vehicle achieves on your typical charge or to get an idea of the average energy used by the vehicle during the season. The only way to reset your 'Since Last Charge' odometer is by charging your vehicle.

Using Tesla's Mobile App

If you have access to the vehicle on Tesla's mobile app, the easiest way to view your primary odometer is to open the app and scroll to the bottom. Your odometer will be displayed at the very bottom of the app, directly underneath the vehicle model. Along with the odometer, you’ll also be able to view the vehicle’s configuration, VIN, software version and more. Unfortunately, the odometer is the only one that is displayed in the app, and the other trip meters aren't available.

View Odometer While Driving

If you’re in a Model 3 or Model Y, Tesla recently brought back trip cards. These small informational cards give you a quick view of your trip meters or vehicle tire pressure.

To access Tesla’s trip cards, simply swipe left on the mini music player controls. You'll be able to choose between the music player, trip cards and tire pressure cards. If you don't see the music player on the left, you'll need to tap on the gray music icon in your vehicle's bottom menu.

Picking the Odometers

Your vehicle can display up to four trip meters of your choice on the Trips card. To choose which to display navigate to Controls > Trips and tap 'Show in Trips Card' for each trip meter you'd like to display. These trip cards are not available in the Model S and Model X.

Tesla Targets Sentry Mode Vampire Drain: Upcoming Update to Slash Power Use by 40%

By Kevin Armstrong
Sentry Mode Update is Coming
Sentry Mode Update is Coming

In an exchange on X, Drew Baglino, Tesla’s Senior Vice President of Powertrain and Energy Engineering, addressed the concerns regarding the power consumption of Tesla’s Sentry Mode. Responding to a user inquiry, Baglino confirmed the company’s commitment to reducing the feature's energy use by approximately 40% through a software update expected in Q2, which begins on April 1.

This announcement follows feedback from Tesla owners regarding the 'vampire drain' experienced when using Sentry Mode, highlighting Tesla's responsive approach to customer feedback and its dedication to continuous improvement. Another X user stated that there should be a breakdown or battery usage. This information already exists, but Baglino politely responded: The energy app provides a wealth of information about where your energy goes. He also linked to our Not a Tesla App article explaining that system.

Understanding the Drain of Sentry Mode

Sentry Mode is an advanced security feature for Tesla vehicles, leveraging the car’s cameras and sensors to monitor and record surroundings for potential threats when parked. Sentry Mode has proven invaluable for vehicle security by activating various deterrents, including pulsing headlights and alarm sounds.

Despite its benefits, the feature’s energy consumption, referred to as “vampire drain,” has been a concern, with estimates suggesting a small yet consistent drain on the vehicle's battery life. By optimizing Sentry Mode's power usage, Tesla enhances the feature's efficiency and extends the usability for owners, particularly when parking for extended periods without access to charging facilities.

Battery Management: Recognizing the importance of battery preservation, Sentry Mode automatically deactivates when the battery level falls to 20%, ensuring that the vehicle remains operational for essential travel.

Activation and Customization: Owners can activate Sentry Mode via the vehicle's touchscreen or mobile app, with options to customize settings, such as disabling sounds or excluding specific locations, tailoring the security feature to individual preferences and requirements.

Tesla's forthcoming software update aims to significantly reduce Sentry Mode's power usage, making it more adaptable for various situations without impacting the car's range or battery longevity. This enhancement aligns with Tesla's commitment to continuous improvement via over-the-air updates, directly responding to customer feedback with practical solutions. Owners looking forward to this change appreciate the balance between maintaining Sentry Mode's security benefits and preserving battery life for everyday needs.

Tesla Adds 'Rose Gold' Cybertruck Wrap and Two Other New Colors

By Kevin Armstrong
Tesla now offers Cybertruck wraps in five colors
Tesla now offers Cybertruck wraps in five colors

Remember when there was concern that the appeal of a Cybertruck would die down because there would be too many stainless steel beasts on the road? True story. If there was a concern, it appears to have been handled with wraps; not only Tesla’s wraps but more customized wraps are showing up on social media daily.

More Tesla Wraps

Firstly, Tesla has expanded its palette of Cybertruck wrap options, introducing three vibrant new colors. The chic Satin Rose Gold, the deep Satin Abyss Blue, and the sleek Slip Grey are joined in the lineup alongside the classic Satin Stealth Black and Satin Ceramic White. However, several Cybertruck owners are not waiting for Tesla wraps as more unique Cybertruck wraps are showing up on social media.

Priced at $6,000, while the newly introduced Satin Rose Gold and Satin Abyss Blue wraps are slightly pricier at $6,500. This differentiation in pricing reflects the unique appeal and quality of the new wrap colors.

Tesla outlines several key features and advantages of their Cybertruck color paint film, including:

  • A self-healing, urethane-based film that is significantly more durable and twice as thick as the average vinyl wrap, ensuring superior protection against scratches.

  • An environmentally friendly alternative to traditional vinyl wraps, covering all exterior stainless-steel surfaces of the Cybertruck, enhancing its aesthetic appeal and resilience.

Customized Wraps are Taking Off

Since Tesla wraps were introduced, the company has been criticized for the price point being far too high, while consumers can go to other wrap companies and get their own customized look. Even the unique wraps spotted on the Cybertruck before the delivery event are unavailable. But that is not stopping consumers.

It was after Investor Day in 2023 that Morgan Stanley's managing director, Adam Jonas, a well-known figure within the investment community and someone who has been dubbed a Tesla Bull. Jonas outlined several reasons why he believed the Cybertruck might not fulfill the grand visions held by Elon Musk and the Tesla team, describing it as potentially becoming a "financial side-show," a marker of cultural zeitgeist, and a niche product for enthusiasts.

Jonas argued that the Cybertruck, with its avant-garde design, might not align with this broader affordability mission. He believed that the unique aspects of Cybertruck would be lost and that "indescribable something," when several were on the street,

Yet, the landscape around the Cybertruck and Tesla's position within it has continued to evolve. Contrary to concerns, the burgeoning market for custom and aftermarket wraps for the Cybertruck tells a different story. This vibrant ecosystem of personalization options highlights the vehicle's position as a mode of transportation and a canvas for individual expression.

The concern that the uniqueness of the Cybertruck could diminish with its popularity overlooks the creative solutions that owners and enthusiasts have embraced. From bespoke wraps that offer myriad designs outside of Tesla's offerings to the DIY spirit that has taken hold among the Cybertruck community, it's clear that individuality remains a cornerstone of the Cybertruck experience.

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