How to put your Tesla in Neutral for automated car washes

By Nuno Cristovao

You may not need to put your Tesla into Neutral often, but certain occasions may require your car to roll freely, such as an automatic car wash.

Shifting a Tesla into Neutral
Gear stalk on a Tesla Model 3

Shifting a Tesla into Neutral is similar to shifting into Drive or Reverse, but Tesla requires just one more step so that you’re not shifting into Neutral accidentally. Keep in mind that shifting into Neutral may cause your car to roll backwards.

Shift into Neutral

Model 3 & Model Y

To shift into Neutral you’ll want to push up on the gear stalk just like you do to shift into Drive, but hold it up for one second. Once you see it shift into neutral you can let go of the gear stalk.

Model S & Model X

In a Model S or Model X, Neutral is between Drive and Reverse, so you’ll want to press the gear stalk up if you’re in Drive or Down if you’re in Reverse in order to shift into Neutral.

Model S & Model X 2021+

Since there is no gear stalk on the 2021+ Model S and Model S, you’ll need to tap the car icon to go to Controls, then tap and hold the Neutral button. This will engage your car into Neutral.

Shift Out of Neutral

To shift out of Neutral and into Drive or Reverse, you’ll need to press the brake pedal first then shift into Drive or Reverse like normally. Pressing the brake pedal is only required if you’re going slower than 5 MPH.

Exiting the Car

If you attempt to leave the car while the car is still in Neutral, it’s similar to leaving while not in Park. The car will automatically shift out of Neutral and into Park.

Transport / Tow Mode

If you want to stay in Neutral after exiting the car, you should instead use Tesla’s Transport Mode, which is made specifically for towing your car and will allow you to stay in Neutral after exiting the vehicle.

Sweet Move: Tesla Shifts from Creating EVs to Making Candy

By Karan Singh
Not a Tesla App

Tesla has filed four new trademarks recently, according to the US Patent and Trademark Office. These trademarks aren’t exactly what you’d expect from Tesla – they’re not for cars, not for batteries, and not for any cool new software features.

They’re for sweet, sweet, candy!

Candy Trademarks

Tesla has filed 4 distinct trademarks in its filings with the USPTO, for the following four names.

  • Supercharged Gummy

  • Cyberberry

  • Mango Bolt

  • Dog Mode Chill

The trademarks don’t come with any particular logos, art, or renderings, or it doesn’t reveal anything besides the names of the candy or candy-like items. Tesla filed these trademarks last month on June 25th.

While we’re not quite sure exactly what type of candies these will be, there is one thing we can knock off the bat – given how premium Tesla’s food products have been, these will likely include high-quality ingredients with a matching price point.

Elon Musk previously hinted that he wanted to start a candy company, and claimed he was super serious. Given his usual 2-week timeline, starting it 7-years later under Tesla seems fairly fitting. Jokes aside, we hope that the candies will launch sometime before the Tesla van, otherwise you can expect some more jokes on that front.

Tesla is well known for designing and selling non-vehicle merchandise. In the past, they’ve sold a glass decal that makes your window look like it was shattered with a metal bearing, Tesla Tequila, the Cybertruck whistle and many others.

Maybe we’ll hear more about Elon’s candy ambitions during Tesla’s upcoming earnings call, which will be taking place this coming Tuesday, July 23rd.

Tesla Looking to Hire 800 New Employees After Recent Layoffs, Large Focus on Energy

By Karan Singh
Not a Tesla App

Just three months after Elon Musk fired the entire Supercharger team, and laid off many employees at Tesla, the company is now looking to hire 800 new employees.

This comes after many members of the Supercharger team were hired back after their initial layoffs.

New Hirings

Tesla’s careers page now has more than 800 open positions today, and positions go from anywhere between engineers for artificial intelligence or batteries, ADAS testers in local communities, or service and desk employees for service centers.

Most of the new jobs focus on engineering positions, and many positions in Legal Affairs, Business Support, and vehicle software positions have not been posted or renewed. Those sections remain empty, at least in North America.

Tesla Energy Focus

Interestingly, quite a few of the new positions focus on Telsa Energy and its role in the company. There are several positions for supporting the deployments of Powerwall and Megapack, as well as doing further engineering work on these types of stationary battery systems.

Just recently, Tesla secured a $375 million Megapack contract in Australia – to build one of the biggest 4-hour battery banks in the world. This comes just days after the announcement of a $256 million Megapack contract to expand a different Australian facility.

We’re expecting Tesla to bank more towards its energy business – which has really just started getting off the ground with recent factory expansions and new business. Tesla Powerwall also recently hit some spectacular milestones – 100MW in California delivered to the grid, and 200,000 hours of backup power after Hurricane Beryl in Texas.

Powerwall and Megapack are going to be defining features of Tesla’s business – and we hope to see Tesla Solar – both Solar Panels and Tesla’s Solar Roof, also become more available to the mass market, just like Powerwall is today.

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