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What You Should (And Shouldn't) Do Behind The Wheel Of A Tesla

Electric cars Lifehacker Australia

I've always wanted to drive a Tesla. Silent electric motors, instant torque and autonomous driving capabilities? Sign me up. As luck would have it, during my Christmas vacation spent at my partner's parent's home, I was able to drive their Tesla
'I've always wanted to drive a Tesla. Silent electric motors, instant torque and autonomous driving capabilities? Sign me up. As luck would have it, during my Christmas vacation spent at my partner's parent's home, I was able to drive their Tesla Model S for a week. The experience was, in a word, magical - primarily because of the differences between a Tesla and a traditional automobile.\t\t\t\t\t More »'

Tesla Supercharger CCS2 upgrades are happening fast in Australia

Electric cars techAU

The newest Tesla to head to Australia is the Model 3 and its due in August.Ahead of that first shipment from the US, the Supercharger network is being upgraded as Model 3s have a new charging trick, not available on the Model S or X.The newer CCS
'The newest Tesla to head to Australia is the Model 3 and its due in August.Ahead of that first shipment from the US, the Supercharger network is being upgraded as Model 3s have a new charging trick, not available on the Model S or X.The newer CCS Combo 2 (CCS2 for short) is a charging connector that is liquid cooled as it contains DC power.This fierce combination of electrons enables the Model 3 to charge at a faster rate than any Tesla before.If you’re buying a Tesla, please support techAU and use our unique referral link for 1,500km of free Supercharging – https://ts.la/jason45054 Leading up to the August release of the Model 3, Tesla contractors are quietly going around the country to the dozens of supercharger locations and upgrade at least 2, but sometimes all Superchargers to support both the old and the new standard.While having two cables in the one Supercharger isn’t as clean and elegant as the first charging solution, Tesla was almost forced to respond to the rapidly evolving charging industry as it moves to ultra-fast charging.The Chargefox network that’s adding new locations almost weekly, supports up to 350kW, while Tesla’s previously only supported 150kW.The charger is one piece of the puzzle, but the rate of charging the battery and vehicle is willing to accept varies dramatically between cars.In March this year, Tesla announced Supercharging V3, a completely new architecture for Supercharging.A new 1MW power cabinet with a similar design to their utility-scale products  supports peak rates of up to 250kW per car.This means the Model 3 Performance at peak efficiency can get as much as 125km of charge in just 5 minutes.The net effect is that V3 Supercharging will dramatically cut the time you need to spend charging by an average of 50%, if you find your way to an upgraded Supercharger.As Aussie Tesla enthusiasts from across the country report the upgrades, so far we know the following locations have been upgraded: Wodonga, Victoria Euroa, Victoria Image credit: Andreas Kofler‎ Fortitude Valley, Brisbane – Tesla showroom Image credit: Luke Smith‎ Richmond, Melbourne – Tesla Store Image credit: Rohan Anderson‎ St.Leonards, Sydney – Tesla Service Center Image credit: @EVbriefpodcast Majura Park, Canberra Airport Image source: @VKozlovskii Living in Wodonga has it’s benefits, like the ability to go see a couple of the upgraded Superchargers.Of the 6 chargers, 2 are currently updated to the new dual-cable setup.There’s a small icon on the charger holder that indicates the new CCS Combo 2 connector is located at the top.Having played with the new connector (for the photos above), I would say the cables are a little harder to maneuver but it won’t be a big deal for most.Visually the dual-cable setup actually works quite well in the plastic shroud of the Superchargers, almost like Tesla planned for a possible retrofit from the start.While the official Tesla Supercharger map doesn’t yet reflect the new chargers (it will once they’re online), the community has come to the rescue.If you have a Model 3 on order and want to keen an eye on the progress of CCS2 upgrades, you can watch this spreadsheet . According to the spreadsheet, there are 42 Supercharger locations in Australia, 186 total stalls and 20 (or 14.29%) have been upgraded. . The post Tesla Supercharger CCS2 upgrades are happening fast in Australia appeared first on techAU .'

Tesla now upselling Solar and Powerwall with Model 3 purchases

Electric cars techAU

The Tesla Model 3 order page went live just over a week ago and already we have a change.Now when you reach step 5, the Payment, you’ll now see a new ‘Home Energy Upgrade’ option.This upsell promotes one of Tesla’s other properties, Powerwall
'The Tesla Model 3 order page went live just over a week ago and already we have a change.Now when you reach step 5, the Payment, you’ll now see a new ‘Home Energy Upgrade’ option.This upsell promotes one of Tesla’s other properties, Powerwall battery storage and Solar to potential customers.The change to now offer the upsell of a quote on solar (from a non-Tesla provider + Tesla Powerwall) indicates that they are once again confident they can deliver the supply necessary for Australia.Produce and store your own clean energy to power your home and charge your car, day and night.Elon Musk recently explained that the ramp up of Model 3 product required basically all the battery cells that were being produced by Tesla.This left their Powerwall department undersupplied, even taking the extreme step of buying battery cells from other suppliers to fulfill demand.Anyone who’s actually tried to purchase a Powerwall or Powerwall 2 would know of lengthy delays in the process.When it comes to Solar, Tesla in the US have solar panels that they sell directly to consumers, thanks to their acquisition of Solar City back in 2016.As yet the company hasn’t brought their solar products to Australia, but would be a welcome introduction should they decide to enter the ultra competitive market.Having solar panels on the roof, a Powerwall 2 on the wall and an electric car in the garage is the ultimate dream for a renewable lifestyle and far lower electricity bills.As always, if you’re thinking of buying a Tesla?Please use our unique referral link for free Supercharging –  https://ts.la/jason45054 . We also have a Tesla Hub where you can stay on top of all the latest Tesla news. . The post Tesla now upselling Solar and Powerwall with Model 3 purchases appeared first on techAU .'

Here's The World's First Watered Powered Tesla

Electric cars Gizmodo Australia

While some might argue that solar power is a pretty clean energy source, this gentleman decided to take things to the next level.On Thursday Tesla tweeted out a video of a Model 3 owner who decided to charge his car with the power of water.
'While some might argue that solar power is a pretty clean energy source, this gentleman decided to take things to the next level.On Thursday Tesla tweeted out a video of a Model 3 owner who decided to charge his car with the power of water.\t\t\t\t\t More »'

This Video Of A YouTuber's Tesla Driving On Autopilot With No One In The Driver's Seat Is Deeply Stupid

Electric cars Gizmodo Australia

Full disclosure: I think all Level 2 semi-autonomy systems—that is, every sort of partial self-driving system you can get in a car today—are stupid. Not because the technology is necessarily bad, but that these systems, like Tesla’s Autopilot, are
'Full disclosure: I think all Level 2 semi-autonomy systems—that is, every sort of partial self-driving system you can get in a car today—are stupid. Not because the technology is necessarily bad, but that these systems, like Tesla’s Autopilot, are just not compatible with how human brains work. If you don’t believe me, please stare gape-mouthed at this video of a noted internet idiot’s new Tesla Model 3 driving itself on Autopilot with no one in the driver’s seat.\t\t\t\t\t More »'