inside our garage, showing the guide lines for backing up, the Tesla
3's rear view camera is full-screen. Realize that I am seated in
the driver's seat so the red car is on my left behind me. When
you back out and put it in Drive, the camera goes off. However,
you can turn it on all the time as a rear-view mirror. Since it
is such a wide angle, while driving, it eliminates the blind spot you
get in traditional side mirrors.
Over-the-Air Software Updates (OTA) via WiFi.
I had already heard from YouTubers about 2 software versions being out
that were higher than my 2020.20....Version. Today, I received
notice that version 2020.24.... was available and did I want it
installed now or later. I chose now and 25 minutes later, I had
several new features. Wondering why I had already heard about
version 2020.24 and even 2020.28, I ran across this paragraph in the
Owner's Manual which I will adjust now to get them quicker.
can adjust your software update preferences by tapping 'Controls' >
'Software' > 'Software Update Preference'. You can select between
'ADVANCED' or 'STANDARD.' Select 'ADVANCED' to receive software updates
as soon as they become available for your car configuration and region.
This feature is only available with software update 2019.16 or later.
This would be our second update in the 44 days we have owned the Tesla.
I first heard about the OTA software upgrade with this notice on my phone.
a newbie to Tesla ownership, I knew the car was not plugged in, so I
went to the car, plugged it in and agreed to the update in the car, on
the screen. Since it is over the air, I would not have had to plug it in, it is over my WiFi at home.
After the update, two screens of "What's new in this update" are available on the car's screen.
One thing I noticed after I read the release notes and actually tried a
couple of features, when I went to the iPhone app, it would not connect
with the car. I had also used my iWatch to do a few things with
the Tesla, so I thought it might have crashed the connection. I
solved the iPhone connectivity issue by turning my iPhione off
and restarting it.. I was very happy that I did not have to
reboot the Tesla's computer. So, keep in mind that when you get
an over the air update and your iPhone no longer connects, just restart
After market Rear and Front View Cameras
At Amazon search for : VanTop H610 10" 2.5K Mirror Dash Cam
This item comes with a promo. for a gift for writing a customer review.
The monitor fits over your regular rear-view mirror, but still gives a
reflection. It is a much wider view than the built in monitor.
View of our Tesla, but still has distracting reflections of my and my phone.
Tesla 3 Crumple Zone
Under our Fronk lid, the crumple zone. A design created for
the lunar lander.
Due to the absence of an internal
combustion engine in the front of a Tesla, this frontal space serves as
a large crumple zone that absorbs the impact and it not only provides
added safety for vehicle occupants but also for pedestrians in an
Illustration: Tesla Model 3 Large Crumple Zone
(Image: Tesla, Illustrated by: Iqtidar Ali)
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Mileage comparison of dual motor to single motor Tesla 3.
By: Wade Malone of InsideEVs.com
Tesla Model 3 Long Range AWD and Performance models aren't as efficient
as the RWD model. But yet they have received the same advertised range.
known for a while that the "Dual Motor" All Wheel Drive (AWD) and
Performance (P) models of the Model 3 would likely be less efficient
than the standard Rear Wheel Drive (RWD) model. Earlier this month,
documents from the California Air Resources Board (CARB) were leaked.
They showed that the RWD model has an extended driving range over AWD
under the Urban Dynamometer Driving Schedule (UDDS) testing cycle. The
AWD/P models earned a 455-mile rating compared to 495 miles for the RWD
model...So for Model 3 buyers: RWD is the most efficient and will
result in the longest real-world driving range.
the first sentence above proves what I had suspected, that single motor
Tesla 3 gets better mileage than the dual motor. However, when I
found the table above, it further proves that slower speed is more
efficient than high speed (perhaps that is why Tesla will tell you on
the screen if you are not likely to get to the next Supercharger unless
you drive at XX miles per hour...nice to know!)
Our Tesla 3 Standard Range plus (SR+ 19" wheels) is highlighted on the
right with "<<". I specifically like the Column "30-minute
Supercharge" which shows our car can be charged for 150 miles in 30
minutes. I can now use that as an example when people ask how
long does it take to charge on a road trip.
The blue columns show what mileage one could get at driving at 55-,
60-, 65-, 70-, 75-, and 80-mph. On a long Interstate trip, you
would probably get run over trying to drive less than the speed
limit! In a recent trip on California Interstate 5 in Orange and
San Diego Counties, the slow lane was going 72 mph. I saw a
recent YouTube posting of a fellow that drove 2,000+ miles from
Northern California to Michigan and his speed was 75 mph.
That would be a maximum of 201 miles for our 255 miles rated Tesla
3. That falls in line with my experience that I get about 72 -
86% of what the "miles" say in charge. Bottom line for me on a
trip: charge to 100% and count on 200 miles in range.
Troy lists other Teslas in his article as well at https://teslike.com/
suggestions to a blogger who asked him about driving 295 miles in rain
and 40 Degrees (Neither of which we have in Southern California):
If you take the 295 mile road trip regularly, here are some tips:
1. Leave with 100%
Charge to 100% just before you leave to heat up the battery. You could
charge to 90% overnight and top up to 100% in the morning.
Ideally, arrive at the supercharger with low range because
Supercharging will be faster when the battery is less full. Also,
ideally, you want to avoid having to supercharge to over 90% because
that last 10% is extremely slow.
You could calculate total trip time if you skip the first supercharger
by driving slower to increase your range. Not sure if that's possible
but worth considering.
the way, the Model Y has better winter performance than Model 3, S or X
because of the heat pump. So that's something to consider in the future
if you decide to buy another Tesla.
"We drove these electric cars until they DIED!"
Another experiment in England was done by Matt Watson of Carwow.co.uk
driving several electric cars on the same trip. This involved
several electric vehicles and each was to drive until they actually
stopped running. They knew where the next charging stations were, so if
they were nearly out of energy, they would circle near the charging
station and see if they could push it by hand to the charge spot after it
stopped. Some vehicles could be pushed (including the Tesla 3),
but one would not move without someone in the passenger seat. Each
reported what % of the mileage the car said it had at the start.
All were between 70 and 90% of charge. Matt Watson, director of the
experiment, drove the Tesla 3, which got 78% of "claimed range".
The Tesla began shutting non-essential activities as it got low on
energy, such as not providing internet connected navigation nor cell
phone charging. He evaluated the Model 3 as he drove it on this
270 mile experiment and the only quote I worte down was, "quite compfy
on the bum."
Safer than a human
Having owned the Model 3 for 44 days, I continue to find new safety
features. Today, I backed out of our garage onto the slightly
inclined driveway. I quickly jumped out of the car to do
something and the car responded with something like, "Your car has been
put into Park to eliminate rolling."
Driving on a two-lane highway with traffic aware cruise on 45 mph,
ahead of me I saw a pickup starting to pull out onto the highway and
the regenerative braking kicked in (like braking) and the car slowed
considerably. I would not have let up on the gas at all, but it
was nice to know it was keeping its eyes way up ahead.
Watch for Tesla App
I have not used my "Watch for Tesla App" very much and even forgot that
I could unlock the car from my watch if I go to my car without my phone
nor key card.
Screens of information on the app:
Above Left, Watchface w/miles in lower left, touch for screen 2. 2. Car's name, miles, etc. 3. 4 more controls 4. 4 more controls.
left, Charging information. 2. Where I can set % of charge
rather than marks on a graph. 3. Never use nor No. 4.
went to the car with iWatch, but the iPhone was in the house. I
unlocked the charging port from the watch, honked the horn (extra
loud!), vented the windows, and set the % of charge. (I presume the phone was still close enough to receive the commands from the iPhone and send them to the car through wifi.)
Incidentally, the charger cannot be unplugged unless the owner is in
range, so no fear of someone unplugging the charger from the car if you
are out of sight.