My Thirteenth report on our 8-month-old 2020 Tesla Model 3, Standard Range Plus,
Rear-Wheel Drive, 19" wheels, Multicoat Red posted
In this report I cover: Tesla
Model 3 - Over-the-Air Updates, Acoustic Tires, and Aptera - The Most
Efficient Electric Vehicle.
Report 13 by
Morrison, February 1, 2021
Comments welcomed at: Carl@TeslaTouring.com
Visualization Improvements in Over-the-air Software update 2020.48.26
In this software update (at night), the left side of the screen is
larger with your car at an angle, showing if a door is open, even shows
the headlights and turn signals. However, the right (map) side is
smaller. There is a rumor that eventually the driver can select
the size of the sections. The larger left side is said to be for
eventual full self-driving, which I do not have, so I'd like the screen
division like it was.
the air (OTA) Tesla Software Update 2020.48.26 (12/25/2020)
release notes are usually posted at EVBrite.com
The current Tesla Software update is 2020.48.26, the Holiday Update!
The update includes three new games, visualization improvements, menu
redesigns, and more!
of this automaker’s many benefits is their ability to continuously
improve and add to their vehicles through over-the-air update. The
company is constantly looking to improve the safety of their vehicles,
adding owner requested features, or simply making owning a Tesla more
fun. With each Tesla software update your car feels new again. Here’s
everything you need to know about the latest Tesla software update
today along with release notes.
Latest Tesla Update:
Release Notes Improvements
The Battle of Polytopia
Driving Visualization Improvements
Scheduled Departure Improvements
Supercharger Display Improvements
Vehicle Information Improvements
Previous – 2020.44
Tesla software update today can be a little confusing. Not every
vehicle is on the same version, updates are done in batches
spontaneously, and not all features are available to all cars. With
this guide, you can check out both the previous Tesla software update
history and the newest Tesla software update release notes showcasing
compatibilities and breakdowns.
Boombox is only
usable by cars with the front outside speaker which is on Teslas
produced in late 2019 or after. Ours was made in June, 2020.
Teslas got version 2020.48.25,
Tesla Software Update 2020.48.30, ten days after the last one. (Release date: 1/4/2021; received 1/12/2021)
I learned how to turn it on, I turned on "Merry Go Round" as I backed
out of the garage. I was in the middle of two other cars in our
driveway, and could not see if anyone was coming down the sidewalk in
front of our house. As I backed out where I could see down the
sidewalk, a couple was standing, waiting for me to back out into the
street. As I talked with them, they had stopped because of the
music and asked if all Teslas came with it.
Another situation where the outside music was helpful was a day or so
later, I had decided to have the music play as I backed out of the
driveway from between two cars as above, but there was a lady walker
ahead of me, in the street, with her dog on a leash. Way before I
got near her she looked back at me then jumped up on the sidewalk where
she should have been anyway, and I did not have to honk or silently
pass her with the chance she would turn left right in my path.
I'm getting in the habit of driving through areas where pedestrians are
likely to be with the outside speaker in action.
Leaving the parking garage of Physical Therapy , I turned on
"Merry Go Round" and when I got to the exit, there were some nurses
having outside lunch (following COVID instructions.) One
said, "I thought it was the ice cream man." Seems
much better than blowing the horn to warn those up ahead on
The instructions say you can play your own music, just put it on a
thumb drive with folder named "Boombox". Perhaps this is to
get beyond paying royalty on music already installed, so Tesla just
the owner put on their own music, past the public domain tunes in this
feature is, "Play current media." I start a piece I like then
select "Driving Sound" before I back up and it playing what is onmy
images above are enlargeable by clicking them.)
from EVBRite.com, right, screen shot of Tesla 3 Screen by me.
To see all
the games and other features in this update, go to EVBrite
You need to know three pieces of information to know which Tesla
features you get: your Tesla model, what version Media Control Unit
(MCU) you have (I have MCU 2), and what Autopilot computer (HW)
you have (
I have HW 3).
The only improvement I am interested in, in this update, is:
Range Display (Model
3) First Noticed 2020.48.12 (December 2020) MCU
2+ AP 3+
Your car will now display a slightly higher range to more accurately
reflect the capacity of the battery.
seems to only apply to owners with a 2021 Model 3. The newest iteration
of the Model 3 received a small refresh which included a slightly
increased battery size to 82 kWh and as such a higher range than the
previous year. Keep in mind that this update is not actually a range
increase, it’s just here to better hone in on your true range.
Although, there have been reports of owners without the increased
battery also reporting higher ranges, but nothing solid has been found
at this time.
update 2020.48.35.5 only sixteen days since the last one. (Received 1/20/21)
Tesla does not give you much information on OTA software updates, so
I've started to turn to Teslascope.com. Many of the updates in the
software version I receive are for several Tesla Models such as Models
S, X, 3, and Y, yet others might be for 3 and Y which I would be most
interested in. If you have a different model, such as an S or X,
go to the Teslascope.com site to see the parts of the update
that refer to your Tesla.
ALL these numbers above match my
any of the following images for a larger copy.)
Sounds like I might have to look into "the latest version of
Does this mean
"Autosteer" is the same as my "Autopilot."
wondered when the brake lights come on when I let off the accelerator
for regenerative braking.
I haven't used
this yet, so need to learn about it.
Experience notes on "car keys" and Tesla Tires.
also have an I.C.E. (Internal Combustion Engine) automobile and
when I drove it recently, I had forgotten that our Tesla had gotten me
used to not using a
traditional key (or remote button) to enter the car or using a key in
the ignition to start the car, or using a key to turn off the car, or
finally using a key or remote button to lock the car when I leave
it. These aforementioned times are all automatically taken care
of by the Tesla app on your iPhone if it is with you.
I recently had Firestone check my I.C.E. car's tire pressures and he
added about 3 pounds to each tire. I asked if Firestone had a
comparable tire to the 19-inch Continentals that came with our 2020
Model 3. He said that Firestone recommends buying tires
from (or recommended by) Tesla because of the "white foam inside" which
dampens road noise, "since Tesla is about quiet driving.".
Our 2020 Tesla 3 19" RWD has this logo:
Why Tesla's vehicles are
successful: Jay Leno • Dec 18, 2020
The host of Jay Leno's Garage says
he's seen Europe's electric vehicles, but they fall short against
Tesla. He says Tesla CEO Elon Musk knew what he was doing and pursued
EVs aggressively, making him one of the most successful CEOs in the
space. He joins Shepard Smith to discuss. Subscribe to CNBC PRO for
access to investor and analyst insights on Tesla and more:
said he thinks the genius of Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk is that “he was
building the infrastructure as he was building the vehicle.”
today, a lot of the major manufacturers build an electric car, but, oh,
where do you charge it?” Leno told the “The News with Shepard Smith”
during a Friday evening interview. “Elon was smart, when he started, he
knew this idea would work so he built charging stations.”
car maker Tesla will be the newest member of the S&P 500 on Monday
at its full float-adjusted market capitalization weight.
been a monster year for Tesla, the sixth largest company in the world —
its stock is up about 700% this year. The host of CNBC’s “Jay Leno’s
Garage” said he was confident that Tesla would be able to sustain its
dominance in electric vehicles and added that he’s seen electric cars
from Europe fall short.
don’t have the range of the Tesla,” Leno said. “They don’t, because
Tesla leads the field. We seem to have this inferiority complex that
somehow things in Europe are better than things built here.”
host Shepard Smith examples of superior American innovation, including
General Motors’ Corvette, which he said rivals the Lamborghini and
Ferrari and is only $60,000.
America’s dominance in private industry, he pointed to Musk’s success
when it came to the space industry.
that Elon can send a rocket into space and land it back on Earth for,
what, a tenth of the price of the U.S. government?” Leno said. “Well,
that’s what private industry is supposed to do — cheaper, faster, more
suggested that those who want to feel the “rumble of a car underneath
them” should “buy another car.” He acknowledged that he loves Ferraris,
Ford Cobra, and Lamborghinis on the weekend, but that they’re just not
practical to sit in traffic and drive locally.
in a quiet, electric vehicle, you’re not polluting and you’re saving,”
said Leno. “When I want to have fun, I’ll take out my 1960 Triumph TR3
and bomb around, but in terms of everyday vehicles, you can’t beat it
Every New Electric Vehicle
Model for Sale in the U.S. - Range, efficiency, and base price:
This guide will help you decide on the EV that works best for you.
By Scott Oldham May 22, 2020 Source.
The world’s most efficient solar electric vehicle (sEV)
the Aptera Inventors: Click here. Many scenes
seem to have been filmed in San Diego. The company may be
located in Carlsbad, California.
Tesla who makes electric cars that look like gas cars, Aptera works
from the ground up and designs an aerodynamic vehicle then powers this
lightweight vehicle with electric motors with solar panels on
the vehicle. It is
licensed as a motorcycle, or Auto-cycle, but you do not need to pass a
motorcycle drivers test to drive it.
I first learned
about the Aptera on Zak and Jesse's "In Depth" program on the
Aptera: Click Here or go to
or Click Here.
Be careful when searching the Internet for Aptera because they had an
earlier model back in 2009 and Jay Lena did a test drive.
However, this 2021 Aptera has several upgrades to newer technology and
is to get solar panels on the hood, top, and trunk to charge up to 40
miles a day when parked (In sunny states.).
"Sold Out" only the earliest off the line.
All-Electric E-Prix body style for 2021.
Innovative Form of Motor sports.
If you have read my earlier reports here at TeslaTouring.com, you know
I like to follow all-electric racing. The Formula E, or E-Prix,
is made up of 12 teams with two drivers and cars per team. They
have 12 international races a year. Their races are on race
courses laid out on urban streets. The first two races of 2021
are in Dirijah, Saudi Arabia on February 26 and 27, 2021.
The calendar listing for the E-Prix and information about their
first race under the lights. (The time is PDT)
Overview of Dirijah, Saudi Arabia
An innovative part of each race is "Attack Mode" where drivers veer off
the course and pick up an instant 35 Kw power boost that lasts 4
minutes, and they can do this two times per race.
Screen shots by me of attack mode area on the track in different
races. The red and blue are added graphics, not visible by
(Click the above 2 images for a
I wonder if that instant increase in power will ever be available for
During the race, the scoring column is always on the left with live
camera shots on the course.
Still photos are
nothing compared to the videos on the Formula E websites:
E explained on first race 2019 video: Click
Here, or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UDEkR7qPE8M
The video above includes Dario Franchitti, former Indy Car Champion
from Scotland as the commentator.
• Formula E For Beginners: Everything You
Need To Know | ABB FIA Formula E Championship: Click
season (2020) highlights Formula E (Scroll down the page to the video):
Click Here, or
know how quiet EVs are, how about Electric race cars...Sounds of Formula E
cars taking off: Click
the sponsoring teams make, or plan to make, domestic electric
EVs made by Formula E teams! | ABB FIA Formula E Championship
here’s a look at the incredible EV offerings from the Formula E
manufacturer teams, from BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Audi, Porsche,
Nissan, Jaguar, DS Automobiles, NIO, and Automobili Pininfarina!
does not have a team, but is mentioned since there are more Teslas on
the roads around the world than what any of these racing teams have.)
Here or, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sPv4n1LWU4s
Complete Tesla Guide for Model 3/Y by Andy Slye of Louisville, Kentucky
subscribed to Andy Slye's You Tube about
Tesla 3s for some time. He has owned a Tesla 3 since about 2018,
but rather than posting bits and pieces of info. about Tesla 3 and Y,
he has produced a Complete Guide to
Tesla 3 and Y in
one episode. This would be excellent for you readers considering
purchase of a Tesla 3 or Y, or owners, like me, who might not have used
some of the features that are available. Below I will list some
of the things I did
not know from
use of our Tesla 3 since its June 9, 2020, delivery. At the end
of my comments, I will list the link to this article so you can watch
the whole thing.
Many Youtubers about Teslas recommend paint protective film, but I find
it too expensive.
INTERIOR and TOUCHSCREEN
1. Push in on the
left stalk's button firmly to
start the wipers
2. Forward on the left stalk
for bright lights.
3. Left scroll wheel -
press in to pause the music, left for previous song, right for next
4. To reboot the screen, press and hold
both scroll wheels for a few seconds.
5. Seat Controls all
settings save except the lumbar support.
6. Tap on predicted mileage to
get to the charging menu*.
7. Tap on
the same icon you just used to close it.
8. Tap on the time to
get the calendar.
9. The lightning bolt on
the dash: 1. Shows low level chargers, 2. Higher powered
chargers, 3. Superchargers, or you can select all 3 at once.
10. On map the gear icon
controls the volume of the navigation voice.
11. Under lights>Headlights>Ambient
lights select to turn on or off: 1. High Beam, 2.
Headlights after exit, 3. Steering wheel lights.
12. Music has search
feature in Notify.
13. Hold down the fan icon to
turn on or off the A/C.
reference to 6. above, if you tap on the miles left in the battery, you
get this graphic. Note that you can
get more miles on the last 5, 15, or 30 miles than was predicted.
your next car be combustion or electric? - 5 Reasons You Should (or
should not) Buy An Electric Car
By Jason Fenske
get a lot of negative comments about EVs not being green.
I moved my personalized license plate to the Tesla and the AAA clerk!
volunteered to me how there were many warehouses full of used Tesla
mention how Teslas use electricity which is made from coal, but they
need to look at a map of the US to see that only West Virginia gets
most of its electricity from coal and some actually get most of their
electricity from hydroelectric dams. Others mention that the
manufacturing of Teslas causes much pollution, but I covered that in
I found a YouTuber who covers many of these issues. Source
I will let the
author give you the full analysis - Source