Tesla to Introduce Clear Power Charging

By Kevin Armstrong

Rendering of what Tesla's new 'Drive on Sunshine' feature may look like

Tesla is on the point of introduce a brand new characteristic that enables house owners to cost their automobiles utilizing surplus photo voltaic power. If your house is producing extra power than it is utilizing, this extra power will be directed robotically to your automotive.

For house owners of photo voltaic panels, there have been restricted choices when your panels are producing extra power than you are utilizing. The system tops off your Powerwalls when you have them, however as soon as these are full, the system sends any extra power again to the grid.

Nonetheless, when you have a Tesla, you will quickly have the ability to robotically begin charging your automobile each time extra power is being generated. That is based on new text-based data discovered within the newest Tesla app, based on Twitter person Tesla App iOS. Tesla is asking this new characteristic “Drive on Sunshine,” which focuses on offering the cleanest cost doable for Tesla automobiles.

Tesla has already began updating their app with some particulars relating to this new characteristic. The characteristic will instruct customers to plug in at residence throughout daytime hours, to reap the benefits of the excess clear power their photo voltaic system produces.

How It Will Work

The Tesla app permits you to set a charging restrict to your automobile. Nonetheless, as soon as this new characteristic is enabled, you will achieve entry to 2 charging sliders. The primary slider will management how a lot your automobile is charged, no matter the place the power is coming from. You may be assured to have this quantity of cost each evening. Nonetheless, you will have entry to a brand new slider that permits you to set the utmost cost stage, however solely utilizing your photo voltaic system’s clear power.

This can assist you to set your charging restrict to a minimal quantity each day, akin to 60%. You possibly can then set your photo voltaic restrict to one thing a lot larger, akin to 90%. This can permit your automobile will cost as much as this restrict when your photo voltaic system is producing extra power.

By setting cost limits and specifying the specified charging occasions and places, Tesla house owners can make sure that their automobiles are being absolutely charged earlier than extra power is distributed to the grid.

Apple Impressed?

Final September, we contemplated if Tesla might develop one thing much like Apple’s Clear Power Charging. Apple optimized iPhone charging occasions by prioritizing clear power sources from the grid. This strategy aligns with Tesla’s mission to create zero-emission automobiles that may cost utilizing clear, renewable power.

The app additionally lets customers cost their automobile’s battery utilizing out there power sources for normal day by day driving wants whereas reserving a portion of the battery to be charged completely when surplus photo voltaic power is offered.

Explains Current Powerwall Announcement

This new performance allows Tesla house owners to cost their automobiles utilizing renewable photo voltaic power, lowering the reliance on fossil fuels all through the charging and driving expertise.

Tesla’s purpose is to make EV possession as sustainable as doable by minimizing using fossil fuels and selling clear charging choices. When a family generates extra photo voltaic power than it may well eat, this extra energy will be directed towards charging the automobile. Tesla once more started providing the Powerwall as a standalone product, permitting prospects to buy the battery storage system with out requiring a photo voltaic array.

The Drive on Sunshine characteristic is a significant step ahead in Tesla’s mission to make electrical automobile possession as sustainable and environmentally pleasant as doable. With this replace, Tesla continues demonstrating its dedication to making a cleaner, greener future for all.

By Kevin Armstrong

Tesla's Model 3 is going to go through some of its biggest changes this year

Tesla has been engaged on a revamp of one in all its hottest automobiles, the Mannequin 3. The challenge is codenamed Venture Highland and the automobile will see probably the most profound adjustments because it launched in 2017.

Regardless of Tesla protecting the automotive below wraps for months, we now have early data on the main adjustments coming to the best-selling electrical automobile of all time. Due to a trusted insider, we will verify and supply extra details about Tesla’s plans for the automotive. Inside and outside, the Highland will change.

Redesigned Headlights

Caped Mannequin 3s have been noticed with the entrance bumper, rear finish and sprint lined. Nonetheless, extra lately the incognito Mannequin 3 additionally had its headlights lined. The headlight openings that had been clear earlier than had been now lined in what seemed to be duct tape. Seems there’s a good motive for this. The Mannequin 3 revamp will embrace redesigned headlights. The brand new headlights shall be a unique form than they’re immediately. Tesla has been offering some fashions with matrix headlights, however they’ve but to be enabled by means of software program but. Tesla will proceed to supply matrix headlights by means of this redesign, though it isn’t clear whether or not they’ll be enabled at launch both.

The revamped Model 3 is known internally as Project Highland

Bumper Digicam

A brand new form of headlights additionally means a brand new entrance bumper. There was a number of hypothesis that the entrance of the automotive is altering after current pictures present a smoother entrance finish. Tesla is all the time in search of extra aerodynamics to enhance the drag coefficient. Nonetheless, there’s one other good motive for redesigning a brand new entrance bumper. The entrance bumper will now home a single digital camera within the heart space of the lower-vent space of the bumper.

The situation of the brand new digital camera shall be similar to the one proven off on the Cybertruck at Tesla’s Investor Day.

The Cybertruck will have a camera in the center of the front bumper

For the reason that firm eliminated USS, individuals have been questioning how the automotive will detect objects in what’s thought of a digital camera blind spot instantly in entrance of the automobile. Now we all know.

Rear Bumper

The rear bumper of the automobile can be being redesigned, though it isn’t clear why. We do not anticipate the rear digital camera to alter place and there will not be extra cameras within the rear of the automobile. The brand new rear bumper might simply be to ‘refresh’ the automotive or could have cost-saving measures.


Up to date mirrors are additionally becoming a member of the celebration. We’re informed that they’ll obtain a really minor ‘refresh’ and can look similar to the way in which they do immediately. It is not clear whether or not Tesla is altering them to match different areas of the automobile higher or to streamline manufacturing, however we have been informed to anticipate a minor change.

Further Cameras

Tesla lately launched {hardware} 4.0 on Mannequin S and Mannequin X automobiles, though many had been stunned to be taught that the brand new automobiles characteristic the identical variety of cameras as HW 3 automobiles, when {hardware} 4 permits for extra cameras. That is the place Venture Highland is available in.

We are able to now say that extra cameras will certainly be utilized in Venture Highland. There shall be three new cameras in all, one within the heart of the entrance bumper as we mentioned earlier, and two extra on the perimeters of the automobile.

The fender digital camera housing will now comprise two cameras every. One will face backward because it does now, whereas the opposite will level within the different course. It is not clear how the brand new digital camera shall be oriented, however we speculate that they are going to be aimed off to the facet to present the automotive a greater view at sure intersections.

Some highway junctions have objects akin to buildings or bushes that may make it tough for the automobile to see with its B-pillar cameras. This usually causes the automobile to creep ahead with the intention to achieve sufficient visibility to proceed. Creeping too far ahead generally causes the automobile to be in a poor scenario, the place it has entered the trail of different automobiles. These new cameras are doubtless aimed toward fixing this drawback.

As beforehand reported, the repeater digital camera housing on the entrance fenders seems to be altering. It now seems to incorporate a line that goes additional again than the unique. This may very well be a part of the brand new design.

Venture Highland will ship with Tesla’s newest supercomputer, {Hardware} 4. The cameras themselves are anticipated to be the identical cameras featured on HW4 Mannequin S and Mannequin X automobiles. They’re estimated to be 5-megapixel cameras with an anti-glare coating. These cameras are considerably extra superior than the present 1.2-megapixel cameras in present HW 3 automobiles.

With the brand new entrance bumper cameras and the 2 extra facet cameras, Tesla could now have every little thing it wants with the intention to present an actual birds-eye view that’s usually seen in lots of automobiles.


In an effort to minimize prices, Tesla is eradicating the automobile’s temperature sensor that’s used to detect the temperature exterior of the automobile. As an alternative of utilizing a temperature sensor, the automobile will decide the outside temperature primarily based on its GPS location and climate information. This might result in extra correct temperatures being displayed, as wind or different environmental elements can generally trigger inaccuracies. Nonetheless, house owners will lose the power to view the temperature of their instant location, akin to their storage.

Tesla can be improving its GPS module which is predicted to supply a extra correct location. In August 2022, Tesla utilized for a patent on a multi-band World Navigation Satellite tv for pc System (GNSS) antenna. Varied varieties of satellites and networks can be utilized to establish an object’s location. GPS is simply a kind of networks. This new system permits Tesla to make use of different networks, apart from GPS, with the intention to establish the automobile’s location. This might result in sooner location detection or larger precision.


Contained in the automobile, there shall be some adjustments as properly. Nonetheless, do not anticipate a significant refresh as we noticed with the 2021 Mannequin S, however it should nonetheless be noticeable. The wooden trim is being eliminated and changed with a cloth end, probably Alcantara material that Tesla already makes use of within the Mannequin S and X.

The automobile’s sprint may even obtain a facelift, however we weren’t given any particulars on what’s altering with it. Once more, this may very well be a strategy to simplify the manufacturing course of as a substitute of providing one thing new and improved.

There could also be different inside adjustments, however these are anticipated to be the 2 larger variations. We have been informed that this refresh shall be ‘minor’ and focuses on cost-cutting, nonetheless, it seems that Tesla is taking the time to improve the automobile to its latest {hardware} and introduce new cameras, which will definitely be a spotlight of the automobile.

The Mannequin Y challenge, codenamed Juniper is already underway as properly, though it is anticipated to reach after the Mannequin 3 revamp. We anticipate the Mannequin Y to bear lots of the similar adjustments that we have outlined right here.

Launch Date

General, the Mannequin 3 Highland’s updates present that Tesla is all the time in search of methods to enhance its automobiles and keep forward of the competitors. As is the character of this stuff, some objects may very well be topic to alter. With these adjustments, the Mannequin 3 will proceed its success as one of the in style electrical automobiles available on the market. Manufacturing for the automobile is predicted to begin within the third quarter.

By Kevin Armstrong

Tesla is offering remote test drives in Europe

Tesla has lately expanded its modern gross sales technique to Europe by opening its first remote test drive hub in Örebro, Sweden. This groundbreaking strategy started through the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 when Tesla supplied no-contact take a look at drives and automobile deliveries to reduce face-to-face contact. Since then, the corporate has refined its technique, specializing in on-line gross sales whereas recognizing the necessity for a bodily presence to facilitate take a look at drives.

Born Out of a Want

Initially carried out in North America, Tesla’s distant take a look at drive technique expanded to incorporate setups at Superchargers and different non-Tesla places. The corporate has now taken it a step additional with a devoted constructing solely for distant take a look at drives in Europe. This facility in Sweden options parking spots for 4 Tesla automobiles and Wall Connectors for charging, however no workplace house or on-site workers.

The distant take a look at drive hub in Örebro allows prospects to check drive Tesla’s Mannequin 3, Mannequin Y, or Mannequin S by reserving an appointment on Tesla’s web site. Upon arrival on the hub, prospects name Tesla, and the automobile is remotely unlocked. A consultant then guides new drivers by means of the fundamentals of automotive operation, navigation, and different necessities. Every take a look at drive lasts half-hour, and automobiles are dropped off on the similar location after completion.

Revolutionize Automobile Buying

By offering a stress-free take a look at drive expertise, Tesla has successfully addressed one of the important ache factors within the car-buying course of. Clients can take pleasure in a customized, hands-on expertise with out the strain of coping with aggressive salespeople or haggling over costs. This revolutionary strategy and the comfort of buying a automotive on-line additional differentiate Tesla from conventional automakers and their outdated dealership fashions.

The growth of Tesla’s distant take a look at drive technique to Europe indicators the corporate’s satisfaction with its efficiency in North America. As Tesla continues to redefine the car-buying expertise and make it extra accessible and hassle-free for customers, its rivals should adapt or danger being left behind in an more and more digitalized world.

With its first distant take a look at drive hub now open in Europe, Tesla units the stage for additional international growth, reworking how individuals expertise and buy electrical automobiles. This modern technique makes take a look at drives extra handy and demonstrates Tesla’s dedication to revolutionizing the automotive trade as an entire.

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