Now that you have your new Tesla, how do you get FSD beta

Tesla Firmware Version Numbers as displayed by TeslaFi.

As of this writing (March 2023) the process of getting FSD beta (what is demonstrated in all these YouTube videos of “self-driving” cars) is a bit complicated. Here is a step by step guide: 0. You need to be in the US or Canada. There is no FSD beta outside the US and Canada at…

Tesla Semi vs Eisenhower Pass

Profile and Satellite image of the Grade west of Eisenhower tunnel.

How will a Tesla Semi behave on the I-70 stretch west of the Eisenhower Tunnels in Colorado. That stretch is one of the steepest in the interstate system, with a 6% grade sustained for 7 miles. The speed limit for trailers downhill is 45mph. There are other stretches like this, and many have tighter turns,…

Can you get there with a Tesla?

Superchargers with 95 miles circles.

Below is a list of all superchargers (2022) with 95 mile radius circles. If two circles overlap, the distance is less than 190 miles (as the drone flies). Roads of course are longer, and there are some considerable elevation differences between certain superchargers. But anything colored blue is reachable (there and back) with a Tesla…

Over-analyzing a Week-End Camping Trip

ISS made a pass that night, but the line in the picture is likely just a plane. The angle didn't work out for the ISS.

This is a quick write up over last week-end’s camping trip. Read if you are new to EVs, or want some examples of what information loggers like TeslaFi can give you. The best part of logging? You don’t have to take notes, you can just look at the data in the comfort of your home.…

Yellow Lights vs. Safety Score

Unfair World

TL;DR; Some yellow lights are out there, just waiting to drop your Tesla Safety Score. This unfair situation is rare but hard (or impossible) to handle. At least as a driver, one can minimize the unfairness to some extent, primarily by driving slower, but also by anticipating the change. You experienced it: you are chilling…

Sleeping in a Tesla

View out of the back of a Tesla on the Pacific

Air-conditioning and roomy back make the Model Y an ideal car to sleep in. It’s great for camp grounds, boondocking (dispersed, dry camping on public land), and even urban stealth camping. It has the size of a 2 people backpacking tent. You can pull over at a rest area and sleep a few hours in…