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…

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…

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…

600 Mile Range EVs

TL;DR;Don’t hold your breath for significantly longer range EVs, it’s a niche market. A 2021 Tesla S Long Range can drive 629 miles from Redding CA to Ocean Side CA in 10h11min, 9.5h of which are driving, the rest are 2 stops of 23 and 19 minutes each. You can play around with such scenarios…

Electric Vehicles and Extension Cords

Manufacturer guidance is clear: Do not use extension cords to charge the car! I’ll tell you what you need to know, then you make your own decision. The Difference Between a Extension Cord and a Socket in the Wall What is the difference of plugging into an outlet right next to your main panel using…