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,…

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…

A Bed for a Tesla Model Y

Tesla Model Y with bed platform in the trunk. The two rear boards are the original OEM boards, the front most is custom.

This modification provides extra comfort and space when sleeping in a Tesla, but it’s a bit more work. For about $100 and week-end worth of work you can transform your car into this: The two rear boards are the original OEM floor boards, the front is custom, and covered with automotive carpet. It’s close enough…

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…