Buying a Tesla is not as crazy as it seems for a young car owner in Canada.
Since getting my Tesla Model 3, one of the most recurring comments that I’ve heard has been “that’s an expensive car” or “how can you afford to have a Tesla?” which has got me thinking about the subject. I mean, I obviously did my math to make sure my finances would not take a nosedive by choosing the Model 3 over the Ford Focus I was leasing, but what seemed obvious to me – after doing the research – did not appear to be apparent to everybody else. With that in mind, I decided to do the work for you and, when the time comes for you, hopefully, I’ve made the decision easier, here are some thoughts.
So, the time has come for you to decide on a new car. You’re a young adult and would like to get a ride that is fun, comfortable, without breaking your bank. We all have dream cars: Ferrari’s, Lamborghinis, etc. For some people, a Tesla is at the same level as those two. You see how sleek the Tesla’s are and the profile of the typical Tesla owner and you may think they are out of your reach for now. But are they really? Let’s break it down:
NOTE: the reference amounts shown here are in Canadian dollars.
In most gas-powered vehicles, you’ll notice that there’s either a manual lever, switch, or button to engage the parking brake. It’s typically made visibly obvious, as this is a key component of any car. Unfortunately, the parking brake is not as easy to find in a Tesla. Continue for steps on how to engage the parking brake in a Tesla Model 3 and Model Y.
There are several reasons why you may want to lock the rear windows in your car. However, the primary one is typically to ensure the safety of young children. Thankfully, like most cars, Tesla’s allow you to lock them. Continue for steps on how to lock the rear windows in a Tesla Model 3 and Model Y.
Most car manufacturers don’t allow you to set a speed limit for your vehicle and attach that setting to individual driver profiles. Lucky for you, Tesla has made that feature available and easy to configure. Whether you’re lending your vehicle to someone and want to ensure they don’t drive at high speeds, or would like to set it up for yourself, it’s good to know how this mode works. Continue for steps on how to limit the speed on a Tesla Model 3 and Model Y.
There are few travel companions better than your pet. It’s always a pleasure being able to bring them along, whether it’s for a long trip or just for local driving. A common concern for many is when a situation occurs where an owner must leave their animal in the car for a small amount of time. This can be dangerous, as interior cabins can heat up extremely fast. Lucky for you, Tesla has a feature called Dog Mode which solves this problem. Continue for steps on how to put your Tesla Model 3 and Model Y in Dog Mode.
When looking at the exterior of a Tesla, you’ve probably noticed the numerous cameras around the car. It’s well known that these are used primarily for safety features and for the Autopilot system to work. However, a camera that often goes unnoticed is the one in the interior cabin. What does the interior cabin camera in your Tesla Model 3 and Model Y do? Continue for more.
A key benefit of Tesla ownership is having the robust Tesla mobile app at your fingertips. It not only acts as a key for your car, but there are several important actions you can accomplish using the app. One of the most convenient features is having the ability to start and defrost your vehicle. Continue for steps on how to defrost your Tesla Model 3 and Model Y from the Tesla app.
Most internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles have several stalks around the steering wheel. These are typically used to manage features like cruise control, wipers, and more. Tesla’s on the other hand only have two stalks, and in some of their models, they don’t have any at all. This is because most things can be done via the display. As a result, I often get questions about how to access basic controls, especially when it comes to the wipers. Continue for steps on how to access wiper controls in a Tesla Model 3 and Model Y.
Think about what you keep in your car’s glovebox. Typically, it’s important documents like ownership and insurance papers. However, there might be times when you’d like to store valuables, cash, or something private that you don’t want others to easily have access to. While in most vehicles, you would have to hope no one opens the glovebox or places those items somewhere else completely, in your Tesla you can set a PIN. Continue for steps on how to set a PIN for the glovebox in a Tesla Model 3 and Model Y.
Being a Tesla owner in settings that experience harsh, cold winters can be difficult at times. From reduced range to doors being jammed due to frigid temperatures, there are added challenges for sure. However, Tesla as a company is aware of these problems and has continuously addressed them to optimize cold-weather driving. If you’ve sat in your car when it’s freezing outside, there’s a chance you noticed a blue snowflake icon. What is the blue snowflake symbol in a Tesla Model 3 or Model Y? Continue for more.
The headlights on Tesla vehicles are powerful and provide great visibility for safe driving in dark conditions. The leading electric vehicle (EV) manufacturer has done an adequate job automating as much as possible, creating a seamless experience. One of these features is called Headlights After Exit which helps manage your headlights once you exit the car. Continue for steps on how to turn Headlights After Exit on or off in a Tesla Model 3 or Model Y.
Tesla likes to keep their ownership experience as fun and lighthearted as possible. One of these silly, but enjoyable features is having the ability to change horn sounds. Every now and then, you might stumble upon a viral video of someone who has configured their horn to play a trending sound. There are always questions and comments about how it was accomplished, but the steps are never explained. Want to get in on this fun? Continue for steps on how to change the horn sounds on a Tesla Model 3 or Model Y.
It can be easy for your neck to get stiff if you’re sitting in a car and don’t have a soft headrest. Thankfully, the Tesla Model 3 and Model Y have three comfortable headrests in the back of the vehicle. While two of them are stiff, the rear centre head support is adjustable and can be removed if needed. Continue reading for steps on how to remove the rear centre seat head support in a Tesla Model 3 or Model Y.
One of my favourite things to do after a road trip is to see how many kilometres I added to my car. Knowing the total distance you’ve traversed in your vehicle is important for several reasons, and also a good indicator of how much you get around via car. Continue for steps on how to check the odometer in a Tesla Model 3 or Model Y.
What kind of driver are you? Both the Tesla Model 3 and Y can perform fast bursts of acceleration and are able to reach speeds that shouldn’t be used on normal roads regularly. Whether you prefer to zip around quickly, or like a more chill ride, these vehicles have different acceleration modes to optimize your driving experience. Continue reading for steps on how to change the acceleration mode on a Tesla Model 3 or Model Y.
When you finish driving your Tesla and shift into Park, the car will automatically power off when you exit your vehicle and walk away. This holds true whether you use a phone key or key card. Although it’s usually not required, there is a way to manually power the vehicle off from within the car. Continue reading for steps on how to manually turn the power off in a Tesla Model 3 or Model Y.
If you’ve had the luxury of using a car starter, it’s one of those features that are hard to give up, especially if you’re in extreme climates. For example, it feels great when the snow is melted, and your vehicle is already warm and ready to go during cold winter nights. Tesla has taken the idea of a car starter to the next level, with their Scheduled Departure feature. Continue reading for steps on how to set up scheduled departure on a Tesla Model 3 or Model Y.
When I switched from an older gas-powered sedan to a Tesla, I was shocked at how much more visibility I had during night drives. Both the Tesla Model 3 and Model Y have powerful headlights that help provide visibility for safe driving in dark conditions. In fact, they’re so strong that I’ve been told off by multiple drivers who thought my high beams were on, even when the normal settings were engaged. Those drivers would be in for a surprise if they actually saw the high beams in use! Continue reading for steps on how to turn on the high beams in a Tesla Model 3 and Model Y.
If you’re sitting in a Tesla Model 3 or Model Y, it’s hard to miss the giant tablet-like centre touchscreen. Coming in at 15 inches for both models, it’s arguably one of the most important components of the car as most things are controlled through it. So, you can imagine if the touchscreen in your Tesla becomes unresponsive, you’d want to fix it immediately. Continue reading for steps on how to reboot the centre touchscreen in a Tesla Model 3 or Model Y.
Before I got my Tesla, I had the pleasure of sitting in one a few times. The first thing the person driving would do when safe was showcase the next level acceleration. While those bursts of acceleration were thrilling, they would quickly go back to driving with the normal flow of traffic. However, if you’re a person who consistently drives at high speeds, or even takes their Tesla to a track, then you’ll want to look into changing your steering setting. Continue reading for steps on how to put your Tesla Model 3 or Model Y steering wheel in sport mode.
The automotive industry has made incredible advancements, especially over the past few decades. From fully electric vehicles (EVs) to unique engine designs, it’s impressive how far cars have come. A minor feature that most entry-level “luxury” vehicles have is auto-fold on the exterior side mirrors, typically enabled once you’ve parked and locked the car. However, there are times when you might want to disable this capability altogether. Continue reading for steps on how to turn off auto-fold mirrors on a Tesla Model 3 or Model Y.
Tesla’s software, combined with its excellent camera system has made it a delight to drive. The on-screen visuals will show you where all the cars around you are, including vehicles in your blind spot. They have even introduced a blind spot camera for when you indicate to switch lanes or make a turn. Through all these advancements, it can be easy to forget the importance of your exterior side mirrors. You’ll want to make sure they’re in the best position when driving, and that’s different for everyone. Continue reading for steps on how to adjust the exterior side mirrors of a Tesla Model 3 or Model Y.
Having head supports with your seat can help to make a car ride more comfortable for everyone. When you take delivery of a Tesla Model 3 or Model Y, you’ll notice that the rear centre head support is positioned differently from the other two seats next to it. While it may look like it’s fixed into one place, it’s in fact adjustable. Continue reading for steps on how to raise or lower the rear centre head support in a Tesla Model 3 or Model Y.
We come in all shapes and sizes. This means for those of us who drive, we often like to have our steering wheel in a certain position. Having to adjust it can be a pain at times, especially in older vehicles. However, if you drive a Tesla then you’re in luck! They’ve made the process extremely simple. Continue reading for steps on how to adjust the steering wheel position in a Tesla Model 3 or Model Y.
One annoyance I’ve heard from many people who sit in my Tesla is that it lacks grab handles, which are normally located above all doors in the interior of most cars. These are typically used when getting into and out of any vehicle, but can also be handy if it’s an especially bumpy ride. Tesla decided not to include them to help support their minimalistic design, and they also have a more prominent handle by the door release button that can be used instead. The follow-up questions I get are typically about what else is missing from these cars, with a hint of shade in their voice. One of the most common ones is about coat hangers. Do the Tesla Model 3 and Model Y have coat hangers? Continue reading for more.
Getting in and out of a car can be difficult for some. This includes older folks, those with physical ailments, and in some cases for individuals who are heavy-set. Having extra room to work with typically makes the process of getting into or out of your vehicle easier, but it can be annoying having to change your seat and steering wheel settings every time. Tesla has solved this problem with their feature, Easy Entry. Continue reading for steps on how to enable Easy Entry in your Tesla Model 3 and Model Y.
If you find yourself in a position where you’re having a valet or someone you don’t know too well parking your car, then it can be quite nerve-wracking. There are plenty of horror stories where a valet driver crashes a luxury car doing something they weren’t supposed to. That’s why automakers like Tesla have introduced something called Valet Mode, which limits the car’s capabilities for these types of situations. Continue reading for steps on how to put your Tesla Model 3 and Model Y in Valet Mode.
Both the Tesla Model 3 and Model Y were game-changing cars when they were first launched. From their incredible speed and ever-improving software, these vehicles offer a breath of fresh air for the auto industry. However, when driving cars that perform so well and have several features to explore, it can be easy to forget about the simple things that every vehicle should have. I came to this realization when I found myself in a situation where the power socket was needed. Where is the low-voltage power socket on a Tesla Model 3 or Model Y? Continue reading to find out.
When I first took delivery of my Tesla, the silence of driving without an engine took some getting used to. There are far fewer moving parts in EVs compared to gas cars which helps clear up space where the engine normally sits. This begs the question, what have automakers done with the excess area under the hood? Many have added a front trunk, also known as a frunk amongst the Tesla community. When you’re done using your frunk, there’s a correct way to put the hood back in place to avoid damage. Continue reading for steps on how to properly close the hood of a Tesla Model 3 and Model Y.
Picture this, you’re on a trip and about to do a fun activity. When getting ready, the staff walks you through all the different emergency situations. While it’s easy to get distracted and laugh about how unlikely those scenarios are, if the time ever comes, you’ll have wished you paid attention. For Tesla’s, finding a situation where you’ll need to manually open the trunk of your Model 3 or Model Y from the inside seems farfetched, but not impossible. Here’s where to find the interior emergency trunk release on a Tesla Model 3 and Model Y.
A key factor in any car purchasing decision is storage. Naturally, the first place most think of when it comes to storage is the trunk. One annoyance that you may come across in newer vehicles is the opening height of their automatic trunks. The cars of today mostly have fixed positions for their liftgates, which can be an issue for some. Whether the normal location is too tall, or you’re avoiding a low ceiling, being able to set it where you want is an added perk. Lucky for you, the liftgate position is adjustable for the entire Tesla lineup. Continue reading for steps on how to adjust the opening height of the trunk of a Tesla.
If you’re someone who consistently forgets to charge their device before leaving home, then the USB ports in your car have probably come in handy. Now, if you’re a Tesla owner and you fit that description, then you’re in luck thanks to Tesla’s having several ports, despite their minimalistic interior. Where are the USB ports in a Tesla Model 3 and Model Y? Continue reading for details on the location of these ports in the world’s most popular EVs.
One of the best things about Tesla ownership is how personalized the experience can be. This is in large part thanks to having the ability to create driver profiles for those who use the car on a regular basis. To take one step further for personalization, each profile can be attached to an individual key. Continue reading for steps on how to link a driver profile to a key for your Tesla Model 3 or Model Y.
Tesla has created an incredible lineup of electric vehicles (EVs) that are known for their software, minimal design, and performance. However, a pleasant surprise for me when I got my Model 3 was how personalized you can make the experience for all the regular drivers of your car. This is accomplished with Driver Profiles. Continue reading for steps on how to add a new driver profile to your Tesla Model 3 or Model Y.
Tesla’s are known for their unique designs, minimalistic interior, and fantastic software. However, one thing that’s often overlooked with this electric car lineup is their storage capabilities. Between the frunk (front trunk) and rear trunk, which has added storage compartments, there’s plenty of cargo space – especially when the rear seats are folded. Personally, I’ve completed quite a few trips where I was able to fit small furniture and other items into my Model 3 with the seats down. Continue reading for steps on how to fold the rear seats in a Tesla Model 3 and Model Y.
Since my brother got his Tesla Model Y, he’s constantly been told “that’s an expensive car” or “how can you afford to have a Tesla?” This got me thinking, how much does a new Tesla Model Y really cost in Canada? I mean, my brother obviously did the math to make sure his finances would not take a nosedive by choosing the Model Y over a gas-powered SUV, but what seemed obvious to me and my brother – after doing the research – did not appear to be apparent to everybody else. With that in mind, I decided to do the work for you and when the time comes, hopefully I’ve made your decision easier.
When buying something new, the last thing anyone thinks about is reading through the manual, and the same holds true for Tesla’s. They’re incredibly fun to drive and those who sit in one for the first time are typically fascinated by its unique design and features. However, in some cases if you wish to take full advantage of everything the car has to offer or to find an answer for a small detail you’re curious about – the Tesla owner’s manual will be crucial. Continue reading to discover where to find the owner’s manual of a Tesla.
One thing about fully electric cars that takes some getting used to is the complete lack of an engine. There are also far fewer moving parts which helps clear up even more space where the engine normally sits. This begs the question, what have automakers done with the excess area? Many have added a front trunk, also known as a frunk amongst the Tesla community. How big is the frunk on a Tesla Model Y? Continue reading for details on its size, and some of the best ways to take advantage of this added storage.
One thing about fully electric cars that takes some getting used to is the complete lack of an engine. There are also far fewer moving parts which helps clear up even more space where the engine normally sits. This begs the question, what have automakers done with the excess area? Many have added a front trunk, also known as a frunk amongst the Tesla community. How big is the frunk on a Tesla Model 3? Continue reading for details on its size, and some of the best ways to take advantage of this added storage.
One of the largest advantages of Tesla ownership is having access to its vast network of Superchargers. When you put a destination into your Tesla Maps, it’ll add Supercharger stops if needed. However, there are times when you’ll want to find locations on your own, and this can be done quite easily from within the car. Continue reading for steps on how to find Superchargers from inside the Tesla Model 3 and Model Y.
Something Tesla vehicles have kept consistent for the Model 3 and Model Y is a minimal design, both on the exterior and interior of the cars. There are virtually no buttons, except for a few on the steering wheel, as the majority of actions are accomplished using the 15-inch screen or with voice commands. In most cars, the glovebox is typically opened by either pushing on it or using a handle. However, as part of Tesla’s minimalistic approach, there’s no way to physically open the glovebox. Continue reading for simple steps on how to open the glovebox in a Tesla Model 3 and Model Y.
As electric vehicles (EVs) continue to grow in popularity, it’s important for consumers to become educated on battery technology. Numerous analyses show that the longer you own an EV, the more value you’re getting out of the car in terms of the overall cost of ownership. In other words, the more money you’ll save since you don’t need to get oil changes, pay for gas, or get other maintenance as frequently, like brake replacements. One of the best ways to prolong the life of your EV is to take care of its battery to avoid faster degradation. Charging habits are key when looking at battery health. Should you charge your Tesla battery to 100% every day? Continue reading for details on how you should be charging your car.
Something we’ve all been accustomed to in recent years is our cars being equipped with either Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. These systems let your phone connect either wired or wirelessly to your vehicle. It’s super convenient as you can play music through major streaming apps, connect your navigational apps, and do much more right onto your infotainment system. When I was considering purchasing a Tesla, one of the first things I asked was: do Tesla’s have Apple CarPlay or Android Auto? Continue reading to find out whether the leading electric vehicle (EV) manufacturer has this popular feature and other unique perks it has with its infotainment system.
As electric vehicles (EVs) continue to grow in popularity, it’s important for consumers to become educated on battery technology. While engines require regular maintenance like oil changes to prolong their life, methods like charging limits can be put in place to help increase the lifespan of an EV battery. By taking care of your battery, it’ll help keep money in your pocket since many analyses have determined that the longer you keep your EV compared to a gas car, the more savings you’ll have. So, how do you put a charging limit on your Tesla Model 3 or Y? Continue reading for details on Tesla battery chemistry and how to put a charging limit on your car.
One thing you’ll immediately notice when you sit in a Tesla for the first time is how minimalistic the interior is. There are no buttons at all, outside of the ones on the steering wheel and everything is accomplished by either the touch controls on screen, or by voice command. One component most cars have is a speedometer, and that made me think: where is the speedometer for a Tesla? Continue reading for details on differences in speedometer locations depending on the make and model, and alternative solutions if you disagree with Tesla’s design.
One thing Tesla is unanimously known for is their Autopilot. As a tech enthusiast myself, I was fascinated by the software that powers this system and couldn’t wait to try it myself. While it’s far from perfect, it certainly didn’t disappoint! How much does Full Self-Driving (FSD) cost on a Tesla? While pricing for Autopilot and FSD are constantly changing, continue reading for details on what they currently are.
One thing Tesla is unanimously known for is their Autopilot. As a tech enthusiast myself, I was fascinated by the software that powers this system and couldn’t wait to try it myself. While it’s far from perfect, it certainly didn’t disappoint. When I sat in the car to try it for the first time, I asked myself: how do I turn on autopilot in a Tesla? It isn’t exactly obvious, but turns out it’s quite simple. Continue reading for details on Tesla autopilot, and how to use it in your daily driving.
Electric vehicles (EVs) are now being manufactured by all major players in the motor space. This competition is great for Tesla, as it continuously drives innovation which benefits the consumer. However, one thing Tesla has consistently held its lead in is their software. Part of the reason their software works so well is the cameras on their cars, both inside and out. What exactly do the cameras do in a Tesla though? Continue reading to discover their vital role in your daily driving experience and safety.
If you purchased a Tesla Model Y brand new, you probably remember deciding between the 19” Gemini Wheels or the 20” Induction Wheels. For those who paid close attention, you’ll have noticed that there’s a range reduction of about 19 km if you go with the induction wheels. This is because the 19” wheels come with aero covers, which help make the car more aerodynamic. However, many people don’t like the look of these covers, so they take them off. Continue reading for steps on how to take aero covers off a Tesla Model Y.
If you purchased a Tesla Model 3 brand new, you probably remember deciding between the 18” Aero Wheels or the 19” Sport Wheels. For those who paid close attention, you’ll have noticed that there’s a range reduction of about 27 km if you go with the sport wheels. This is because the 18” wheels come with aero covers, which help make the car more aerodynamic. However, many people don’t like the look of these covers, so they take them off. Continue reading for steps on how to take aero covers off a Tesla Model 3.
One thing electric vehicle (EV) manufacturers strive for is efficiency, which helps get the most range out of each car. Part of efficiency is creating an aerodynamic design, which reduces drag when driving. Tesla has accomplished an incredibly sleek and aerodynamic design with their Models 3 and Y. Something most people notice when marvelling at these two cars is the unique door handles. As a Tesla owner, I have to help people with it constantly, especially if it’s their first time entering the car. So, how do you open the doors on a Tesla Model 3 and Y? Continue reading for a comprehensive guide.
There are a lot of things you leave behind when you make the switch from a gas-powered car to a Tesla. While frequent gas station trips are most people’s favourite thing they’ve left behind, for me it’s been not having to physically carry keys anymore. What are the different keys for a Tesla? Continue reading to discover unique ways the electric vehicle (EV) manufacturer allows drivers to easily enter and start their cars.
If you’re interested in purchasing a Tesla, you might be wondering whether you can buy one at the dealership like you would with other car brands. Unfortunately, the answer is not a simple yes or no. Continue reading for insights on what the buying process is like for the leading electric vehicle (EV) manufacturer, Tesla.
One of the most enjoyable, but also stressful, aspects of purchasing a new or used car is figuring out what colour you want. Tesla has a number of colour options available when configuring your model and trim online. This begs the question… what are the best colour options for a Tesla? While the answer is completely subjective, you’d be surprised at some factors buyers completely forget to consider when making this decision.
As a Tesla owner, one of the things I hear the most from people who are skeptical about electric vehicles (EVs) is how my car’s battery won’t last and that I’ll have to spend a fortune getting it replaced. While I’m never provided with any facts, it is a good question… How much does it cost to replace the battery on a Tesla? Continue reading to learn about Tesla’s impressive batteries, and what the cost of replacing one would be.
Tesla’s lineup of electric sedans and SUVs has become increasingly popular in recent years. These electric vehicles (EVs) have revolutionized the auto industry, with their sleek design and next-level software. One of the most appealing aspects of Tesla ownership is the low maintenance requirements. But how much maintenance is there on a Tesla? Continue reading as we look closer at what’s required and what to expect as an owner.
Electricity is an alternative fuel that costs much less on average than gas does in the world of cars. This is a huge selling point for many consumers who are switching to electric vehicles (EVs). But how much does it cost to charge a Tesla Model Y? The answer isn’t exactly linear, as there are multiple factors to consider. Continue reading for insights on the costs of charging your Tesla Model Y.
Electricity is an alternative fuel that costs much less on average than gas does in the world of cars. This is a huge selling point for many consumers who are switching to electric vehicles (EVs). But how much does it cost to charge a Tesla Model 3? The answer isn’t exactly linear, as there are multiple factors to consider. Continue reading for insights on the costs of charging your Tesla Model 3.
Electric vehicles (EVs) have gained immense popularity in recent years as the world moves towards a sustainable future. Tesla, the leading EV manufacturer, has taken the market by storm and is often the primary choice for those considering buying one. Something all potential buyers should ask themselves is, where do you charge your Tesla? Continue reading to see what your charging options are, potential costs and how to use them to their fullest potential.
If you’re considering buying a Tesla Model Y, it’s important to understand how long it takes to charge the battery. There’s no single answer to this question, as there are several ways to charge your car and they all vary in charging time. So how long does it take to charge a Tesla Model Y? Continue reading to explore the different charging options for your Model Y, the time it takes to charge, tips and more!
If you’re considering buying a Tesla Model 3, it’s important to understand how long it takes to charge the battery. There’s no single answer to this question, as there are several ways to charge your car and they all vary in charging time. So how long does it take to charge a Tesla Model 3? Continue reading to explore the different charging options for your Model 3, the time it takes to charge, tips and more!
If you’re in the market for a Tesla Model Y or any other electric vehicle (EV), one of the most important things to consider is its range. In other words, how far it can go on a single charge. As a Tesla owner myself, it’s one of the most common questions that I’m asked and the answer’s not as simple as you might think… Continue reading to explore factors that affect the Model Y’s range, and some tips on how to maximize it. Let’s see how far a Tesla Model Y can go on a single charge.
Battery and Range
Currently, Tesla offers three trims of the Model Y that can be ordered directly from their site. This includes the Rear-Wheel Drive, Long Range and Performance models, respectively. All three models house a lithium-ion phosphate battery pack. This means that you should charge your Model Y between 80% and 90% to avoid faster degradation of your battery.
One key consideration for anyone looking to buy a Tesla Model 3, or any electric vehicle (EV) in general, is its range. In other words, how far it can go on a single charge. As a Tesla owner myself, it’s one of the most common questions that I’m asked and the answer’s not as simple as you might think… Continue reading to explore factors that affect the Model 3’s range, and some tips on how to maximize it. Let’s see how far a Tesla Model 3 can go on a single charge.
Battery and Range
Currently, Tesla offers three trims of the Model 3 that can be ordered directly from their site. This includes the Rear-Wheel Drive, Long Range and Performance models, respectively. The Rear-Wheel Drive trims are currently shipped with a lithium iron phosphate (LFP) battery, whereas the Long Range and Performance models have a lithium-ion battery pack. The key difference for you and me, is that LFP batteries can be charged to 100% each day, whereas lithium-ion batteries are recommended to be charged between 80% and 90% to avoid faster degradation of your battery.
You just got your new Tesla Model 3 and the delivery specialist did not show you how to open glovebox in Tesla Model 3. It happens. It is not trivial as there are no visible buttons or latches. Tesla has probably done this for aesthetic reasons and cut cost. Well it is simple:
Tap on the the Model 3 icon at the lower left corner to bring up quick controls.
Look at bottom left for an option to open the glovebox.
How do you open the glovebox if the screen is cracked during a crash?
For example, if you are involved in a crash and there is a need to access the glovebox as your important documents are likely in there. Most of us keep our insurance and ownership documents in there. Well Tesla is aware of this limitation. The screen is permanently fixed in place so it less likely to crack but nothing is immune during collisions.
The opening of the doors inside of a Tesla Model 3 is not trivial for the first time users. New passengers often wonder on how to open doors on Model 3. Well, there are two ways to open the doors from inside.
The correct way on Model 3 to open doors from inside is to always use the open door button, marked with a green check mark.
However, this button is not so obvious in year 2018-2020 models. There are some stickers that you can purchase to make it more obvious. For 2021 models and above, Tesla has changed the open icon to make it more intuitive.
What is that second door latch to open the door?
In addition, the latch marked with “x” also opens the door on Model 3. But, you should not use this to open the door. This is strictly for emergency purposes. For example, to get out when there is absolutely no charge left in the battery. Or the button has stopped working after a collision or just a random malfunction.
You were enjoying your time in your Tesla Model 3 and were listening to some stations that you rather keep to yourself and not leave them there for other passengers to see in your recent history. You like listening to Backstreets Boys but your love shall remain anonymous. Or you are someone who simply does’t like clutter. Now you are wondering how do I delete recent radio stations from history in my Model 3? There should be an option to quickly erase or factory reset the recent stations. Unfortunately, as of December 2020, there is no option to do so.
As of December 2020
You cannot delete recent Model 3 radio stations. You can only delete favourites.
Tesla may choose to include clear history feature in the future updates but as of today there is no option. The best way to get rid of them is to listen to more stations, one after another until they are pushed far left.
You could edit your favourites easily on the other hand. editing favourites is fairly simple. Simply hold onto the station, also known as long press, until the “X” appears on the top left. You can then click on it to remove it. Keeping favourites organized is the best you can do to keep this row clutter fee.
Let’s discuss how to update to the latest Tesla Model 3 software even when there is no Wifi. For some of us, we park our cars where there is no Wifi coverage. I live in an apartment building where my parking spot is no way near my Wifi signal. I often miss out of software updates on Tesla Model 3. It is not until I hear from a friend about a recent update or get buzzed on the Tesla app to connect to a Wifi for an update. Don’t worry, you are not alone. We will look into some ways you can still get software updates. Although Tesla installs some of the security critical updates through in-built LTE network connectivity but most of the updates require you to connect to Wifi.
Unfortunately, there is no way to force updates through your LTE network connectivity other than at Tesla Service Center. Below are some of the next best ways to update Model 3 software when there is no Wifi.
Your phone as a hot-spot
Public Wifi at Starbucks or McDonald’s parking lot
Before entering a car wash, you probably questioned “how do I put the car in neutral?” Unlike many ICE, it is not as trivial for Model 3. Don’t worry, you are not alone. On the Model 3, you simply push down for 1 full click to get into drive, and then softly raise the stick WITHOUT clicking for a few seconds and it will shift into neutral. I hope this helps! Also, don’t forget to turn off automatic wipers before entering that car wash.