Tesla to offer a 50% FSD discount if you upgrade your car in China – Not a Tesla App

August 4, 2022

By Gabe Rodriguez Morrison

Tesla is offering returning customers a significant discount on FSD

One criticism we’ve heard is that Tesla does not allow you to transfer its FSD package to a new vehicle.

Given that Tesla has steadily raised the price of FSD to the current $12,000 USD, it can cost early adopters thousands of dollars more to get FSD on their newer vehicle.

Tesla has now launched an offer that lets current customers upgrade to a new Tesla and receive a 50% discount on the FSD package.

The offer is available to owners with or without FSD on their current vehicle.

Tesla is testing this new loyalty program in China, seeking to retain customers and ensure they choose Tesla again when upgrading to a newer car.

This promotion will incentivize customers to upgrade their Tesla by offering them a more reasonable price for FSD.
In addition to offering a 50% discount on FSD for returning customers in China, Tesla is also offering 15,000 km of free Supercharging and a free home charging service valued at 元8,000 ($1,185 USD).

Tesla has previously launched local incentive programs such as 10,000 miles of free charging and $1,000 toward a home charging solution.

Tesla has previously offered a similar FSD promotion in China back in 2021. There’s no indication that Tesla will expand this promotion to other areas, but it certainly sets a precedent.

Tesla will likely continue to offer incentives that encourage sales where necessary, based on the conditions of each market. Although Tesla is the dominant leader in the EV race, competition is increasing.

Tesla is competing with western manufacturers like Rivian, GM and Ford, in addition to Chinese EV makers, that are aggressively expanding their investments in the EV market.

August 3, 2022

By Gabe Rodriguez Morrison

Tesla is making various improvements to its third-gen Wall Connector

Tesla operates two charging networks; the Supercharger and the Destination Charger. The Supercharger network consists of direct current, fast-charging stations for long-distance driving.

The Destination Charger network consists of slower-speed chargers, specifically the Tesla Wall Connector, installed at restaurants and hotels for Tesla owners to charge at their destination.

Destination Charging has typically been free up until now. Tesla announced that they are enabling paid charging at Destination Chargers. In order to set pricing at a Destination Charger location, restaurants and hotels will need at least six Tesla Wall Connectors.

In 2020, Tesla upgraded Destination Chargers with third-generation Wall Connectors, and the EV automaker told property managers that it would enable paid charging with this new generation charger.

Tesla’s Destination Charging locations have usually been complimentary. In most cases, the only requirement was that the Tesla owner was also a customer of the business.

The chargers would help bring more customers to the business, who would cover the cost of electricity from the Destination Chargers.

A great example of Destination Chargers that increase business is hotels. A Tesla owner may be more likely to choose a hotel with Destination Chargers if it means they could easily charge when needed while on vacation.

With the new 3rd generation Wi-Fi-connected Wall Connector, Tesla is enabling businesses to set their own price for charging. However, a business must have at least six Wall Connectors to activate the feature:

Tesla Commercial Services can be enabled on Gen3 Tesla Wall Connectors that are connected to either Wi-Fi or Cellular and have a signed Services Agreement with Tesla. A minimum of six units are required to be installed to be considered for this service.

This excludes many Destination Chargers since most locations only have two to four Tesla Wall Connectors. 

This upgrade will also encourage some property managers to add more chargers since they can charge customers for the service and cover their electricity costs.

Tesla Owners

Tesla Wall Connectors can add about 44 miles of range per hour of charging. In some circumstances, this is a better solution than a Supercharger, which has idling fees after your vehicle is done charging.

Property Managers

Now that property managers can charge for the service, they can cover the cost of deploying the chargers and the cost of electricity while also attracting Tesla owners to their businesses or apartment complex.

Apartment Complexes

If you live in an apartment complex and haven’t bought an EV because of limited access to charging, this could be a turning point.

Up until now, many apartment complex managers have been hesitant to add EV chargers due to the added cost. However, now they’ll be able to pass on any costs to their residents, adding value to their apartment complex without accruing any charges.

Destination Chargers can be used by Teslas and any other EV with an adapter.

It’ll be interesting to see whether Tesla opens up this feature further by removing the six Destination Charger requirement. That would allow almost anyone to charge for the use of their Wall Connector.

All owners will soon be able to connect their third-generation Wall Connector to the Tesla app.

Tesla will soon retrofit some of their Superchargers with a CCS plug, allowing non-Tesla vehicles to charge without the use of an adapter. It’s possible that the same feature may also arrive for the Wall Connector in the future.

August 2, 2022

By Gabe Rodriguez Morrison

Tesla's Megachargers that will be used to charge the Tesla Semi

We initially reported on the dimensions of the new V4 Supercharger, revealing that the next generation Supercharger will be taller, and thinner, than the current V3 Superchargers.

Tesla recently revealed the full design of their V4 Supercharger in architectural drawings for a new station in Danvers, Massachusetts.

Tesla’s next-generation V4 Supercharger capable of charging speeds up to 350kW, set to release this year.

The new V4 Supercharger looks very similar to the Megacharger for the Tesla Semi that was recently revealed. The Megacharger is obviously much bigger at just under 7ft tall.

According to the drawings, the V4 Supercharger is 6 feet 4 ¼ inches tall, larger than the V3 Supercharger at 5 feet 6 ¼ inches tall.

Unfortunately the plans do not include any details about the contents of the V4 Supercharger or what charging speeds it will provide. Tesla is expected to increase the speed of V3 Superchargers 35% later this year, raising them from 250kW to 324kW. The V4 Superchargers are expected to provide at least 350kW which also aligns with the capabilities of the CCS connector which is coming to US Superchargers soon.

Twitter user @JH_bedford posted the full design details below.

While the V4 Supercharger dimensions are included in architectural drawings for a station in Danvers, Massachusetts, others have speculated that V4 Supercharger deployment is set to begin this year, with the first deployments being in Austin, Texas. This would also make sense as Tesla would likely install the the first next-gen Superchargers near Giga Texas and their new headquarters.

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