1.1 Million Tesla’s Recalled? | We Have To Stop Doing This. How?:- Today we’re getting into the latest Tesla news including Tesla’s huge “recall” and what needs to stop there, AI Day updates, Teslas compatible with thousands more chargers, and my Model S Plaid issues, so let’s get into it.
Tesla AI Days
INTRO First up today, Tesla has officially begun sending out invites for their AI Day 2022. Previously, Elon called this AI Day #2, but it looks to be an annual event they are planning from here on out. Last year, Tesla talked a lot about self-driving, how their AI is going, and their dojo computer, and then they closed the event teasing their Optimus Humanoid Robot concept. Originally, Elon said “Tesla AI Day #2 on Aug 19.
So many cool updates!”, but that ended up being pushed to September 30th “as we may have an Optimus prototype working by then”. The invites for the event confirm what Tesla plans to talk about saying “You’re invited to attend AI Day 2022 on September 30 in Palo Alto, CA.
You’ll learn about Tesla’s latest developments in artificial intelligence, including Full Self-Driving, Tesla Bot, Dojo, and more.”. As for Dojo, last year Tesla unveiled a working chip and tile, but this year is expected to unveil a full supercomputer cluster based on the Dojo technology.
For the Tesla Bot, Tesla teased the much more involved hand of the prototype in the invite image, and Elon recently confirmed “Note, Autopilot/AI team is also working on Optimus and (actually smart) summon/auto park, which has end of month deadlines”.
Recently, in a job listing for the Tesla bot, Tesla leaked a bit more details of their plans starting with “Tesla is on a path to build humanoid bi-pedal robots at scale to automate repetitive and boring tasks.
Core to the Tesla Bot, the motion planning stack presents a unique opportunity to work on state-of-the-art algorithms for motion planning and navigation culminating in their deployment to real-world production applications.”
They finish the job listing by saying “you will see your work repeatedly shipped to and utilized by thousands of Humanoid Robots within our factories”. The first version of this robot is expected to be used for simple repetitive tasks, so Tesla appears to plan to utilize them in their factories at first.
For FSD, we should get more details about the wide beta, potentially expanding to any customers who want it, not restricted by a safety score, and how long it may be before driver monitoring can lessen its strictness. It should be a very exciting event and have a big impact on Tesla’s plans, but as always with AI stuff at Tesla, in particular, keep Elon time in mind.
Their goal of 1 million robot taxis on the road by 2020 has changed to 1 million people in the FSD beta by the end of 2022, which is nowhere near the same, and 2 years late. Next up today, Tesla is facing a huge recall of 1.1 million vehicles due to a faulty window reversing system.
Essentially, “the pinch protection feature on their power door windows may allow them to squeeze too hard before rolling the glass down.”. As happens nearly every time with a Tesla recall though, the fix…is a free over-the-air software update.
More on that, and the state of Tesla recalls in just a minute. Before we go any further, I’d like to thank today’s sponsor, Eufy. Eufy’s Clean H20 HomeVac is a Cordless Handheld Car Vacuum that’s perfect for keeping in your car. At 1.44 pounds or 654 grams, it’s extremely lightweight and compact.
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When you look at an article, like this one from Fox Business, we can see “Tesla recalling 1.1 million vehicles to fix faulty window reversing system.”. The sub-header is Glass may pinch an occupant’s extremities too hard”.
If we look through the article, it details that Tesla discovered the issue in early September, what the problem is, what the federal guidelines are, how it’s affecting a total of 1,096,762 2017-2022 Model 3, 2020-2021 Model Y, and 2021-2022 Model S and Model X vehicles, and then finally mentions the fix.
“Tesla said it is unaware of any incidents or injuries related to the issue and has already implemented a firmware update that recalibrates the system’s operation to pre-delivery vehicles and new vehicles being built.
After scrolling past another ad and photo it says “Owners of existing vehicles will not need to bring them in for service as Tesla will issue a free over-the-air update that will address the problem. The exact timing for the update’s release has not been announced, but Tesla’s stores have already been notified and letters will be sent to owners in November as required by law.”
You seriously have to DIVE into this article, and read nearly the entire thing before you realize…this isn’t a big deal. Tesla faces this a lot because they have some of the most software-based cars out there, and frequently fix small issues with over-the-air updates. As Elon Musk said in response to this latest one “The terminology is outdated & inaccurate.
EV’s Foundational Software
This is a tiny over-the-air software update. To the best of our knowledge, there have been no injuries.”. We see this headline pattern everywhere. Here’s USA Today, and their second paragraph mentions the over-the-air update.
Better than many, but this is very much treated as a much bigger deal than when Toyota recently recalled their bz4X for the wheel legitimately falling off. Toyota is having to buy back vehicles from customers, and it’s the same terminology as a window issue fixed in a software update for Tesla vehicles.
Software updates and fixes are becoming much more common in the industry. We hear about it most from Tesla, since they have shipped the most cars that are this heavily software-based, and updateable, but Rivian, Lucid, Ford, VW, and many others diving into EVs are making the software much more foundational in their vehicles.
That means we’ll be seeing a lot of “recalls” that are fixed with no consumer effort, so this terminology needs some updating so that a headline isn’t accurate to call this a recall. Today, technically fox business is accurate because NHTSA sees this the same as a massive recall that requires service for all customers.
In the meantime, owners should be getting an update on this problem in their Teslas shortly. Next up today, Tesla’s service has been known to have a mixed reputation over the years. Some have great experiences, with Tesla mobile service fixing their issues quickly whenever they need.
At the same time, others find that they need service right away after taking delivery because Tesla delivered the car with issues. This was my experience with the Model Y, Model 3, and Model S I took delivery of from Tesla over the past couple of years.
The first car that hasn’t had issues from the factory was my new 2022 Model Y, and I’m very happy to see that improvement. In any case, once you need to schedule service, in some areas it is very backed up, sometimes 3-4 weeks which is very frustrating.
The only way to schedule service is through the mobile app, and communication isn’t great there. For myself, this time around I’m trying to get my Model S Plaid serviced. I bought this about a year ago and had initial delivery issues like a dented front bumper, but now I have a very loud seat rattle and creaking in the front and rear seats.
Here’s a clip. These issues are pretty frustrating on such an expensive car, but another issue I’ve been having is peeling on the yoke. At first, I thought this was my fault, but now I’ve seen that it’s a very common issue. Meet Kevin had this issue, to a whole other level with his Plaid after only about 5,000 miles.
The real of okay had this issue as well, along with the kilowatts after about24,500 miles. This is happening in places that aren’t just caused by my jeans and happening to the yoke in general. It’s really unfortunate to see and shows a quality issue that Tesla needs to fix on the refreshed Model S and X.
The good news is, all of this can be fixed at Tesla service if you can get that appointment. For myself, I had scheduled service on September 2nd, for September 7th, but Tesla let me know parts wouldn’t be available in time, so they pushed me back to September 19th, and I moved it to the 24th for my schedule.
Frustrating, but I was also happy to get a locked-in appointment. Then, I received the estimate from Tesla and it originally showed all of my issues costing $0 because they’re all under warranty. I accepted this estimate back on September 15th, but just yesterday on the 23rd, I got a notice from Tesla service in the app that I needed to approve the updated invoice.
This time, the day before my appointment, it shows everything coming in at $0, but the yoke replacement at $824.83. This is frustrating in several ways. First, this potential isn’t covered, even though it’s a common issue on their $130,000 flagship vehicle, but also because it wasn’t communicated until 24 hours before my appointment.
I posted on Twitter about it, and several people mentioned Tesla doing this because they need to verify it’s covered under warranty, and then proceed with the repair, covered under warranty. At Tesla Owners of MA said, “I know alit of time’s warranty work will show an invoice amount but once repaired and placed under warranty Tesla zeros out the cost.
This is done in case an issue isn’t under warranty then the owner is prepared for the worst case.”. Ultimately I wasn’t too concerned because of my prior experience with Tesla service but didn’t like that communication, since I had previously accepted a $0 invoice.
Luckily after a few messages to Tesla service, they updated the invoice about 2 hours later, to once again reflect $0. So all of my issues are covered under warranty and will be getting fixed today. Happy to see that worked out, but I still would love to see Tesla’s general communication improve here.
Elon has mentioned Tesla’s service being a priority lately, and it’s very important for Tesla’s customer satisfaction. I’ll let you know if any of these issues persist after this appointment. The rattles are the most bothersome for me personally.
Next up today, Tesla is officially opening up their cars to many more fast chargers, by way of their CCS adapter. Tesla uses their proprietary connector for their EVs in North America, and many argue that it’s a superior plug for fast charging.
Tesla CCS Combo Adapter?
It’s smaller and works just as well as CCS which is much larger. However, most other brands are using CCS for fast charging, and Tesla uses this in other countries where it is standard. As a result, third-party charging networks like Electrify America use CCS, and until now, Teslas have been unable to charge there.
In October, Tesla finally launched a CCS adapter in Korea, and some owners obtained them from there, but now, they officially launched in North America. You can order this on the Tesla shop for $250, and Tesla has your login to verify that you are eligible to purchase this product.
The description says “Expand your fast charging options with the Tesla CCS Combo 1 Adapter. The adapter offers to charge speeds up to 250kW and can be used at third-party charging networks. The CCS Combo 1 Adapter is compatible with most Tesla vehicles.
Some vehicles may require a retrofit to enable the use of the CCS Combo 1 Adapter. Sign in to your Tesla account to check compatibility.”. So they verify whether or not you may need a retrofit to utilize this adapter, and add “For vehicles requiring a retrofit, please check back in early 2023 for availability.
“Here’s what it shows if you need that retrofit. For myself, I ordered one because my car was compatible, so I’m looking forward to this. Immediately upon putting this in my glove box, I’ll have access to thousands more DC fast chargers from Electrify America, EVGO, and more.
In some cases as well, these third-party chargers are cheaper than Tesla Superchargers, so it just opens up options for Tesla owners that much more when traveling. I am curious how this will affect those with other vehicles though.
Up until now, congestion at many third-party chargers has been limited to EVs that weren’t Tesla’s since this adapter didn’t exist. Now, if many Tesla owners opt to buy this, third-party stations could find themselves congested by Teslas, who also get to charge exclusively at Tesla Superchargers.
Charging infrastructure is wildly important for EV expansion, so we’ll have to see what the future holds for third-party networks, and Tesla opening up to other EVs. Recently, Tesla opened up all superchargers to any EV in Iceland, so they are opening them in many places where it’s easy to do so.
One company that is going forward with its charging network is Rivian. Rivian’s DC fast charging stations grouped in their Rivian Adventure Network are slowly coming online. From what we can tell, they are one of the only EV makers creating their charging stalls aside from Tesla, and they opened their first station back in June.
This week, they expanded with another new station. So things are going slow, but they are just getting started. Rivian has big plans for their Adventure Network, and their locations are specific to “enable adventures and help Rivian owners in their long-distance travels.”.
So far, the yellow stations are the only operation ones, and these are a combination of DC Fast chargers, and Level 2 chargers that they call Rivian Waypoints. Great to see Rivian expanding here as this is incredibly important for people wanting to buy EVs. Reliable charging is crucial.
Two more small updates for Tesla, Over in Taiwan, Tesla has officially opened up orders for the Model Y. These will reportedly be made in Germany, at Giga Berlin, and equipped with CCS2 chargers. First deliveries are expected in Q4 of this year, and they are shipping the Long Range, and Performance variants.
In software version 2022.36, Tesla appears to be adding a new energy app that is laid out much better and gives a lot more info. You can see your consumed energy, and how much of that consumption is related to different aspects like driving, climate, battery conditioning, elevation, and “everything else”.
This will give a lot of insight, and I’m excited to see this. Reportedly, Tesla will also be adding Supercharger info that provides “an hourly analysis of how busy the Supercharger typically is at certain times of the day.”. That will be extremely useful when planning charging stops.
Last up today, some updates about GM. GM has stopped taking Hummer EV reservations because enthusiasm for the truck “has led to over 90,000 reservations for both pickup and SUV, and we’re excited to say this incredible demand has led to Hummer EV reservations being fully booked at this time.”.
Reportedly, reservations are evenly split between the truck and SUV versions of the Hummer EV. Recent reports said that GM was only at the production of 12 Hummer EVs per day, so this will need significant improvement for them to catch up to their 90,000 orders.
If daily rates don’t improve, that would take them about 20 years to fulfill orders, so a massive production ramp is needed. One big holdup here could be the massive battery pack for the Hummer EV, the largest ever shipped in an EV at 212.7kWh of useable capacity.
For context, that’s two Model S packs. That’s all the latest Tesla news for today.
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