Tesla’s reputation often precedes it. But no matter what you think of the “sole” CEO of the electric car company, with his active presence on Twitter and unorthodox methods of selling electric vehicles (no ads, no dealers, all online) – Tesla vehicles are like no other.
Of course, there are other electric cars that offer regenerative braking, single-pedal driving, instant acceleration, and fast charging. But that still doesn’t make them like Tesla.
And no car brand, from electric vehicles to gas options, offers as many hidden modes and configurations as Tesla.
Here’s a look at the only Tesla features that make Tesla, well, Tesla.
1. One touch screen only
Tesla’s newest cars are the Model 3 and the Model Y; both have the same sparse interior with a single central screen that controls everything from driving to the car and the radio to finding directions. No other car has such a clean design. Even the button to open the glove compartment is on the only screen.
Available since 2015, the Autopilot started as an additional feature that you could add for a high fare to complete your trip. The advanced driving system automatically drove, followed other vehicles, braked in slower traffic, and generally assisted on-road driving as long as the driver kept his eyes on the road and his hands on the wheel.
Most of these features are now included in Tesla’s basic security system. But there is also a full-fledged driving mode, for a current $ 10,000 upgrade price, which claims to be hands-free driving that can stop at stop signs and traffic lights, make automatic lane changes, and optionally, automatically go to any road, even off-road. road. So far, only a select group of beta testers use the full FSD package. It had a difficult start, with FSD mode fighting in dense urban areas.
3. Super recharge
Tesla has its own charging network, exclusive to Tesla owners. Other electric vehicles (com Revive i Jeep) are also beginning to develop their own networks, but none as extensive as Tesla’s. Supercharging is available in the United States and other countries where Teslas is sold: more than 25,000 superchargers. Fast charging adds up to 200 miles in 15 minutes. It’s no longer free as it was in the early days of Tesla, you pay per minute or kilowatt with a credit card charged to the car’s computer.
4. Free live updates
Other carmakers are catching up, but Tesla was the first to treat their cars as cell phones. Just like upgrading your iPhone to the latest iOS with a free over-the-air software update, Tesla software connects to WiFi and can update a long list of car features. When there was a brake problem a few years ago, an OTA update even fixed that problem.
5. Access by key card
It’s like a key card in a hotel room, but for your car. You don’t need to remove it for it to work, but if you have it outside, you can tap it on the side panel of the door to unlock it. You can also open the car from your smartphone with the Tesla app installed.
6. Sentry mode
Other cars have security systems, but not like Sentry mode. If someone gets too close to your Tesla for too long, the cameras start recording, a message appears on the screen indicating that the car is recording, and classical music starts playing from the audio system. You can activate Sentry mode to ward off potential intruders or vandals.
7. Dog mode
Apparently, dog mode allows dogs to relax in the car. Parked cars overheat and are not safe for dogs, but with this mode activated the car stays cool with the air system always on even with the parked car. In addition, a message on the center console screen says “My owner will be back soon” to warn passersby that your dog is safe.
8. Ridiculous and checkered fashion
Activating it on a Model S means you have to be prepared for fast acceleration like lightning. With Plaid activated the car can reach 321 km / h and accelerate to 100 km / h in less than two seconds.
9. Mode of defense against biological weapons
This mode was useful during the devastating wildfires in the western United States during 2020. It is only available with Model S and X cars equipped with a HEPA filtration system that automatically turns the car into a safe breathing space.
In the picture, it looks like this.
More car entertainment! This time it’s karaoke, with lyrics of popular songs that appear on the touch screen when parked. But because he’s in the car, he’s been renamed ” Caraoke“.