Tesla’s reputation often precedes. But whatever you think of the electric car company’s ‘unique’ CEO – with his active Twitter presence and unorthodox sales methods 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, driving with one pedal, instantaneous acceleration and fast charging. But it still does not make them like Tesla.
And no car brand, from electric cars to gas-powered options, offers as many hidden modes and options as Tesla.
Here’s a look at the Tesla-only features that make Tesla Tesla.
1. Only one touch screen
Tesla’s latest cars are the Model 3 and Model Y; both have the same sparse interior with a single central screen that controls everything you need to do, from driving the car and the radio to finding directions. No other car has such a clean layout. Even the button to open the glove compartment is on the only screen.
Available since around 2015 Automatic pilot started as an additional feature you could add for a large fee to complete your trip. The advanced driving system guided automatically, followed other vehicles, braked in slower traffic and generally helped with motorway driving as long as the driver kept his eyes on the road and his hands on the steering wheel.
Now most of these features are included in Tesla’s basic security system. But there is also full self-driving mode at a current upgrade price of $ 10,000, which claims to be hands-free driving that can stop at stop signs and traffic lights, perform automatic lane changes and possibly steer automatically on any road, even off-highway. So far, only a select group of beta testers are using the full FSD package. It got off to a rocky start, with FSD status battling in dense urban areas.
3. Super recharge
Tesla has its own charging network, exclusively for Tesla owners. Other electric vehicles (such as f Rivian and Jeep) are also starting to develop their own networks, but none are as comprehensive as Teslas. Supercharge is available in the US and other countries where Teslas are sold: there are over 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 either per. minute or kilowatt with a credit card loaded into the car’s computer.
4. Free Live Updates
Other carmakers are catching up, but Tesla was the first to treat its cars as mobile phones. Just like you update your iPhone to the latest iOS via free over-the-air software update, Tesla’s software connects to WiFi and can update a wide range of car features. When there was a brake issue a few years ago, an OTA update even solved that issue.
5. Access with key card
It’s like a hotel room key card, but for your car. You do not have to take it out for it to work, but if you have it outside, you can touch it on the side panel of the door to unlock the door. You can also open the car from your smartphone with the Tesla app installed.
6. On-call mode
Other cars have safety systems, but not as Sentry mode. If someone gets too close to your Tesla for too long, the cameras start recording, a message appears on the screen that the car is recording, and classical music starts playing from the sound system. You can enable Sentry Mode to ward off potential intruders or vandals.
7. Dog condition
As it sounds, Dog Mode lets dogs relax in the car. Parked cars overheat and are not safe for dogs, but with this mode activated, the car is kept cool with the air system always on, even with the car parked. Additionally, a message appears on the center console screen “My owner will be back soon” to let passersby know your dog is safe.
8. Ridiculous and plaid mode
Activating it in a Model S means you need to be prepared for lightning-fast acceleration. With Plaid activated the car can go up to 321 km / h and accelerate to 100 km / h in less than two seconds.
9. Defense method against biological weapons
This condition came in handy during the devastating wildfires in the western United States throughout 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 hole.
In the picture it looks like this.
More entertainment in the car! This time it’s karaoke, with lyrics to popular songs that appear on the touch screen when parked. But since he’s in the car, he’s been renamed ” Caraoke“.