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Tesla to add a CCS connector to Superchargers in the US

CCS (Combined Charging System) has become the standard for charging electric vehicles over the past few years.

When Tesla first introduced the 2012 Model S, the CCS charging connector wasn’t there. In fact, Tesla developed its own Tesla connector because none were capable of fast DC charging.

Today, the CCS connector supports charging speeds of up to 350 kW.

For comparison, Tesla’s newer V3 Superchargers can currently charge at speeds of up to 250 kW, although Tesla plans to update its v3 Superchargers later this year to support up to 324 kW.

Tesla already offers superchargers with CCS connectors in several regions, but it will now begin adding CCS connectors to Superchargers in the US.

Tesla will add a CCS connector in addition to Tesla’s own connector. Elon Musk said this would give non-Tesla owners access to its extensive charging network.

This announcement follows the path announced by the CEO to open his Supercharger network to all electric vehicles globally.

Non-Tesla electric vehicles have been allowed to be charged at select Tesla Supercharger locations in France, the Netherlands and Norway since November.

Allowing superchargers—which account for more than half of fast chargers in the United States to charge all electric vehicles—would be easier and less costly for everyone involved, and would greatly improve the nature of existing fast charging infrastructure.

CCS is the obvious charging standard to follow, given that Tesla, like many other manufacturers, has already accepted CCS standards in Europe and its Supercharger stations are already equipped with CCS connectors.

Tesla cars and Supercharger stations in North America use their own connector, which has left non-Tesla owners unable to use Tesla’s fast charging infrastructure.

It also prevents Tesla owners from charging at other DC charging stations, unless they spend a significant amount of money buying a CHAdeMO or CCS adapter.

Speaking at the Financial Times Future of the Car summit, Musk said they will add connectors even if it reduces their competitive advantage over other automakers.

“It’s a little more difficult in the US because we have a connector that’s different from the rest of the industry, but we’re going to add the rest of the industry connectors as an option for a supercharger in the US. We’re trying as much as we can to do the right thing to get our electrics going, even if it reduces our competitive advantage,” Musk said. .

This is similar to Tesla’s approach in Europe when the Model 3 was originally introduced with the CCS standard. Tesla and CCS connectors have been installed in the new Supercharger terminals, and the automaker has also begun modifying some of the existing terminals.

Last year, the Taiwanese EV charger equipment supplier and the Alliance of Advanced Manufacturers announced that CCS should be the country’s charging standard, forcing Tesla to modify CCS connectors for all superchargers.

Tesla upgraded its Superchargers with CCS connectors in addition to its proprietary connectors a few months after the decision.

Tesla’s CEO has given no indication of when the company plans to begin installing CCS connectors at terminals in the United States.

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Tesla to handle display restarts in certain situations

Tesla has issued a new recall affecting 129,960 vehicles from 2021 and 2022, due to a problem with the infotainment center’s CPU overheating.

The automaker has detected an error where the center display may become slow due to the CPU overheating when the car preconditions the battery pack for supercharging or during supercharging.

“A delayed or restarting CPU may prevent the center display from displaying the rear view camera image, gear selection, windshield vision control settings, and warning lights, increasing the risk of an accident,” Tesla wrote in the recall notice.

Tesla claims to have discovered the problem during a standard stress test. Although there were no reports of wrecks or injuries, the company received 59 warranty claims from January to early May.

Fortunately, just like previous recalls, the automaker will be able to fix the problem with a software update. The report of the recall issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration stated the following:

“On May 3, 2022, Tesla began deploying an OTA firmware that will improve CPU temperature management and associated connections while operating at high temperatures. This treatment will mitigate CPU overheating when the vehicle is fast charging or gearing up. For fast charging, which prevents slow processing or restarting.”

Tesla will contact the selected owners through an official summons notice, expected to be mailed on July 1, 2022.

Tesla’s ability to release software updates over the air in order to fix most of the issues that led to its recent official safety recalls highlights the effectiveness of its approach to in-vehicle operating and connectivity systems, a feature that appears to be gaining rapid adoption by other automakers, and will certainly change The scene in the auto industry.

A typical traditional recall, in which affected owners must bring their cars in for service, can easily bankrupt the automaker, which must pay for labor and parts to make the repairs.

The affected vehicles appear to be limited to those with CPUs based on Ryzen, Tesla’s latest MCU. MCU 3 provides increased responsiveness and faster loading applications such as streaming services and a web browser.

If you have a Tesla with a Ryzen-based CPU and experience a lag when using the touch screen or it randomly restarts, you may see improvements when this fix is ​​rolled out.

The fix is ​​expected in subsequent revisions of Tesla’s 2022.12 updates.

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Tesla's FSD Beta 10.12 may be released this week

According to Elon Tesla, FSD may release Beta 10.12 with several major improvements this week.

The last major beta build, version 10.11, started rolling out in early March, but most testers didn’t receive it until version 10.11.2, which was released in April.

Hopefully this beta will come out a little faster than the previous one, but it sure is shaping up to be an exciting one.

Updated car models

The FSD Beta 10.12 will have more detailed new car models, at least for its sedan model, but may include updated models for all different types of vehicles.

The current perception of the sedan is somewhat abstract. It doesn’t have wheels or many details. The visualization is modeled after the Tesla Model S keychain.

FSD Beta can learn much more than what can be displayed on the screen. However, visualizations are an important way of how the vehicle communicates with us about what it sees and understands. So with the Beta 10.12, a more detailed Tesla car model has been included that has wheels and doors.

Although the FSD Beta has been able to detect open doors for a while now, the model will now visually show us if any nearby cars have open doors by highlighting the door in yellow.

Improvements to unprotected left turns

Turning left unprotected has been the main focus on several betas and it’s clear we’ll see more improvements in 10.12.

Crossing multiple lanes when turning left can be intimidating, even for some human drivers. Tesla is constantly making improvements to make unprotected left turns more efficient and human-like.

For example, the car will now sometimes start moving slowly, anticipating the last vehicle to pass so that you can complete the turn immediately and be away from any other traffic.

According to Elon, the FSD Beta 10.12 will specifically improve “hard” unprotected left turns.

Chuck Cook on YouTube does a great job covering some of those turns left. Below you can see how the latest FSD Beta is taking a left turn onto a main street with a roadblock.

busy traffic

In beta 10.12 we also expect to see improvements in heavy traffic. I haven’t seen many issues with the demo in traffic, except that sometimes the car has a hard time distinguishing between a parked vehicle and a waiting vehicle only.

I’ve had situations where the demo tries to turn around a parked car due to a traffic light or traffic, and the demo waits only a few seconds before trying to go around the car.

Hopefully this is one of the areas Elon is talking about when referring to improvements in heavy traffic.

one pile

Elon also mentions that Tesla is making good progress on a single stack. Single stack refers to one set of technologies that will be used for both highway and street driving.

The FSD beta is great, but once you hit the highway, you’ll revert back to the old production version.

The FSD Beta is far from perfect, but driving around the city streets is a mission accomplished and the Beta is actually quite well trying to figure things out.

When we start looking at autopilot on the highway and some of the problems it still has, like bouncing between lane markings or a sudden attempt to center itself in a lane that’s getting wider, those problems are practically non-existent in city driving.

So while the single stack won’t be included in the 10.12 beta, it’s good to know that Tesla continues to make progress.

When Tesla can finally complete its solo program, we should see massive improvements in the use of autopilot on the highways.

release day

The last beta version of FSD started rolling out over a month ago, so a lot of users are definitely eager for the update. Elon said earlier this week that beta 10.12 is “likely” to be released on a large scale this week.

The beta could be in QA testing now, but it’s not likely to be passed to staff nonetheless, as release notes are usually leaked when this happens.

We hope this nice notice will be welcomed to some of us this weekend, prompting us to install the latest beta.

Update: Elon tweeted today, Friday, May 6, that there have been “many upgrades to the base code so it’s taking longer to debug. Possibly a Wednesday/Thursday release.” So it looks like we’re still a week away from a public release of 10.12 beta.

Building on new construction

More recently, experimental FSD has been a bit behind the times. The latest beta version is 2022.4.5.21, which is almost two major versions behind. This means that FSD Beta testers still don’t have seat heaters in the launcher, dog mode in the Tesla app, browser improvements, advance vehicle condition improvements and more.

Most of the non-FSD Teslas are now in the 2022.12 release and 2022.16 is expected soon.

While beta 10.12 is not likely to be based on a completely new upcoming build like 2022.16, it will almost certainly be based on 2022.12, which will please many testers.

Tesla seems to be as cautious as ever with beta releases. Recently, it took several beta reviews before Tesla released it to everyone.

Tesla says they’re now in 100,000 test labs in the US and Canada, so they’re right to be careful, but the wait isn’t easy.

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