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Audio Recording of the Tesla 6.2 Range Anxiety Press Conference


Thanks to Transport Evolved for the audio. Lots of great stuff in here. SamO provides a great list of notes:

  • 99% of EU, North America, China, Japan and Southern Australia would be covered by the end of the year.
  • Tesla cars and the network were designed with “convenience inflection points” in mind.
  • “People who want to drive 10 hours and wear diapers . . . that’s . . . unusual.”
  • Ratio of drive to charge is excellent.
  • 7.0 coming in ~3 months.
  • Car Summoning: #ComeFindMe #GoToBed #CloseGarageDoor
  • Valet mode limits speed, torque and confidential information
  • Changes in acceleration and brake “nuance”.
  • Good sales in Australia so they are making a significant investment in the Supercharger network.
  • Soon Sydney to Melbourne will be covered and eventually ALL of Australia.
  • 20 hours of city driving at 20 mph.
  • Max trip time to max wait time inflection point is coming.
  • Extra range doesn’t make a difference for range anxiety.
  • The Superchargers are queried in real time, every 30 seconds to ensure uptime and functionality.
  • TM is “waking” the car by enabling software and sensor array.
  • 400-500 mile range is pretty low use case + extra $ + extra weight.
  • “Sweet spot is 250-350 miles.”
  • New adapters have been sent to all Chinese customers allowing them to charge at any location in China.
  • Superchargers are favored in routing above HPWCs (unless it’s at your destination).
  • Any hotel or restaurant that requests a HPWC can get one for free as long as they place conspicuously.
  • The network has several thousand HPWCs and growing rapidly.
  • HPWC network should be a factor of 10 larger than the Supercharger network.
  • The Model S is technically capable of parking lot to parking lot driving BUT won’t be enabled with CURRENT HARDWARE suite.
  • Sonar can navigate the car safely, on it’s own, in pitch darkness.
  • TM is sizing the Supercharger Network for peak use (Friday and Sunday afternoons).
  • New major software release every 3-4 months.
  • 1% accuracy in calculating energy needed on any drive.

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