Improvements or suggestions

Improvements or suggestions

A forum about improvements or suggestions that Tesla Motors could use to make their business even better. | April 17, 2014

StoreDot; super-fast charging. Although this is not a question, it is a suggestion. StoreDot ( uses bio-organic nanotechnology that can charge batteries much faster than anything before and 80% more efficient, I suggest that Tesla Motors use the same technology in its vehicles. Sincerely, Kaden. (Below: YouTube video of the battery at work, charges phone in 30 seconds!)

Rocky_H | April 17, 2014

I've seen a couple of articles about that fast charging battery technology. I think it is going to be hard to scale that up from the amounts of energy in a phone battery to the amount in a car battery. In other words, it's not too hard to run the total amount of energy of a phone battery through a cable that's an eighth of an inch thick in under a minute. For 50-70 kwh of electricity that would be needed to refill a Tesla battery, you would need a cable as thick as your leg to carry that much power in a short amount of time. With the 400-ish volts and 300+ amps that they can send through the Supercharger cables, they probably won't want to push it much higher than that. Also, they are somewhat limited to what they can get from an electrical utility feed without having to put in battery storage at the Supercharger locations for much higher bursts. It's cost effective to not have to do that. So there is possibly some room for a little more improvement in charging time, but not too much. Development is really going to need to be more about battery storage capacity versus its weight.

jgreelis | June 19, 2014

Add teleporting to the owners capabilities, one battery charge would get one to anywhere on the planet. If the battery needs recharging teleport back, or recharge there (if available).

Teleportation is real today, just read Dr. Eric Davis Teleportation Report August 2004 for the U.S. Air Force. He states teleporting is real, just requires paranormal procedures to accomplish it. I believe it is real also, however, we can perform it with current technology (slightly modified). I do have a couple of Powerpoint videos explaining the project and its objectives.

Bkfaure | June 19, 2014

Hello, I'm no scientist or vehicle mechanical specialist. I'm merely a tesla stock owner that is fascinated with this company. I don't own a tesla vehicle yet, but I'm in a pretty isolated area with little access to a fueling station of tesla's type. I was wondering, and this came to me in meditation, if you are or were considering using solar power for your in dash lighting, radio, or smaller power required systems on your vehicles. Or, if you could harvest that power, sort of like my garden LED lights, which soak in the suns power in the day, sense the loss of energy and utilizes the the harvested energy enough to power the lights. Maybe, such harvesting could get the vehicle to a near charging station or closer to home, whichever is closer of course. I don't know, just a suggestion.

larryep | June 20, 2014

oled screen that can wrap around dash to passenger side.

curiousguy | June 20, 2014

even with the supercharger, charging is done at a rate of about 1.2C which is not so fast. max charge from your house is in 4 hours so C/4 which is slow. so i would not worry about charge rates at this point.

Brian H | June 20, 2014

It always works out that adding a tiny amount more charge capacity is far cheaper, more efficient, and more versatile. On-car solar is a gimmick for the gullible.

MissDaisy | August 7, 2014

I use valet parking often. I'm hesitent to turn my tesla over to a valet because it's such a hot car. I used to own a 1984 Corvette that had a valet mode which limited the amount of power. Looks like this could be accomplished with a software change.

Brian H | August 7, 2014

Only been suggested 10^10 times ...

vgarbutt | August 7, 2014

night vision and/or IR camera with dash display.

Bring Tesla cars sensing and driver assistance systems to match or surpass other cars already on road. Thats collision avoidance, lane alerts, blind spot alert etc.

Auto parking as a step towards their autopilot systems

richardmjensen | January 15, 2015

I recently got an e-mail from Tesla, announcing the 1/15/15 event at the Tesla state capitol. In the email was a link to a Google Map Lat/Long location of where the event was being held. I opened the mail in the Model S web application and clicked on the map link. Sure would have been nice if I could have transferred that location into the onboard navigation program but I couldn't figure out how without typing in the lat/long. Can this be done? If not, maybe it should be.

richardmjensen | January 15, 2015

make that "Texas State Capitol"

Brian H | January 16, 2015


sgbeamer | April 16, 2015

The new trip planner in the car is excellent. Could you put the same app on my iphone, ipad or on the web so I don't have to use the car to plan a trip then come into the house to book my stay at the destination partner? Or you could buy the EV Trip planner and add the destination partners in:

bugrocco | September 26, 2015

Maybe when the music is on, and a person within ms speaks, the music turnes down, And i second the "Auto Park Feature.

mike hammons | September 27, 2015

Is it my correct understanding that using the exterior of the car as a solar cell would not adequately charge the battery over time? Nothing but a gimmick seems the attitude. Is it correct. Seems a parking lot full of solar cells the size of cars plugged into the system would be a win win win.

JuJoo | October 5, 2015


Yes, adding solar panels with all the proper equipment to convert it to electricity and put it in the battery would be way too expensive for close to no power return. It's like trying to fill up a swimming pool with eye droppers.

Also, the weight of the equipment would raise the top-heaviness and reduce the low-gravity weight of the car, therefore drastically increasing rollover risk.

rrdube | February 14, 2016

Autopark at a Tesla supercharger would be a nice feature.

kd1 | May 4, 2016

Dealership and service centers

Living in Michigan and owning a Model S purchased from Ohio, I was wondering if anyone has reached out to any Indian tribe to set up a service center or dealership? Federally recognized tribes possess both the right and the authority to regulate activities on their lands independently from state government control. They can enact and enforce stricter or more lenient laws and regulations than those of the surrounding or neighboring state(s) wherein they are located. There are 326 reservation across the US.

tomrdavis | July 25, 2016

If the car is parked at "home" almost every night, it would be cool if the car could send you an email or text if it had been sitting at "home" for an hour without being plugged in. Or at least have an option to have the car do this.

AlexM3 | July 25, 2016

Tesla Model 3 wishlist 1. Wipers hidden from sun and winter, behind a top part of the hood that closer to windshield,with winter warmers, as a part of the winter package
2. Windshield HUD.
3. Steering wheel modes,i love tighter mode,it's best.
4.Two screens dashboard,just like the style on Models S and X.
5.Blueish/White headlights,but more blueish. 6.Same style door handles as on Model S,with warmers for winter, in winter package. 7.Upper and lower body driver seat side supports,hate on sliding all over the place on some cars while driving.

iafriedman | December 22, 2016

First it would be nice to have the Model S to have and exit feature that when you put it in park the car seat goes back, steering wheel goes in and up to make exiting easier. I know you can create a profile like that but that is an extra step. Also, an important recommendation. When you are in standard regen model and you let your foot off of the accelerator the brake light should light up so that people behind you know that you are slowing down.

Bighorn | December 22, 2016

Your important recommendation regarding regen has been the case for over 4 years now.

jarfman | January 15, 2017

I'd love the ability to set a schedule or be able to trigger a snow melt mode. The mode should raise the internal temperature, activate defrosters and wipers to clean the car of snow while parked outside.

Efontana | January 15, 2017

There needs to be two levels of brake lights.

sosmerc | January 15, 2017

Perhaps when enough EV's are on the road there will be a "universally recognized" light that everyone will know means the car in front is going to be slowing down. (maybe an orange light in the shape of RG)

janendan | January 15, 2017

Mike,.... Microthin sheets of perovskite(approaching 25% Efficient(MIT)) could collect a few kWh each day it's parked in the sun at the airport.( 10 mi./ day ). 6 watts/ gm. Is practically weightless, so cover the non-glass areas of the car to collect every photon.

janendan | January 15, 2017

Energy improvements - Is anyone else following Solid energy's 2X modifications to electrode and electrolyte?
They are starting with drones and small electronics before they get to cares in 2018. Another one to watch is the nano-structured cobalt infused with nanolithia. Argonne, Beijing, MIT, Passed this one off to JCI( Johnson controls
For scale analysis.

Davejley | January 16, 2017

@sosmerc & @Efontana

The 'how fast are you slowing down' light has been tried before, and was sadly limited by the technology at the time.
http://jalopnik dot com/what-do-you-think-of-this-almost-unknown-indicator-ligh-1716617851

Also, you can't use orange/amber because in China/Europe/pretty much the rest of the world, amber is the color used for turn lights. Only in America is it allowed just red for both stop, and turn.
http://www.socalautoparts dot com/images/product/211945231A.jpg

Back in 99' when LED's were starting to become a thing for 3rd mounted stop lamps, I had an idea that /all/ of the stop lamps should be LED's, and along with having so many smaller lights that could be individually controlled, the 'shape' of the light should be changed to indicate just how hard the person was stomping on the brake pedal (Easily done with a pressure transducer and some basic electronics.)

I knocked up a quick graphic for you to show what I mean.
http://puu dot sh/tnV3l/4d624eca1c.jpg

This kind of light does two things, first, it gives a much more informative telltale to the driver behind just how hard the driver/autopilot is breaking. Second, by having the lights 'grow' from the inner, to the outer with the increase in pressure (meaning they're stopping quicker) it reinforces just how imperative it is that you stop faster as the optical illusion is created to make the car in front seemingly 'grow larger' than it normally would. Additionally, there's the benefit of seeing the rate of change. Are they slowly applying pressure or did they just hammer the brakes?

It took nearly a decade for there to finally start being all LED tail lights, but sadly that's all they are, there's no encoded information yet. However recently I did see a Maserati that had a 'flowing' turn signal. Just like which-way lights on lighted construction signs, the light moved in a clever way by turning the individual LEDs on and off again in the amber turn signal which was far more inherently informative than just blinking. Give it another 10 years perhaps and maybe we'll see more intelligent brake lights.

sosmerc | January 17, 2017

I think things will change alot faster as more EV's with regenerative braking are on the market. You have some great ideas and I will bet we will see something like what you are proposing.

vperl | January 18, 2017

Tesla has no Quality Control.

If a actual Tesla Corporate person looks up my delivery, I would like to know their response to a very deplorable obvious flaw.

No need to go into details, if Tesla is interested in Quality Control, it would seem they failed. Tesla had my MX at my local device center for 30 days supposedly and QC was initially the reason .

I doubt Tesla will have a M3 owner, smile and try to get resolution of such a failure when over 400,000 M3 start to be delivered, in the " coming soon" Tesla verbage . I hope to have full resolution by next mid week .

By the way, all the SC employees are very polite and professional, but who ever does QC needs to be retrained, and audited ........

reed_lewis | January 18, 2017

@jarfman said:
"I'd love the ability to set a schedule or be able to trigger a snow melt mode. The mode should raise the internal temperature, activate defrosters and wipers to clean the car of snow while parked outside."

The only issue with this is that using your wipers to clean snow off is not a good idea here in Mass when we have a lot of snow. The wipers cannot push large amounts of snow without some sort of failure. My old Volvo dealer used to send an email every year reminding people not to use the wipers to clean the snow off the windshield because they would have a large number of people with broken wiper motors, and the mechanical system for the wipers around the first snow storm of the year.

But I agree that the ability to use a timer based pre-heat and turn on the defroster/ heated windshield/ rear defroster/ heated seats would be a great thing. That way when you get to the car, all you would need to do is clear the snow/ice off without having to scrape anything.

sjw | June 23, 2018

In Norway charging the cars at home is subject to a effect pricing system, all our houses are equipped with AMS meters that automatically reports in the consumption to the energy supplier.

As the energy prices vary during the day the actual price is varying a lot and this can cause peak periods during the day when they add congestion charges so that the power is many many times more expensive during morning and afternoon energy "rush hours" is it possible to have the worlds smartest car take energy and congestion charges in to account when charging, (smart Charging).
To ensure lowest cost and at the same time ensuring a more even energy consumption?
As the information for pricing is available at all times and varies from hour to hour to seasons etc..

if this function would be in the app it would be very good and give a great benefit for all owners in countries where AMS smart metering is implemented, as the power price can vary with many hundred % during 24 hrs. | June 24, 2018

@sjw - Clever idea. In our area we also have time-of-day pricing, but it doesn't vary by each minute. The cheapest rate is between midnight and 7am, which is easy to set within any Tesla today. I expect this is also the cheapest rate where you are as well - very low demand during this period.

I remember one analysis showed if half of all cars in the USA were EVs and charged in these late hours, no changes to the electrical generation or distribution would be necessary.

preston.a.stuart | August 30, 2018

I have a simple idea which I believe could be implemented in a software update. The real world sometimes can be a bit dangerous. If you are sitting in your car, for instance in a shopping center parking lot, and a threat presents itself - say a menacing person - it would be really handy if you could double tap the Controls button to lock all the doors. | August 30, 2018

@preston - Already exists for years now - just tap the lock icon in the top-left of the display (Model S/X), or shift into drive or reverse.

jo.faris | October 4, 2018

I love using autosteer and do it quite often. The challenge is that when I am looking at the road with my hands on the wheel, as I should be, the prompt is so small and non-descript that it goes unnoticed because I'm not looking down. I wish Tesla would make an adjustment to the location of the autosteer prompt so that it is more prominent when a person is looking at the road itself, or add an option to have a chime prompt you initially, not when you're reaching critical stage. I get very frustrated when I'm doing exactly what Tesla wants me to be doing, but the car turns off autosteer because I'm not looking down to notice the tiny little prompt.

sschaem | October 4, 2018

Implement automated vehicle QC on the factory floor. I think this can be done seamlessly via cameras
Also hire someone to check all Model X assembly quality until this is implemented. (Those seem to be the most problematic)

I would also say offer more custom options. Like paint options and trims. Tesla should at some point add a custom paint shop. I have a feeling the custom paint shop would pay for itself in the first year.

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pipansrkr | October 5, 2018

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maki808 | October 5, 2018

Can we make the glovebox lockable by providing a keypad when pressing the Glovebox button on console?

davekacz131 | October 5, 2018

I think I could get 10-20% more mileage from a Tesla. I am looking for someone to test them for free. I have 10 sets. Davekacz131@gmail free to ask more

wood.nicolas | October 7, 2018

I would like to suggest the speed limit option in the app which has passwd requirement to deactivate, can have an extra setting for when the car is parked and locked via app, which can be set to speed zero, so that only the person with the actual phone linked to the app can deactivate this feature and allow the car to move by approaching the car.

Also what about an option to get an alert if the car is unlocked somehow and the geo location of the phones linked to the car are more than x feet from the vehicle. | October 28, 2018

I drive my tesla for 5 months now. I find it sometimes annoying that I have to click the settings screen to make it disappear each time I have made a change in my settings, e.g. in audio settings, climate, controls and all sub-menues in controls/settings.

It would be even more convenient if the settings screen would disappear automatically after say 5 sec or if there would be an option to set it to disappear automatically after a certain time.

virusu9610 | November 4, 2018

Since we discuss it here I'd suggest improving their forum, for example. That's not that user-friendly to my mind. By the way, machine learning is trendy and promising nowadays They can implement such technologies to improve user experience.

wisam.alrawi | November 4, 2018

Tesla user feedback is the biggest thing that can help Tesla improve their software/hardware (listening to their customers). The lack of such thing is just mind boggling.
Suggest "Send Feedback" after tapping on the big letter T where you get About section. This is similar to how Android does it. Also adding there some information on other venues for feedback would be nice.
I agree with the OP that having a dedicated forum for suggestions or improvements is needed.

Dowdenam | November 4, 2018

With it starting to get cooler in my area I try to keep my car plugged in and schedule charging so that it finish just before I leave in the morning. From what I read this helps pre-heat the battery so that I don’t get reduced regent or the snowflake. Seems to me that there should be a way to schedule this so you would just input when you want charging to end. The car knows what soc it is at and what charging current is available should just be some simple math to get fairly close to perfect.

teamchevy8 | November 4, 2018

I dont know if I am blind and cant find it, but would love a forum search button. That way I can easily find answers to questions/answers and not duplicate multiple posts. With that said do love having a forum to look at what everyone is saying.

291775633.r | November 5, 2018

@teamchevy8 absolutely agree with you. It seems that all tesla copywriters have forgotten about their forum. I think you need to add feedbacks from your company, also this "Forum" button.
You can add some java-plugins to make the forum more interactive. they can make it successfully. You can see some featured projects on java at this page.

jimglas | November 5, 2018