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Tesla is always full of surprises. Tesla updates are just about as common as iPhone updates these days. These updates can come in the form of much-needed software patches or goofy add-ons. Not only does Tesla create some of the coolest electric vehicles on the market, but it also creates the most complicated EVs.

Newest round of tricks and treats

Tesla interior | Christian Charisius/picture alliance via Getty Images

Tesla comes out with new features more frequently than any automaker. The Palo Alto, California-based electric car and clean energy company likes to interact with its customer base as frequently as possible. The automaker has even added new features to its vehicles solely based on tweets from consumers. From Dog Mode and Arcade Mode to Bioweapon Defense Mode, Tesla features are unparalleled at this point.

Constantly unveiling new tweaks and updates is also a great way for the automaker to stay in headlines. According to Electrek, this latest round of tricks and treats for Tesla drivers introduced Car Wash Mode and brought Disney+ into the cabins of Teslas. Car Wash Mode simply preps your Tesla for a ride through the car wash.

A range display update now displays both distance units and battery percentage, similar to how a cell phone can display battery capacity in multiple ways. The dashcam was also updated to record key events like an accident in case evidence is needed. This round of updates added Russian, Romanian, and Hungarian to Tesla’s extensive list of languages recognized by its software.

Is owning a Tesla expensive?

A white 2021 Tesla Model X driving down a highway.
2021 Tesla Model X | Tesla

Considering the frequent updates and the novelty of some of Tesla’s EVs, one would assume Tesla ownership is pricey. Tesla ownership started off extremely expensive. It is growing to be more affordable as the automaker focuses on making its lineup more accessible to average citizens. Tesla’s first vehicles were luxury performance electric vehicles. Today it is leaning more toward creating affordable commuter cars and SUVs.

Tesla insurance is expensive, rivaled only by BMW insurance. Its repair prices can be downright outrageous. Tesla ownership is expensive, but the infrastructure behind Tesla ownership reduces long-term costs for drivers. For one, the Tesla Supercharger network makes EV refueling cheaper than gas engine refueling and almost as convenient.

Tesla is also drastically reducing prices with new models. The Tesla Model 3 and Model Y are the cheapest and most popular models thus far. Both vehicles cost under $40,000 (when Tesla prices aren’t fluctuating) and are eligible for federal and local electric vehicle tax incentives. Based on the company’s current progression, Tesla ownership will gradually become more affordable until Tesla models are ubiquitous.

How long do Tesla batteries last?

A powertrain with an electric motor and battery of a VW ID.3 electric cars at the Volkswagen factory on July 31, 2020.
An electric car powertrain | Jens Schlueter via Getty Images

Tesla batteries are designed to outlive conventional gas-powered automobile transmissions, but few models have been around long enough to test the company’s bold claims. Tesla has been notoriously clever with its phrasing when it comes to advertising vehicle capabilities. Some Tesla models have racked up over 400,000 miles, but with that high mileage came repair fees equivalent to a new compact car’s purchase price. Tesla batteries can last for extremely long times when put to the test, but the repair fees make long-term ownership a hassle.


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