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Tesla vanity license plates – clever ideas for a personalized plate

By Kieran Burgess

When we buy a new car, we like to add those little touches that make it ours. Tesla owners are no different, except you’ll likely find a higher percentage of serious pimps among Tesla owners than other car brands.

And there are so many options. Do you want to organize the vast space of the center console more efficiently? Need to protect the trunk mats of your wet skis? Even upgraded hard drives for sentry mode and car refrigerators are available.

But all of those perks and polishes are best enjoyed by you, inside the car. What if you projected your personality around you? A custom skin or paint job is fine, but there is another way. License plates.

What better way to let your sense of humor shine through, give a gentle beating to the rowdy people following you, or make a serious point about why you went green. Let’s take a look at some of the options you might consider for a personalized plaque.

Many countries allow you to purchase a license plate with your own choice of letters and numbers. Of course, you could choose your name or something that means something to you alone.

But why not lean into the Tesla vibe with your plate and make a statement! Here are five authentic plates already there.


funny Tesla license plate

While that’s a pretty nice feeling at the best of times, the recent spike in oil and gas prices has likely made this Tesla owner more ROFL OIL than just LOL.


funny Tesla 3volved license plate

This Model 3 owner shared her new plate on Twitter and admitted she reserved the plate 2.5 years before getting her hands on the car herself. It’s a dedication to the cause: in this case, tossing out a shrewdly ambiguous statement that could be seen as an observation about the level of evolution of Tesla, EV, or EV owners. Nice twist on replacing the E with a 3, à la Model 3.


funny Tesla license plate

Continuing the “Tesla E” theme of launching the number 3 instead, this owner knows who’s responsible for this slice of happiness. I wonder if this is an appreciation for the vision and accomplishments of Elon Musk and his team, or if the car was a personal gift from Elon? ! Probably not the latter.


funny Tesla thx 3lon license plate

You don’t need to be a Certified Financial Advisor to offer this advice. This Model X owner is clearly playing the long game, in more ways than one. Looking at the healthy level of dirt on the body, that license plate is a commitment to Tesla’s go long stock strategy, and the owner doesn’t seem to be changing his advice anytime soon.


Straight to the point, if you’d rather not beat around the bush with the environmental message through gentle humor lest the message be lost, you can take inspiration from this Australian owner’s book.

Unfortunately, some people cannot get a vanity plate and are forced to use a randomly assigned plate. Where I am in Switzerland, you can choose your number from a catalog, and it seems that is also the case for @thevoltmonkey in Germany:

funny Tesla license plate - dah te514

Quite an inventive way of proclaiming that this Tesla isn’t just any old Tesla, but “Dah Tesla.”

So maybe you can see if any of these options are available in your area, or maybe you can think of other puns. Model Y owners can have fun with Y OH Y, Y BE MAD or YNOT. Or any Tesla owner might consider a pun on electricity, say, OHM RUN, PLUG IN, or SAY WATT.

There will be limits, depending on where you are. There is usually a minimum and maximum number of characters allowed. Often nothing that may seem obscene or offensive will be allowed, and there are stories of people in Canada and some US states who have retrospectively been ordered to give up their plates due to foul language or perceived discrimination against an ethnic minority group. In the UK you can’t have a Q at the start of your number (they’re reserved for kit cars) or display a number which might appear to show the car is younger than it actually is, because standard plates include the year of registration – so including ’22’ on a car made in 2020, for example.

Of course, whether you have the perfect plate or not, nothing prevents you from giving a little nod to your tastes and desires through the plate holder…

funny Tesla license plate - boost3d

Now, when the full self-driving revolution is over, will there still be a need for license plates anyway? If there are no more traffic violations and the Robotaxi fleet means an end to parking fines, do the authorities still need the plates? Or will each car be identifiable by a unique identifier broadcast by the computer?

In the meantime, enjoy these personalized plates.

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By Alex Jones

Tesla Base

Teslas, in the future, could have a century of autonomy if Tesla’s research group in Canada can turn their recent research paper into reality. Dr. Jeff Dahn and his team from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada, were working exclusively with Tesla since 2015 to develop new Li-ion batteries.

Tesla described the partnership in 2015 as follows: “Jeff Dahn is helping to develop Li-ion batteries with improved life, increased energy density and reduced cost. This collaboration is a natural fit. Whether the research team’s dream will turn into a working production battery remains to be seen, the partnership seems to have paid off.

Tesla recently renewed its contract with Dahn’s team, securing a partnership through 2026. Additionally, Dahn added Dr. Chongyin Yang and Dr. Michael Metzger to his team to further enhance the research group’s ability to file battery patents on Tesla’s behalf. Dr. Yang currently holds the Tesla Canada Research Chair. He worked in energy storage and conversion for over thirteen years, coming from the University of Maryland in the United States. Dr. Metzger, a former Bosch scientist, brings an interesting background in battery design with a focus on desalination uses.

The team recently wrote a research paper titled “Li[Ni0.5Mn0.3Co0.2]O2 as a superior alternative to LiFePO4 for long life low voltage Li-Ion cells” in the Journal of the Electrochemical Society. The document focuses on the use of a nickel-based battery (NMC) to allow for a greater number of charge cycles. The researchers specifically state that “NMC cells, especially those balanced and charged at 3.8 V, exhibit better coulombic efficiency, less capacitance loss, and higher energy density compared to LFP cells and are expected to have lifetimes close to a century at 25°C”.

Maintaining a temperature of 25°C (77°F) may be unrealistic in real world conditions. But, Teslas has the best battery thermal management systems currently available on the market. It has long been known that relatively stable temperatures lead to extended battery life.

Many would-be electric vehicle owners wonder about the life expectancy of Tesla batteries, noting that the cost of replacing a car battery can range from $12,000 to $22,000. There is no consistent answer to the question of life expectancy.

Actual Tesla battery life may be affected by factors such as temperature, discharge activity, fast charger usage, and driving habits. Tesla batteries are believed to typically last around 1,500 charge cycles. If the Tesla research team can implement the new battery design in the future, the life expectancy of the Tesla battery will indeed increase (becoming a legacy that we will pass on to our children’s children.)

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By Gabe Rodriguez Morrison

Vehicle models used in FSD Beta are coming in 2022.16

The latest beta version of FSD, version 10.12, uses more detailed car models for its visualizations, but these new vehicle models are now also added to the production software.

From 2022.16 you will see more detailed vehicles on your instrument cluster or in the center display.

These visualizations include various upgraded vehicle models, including sedans, pickups, and tractor-trailers.

Some vehicles have been completely redesigned and are more detailed than previous models.

For example, a sedan now has wheels, windows and a glass roof, instead of the previous simplistic look that resembled a Model S key fob.

There are also new bike models and a beautiful new motorcycle model.

FSD Beta 10.12 also includes open doors and turn signal animations, but these features do not appear to be in 2022.16.

Only vehicle models are currently transferred to production versions. It doesn’t seem to include anything else the betas currently detect and display, such as road edges and passable areas.

FSD Beta 10.12 will now show open doors
FSD Beta now shows turn signals

We hope Tesla will release additional visualizations and improved sensing for production versions in the future. Stay tuned for more details on FSD visualizations.

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