No, you did not misread that. Late last week, Tesla released an update for all of its vehicles that introduced a new acceleration mode for its customers. Here’s what you need to know.
Tesla has introduced updates in the past that have changed the acceleration ability of its cars. First it was “Insane” mode, which allowed its all electric vehicles to accelerate faster than when it was in “Standard” mode. Several months later, the electric vehicle company introduced “Ludicrous” mode which allowed for even faster acceleration rates. Just how fast were these two modes you ask? Well, when the “Ludicrous” was engaged Tesla’s vehicles were the quickest cars on the planet, literally. The 0-60 time was faster than any other car in current production. Now Tesla has rolled out another new mode, but this time for the completely opposite reason.
The new mode is called “Chill” mode, and it slows the acceleration curve of its incredibly fast electric vehicles. Many were talking about the seemingly high acceleration rate of the car even when it was set to “Standard” mode. Elon Musk and his team went to work and published this new mode. Tesla says that “Chill” mode is, “ideal for smoother driving and a gentler ride for your passengers”. The Model S, X and 3 all have “Valet” mode which limits the car’s capability, but the driver cannot exceed 30 MPH which doesn’t make it a permanent fix for everyday driving.
This move just shows another reason why Tesla is ahead of the game. By being able to update its vehicles software, Elon Musk and the Tesla team can take direct feedback from its customers and make real world changes. This alone has customers sticking around. List another car company that does this! Recently, a Tesla customer began a conversation with Musk on Twitter to work on having the steering wheel move up when the car is in park, and return to the same spot when the driver gets into the car. Musk quickly responded on Twitter, and acknowledged the request, and said that it had been on the team’s radar and that a future update would implement that feature!
What are your thoughts about the new “Chill” mode, and Musk’s choice to acknowledge customer’s issues in such a true fashion? Do you own a Tesla? If so, what would you like to see fixed? Let myself and other readers know below!