Beyond Tesla Software Updates: Accessories That Can Improve Your Tesla

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Originally posted on EVANNEX.

It’s a thrilling feeling when you take delivery of your first Tesla. There’s that new car smell, the serene silence of having no internal combustion engine, the ultra-smooth acceleration, the addictive torque when you stomp on the accelerator. However, looking at your perfect, new, all-electric machine might leave you feeling a little nervous.

Yes, you can get that ‘T’ to light up (Image: EVANNEX)

Why? Because no matter how careful you are, a new Tesla might become less than perfect with all the typical wear and tear that’s inflicted after owning any car for some time. Granted, Tesla is always making its cars better with software updates. However, I submit (ahem, I may be a bit biased) that accessories can improve a Tesla more than software updates.

Sure, software updates are free. And, yes, software updates can even improve a Tesla’s range and performance. But sometimes, sometimes a hardware upgrade (part or accessory) proves helpful. On this subject, some of the best advice surfaces on social media — especially YouTube — as Tesla owners share tips and tricks to improve their cars.

So what can you do to protect your Tesla? Well … actually, quite a lot. Scraping or scuffing your wheels may lower resale value, look messy, or worse. You can avoid this with some careful parking and (just in case) extra rim protection. And while driving, why fumble around with plugging your phone into a hard-to-reach USB port — just lay it down on a wireless Qi charger.

Can a Tesla suffer from seasonal affective disorder? Sure. With summer around the corner, your car should stay cool with sunshades. Come winter, all-weather floor mats can defend against snow, sleet, and mud that might mess up your Tesla’s floor. Regardless of the season, a car cover can protect against the elements.

Elon’s Musk air freshener (Image: EVANNEX)

Want to bring your dog on the next Tesla road trip? A rear seat pet cover can help protect your vegan leather while a software update, like Dog Mode, can protect your pet. Okay, so maybe software updates are better. Then again, software can’t replicate that new car smell. For that you’ll need an air freshener, Elon’s Musk, to make your car smell like the world’s hardest working billionaire.

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Matt Pressman

Matt is all about Tesla. He’s a TSLA investor, and he loves driving the family's Model 3, Model S, and Model X company cars. As co-founder of EVANNEX, a family business specializing in aftermarket Tesla accessories, he’s served as a contributor/editor of Electric Vehicle University (EVU) and the Owning Model S and Getting Ready for Model 3 books. He writes daily about Tesla and you can follow his work on the EVANNEX blog.

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