Tesla’s management and marketing teams must both love and dread Elon Musk’s tweets. He has over 22 million followers, so when something is announced the world knows about it with a single tweet. On the other hand, he does tend to surprise everyone by letting slip what’s coming down the line.
That’s what happened yesterday. A Tesla owner by the name of Tim Alguire tweeted about going camping and just how much stuff he and his four friends managed to fit inside a Model 3. Not only did it seat all five of them, but also carried their sleeping bags, air mattresses, camping chairs, a tent, screen-house, table, stove, lanterns, suitcase, large cooler, all their personal gear, and food. Impressive.
We’re adding a “party & camper mode” soon to S/3/X, so your car can maintain air flow, temp, selective lights, music & power devices for 48 hours or more while parked. Big batteries rock …
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 31, 2018
Elon Musk responded to the tweet pointing out how “not having a big gas guzzler engine” means there’s much more room to carry stuff as well as longer crumple zones for improved safety. But he also outed a new feature referred to as “party and camper mode.”
As usual when Musk announces a feature in a tweet, the details are sparse. However, what we do know is Tesla plans to add the ability to allow the Model 3, S, or X to maintain the same air flow, temperature, a number of lights, play music, and power devices continuously for up to 48 hours while the vehicle is parked.
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Because each Tesla has such a big battery, it can be used for other things if you don’t need to drive very far, or stop close to a recharge point. So Musk is thinking beyond the car as just a transportation device and more as a source of energy for other activities.
When will this party & camper mode be added? Your guess is as good as mine, but nothing needs to change on the vehicle in terms of equipment for it to work. That means it’s going to be a software update Tesla can deploy over the internet when it’s ready. This year, perhaps?