Tesla asks $500 to restore standard radio functions after prior $2,500 update – Roadshow

So, that is $3,000 spent complete, if you’d like your radio again.


Tesla Model S and Model X house owners who up to date to the newest upgraded infotainment programs have misplaced the power to hook up with any AM, FM and SiriusXM radio stations. Shedding these options appears odd after dropping $2,500, however Tesla has an answer: For one more $500 you’ll be able to have two of them again.

Based on Tesla upgrade notes from the automaker, it’ll begin rolling out the $500 package deal this quarter to house owners of the older Model S and Model X automobiles that misplaced commonplace and satellite tv for pc radio capabilities. The catch is there isn’t any technique to restore AM radio capabilities, so you will solely obtain FM and SiriusXM for the cash. The corporate defined the newest infotainment improve for the EVs will not be appropriate with the unique radio tuner. The $500 will get you a brand new tuner and an antenna. In Tesla’s protection, the corporate stated commonplace radio utilization is not common, so it made the chief resolution to chop the aptitude from the $2,500 improve.

The infotainment package deal improve nonetheless lets you stream music and radio stations over the web, however the radio bands are now not accessible. It additionally supplies the newest Tesla Arcade video games and Tesla Theater for Netflix, YouTube and extra, whereas the automotive will not be in Drive, after all.

Ethical of the story? Tesla giveth, nevertheless it additionally taketh away. The transfer is somewhat peculiar, however let’s be actual: Many individuals stated the identical factor when CD gamers began to vacate cockpits as streaming turned the norm during the last decade. Whereas $500 appears steep, at the very least house owners who really need radio again have the choice. And contemplating the worth of Mannequin S and Mannequin X EVs, it is most likely a drop within the bucket for many house owners.

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Sean Szymkowski