Tesla Insurance: A look at its cost and which states it's available in – Not a Tesla App

Tesla Insurance is a competitively priced insurance product that offers Tesla owners a new option.
Tesla has a unique understanding of its vehicles, technology, safety features and repair costs, which help eliminate some fees associated with traditional insurance carriers. Tesla Insurance provides a convenient monthly payment and the ability to manage claims and coverage directly through the Tesla app.
It also puts you in control, since your insurance premium is in part based on your driving habits.
The service is currently only available in select U.S. states, but it continues to expand to additional states. Tesla CEO, Elon Musk says it will also expand to Canada in the future.
Tesla Insurance is currently available to Tesla owners in the following states:
New and current Tesla owners can purchase an insurance policy in the Tesla app by tapping the profile icon located in the top-right corner and selecting ‘Get Tesla Insurance.’
If you’ve recently placed an order for a Tesla, you will need to wait until a VIN is assigned before ordering Tesla Insurance.
Tesla Insurance will not only cover Tesla vehicles but also any other vehicles you may own.
You can add additional vehicles when submitting the policy.
However, Tesla Insurance is currently limited to vehicles and Tesla does not offer home insurance or other types of insurance policies.
With Tesla Insurance you can view documents, billing, payment details and make claims all from the Tesla app.
Like other insurance companies, there are a variety of plans with varying levels of coverage depending on your needs.
Tesla collects data from the vehicle that helps assess how the vehicle is being driven.
Unlike other insurance products, Tesla does not require an additional device to be installed in the vehicle. Instead, Tesla uses features already included to determine how often the vehicle is driven, and how often the driver follows too closely or stops harshly.
This data is then used to help determine the driver’s insurance premium.
The insurance premium also factors in the vehicle model, the insuree’s location, and the distance the vehicle is driven.
Tesla Insurance users make monthly payments based on their driving behavior rather than factors typically used by other insurance providers, such as credit, age, gender, claim history and driving records.
Every insurer has different factors to determine their costs and their customers’ likelihood of getting into an accident. While Tesla Insurance could save you money, it could also cost more than alternatives available in your state.
According to Tesla, “An average driver could save between 20% to 40% and the safest drivers could save between 30% to 60%.”
Big reason to own a Tesla in the states where they offer insurance. next month insurance will be $60/month, down from 88 because of a 98 safety score maintained. Best car ever @elonmusk pic.twitter.com/fROEsx3Wfa
We’ve seen scenarios where Tesla Insurance saves someone hundreds of dollars a month, but we’ve also seen it cost significantly more than its competitors.
There are many factors that determine your insurance premium. If you’re new to Tesla or haven’t shopped around in a few years, we recommend getting a free quote from Tesla to see whether Tesla Insurance would save you money.
You can also read more about how Tesla determines your Safety Score which is used to set your insurance premium.
Tesla insurance price is insanely low. Six cars covered with two Plaids and includes my brother in the coverage for $599 per month! 9K miles/car $500 comp, $1k collision. Progressive wanted over $1k/month ??‍♂️ @elonmusk pic.twitter.com/rAWDjoxJi8
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Another new feature has landed in the Tesla app. With Tesla app 4.16.1 Tesla appears to be testing the new ‘Vehicle Range’ feature that breaks down how your vehicle used energy during its last trip and while parked.
Richard Lopes from Watts on Wheels, a fully electric car rental service in Portugal noticed Tesla is testing this feature in select regions. The new Vehicle Range feature is very similar to the new Energy App that was introduced in vehicles last year with update 2022.36.
Vehicle Range lets you view how your vehicle used energy during its last trip and while parked. Similar to the vehicle’s Energy App, Vehicle Range breaks down energy use into several categories including Driving, Climate, Elevation, Battery Conditioning and Everything Else.
If you’re already familiar with the Energy App in the car, then you can expect to see almost the same thing in the app, with a few exceptions. It appears Tesla removed a few features to presumably simplify the interface on your phone. The app appears to only allow you to view the overall expected range called ‘Trip,’ while in the vehicle you can switch between Tesla’s projected range and the rated range. The trip projection takes driving, road and environmental factors into account, such as the driving speed, road elevation, ambient temperature and the direction and speed of the wind.
The feature will be available in the Service area of the app and can be accessed by tapping Service then Vehicle Range.
Tesla app source code revealed that this feature was coming to the app in a future update, but it looks like Tesla may soon be ready to launch it for everyone.
Tesla seems to be testing this feature in select regions and vehicles only as it’s currently not available for most users. Tesla has a history of testing features in select vehicles or countries before making them available to a wider audience.
Tesla likely has this feature limited to select users based on a server-side configuration, which would allow Tesla to launch the feature at any time, however, they may also want to make fixes that may require an app update.
What’s interesting is that this feature is available on legacy Model S vehicles, which do not yet support the new Energy App feature in the vehicle.
This may mean that Tesla is not only planning to support the new Energy App in legacy vehicles but may add support in an upcoming vehicle update soon.
The Tesla Charging Twitter account got a lot of attention last September when it tweeted that owners could nominate and vote on new Supercharger locations.
The company will now be counting those votes every three months to determine the best Supercharger locations on top of the already planned spots that Tesla is building.
Tesla, which already has more than 40,000 Supercharger locations globally, is constantly opening new locations. All you have to do is follow the @teslacharging account for proof of the ever-expanding network. However, there is always a need for more, as proven this last holiday season, as several locations reported long waits to charge. This issue has been a growing trend since Tesla continues to sell vehicles in record numbers.
While Telsa allows non-Telsa owners to use its charging equipment, it only allows people who own Teslas to vote for the new locations. The process is simple. Go to: tesla.com/supercharger-voting/overview and click on Vote on Proposed Locations. That leads to a page with a map already populated with nominated locations. Zoom into the area and vote. Users are granted five votes per three-month cycle.
Also, the locations are broken up into four regions: North America, Europe, Middle East and Asia-Pacific. North America’s last winner was Big Bear Lake, California. Florida is currently dominating this cycle’s leaderboard, with four locations topping the leaderboard, including Key West, Destin, Cape Canaveral and Orlando.
There is another option on the Supercharger voting homepage. Users can suggest a location. Enter your information and the area where you’d like to see a supercharger. The company says suggestions will be reviewed but may be “excluded from voting due to minimum site requirements.” However, the new location could be added to the voting map within three months if approved.
This method is an excellent way to build out the network with the help of those who use it the most. However, more populated areas are likely to garner more votes, while other sites desperate for more charging options may have far fewer Tesla owners voting. Let us keep in mind that Tesla has a lot of data on where its vehicles are traveling, how often they need to be chargers and where they’re charging. Any gaps in coverage will hopefully be remedied in upcoming Supercharger builds.
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