Tesla vehicles offer a variety of secret features known as "Easter Eggs" that must be unlocked. "Easter egg" refers to a hidden feature in video games that allows players to access secret features or special content. Tesla uses easter eggs in the same way - they aren't important functions that the company purposefully withheld from you, but rather fun novelty elements that reward people who are dedicated to learning all their EV can do.
There are quite a lot of Tesla Easter Eggs but we've just listed 5 to get you started:
Bond. James Bond.
If you want to pretend you’re 007 then you can use your Tesla as a Lotus submarine and lower or raise the suspension of the vehicle as if you’re submerging or elevating out the water. Remember you’re not really in a submarine but it’s a fun little feature.
This easter egg inspired by James Bond can be activated by pressing the Tesla logo located above the infotainment screen and holding it for 5 seconds. Next you’ll be prompted to enter the access code. Input 007 and the Lotus submarine appears on screen with options to adjust the vehicle’s suspension.
Flashing Light Show
I believe we can all agree that charging your electric vehicle isn't the most enjoyable aspect of owning a Tesla. This easer egg, on the other hand, makes charging your electric vehicle a little more fun and quirky.
When you turn on this feature, the charge port light changes colours to lighten up your charging experience. All of the hues of the rainbow will cycle through the charge port light. Quickly press the charge port control button on the charger handle 10 times while the Tesla vehicle is plugged in.
Model X Orchestra
This is quite a sight to behold! This is a Model X-only feature that requires a few steps to activate, but once you do, it's well worth the effort. Your automobile will play the Trans-Siberian Orchestra's Wizards in Winter, put on a light show, and even open and close its doors in time with the music.
Press and hold the Tesla logo for 5 seconds (located on top of the infotainment screen). You will be asked to enter an access code. Type in "ModelXmas" and pressing the OK button. The following message appears: "The show will begin after you exit the car, close all doors and press the lock button on the key. The show requires 6 feet of space above and around the vehicle." Follow the instructions and enjoy the show!
Everyone could use a little holiday cheer now and then, and this feature offers it in spades. This amusing easter egg has a physical graphic as well as an audio component. There are also two versions, one with a traditional Christmas song and the other with a humorous Christmas tune.
Use the voice command "Ho Ho Ho" and the traditional Run Rudolph Run by Chuck Berry will play inside of the vehicle. If you use the “Ho Ho Ho Not Funny" voice command, Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer will play inside of the vehicle instead. A snow effect emerges over the car image on the screen display while driving or in park. When the car is parked, the image of Santa Claus on his sleigh replaces the image of the car. When you use the turn signal, you'll hear sleigh bells in addition to the standard turn signal sound.
Word of caution: The music volume is fairly loud and cannot be adjusted.
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
In Douglas Adams' science fiction comedy, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, "42" is determined to be the "Ultimate Answer to Life, the Universe, and Everything". Although we don’t know what the Ultimate Question is to that.
So, if you’re feeling philosophical, you can change the name of your car to "Life, the Universe, and Everything". The name of the car appears in the top right corner of the About your Tesla menu accessed by pressing the Tesla logo at the top of the screen display. When you tap the car name it shows a text box to name the vehicle. Enter the number 42 and press Save.