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Many Tesla owners use a language that has some characteristics associated with the characteristics of Elon Musk’s company. Don’t panic, thanks to this guide you will be able to find your way through the terms and other abbreviations used.

If after reading a few messages on a forum or elsewhere, you already start to understand what the public is talking about, especially the Tesla Model Y or Model 3, this file is for you.

In addition to the language barrier that may exist between certain terms that come from English and are specific to Tesla, many abbreviations are used in France that deserve to be explained to facilitate understanding.

So we will list below Most of the terms that seem important to us to know and relate to vehicles, functions or even the Supercharger network.

Vehicles and their names

While Tesla is best known for its four flagship vehicles, the Model S, Model 3, Model X, and Model Y, there are many variants of these vehicles. You will no doubt come across the following terms in several places, and it is important to know them in order to fully understand what is being discussed.

Tesla Model S and Model X

Tesla Model S and Model X for several years a rating that easily shows the capacity of the battery. As of 2020, this is no longer the case. Next, we distinguish several ways to name the brand’s flagship cars by era.

  • A number only (eg: Model S 85) indicates a single engine version. The number corresponds to the size of the battery used, in total capacity (85 kWh for our example);
  • The number after the letter “D” (eg: Model X 75D) indicates the all-wheel drive, dual-motor version (“D” stands for Dual Motor), and the number always corresponds to the size of the battery used. ;
  • The letter “P” after the number (for example: Model S P85) indicates a performance version that is more powerful than the classic version.

Note that the Performance version can be equipped with all-wheel drive, as for example in the Tesla Model S P100D (Performance, 100 kWh battery, all-wheel drive).

Tesla Model S quilt

This convention disappeared in 2020 Tesla has stopped offering multiple battery sizes on its Model S and Model X models. The terms used since then are:

  • Long autonomy for “standard” cars replacing 100D versions;
  • Performance for 2020 versions replacing P100D versions;
  • Plaid for 2022 versions with three engines and all-wheel drive.

Thus, the naming of the models already shows their age, given that the transition took place in 2020. The 100D and P100D versions gave way to the Long Autonomy and Performance versions, then more recently the Plaid.

Tesla Model 3 and Model Y

It came after the Tesla Model S and Model X. The Tesla Model 3 and Model Y benefit from a more homogeneous name. The current range is designed as follows:

  • About 60 kWh of battery and propulsion for cars with a rear engine;
  • Long autonomy, for cars with a battery of about 75 kWh and two engines (these cars are all-wheel drive);
  • Performance with the same features as the Long Range versions, but with a more powerful rear motor.

Of course, other names were used depending on the year, but the two Long Range and Performance versions never changed names. However, the entry level can be called ” Autonomy Standard PlusBetween 2019 and 2021, and for this particular model, the abbreviation ” SR+ “.

Tesla model 3 Propulsion-3
Source: Anthony Wonner – Frandroid

Some use abbreviations for all of these models, including “LR” or “GA” for Long Range, “Prop” for Propulsion, or “Perf” for Performance. So don’t be surprised to read “TM3 SR+” here and there to designate the Tesla Model 3 Autonomy Standard Plus.

Finally, some atypical models were able to see the light of day, especially “Unicorn“ and it just fits the older, more powerful version of the Tesla Model 3 Propulsion that was previously equipped with Autonomy Standard Plus.


Fast charging of Tesla cars is, of course, carried out in various networks, but in most cases the brand’s Supercharger devices are used. Here you will find terms related to Supercharge that will help you understand what each one is talking about.

  • SuC: Stands for “Supercharger” and can sometimes be spelled “SC”;
  • SoC: in English it corresponds to “State of Charge” to indicate the battery level;
  • V2: Fits V2 Supercharger limited to 150kW;
  • V3: 250 kW latest generation Supercharger;
  • BMS: In English it stands for “Battery Management System”, a battery management system.

Program variants and abbreviations

Teslas are computers on wheels and many of the options are software only, but you still have to navigate through all the options available or available depending on the era. We currently offer three different levels of driving assistance, which we explain in detail below.

  • Autopilot: this is now standard on Tesla, combining adaptive cruise control and steering assistance;
  • Enhanced Autopilot: In addition to Autopilot, this includes Auto Exit, Autopilot Navigation;
  • Fully Autonomous Driving Capability: Along with improved Autopilot, this feature adds response to traffic lights and stop signs.
Tesla’s Autopilot no longer relies solely on cameras // Source: Tesla

These levels of driver assistance are usually named accordinglyAP, EAP and FSD. These English abbreviations simply repeat the names of the options: “AP” for Autopilot, “EAP” for Enhanced Autopilot and “FSD” for Full Self-Driving.

Note that “FSD beta” in the US is very different from what we know in Europe, we also have a special file on this topic.


Especially in forums and social networks, we come across a lot of abbreviations related to vehicles and the Tesla universe. Below we list the most common ones and their meaning;

  • For DC, Delivery Center: Tesla delivery center;
  • Frunk – Trunk: refers to front trunk and rear trunk respectively;
  • HW3, for Hardware 3: refers to the autonomous driving computer installed in Tesla since 2019;
  • MIC – MIUS – MIG: literally made in China, made in USA, made in Germany. These acronyms are used to indicate the vehicle’s manufacturing plant;
  • For OTA, Over The Air: they were talking about a car update;
  • For SC, Service Center: Tesla dealer;
  • TA, for Tesla Advisor: the person overseeing your order;
  • TV for Tesla Vision: Tesla’s camera-only driving assistance system;
  • UMC: a mobile charging connector that allows charging at a regular power outlet. In France it is sometimes referred to as “CRO” for the charging cable;
  • USS, for Ultrasonic Sensors: Ultrasonic sensors disappearing from cars in the fall of 2022.

Terms that emerge over time

Of course, having a complete list of the terms he uses enthusiasts It’s a mission impossible as new Teslas appear so often. Using all the acronyms and other definitions we explained above,sometimes you have to be able to decipher complex languageHired to discuss Elon Musk’s firm.

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