Introducing the Tesla Fleet API: a giant leap forward for car connectivity.

As the EV landscape evolves, Jedlix continues its commitment to driving renewables forward through our smart charging solutions. In this article, we delve into our latest Tesla changes: incorporating the new Fleet API and Virtual Key requirements. Join us as we explore the implications of this new integration for both Tesla owners and the future of sustainable mobility!

Transitioning to the New Tesla Fleet API and Virtual Key with Jedlix

As a long-standing smart charging partner of Tesla, Jedlix was among the first adopters of the newly released Fleet API. Earlier this year, we integrated the Tesla Fleet API and recently we've also incorporated the new virtual key set-up.

This transition introduces two additional steps to Tesla drivers’ onboarding experience:

  • Data permissions: Drivers now have visibility into various data groups they can choose to share with third parties. Although we only show the data groups that are needed for smart charging, this brings clarity and transparency to an otherwise opaque data-sharing process.
  • Virtual Key: Unlike the Virtual Key used for sharing vehicles with friends or family members, the Virtual Key generated for the smart charging service, also known as ‘Fleet Key’, opens the doors solely for charging management purposes. This step provides drivers with clarity and control over which third parties can access specific car functionalities.

While our collaboration with Tesla involved sharing concerns about the new API, their responsiveness in addressing them shows their commitment to convenient, user-centric solutions. For example, now even company/lease car drivers (a significant portion of Tesla's European fleet) can generate a third-party Virtual Key!

As part of these updates, you may have been prompted to reconnect your Tesla to our Smart Charging app. This was necessary to get you started in the new Fleet API, but also to allow you to generate a Smart Charging Virtual Key.

Why the change?

With growing concerns about privacy and data security, many car brands are adjusting how third parties interact with vehicle data. In this particular case, Tesla has increased drivers' control over who has access to which car data.

The decision to transition to the new Tesla API comes with several benefits and changes:

  1. Enhanced Security and Transparency: Thanks to the new Tesla Partner’s program, drivers have greater insight and control over their data and privacy when authorizing third-party access, such as for smart charging. Additionally, there's now a new method to grant access when the driver isn't the direct owner of the car (mostly seen with leased vehicles).
  2. Improved data: The new API works on a push-based mechanism, making it more efficient and responsive. This reduces the need for frequent polling of the vehicle to obtain car data.
  3. Even more control: With these new requirements, drivers can now revoke consent for the data being shared or remove third-party Virtual Keys directly from their car or Tesla app whenever they see fit! Instructions to revoke consent or remove the Virtual Key can also be found in this article.

How does it work?

To avoid any disruptions in your smart charging experience, it is good to ensure your car connection is done right the first time around. While the connection process is designed to be user-friendly, it's good to keep some key aspects in mind:

Read our user FAQ: We've provided detailed information about the new Tesla API, including which data is requested (and why) during the connection process. You can access the article here for step-by-step guides.

Pay attention if you drive a company/leased car: If you drive a company or leased car, ensure you follow the additional instructions provided in the FAQ. This step is crucial to ensure a successful transition. After connecting, it is possible to track and validate the connection status in our app and partner platforms.

As Tesla continues to lead the way in the EV industry, it sets a standard we hope others will follow. The upcoming EU regulations on data access further emphasize the importance of Tesla's proactive approach. This trend towards transparency and accountability promises a positive shift in the EV landscape, benefiting both car OEMs and their drivers.

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