The Official “CJKV” Chariot

My wife and I own a pair of identically-configured Tesla Model 3 EVs (electric vehicles). Mine is Pearl White with a white interior, and bears a California Snoopy Plate that is personalized with the four letters CJKV. See above. It is my “CJKV” Chariot. My wife’s one is Red with a black interior, and bears a sequential California Snoopy Plate. Both are the Long Range Dual Motor All-Wheel Drive configuration that has an advertised range of 310 miles and goes from zero to 60 mi/h (100 km/h) in a mere four seconds. The instant acceleration—at any speed—never gets old.

Like the Source Han and Noto CJK typefaces whose fonts were built in and released to our planet from California, the same is true of our Teslas. Both were built at the nearby factory in Fremont. We took delivery of our first one, the Pearl White one, at the Fremont Delivery Hub on 2018-09-25. We ordered the Red one on 2018-12-14, which was delivered to our home in San José on 2018-12-18.

Um, so why is there a CJK Type Blog article about this? Software Version 2019.12.1, which was released at the end of April, added support for a multilingual UI for the in-vehicle display. Included was support for Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese for Taiwan, Traditional Chinese for Hong Kong, Japanese, and Korean. Sounds vaguely familiar, right? Source Han Sans (and, by extension, Source Han Mono) and Noto Sans CJK support those five languages, and would serve as an excellent UI font. I observed some issues with their current UI fonts for those languages, which prompted me to submit a suggestion to Tesla in early May to consider using Source Han Sans or Noto Sans CJK, so I have my fingers crossed that their engineers will consider it.

In related news, I was on vacation for the past two weeks, and used the opportunity to drive to Hot Springs, South Dakota in my Tesla Model 3 for the first time. My parents live there, and I visit at least twice a year. I started driving on 2019-06-23, and arrived shortly before noon the next day. I Supercharged in Rocklin (CA), Truckee (CA), Lovelock (NV), Winnemucca (NV), Elko (NV), West Wendover (NV), Tooele (UT), Evanston (WY), Rock Springs (WY), Rawlins (WY), Wheatland (WY), Lusk (WY), and Custer (SD). Most of the Supercharger sessions lasted only about 20 minutes, which enabled me to get to the next Supercharger station. This is referred to as the “Splash & Dash” technique. I started driving back to California on 2019-07-05, and I used the same Supercharger stations except that I didn’t use the Custer (SD) one, and used the Roseville (CA) one instead of the Rocklin (CA) one. The photo below was taken at the Tesla Supercharger in Tooele, Utah on 2019-07-05:

I spent the better part of this morning completely cleaning my Model 3, whose front end and side mirrors were caked with bugs:

The image at the beginning of this article shows the state of the front end at the Tesla Supercharger in Truckee, California on the morning of 2019-07-06.

If you ever have an opportunity to ride in or drive a Tesla, particularly the Model 3, I strongly advise that you do not turn it down. There is a reason why we own two of them.

P.S. There is a non-zero chance that the next “CJKV” Chariot will be the forthcoming Tesla Roadster, but that may take a few years.

P.P.S. Almost two years ago, while driving the former “CJKV” Chariot, a 2016 Mazda CX-5 AWD, back from South Dakota, I spotted another California license plate that was personalized with the letters “CJTV.” Sadly, it wasn’t a Snoopy Plate. See this tweet.


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