While attention is focused on Tesla's ability to generate software revenue from the sale of its autopilot features, the company's ability to generate revenue from other software seems to have been overlooked.

A Chinese Tesla owner said Friday on social media that his Model Y received a push about a software package to improve acceleration performance.

The information shows that the owner can shorten the vehicle's 0-100 km/h acceleration time from 5 seconds to 4.4 seconds by paying RMB 14,100 ($2,190).

Tesla allows Model Y owners in China to pay to boost their vehicles' power-CnEVPost

Tesla allows Model Y owners in China to pay to boost their vehicles' power-CnEVPost

The owner did not specify which version of the Model Y he has, but this should be the Long Range version with dual-motor all-wheel drive.

Information on Tesla's website shows that the Long Range of the Model Y, currently priced at RMB 347,900, has a 0-100 km/h acceleration time of 5 seconds.

The Standard Range version, priced at RMB 276,000, has a 0-100 km/h acceleration time of 5.6 seconds. The Performance version, priced at RMB 377,900, is 3.7 seconds, but deliveries of that model have not yet begun.

Tesla allows Model Y owners in China to pay to boost their vehicles' power-CnEVPost

It's worth noting that Tesla's app in the Apple App Store in China got an update today, and the instructions for the update are virtually the same as they were two weeks ago.

However, on the app's home page, the new version adds "Upgrade" and "Appointment" menus. The performance enhancement package for the Model Y is in the "Upgrade" menu.

Tesla allows Model Y owners in China to pay to boost their vehicles' power-CnEVPost

(Photo source: CnEVPost)

Tesla does not currently offer this paid upgrade option for the Model 3, but only the previously offered Enhanced Autopilot (EAP) for RMB 32,000 and the Full Self-Driving (FSD) package for RMB 64,000.

Tesla allows Model Y owners in China to pay to boost their vehicles' power-CnEVPost

(Photo source: CnEVPost)

This is the first time we've seen Tesla charge for software outside of the autopilot packages.

In October 2019, Tesla had pushed out a software update for US owners that allowed for about a 5 percent increase in power and improved acceleration and performance. But at the time, Tesla did not charge for this.

Despite the attention to Tesla's FSD feature, consumers in China usually do not buy it when purchasing a car.

Compared to EAP and FSD, the latest package that allows for improved acceleration seems to be more practical and less expensive, which is expected to bring new revenue to Tesla.

CnEVPost Daily Newsletter