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Acronyms and Abbreviations

Here are many of the acronyms and abbreviations you’ll see on our site and commonly used at Tesla and on various forums (Mar-2019 update)

AC Air Conditioning (HVAC is the preferred acronym)
AC Alternating Current
ACC Adaptive Cruise Control
Ah Amperage for an hour at a specific voltage
Amps Amperage/Current
Ant Antenna
AP AutoPilot (software option in cars after 28-Feb-2019)
AP1 Autopilot 1 (software and hardware prior to AP2)
AP2 Autopilot 2 (software and hardware after AP1)
APP AutoPilot (Tesla Internal)
AWD All-Wheel Drive
BCM Body Control Module
BEV Battery Electric Vehicle
BMB Battery Management Board
BMS Battery Management System
CAFE Corporate Average Fuel Economy
CAN Controller Area Network (a data bus within a vehicle)
CARB California Air Resources Board
CC Cruise Control
CCC Courage, Clarity and Confidence (opposite of FUD)
CD Coefficient of Drag, and occasionally the Center Display (MCU)
CH Cup Holder
CHAdeMO CHArge de MOve, a trade name of a DC charger standard
CID Center Instrument Display
CMP Compressor
CO2 Carbon Dioxide Gas
CP Charge Port
CPU Central Processing Unit
D Dual Motor (AWD)
DA Driver Assistance
DAS Driver Assistance System (i.e. Autopilot)
DC Direct Current
DES Delivery Experience Specialist – A Tesla employee who reviews the car’s operation with a new owner
DI Drive Inverter
DRL Daytime Running Lights
DS Delivery Specialist
EAP Enhanced Autopilot, discontinued for new orders after 28-Feb-2019; More rare, EAP = Early Access Program
ECU Electronic Control Unit
EM Elon Musk
EPA Environmental Protection Agency
EPAS Electrically Powered Assisted Steering
EPB Electric Parking Brake
EPBL Electric Parking Brake Left
EPBR Electric Parking Brake Right
ESA Extended Service Agreement – Similar to an extended warranty, it provides parts/labor coverage beyond the first 4 years/50K miles
ESP Electronic Stability Program (sometimes called ASC – Active Stability Control)
EU European Union
EV Electric Vehicle
EVSE Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment – A unit between the AC supply and an EV for charging
FC Fast Charge (i.e DC charging via Supercharger)
FD Falcon Doors (Model X)
FOB Electronic Key (not really an acronym)
FSD Full-Self Driving
FUD Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt – often evoked intentionally in order to confuse.
FWD Front Wheel Drive; often also used for Falcon Wing Doors on Model X
GF GigaFactory (for battery production)
GPS Global Positioning System
GPU Graphics Processing Unit
GTW Gateway
hp Horse Power
HPC High Power Charger (for Roadster)
HPWC High Power Wall Connector, now just called Wall Connector
HQ Headquarters (as in Tesla’s HQ)
HSPA+ Evolved High-Speed Packet Access (for wireless broadband)
HV High Voltage
HVP High Voltage Protect
HW1 Hardware 1 (referring to Autopilot S/X hardware prior to HW2)
HW2 Hardware 2 (referring to Autopilot S/X hardware after Oct-2016)
HW2.5 Hardware 2.5 (referring to Autopilot S/X/3 hardware after ~Jul-2017)
HW3.0 Hardware 3.0 (referring to Autopilot S/X/3 hardware to be released in Mid-2019)
HVAC Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning
HVB High Voltage Battery
IBST iBoost electromechanical brake booster system by Bosch
IC Instrument Cluster (display module and electronics)
ICE Internal Combustion Engine
ICEd When an ICE vehicle is parked in an EV charging stall
IEC International Electrotechnical Commission (for European plugs)
IIHS Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (for safety ratings)
IMHO In My Humble Opinion (often used in forums)
IMU Inertial Measurement Unit – used to help maintain  location info when GPS is lost (i.e. tunnels, etc.)
J/K Just Kidding (humor)
J1772 AC power charging connection standard by SAE
JIT Just-In-Time delivery, an inventory control system
kW Kilowatt (1000 watts, a unit of electric power)
kWh Kilowatt of electric power in an hour
LCD Liquid Crystal Display
LDW Lane Departure Warning
LED Light Emitting Diode
LHD Left-Hand Drive
LIN Local Interconnect Network
LR Long Range (Applies to M3, S and X)
LTE Long-Term Evolution (referred to as a 4G data)
MC Mobile Connector, previously called Universal Mobile Connector (UMC)
MCU Media Control Unit (17″/15″ center screen unit)
MCU1 Media Control Unit, Version 1 (S/X until March 2018)
MCU2 Media Control Unit, Version 2 (all 3, and S/X starting in March 2018)
M3 Model 3 (but also commonly used for BMW’s M3 model)
mi miles
Model ☰ Model 3 (used unofficially by forum members, no longer used)
MR Medium Range (Model 3, now discontinued)
MS Model S
MX Model X
MY Model Y – The SUV version of the Model 3
NADA National Automobile Dealers Association
NEC National Electrical Code – A common US standard for building wiring and electrical work
NEDRA National Electric Drag Racing Association
NEMA National Electrical Manufacturers Association (for plugs)
NEMA 14-50 NEMA 50 amp AC power connection (for charging at 240 VAC, 40 amps)
NHTSA National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (for safety ratings)
NN Neural Net (relating to part of the AutoPilot software)
OA Owner Advisor, Tesla employee
OCS Occupant Classification System – used to detect weight of persons in front seats for airbag deployment
ODIN Diagnostics IN service
OEM Original Equipment Manufacturer
OMC Owner’s Manual Companion
OTA Over-The-Air – usually in reference to software updates via wireless links
P Performance, as a prefix to model name
P3 Performance Model 3 with 75 kWh battery
P3D Performance Model 3 Dual Motor with 75 kWh battery
P85 Performance Model S with 85 kWh battery, now discontinued
P85+ Performance Plus Model S with 85 kWh battery, now discontinued
P85D Performance Model S with 85 kWh battery and AWD/Dual motors, now discontinued
P90D Performance Model S with 90 kWh battery and AWD/Dual motors, now discontinued
P100D Performance Model S with 100 kWh battery and AWD/Dual motors, now called “Performance Long Range” in 2019
PCS Power Conversion System (i.e. charger)
PHEV Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (ICE/EV combo)
PM Pedal Monitor (supervision of the pedal operation)
PPU Pay Per Use, for charging either at Superchargers or other public chargers
PS Product Specialist – Tesla employee at galleries and stores
PT Pickup Truck
RADC Radar Center
RC Remote Control
RCM Restraint Control Module to control the airbags
RLSH Rain/Light/Solar/Humidity sensor (pre HW2 vehicles)
RHD Right-Hand Drive (for Australia, England, Japan, etc.)
RKE Remote Keyless Entry
RPM Revolutions Per Minute
RTFM Read the Fu.king Manual – For those who refuse to read the manual where items are clearly stated in the manual.
RWD Rear Wheel Drive
S40 Model S with 60 kWh battery, software limited to 40 kWh, now discontinued
S60 Model S with 60 kWh battery, discontinued, but revived June-2016, and discontinued again in March 2016
S60D Model S with 60 kWh battery and AWD/Dual motors, discontinued in March 2016
S70 Model S with 70 kWh battery, discontinued in June 2016
S70D Model S with 70 kWh battery and AWD/Dual motors, discontinued in June 2016
S75 Model S with 75 kWh battery, discontinued in September 2017
S75D Model S with 75 kWh battery and AWD/Dual motors, now discontinued
S85 Model S with 85 kWh battery, now discontinued
S85D Model S with 85 kWh battery and AWD/Dual motors, now discontinued
S90D Model S with 90 kWh battery and AWD/Dual motors, now discontinued
S100D Model S with 100 kWh battery and AWD/Dual motors, renamed as “Long Range Model S/X” in 2019
SA Service Advisor – Tesla employee contact for service
SAE Society of Automotive Engineers
SAE Combo Combo AC/DC charging standard by SAE
SC SuperCharger (usually)
SC Service Center (sometimes)
SCCM Steering wheel Column Control Module
Semi Semi Truck introduced by Tesla in November 2017
SOC State of Charge
Soon Commonly issued by Tesla to state a timing from months to years
SR Standard Range – Model 3, 220 miles range
SR+ Standard Range Plus – Model 3, 240 miles range
SRB Standard Range Battery – Model 3
SvC Service Center (to avoid confusion with SuperChargers)
SWP Subzero Weather Package
TACC Traffic Aware Cruise Control
TAS Tesla Air Suspension
TEA Score Troll Evaluation Alarm – indicates the likelihood of a troll providing fake news or fake information (i.e. 100% = All BS/Fake news; 50% = uncertain if true or not, 0% = not a troll).
TPMS Tire Pressure Monitoring System
TM Tesla Motors (not often used, as TM is confused with Trademark and Toyota’s stock symbol. Tesla Motors, Inc. name has been officially changed to Tesla Inc.)
TMC Tesla Motors Club
TMI Tesla Motors Inc.  (old name, now Tesla, Inc.)
TSLA Tesla’s Stock Symbol
TT TeslaTap
UDS Universal Diagnostics System (Tesla Internal)
UHFS Ultra High Fidelity Sound
UI User Interface
UMC Universal Mobile Charger, now called Mobile Connector (MC)
USB Universal Serial Bus (Connector for flash drives)
V Volts, an electrical potential
VCFRONT Vehicle Controller Front on Model 3, front lights, HVAC, sensors, etc.
VCLEFT Vehicle Controller Left on Model 3, steering column, left seat, left windows, left mirror, locks, etc.
VCRIGHT Vehicle Controller Right on Model 3, right seat, right windows, right mirror, etc.
VCSEC Vehicle Controller Secondary on Model 3, security, alarm, charge port, trunk, frunk, etc.
VIN Vehicle Identification Number (see our VIN decoder)
W Watts, a unit of power
WC Wall Connector – previously known as HPWC
Wh Watt hour, a measure of electrical energy equivalent to a power consumption of one watt for one hour.
WiFi Wireless local area network
WTF What The Fu.k- an expression of disbelief
X Model X
X60D Model X with 60 kWh battery and AWD/Dual motors, now discontinued
X75D Model X with 75 kWh battery and AWD/Dual motors, now discontinued
X90D Model X with 90 kWh battery and AWD/Dual motors, now discontinued
X100D Model X with 100 kWh battery and AWD/Dual motors
XP90D Performance Model X with 90 kWh battery and AWD/Dual motors, now discontinued
XP100D Performance Model X with 100 kWh battery and AWD/Dual motors, now called “Performance Long Range” in 2019
Y Model Y SUV, expected in late 2020
YFFC Yacht Floor Front Console
YMMV Your Mileage May Vary
ZEV Zero Emission Vehicle

Thanks go to 2Cybers and Tesla Forum members for various additions to this list.

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