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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 (July-2018 update)

ACAir Conditioning (HVAC is the preferred acronym)
ACAlternating Current
ACCAdaptive Cruise Control
AhAmperage for an hour at a specific voltage
AP1Autopilot 1 (software and hardware prior to AP2)
AP2Autopilot 2 (software and hardware after AP1)
APPAutoPilot (Internal)
AWDAll-Wheel Drive
BCMBody Control Module
BEVBattery Electric Vehicle
BMBBattery Management Board
BMSBattery Management System
CANController Area Network (a data bus within a vehicle)
CCCruise Control
CDCoefficient of Drag, and occasionally the Center Display (MCU)
CHCup Holder
CHAdeMOCHArge de MOve, a trade name of a DC charger standard
CIDCenter Instrument Display
CO2Carbon Dioxide Gas
CPCharge Port
CPUCentral Processing Unit
DADriver Assistance
DASDriver Assistance System (i.e. Autopilot)
DCDirect Current
DESDelivery Experience Specialist – A Tesla employee who reviews the car’s operation with a new owner
DIDrive Inverter
DRLDaytime Running Lights
DSDelivery Specialist
EAPEnhanced Autopilot
ECUElectronic Control Unit
EPAEnvironmental Protection Agency
EPASElectrically Powered Assisted Steering
EPBElectric Parking Brake
EPBLElectric Parking Brake Left
EPBRElectric Parking Brake Right
ESAExtended Service Agreement – Similar to an extended warranty, it provides parts/labor coverage beyond the first 4 years/50K miles
ESPElectronic Stability Program (sometimes called ASC – Active Stability Control)
EUEuropean Union
EVElectric Vehicle
EVSEElectric Vehicle Supply Equipment – A unit between the AC supply and an EV for charging
FCFast Charge (i.e DC charging via Supercharger)
FDFalcon Doors (Model X)
FOBElectronic Key (not really an acronym)
FSDFull-Self Driving
FWDFront Wheel Drive (although some use it for Falcon Wing Doors)
GFGigaFactory (for battery production)
GPSGlobal Positioning System
GPUGraphics Processing Unit
hpHorse Power
HPCHigh Power Charger (for Roadster)
HPWCHigh Power Wall Connector, now just called Wall Connector
HQHeadquarters (as in Tesla’s HQ)
HSPA+Evolved High-Speed Packet Access (for wireless broadband)
HVHigh Voltage
HVPHigh Voltage Protect
HW1Hardware 1 (referring to Autopilot S/X hardware prior to HW2)
HW2Hardware 2 (referring to Autopilot S/X hardware after Oct-2016)
HW2.5Hardware 2.5 (referring to Autopilot S/X/3 hardware after ~Jul-2017)
HVACHeating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning
HVBHigh Voltage Battery
IBSTiBoost electromechanical brake booster system by Bosch
ICInstrument Cluster (display module and electronics)
ICEInternal Combustion Engine
ICEdWhen an ICE vehicle is parked in an EV charging stall
IECInternational Electrotechnical Commission (for European plugs)
IIHSInsurance Institute for Highway Safety (for safety ratings)
IMHOIn My Humble Opinion (often used in forums)
J/KJust Kidding (humor)
J1772AC power charging connection standard by SAE
JITJust-In-Time delivery, an inventory control system
kWKilowatt (1000 watts, a unit of electric power)
kWhKilowatt of electric power in an hour
LCDLiquid Crystal Display
LDWLane Departure Warning
LEDLight Emitting Diode
LHDLeft-Hand Drive
LINLocal Interconnect Network
LRLong-Range (For M3 with 310 miles EPA range)
LTELong-Term Evolution (referred to as a 4G data)
MCMobile Connector, previously called Universal Mobile Connector (UMC)
MCUMedia Control Unit (17″/15″ center screen unit)
MCU1Media Control Unit, Version 1 (S/X until March 2018)
MCU2Media Control Unit, Version 2 (all 3, and S/X starting in March 2018)
M3Model 3 (but also commonly used for BMW’s M3 model)
Model ☰Model 3 (used unofficially by forum members, no longer used)
MSModel S
MXModel X
MYModel Y – The preliminary name given by Elon for a SUV version of the Model 3
NADANational Automobile Dealers Association
NECNational Electrical Code – A common US standard for building wiring and electrical work
NEDRANational Electric Drag Racing Association
NEMANational Electrical Manufacturers Association (for plugs)
NEMA 14-50NEMA 50 amp AC power connection (for charging at 240 VAC, 40 amps)
NHTSANational Highway Traffic Safety Administration (for safety ratings)
NNNeural Net (relating to part of the AutoPilot software)
OAOwner Advisor, Tesla employee
OCSOccupant Classification System – used to detect weight of persons in front seats for airbag deployment
ODINDiagnostics IN service
OEMOriginal Equipment Manufacturer
OMCOwner’s Manual Companion
OTAOver-The-Air – usually in reference to software updates via wireless links
P3Performance Model 3 with 75 kWh battery
P3DPerformance Model 3 Dual Motor with 75 kWh battery
P85Performance Model S with 85 kWh battery, now discontinued
P85+Performance Plus Model S with 85 kWh battery, now discontinued
P85DPerformance Model S with 85 kWh battery and AWD/Dual motors, now discontinued
P90DPerformance Model S with 90 kWh battery and AWD/Dual motors, now discontinued
P100DPerformance Model S with 100 kWh battery and AWD/Dual motors
PCSPower Conversion System (i.e. charger)
PHEVPlug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (ICE/EV combo)
PMPedal Monitor (supervision of the pedal operation)
PSProduct Specialist – Tesla employee at galleries and stores
RADCRadar Center
RCRemote Control
RCMRestraint Control Module to control the airbags
RLSHRain/Light/Solar/Humidity sensor (pre HW2 vehicles)
RHDRight-Hand Drive (for Australia, England, Japan, etc.)
RKERemote Keyless Entry
RPMRevolutions Per Minute
RWDRear Wheel Drive
S40Model S with 60 kWh battery, software limited to 40 kWh, now discontinued
S60Model S with 60 kWh battery, discontinued, but revived June-2016, and discontinued again in March 2016
S60DModel S with 60 kWh battery and AWD/Dual motors, discontinued in March 2016
S70Model S with 70 kWh battery, discontinued in June 2016
S70DModel S with 70 kWh battery and AWD/Dual motors, discontinued in June 2016
S75Model S with 75 kWh battery, discontinued in September 2017
S75DModel S with 75 kWh battery and AWD/Dual motors
S85Model S with 85 kWh battery, now discontinued
S85DModel S with 85 kWh battery and AWD/Dual motors, now discontinued
S90DModel S with 90 kWh battery and AWD/Dual motors, now discontinued
S100DModel S with 100 kWh battery and AWD/Dual motors
SAService Advisor – Tesla employee contact for service
SAESociety of Automotive Engineers
SAE ComboCombo AC/DC charging standard by SAE
SCSuperCharger (usually)
SCService Center (sometimes)
SCCMSteering wheel Column Control Module
SemiSemi Truck introduced by Tesla in November 2017
SOCState of Charge
SoonCommonly issued by Tesla to state a timing from months to years
SRStandard Range – Model 3
SRBStandard Range Battery – Model 3
SvCService Center (to avoid confusion with SuperChargers)
SWPSubzero Weather Package
TACCTraffic Aware Cruise Control
TASTesla Air Suspension
TEA ScoreTroll 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).
TPMSTire Pressure Monitoring System
TMTesla 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.)
TMCTesla Motors Club
TMITesla Motors Inc.  (old name, now Tesla, Inc.)
TSLATesla’s Stock Symbol
UDSUniversal Diagnostics System (Tesla Internal)
UHFSUltra High Fidelity Sound
UIUser Interface
UMCUniversal Mobile Charger, now called Mobile Connector (MC)
USBUniversal Serial Bus (Connector for flash drives)
VVolts, an electrical potential
VCFRONTVehicle Controller Front on Model 3, front lights, HVAC, sensors, etc.
VCLEFTVehicle Controller Left on Model 3, steering column, left seat, left windows, left mirror, locks, etc.
VCRIGHTVehicle Controller Right on Model 3, right seat, right windows, right miror, etc.
VCSECVehicle Controller Secondary on Model 3, security, alarm, charge port, trunk, frunk, etc.
WWatts, a unit of power
WCWall Connector – previously known as HPWC
WhWatt hour, a measure of electrical energy equivalent to a power consumption of one watt for one hour.
WiFiWireless local area network
XModel X
X60DModel X with 60 kWh battery and AWD/Dual motors, now discontinued
X75DModel X with 75 kWh battery and AWD/Dual motors
X90DModel X with 90 kWh battery and AWD/Dual motors, now discontinued
X100DModel X with 100 kWh battery and AWD/Dual motors
XP90DPerformance Model X with 90 kWh battery and AWD/Dual motors, now discontinued
XP100DPerformance Model X with 100 kWh battery and AWD/Dual motors
YFFCYacht Floor Front Console

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

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