'Tesla Direct' is the program that's helping Elon Musk achieve record deliveries

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Originally published at on July 15, 2019.

The auto industry is famously complicated. Those who dare to build cars have to deal with global supply chains, government regulations and the ever-shifting vagaries of fashion. At the end of the assembly line however, lies one simple fact: to make money, you must deliver vehicles to customers. A few weeks ago, TSLA stock dropped through the floor because of doubts about deliveries. More recently, it soared back to healthy levels when the company announced a record 95,200 global deliveries for the second quarter.

Above: Tesla continues to ramp their deliveries...

Make Norway, an electric vehicle paradise, your next vacation destination

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Originally published at on July 12, 2019.

When it comes to the EV revolution, Norway continues to be a model for the world. The cold country has, ironically, become a hotspot for those in the Tesla community. According to Brett Berke in Wired, "Norway has the world’s highest purchase rates of electric vehicles... This spring, plug-in electric vehicles outsold gas and diesel cars for the first time."

Above: Driving electric while enjoying Norway's many scenic...

A DIY Trick To Protect Against A Case Of Tesla 'Crub Rash'

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Originally published at on July 10, 2019.

It's a sinking feeling most Tesla owners are familiar with — you rush to get that last spot in a parking lot. Suddenly, you hear a scraping sound from brushing up on a curb. You know there's trouble, open the door, look down, and there it is... a case of ugly scratched-up "curb rash" on your otherwise pristine Tesla wheels.

Above: Kim for 'Like Tesla' admits she's got a bad habit of scuffing her Model X wheels (Instagram: liketeslakim)

Scuffing or scraping your rims may lower your Tesla's resale value, look unsightly, or worse — cost you unnecessary time and money...

Over 500 electric cars are first to cross Montreal's new Champlain Bridge [Video]

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Originally published at on July 8, 2019.

Over 500 electric cars enjoyed the honor of being the first to cross the Samuel de Champlain Bridge in Montreal, Canada which opened at 5:00 am on Monday, June 24th. This special bridge-crossing EV parade was organized by Club Tesla Quebec and AVEQ.

Above: Over 500 electric cars gather at the Samuel de Champlain Bridge in Montreal before 5:00 am on Monday, June 24th (Photo: Ian Pavelko / Twitter)

A large meetup of about 520 EV owners (and enthusiasts) gathered at the location before the opening and were the first ones to...

Tesla Negotiates a Tight Corner - Will It Stick?

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Originally published at on July 6, 2019.

After a disappointing first quarter, which saw deliveries drop 31% compared to the previous quarter, Tesla recovered nicely and got back on track during the second quarter of 2019.

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Tesla broke the all-time-high delivery record set during the fourth quarter of 2018 by delivering 95,200 units in the second quarter of 2019. What’s even more heartening is the electric car maker sold a reasonable 17,650 Model S and Model X during this period.


Measuring electric vehicle efficiency: What is MPGe?

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Originally published at on July 5, 2019.

Electric vehicles offer large cost savings over traditional gasoline-burning vehicles. That’s simply because electric vehicles use electricity as fuel instead of gasoline. Electricity is much cheaper than gasoline, making it much cheaper to recharge a car than to refill a car.

Above: Tesla's Model S (Instagram: Current Automotive)

A lesser-known fact contributing to the low cost of driving an electric vehicle is their efficient use of energy. That is, how much energy makes it to the wheels versus being lost as wasted heat.

Most internal combustion engines operate at less than 40% thermal efficiency. That...

Arguing from edge cases and other varieties of anti-electric car misinformation

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Originally published at on July 1, 2019.

Every new technology has its detractors, and some of these people are willing to indulge in fantastic flights of fancy to support their arguments that the new tech won’t work, or will never catch on. A recent exchange of ideas on Quora highlighted some of the most common forms of denial, specious logic and misinformation that the enemies of electric vehicles use to seed the public discourse with fear, uncertainty and doubt. (Strange as it may seem today, those of us of a certain age remember when many strikingly similar arguments were used against the internet, mobile computing and other advances.)...

UK's CAR Magazine: Tesla Model 3 'feels like a breakthrough car'

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Originally published at on June 28, 2019.

As Model 3 begins to appear on the UK's streets, local automotive news outlets are publishing their reviews of Tesla's highly-anticipated electric vehicle. One such publication, CAR Magazine, just released a written review and provocative video about Tesla's lower-priced, smaller sedan.

Above: It turns out that Tesla's Model 3 had already graced the cover of UK's CAR Magazine (Image: CAR Magazine)

What were some of the key takeaways according to the...

Shorting Tesla isn't just a bad bet, it's anti-American

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Originally published at on June 30, 2019.

There's quite a bit of vitriol among those investors shorting Tesla. Some want to make a quick buck. Others are betting the American automaker goes belly-up. And they're proud to do so. Does this make any sense? No it doesn't, according to a computer systems engineer, Mick Ronson, who's bullish on Tesla.

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Ronson recently wrote a fascinating post (via Medium), 8 Reasons Why...

Supercar Smackdown: Tesla's next-gen Roadster EV vs. Ferrari's SF90 Stradale PHEV

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Originally published at on June 26, 2019.

Ferrari has taken an important baby step towards electrification with their latest production supercar, the Ferrari SF90 Stradale plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) — with three electric motors (2 at the front, one at the rear axle) coupled with a V8 engine — which goes from 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 2.5 secs. Meanwhile, with a pure electric drivetrain, the next-gen Tesla Roadster prototype does it in 2.1 secs.

Side-by-Side: Ferrari SF90 Stradale PHEV and next-gen Tesla Roadster BEV (Source: Ferrari and Tesla)

Since Ferrari did not provide the 0-60 mph numbers, the comparison needs to be 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h)...

Why Tesla Model 3 is the safest car on the planet [Video]

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Originally published at on June 25, 2019.

As most Tesla fans already know, Tesla’s vehicles are just about the safest on the road. Model 3 is the safest car ever tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which judged Tesla’s newest car to have the lowest probability of injury in a collision of any of the over 900 cars it has tested. In second place is Model S, and in third - you guessed it - Model X.

Above: Crash testing with the Tesla Model 3 (Image: NHTSA)

This sounds like, and is, an incredible achievement. How can a young company like Tesla be building cars that are safer than models from such industry giants as Volvo, Mercedes and Subaru, which have been famous...

Inside the Twitter turf war over Tesla and Elon Musk

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Originally published at on June 23, 2019.

Why has Twitter become such a battleground over Tesla? Amit Katwala writes in Wired UK, "There’s no reason why a car company should be so divisive, but the warring tribes of Tesla fans and [Tesla haters] speak to human nature, the cult of celebrity, and the polarising impact of the social media echo chamber." Others believe it gets to something deeper. More on that in a moment.

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"It’s partly down to Musk himself, who has built a strong cult of personality with his involvement...

Electric vehicles finally start to appear in TV commercials

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Originally published at on June 21, 2019.

For years, those of us who write about the electric vehicle industry have been citing the lack of ads for EVs as evidence that automakers aren’t serious about selling them. So now that Jaguar and Audi have started airing some commercials for their new EVs, it’s only fair that we call attention to their efforts.

Above: Jaguar I-PACE ad (Source: Charged via Jaguar)

Several TV campaigns have referred to EVs over the years, but until recently most of...

Germany's electric vehicle competition could help to accelerate Tesla's growth

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Originally published at on June 19, 2019.

Tesla naysayers often tout electric cars from legacy automakers as an imminent threat to the American automaker. And Neil Winton in Forbes reports, "Investors in Tesla have long been nervous about the fate of the company when German carmakers like Mercedes, BMW, Audi and Porsche arrive late but well prepared in the electric car game." However, "According to Berenberg Bank, this could benefit the upstart American company."

Above: Tesla Model X, Audi e-Tron, and Jaguar I-PACE (Image...

Where in the world is it cheapest to charge a Tesla? [Infographic]

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Originally published at on June 18, 2019.

The rates utilities charge for electricity vary wildly across different parts of the world, just as gas prices do. However, electric vehicles are cheaper to operate on a per-mile basis just about everywhere, thanks to the electric motor’s far greater efficiency, and to the fact that regions with high electricity prices also tend to have high gas prices. A very rough rule of thumb is that driving an EV should cost about a third of what driving a comparable legacy vehicle does.

Above: Charging at a Tesla Supercharger (Image: Tesla)

A fun infographic from the UK site...

Automotive Design: Tesla and other carmakers plan for 'ACES' in the future

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Originally published at on June 17, 2019.

The automobile has always been a very dynamic product. Since cars came into widespread use in the early 20th century, almost everything about them has been constantly (albeit slowly) changing. Over the decades, vehicles have become more reliable, more powerful and more efficient, and a continuous stream of new features has made them more comfortable (AC, adjustable seats), more convenient (keyless entry, cruise control, GPS) and safer (from seat belts to airbags to collision-avoidance systems).

Above: Tesla's Model 3 (Instagram: pichutesla)

Meanwhile, the appearance of our cars has gone...

A Father's Day tribute to a very special Tesla Dad

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Originally published at on June 16, 2019.

I decided to move to South Florida from the Big Apple. It was 2011, and I just got married. I was also (soon after) blessed with a beautiful baby girl. My life was changing, fast. One day, at my parents house, my father called me into his office. He was amped. He pointed, enthusiastically, at the computer screen and said, "Check out this new car! I'm going to get one. It's called a Tesla."

Above: After owning his Tesla Model S for a few years, Roger made the switch to a Model 3 (Image: EVANNEX)

A what? I said, "Isn't that the new Maserati?" He shook his head, "No, it's a Tesla Model S. And it's electric." Whoa...

Slowly but surely, EVs are displacing gasoline, and renewables are replacing fossil fuels

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Originally published at on June 11, 2019.

As every Tesla driver knows, electric vehicles are more reliable, more convenient, cheaper to operate, safer and more fun to drive than legacy vehicles. However, the most important reason for the transition to electric driving is to reduce the use of polluting petroleum products. As EVs proliferate, consumption of gasoline is expected to fall. It’s still very early days, but that trend is already observable.

Source: DOE / Argonne National Laboratory's...

Does the media have it backwards when it comes to Tesla and fires?

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Originally published at on June 9, 2019.

It’s human nature to worry much more about spectacular threats than about more quotidian perils - for example, people tend to be terrified of terrorist attacks, but cavalier about car crashes, although on an intellectual level they know that the latter is more likely to lead to their demise. When you add a new technology to the storyline, especially one that threatens to disrupt established economic interests, then peoples’ fear (to say nothing of uncertainty and doubt) kicks into high gear.

Above: Fire and flames were once used, ironically, as a decorative element on classic cars (Flickr: Paul...

Alligator-like adversaries work overtime to reverse the rise of Tesla and Elon Musk [Infographic]

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Originally published at on June 6, 2019.

Many have wondered why the mainstream press coverage of Tesla is so relentlessly negative. Someone who wasn’t familiar with the company, glancing at a typical day’s headlines, might imagine that Tesla is a company that uses child labor to manufacture chemical weapons to sell to terrorists, rather than one that builds universally-admired cars in American factories with the goal of reducing air pollution and making the roads safer.

Above: Tesla's Model S (Photo: Marc Talloen / One Step Off the Grid)...​