Tesla just created the ultimate mobile man cave

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Originally published at on October 12, 2019.

Tesla, the Silicon Valley company mostly known for innovation related to self-driving tech and vehicle electrification just evolved into something far bigger in the past month. A lifestyle? Well, kind of. With the latest v10 software update, Elon Musk and company have created the ultimate mobile man cave.


Above: Trevor Page lounging in a Tesla Model 3 (Source: CleanTechnica via Tesla Owners Online)

Okay, to be fair, it's not just...

Is there any battery degradation after 50,000 miles in a Tesla Model 3?

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Originally published at on October 9, 2019.

The question of how much battery capacity will be lost over time arises with most potential (and new) electric vehicle owners. Now, we have some hard data from existing Tesla Model 3 owners which can help uncover the answer.


Above: Tesla's Model 3 (Source: Tesla)

Elon Musk stated earlier this year that the Tesla Model 3 drive unit and body was designed to last one million miles. The battery, however, has a minimum lifespan of 1,500 charge cycles which should translate to 300,000+ miles (standard range/standard range plus) to 500,000 miles (long-range variants)...

How does tire size impact the range on a Tesla?

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Originally published at on October 8, 2019.

If you're a Tesla owner, you might be wondering — does the size of a wheel really affect the range of an electric vehicle? The short answer is yes, but the degree by which it does might be negligible to some.


Flickr: Ted Eytan

All tires perform the same functions: help...

Moroccan 7-star hotel looks to replace their Bentleys with Tesla Model X SUVs

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Originally published at on October 6, 2019.

The ludicrously luxurious Royal Mansour Marrakech is a 7-star hotel in Morocco that's decided to replace their Bentleys with Tesla Model X SUVs. It took efforts from a few Tesla enthusiasts in Morocco to convince the palace hotel to make the decision.


Above: Tesla Model X all-electric SUV with falcon wing doors open, outside the Royal Mansour Palace Hotel in Marrackech (Twitter: Tesla Culinary Takeover)

The super luxury hotel utilized Bentleys to pick up and drop off their customers from the airport. Moving forward, they've decided to switch to cleaner, greener Tesla Model X...

EVmatch offers an easy way for residences and businesses to monetize their charging stations

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Originally published at on October 2, 2019.

Electric vehicles are a perfect fit for the sharing economy. Teslas are some of the most popular vehicles on peer-to-peer car rental platform Turo. In the near future, EV owners could be earning money by letting utilities use their vehicle batteries as a tool to stabilize the grid, and by renting out their cars on the Tesla Network.


Above: EVmatch founder and CEO Heather Hochrein (Source...

Extreme E: Off-road electric vehicle racing is coming soon [Video]

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Originally published at on September 30, 2019.

The wildly popular Formula E electric racing series has spawned a spinoff. Extreme E will showcase electric vehicles as they take on the most punishing off-road terrain on the planet, from Arctic cold to desert heat. The first race of the new series will take place in Greenland in 2021, and organizers are currently reconnoitering sites for four more races in other regions of the world.


Above: A look at the all-electric ODYSSEY 21 which will be participating in these upcoming off-road races (Source: Extreme E)

The three-day event, which...

Mixed Emotions: Volkswagen finds inspiration (and envy) in its fight to take on Tesla

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Originally published at on September 29, 2019.

Once again, rumors have been rattling around the German media that Volkswagen is planning to buy a stake in Tesla. In August, a German magazine quoted a couple of unnamed insiders saying that CEO Herbert Diess would like to have access to Tesla’s software expertise, and “would get in immediately if he could.” More recently, on the eve of the recent Frankfurt Motor Show, major shareholder Wolfgang Porsche tantalized journalists by saying that such a move would be conceivable if the price were right.


Above: Tesla and VW face off (Image...

Is the New York Times clueless about Tesla?

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Originally published at on September 26, 2019.

The New York Times has a history of publishing anti-Tesla articles (to be fair, so do many other mainstream media outlets, including Elon Musk’s hometown paper, the Los Angeles Times).


Above: Tesla Supercharger (Flickr: Marco Verch)...​

Charging a Tesla: Everything you need to know

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Originally published at on September 24, 2019.

One of the first questions asked by someone inquiring about a Tesla is, "how does electric car charging work?" It turns out that range anxiety and charging concerns tend to be underlying worries when considering EV ownership. While other automakers are slowly working to resolve these concerns, Tesla has a significant competitive advantage when it comes to charging.


Source: Like Tesla

Charging a Tesla is just like charging your phone. You plug it in, leave it alone, and...

Interest in electric vehicles is soaring in Australia with arrival of Tesla Model 3

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Originally published at on September 23, 2019.

Consumer interest in electric vehicles is rapidly growing Down Under. The latest report from Aussie EV industry group the Electric Vehicle Council (EVC) describes major increases in the number of consumers that are researching and/or considering buying EVs.


Above: A fleet of Tesla vehicles (Photo: Casey Murphy, EVANNEX)

According to the new report, State of EVs in Australia 2019, EV sales figures for the first half of the year are 90% higher than for the same period in 2018. The...

2020 will be Tesla's Homecoming in China

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Originally published at on September 22, 2019.

For many years, Tesla wanted to carve its place in the Chinese auto segment, but China remained a distant dream for the Silicon Valley based electric car maker. The highly regulated Chinese market has always been difficult terrain for overseas companies and continues to remain so to this day. But the size and growth opportunity presented by the world’s most populous nation was hard to ignore.


Above: Tesla's Model 3 (Photo: Kimia Jarrahian)

Nearly 68% of respondents to a survey conducted by...

Above: Tesla battery research partner Jeff Dahn (Image: NSERCTube via YouTube)

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Originally published at on September 20, 2019.

Tesla has always been at the forefront of energy storage technology - most battery boffins estimate that the Californians have at least a five-year lead in battery tech over the world’s legacy automakers. And the company is determined to maintain this advantage - back in April, Elon Musk said that a new battery pack designed to last at least one million miles would be available next year.


Above: Tesla's Model 3 (Photo: Kimia Jarrahian)

Now Tesla battery research partner Jeff Dahn and his team have released a paper in which they describe such a long-life battery cell. The new Li-ion cell features a...

Head to Head: Porsche Taycan vs. Tesla Model 3

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Originally published at on September 18, 2019.

Porsche Taycan shook up the EV space during its recent world debut — even Elon Musk threw a few tweets at it. In turn, Porsche's CEO, lovingly, encouraged Musk's Model S to take on the Taycan on home turf. Aside from Germany's Nurburgring though, spec for spec, Tesla's Model S P100DL (soon Plaid) beats up on the Porsche. That said, how does Tesla's lower-priced Model 3 Performance...

First look at Tesla v10 software update features

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Originally published at on September 17, 2019.

Tesla's v10 software update marks the company's latest advances improving both older and newer vehicles. Why is Tesla progressing faster than other automakers? "It's the software, stupid," says MIT lecturer Lou Shipley. This v10 update is further proof of Tesla's ever-evolving software edge. To learn more, check out a sneak peek thanks to Tesla owners in the early access program.


Image: Trevor Page / Tesla Owners...

Can a new wheel style compete with the efficiency of the Tesla Model 3 'aero' wheels?

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Originally published at on September 16, 2019.

Way back in 2016 when I camped outside the Montreal Tesla store for two nights to reserve my Tesla Model 3 Performance, I can't say I had wheels on my mind. There were many other things, obviously excitement wondering what the car would actually look like, the experience of meeting so many amazing people from the Tesla community, staving off frostbite... but in that exact moment any impact about what this car would have on my work was pretty far down the list.


Above: Three Tesla Model 3s at Transport Canada's PMG Test Track (Source: Tesla Owners...

Tesla China: Catching up on Elon Musk's recent trip and rapid progress at Gigafactory 3

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Originally published at on September 15, 2019.

Things are moving incredibly fast for Tesla in China. A couple of weeks ago, the Gigafactory 3 in Shanghai received its permit from the local authorities to begin operations, and Tesla released some low-res interior shots that appeared to show a legion of robots and a huge stamping machine already installed.


Above: A look at the design of the Tesla Model 3 Performance 'Power Sports' aero wheels in China (Twitter: Jay in Shanghai)

Now it appears that production is much closer than anyone suspected -...

The Cool Factor: How Tesla changed the public's perception of electric cars [Video]

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Originally published at on September 10, 2019.

Tesla made electric cars cool. The importance of that masterpiece of marketing is hard to overstate. It was the centerpiece of the company’s strategy from the very beginning, and it continues to be the heart of the brand’s appeal today.


Above: Tesla's Model S (Photo: Casey Murphy, EVANNEX)

So convinced was I that Tesla’s makeover of the EV’s image was the key to its success that I used it as the subtitle of my 2014 book, Tesla Motors: How Elon Musk and Tesla Made Electric Cars Cool, and Sparked the Next Tech Revolution (now available in a...

Watch Tesla Model 3's breathtaking performance as it achieves 260 km/h (162 mph) on the race track

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Originally published at on August 29, 2019.

Every now and then, Tesla enthusiast Ian Pavelko sets out on an adventure with his Model 3 Performance (aka MAGNETO). Last winter, he embarked on a Model 3 snow rally in the Canadian wilderness. Now, along with Trevor Page of Tesla Owners Online, Ian has pushed the Model 3's limits by achieving a top-speed of 260 km/h (~162 mph) on the race track.


Above: The dizzying speed of Tesla's Model 3 (Image: EVANNEX)

Also, keep in mind: to start, the Model 3 was at a 52% state of charge (SoC) and upon reaching 260 km/h the SoC had dropped to 42%. This is worth...

Consumer Reports: The auto industry's 'electric boom' is coming

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Originally published at on August 28, 2019.

The auto industry is still ruled by the internal combustion engine. Cars (and trucks) powered by gasoline and diesel continue to dominate. However, an automotive transition is underway according to a new special report, The Electric Car Comes of Age, in the September issue of Consumer Reports. Jon Linkov reports, "Electric vehicles are becoming more visible on American roads."


Above: Tesla's Model 3 (Flickr...

Is Tesla moving in on gas stations?

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Originally published at on August 26, 2019.

Tesla has disrupted a number of industries — automobiles, energy, and franchise dealerships (to name a few). And the pump might be next. Could the future of gas stations be electric?


Above: Tesla Supercharger station at a Wawa store (Image: Kacey Green)

It turns out that Tesla has teamed up with Wawa, known for its chain of upscale gas stations in the U.S. Wawa typically features a luxury fill-up experience in which customers are able to order anything from freshly made coffee to high-quality hoagies inside their large indoor shops. Wawa's unique experience works great for electric car owners...