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Street Race: Ford Mustang GT vs. Tesla Model 3 SR+

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Originally published at https://evannex.com on December 8, 2019.

There's been plenty of publicity surrounding the Mach-E, Ford's new electric car under the company's highly acclaimed Mustang line. Many are wondering how it will fare against the Tesla Model Y (and 3) — especially on real world city streets.

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Above: Tesla Model 3 SR+ takes on the Ford Mustang GT (Source: Tesla Inc. / Ford Motor Company)

Interestingly, a small clue may have just surfaced. Recently, the owner of a Ford Mustang GT was confident enough to challenge a Tesla Model 3 owner in a straight-line run. However, the end result of this particular street race didn't turn out so well for the Mustang owner.
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Tesla Model 3 is Norway's 2020 Car of the Year

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Originally published at https://evannex.com on December 5, 2019.

There's no doubt the people of Norway love their electric cars. But the Tesla Model 3 has quickly risen to become the most beloved of them all since its first appearance in the country earlier this year. And now, there's even more proof the Model 3 is a fan favorite in Norway.

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Above: Norwegians vote Tesla Model 3 their car of the year (Source: Dinside.no)

In a recent survey by Norway's media outlet, Dinside.no, the people of Norway chose Tesla Model 3 as their...

Cold weather tips for your Tesla Model 3

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Originally published at https://evannex.com on December 4, 2019.

Many Tesla Model 3 owners recently took delivery of their cars during the warmer summer months. They haven't experienced ownership of their EVs in colder weather — that is, until now. To learn more about what to expect, here's a recap of some helpful cold weather tips assuming overnight temperatures starting at roughly 10 degrees C (50F).

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Above: Tesla Model 3 faces a cold, snowy day (Screenshot: Tesla Owners Online / YouTube)

COLD WEATHER TIPS
Tesla has a few helpful tips on their website for cold weather driving. However, these guidelines...

100 Days & 20,000 Miles in a Tesla Model 3: Part 2, The Bad

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Originally published at https://evannex.com on December 3, 2019.

Guest Contributor: Jonathan David Harris aka @aPowerTrip; Editor's Note: Be sure to check out Part 1 in this two-part series to get more background on JDH and Indy's amazing adventure.

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Above: The Big Dipper and the Model 3 (Instagram: @aPowerTrip)
If anyone has heard me talk about this epic road trip in-person, or seen @aPowerTrip, my Instagram account, you would think I couldn’t possibly have anything bad to say...

Top 5 products for Tesla owners this Cyber Monday

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Originally published at https://evannex.com on December 2, 2019.

It's a thrilling feeling when you take delivery of your first Tesla. There's that new car smell. The serene silence of having no internal combustion engine. The ultra-smooth acceleration. The addictive torque when you stomp on the accelerator. However, looking at your perfect all-new, all-electric machine might leave you feeling like something is still missing.

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Above: "MaiOnHigh" on top of her Model 3 (Source: MaiOnHigh)

Why? No matter how careful you are, a new Tesla might become less-than-perfect with all the typical wear-and-tear inflicted after owning any car for some time. So what can you...

Tesla's Cybertruck design courts controversy but it's brilliant

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Originally published at https://evannex.com on November 26, 2019.

Tesla's Cybertruck has a design that elicits violently different opinions. And yes, there's plenty of haters. But Mark Wilson at Fast Company takes a shot at the trolls: "Of course the internet is laughing at the Cybertruck. That’s what the internet does. Anything that doesn’t conform to the mundane is memebait."

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Source: Motor1 via Tesla

"It’s the company’s first unabashed run at making an icon that’s as radical as its electric drivetrain," says Wilson. He points...

Saying goodbye to the gas pump could mean savings for Tesla owners

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Originally published at https://evannex.com on November 24, 2019.

While many in the general public would like to think of Tesla, or electric cars in general, as an exotic foreign concept, it’s anything but. Battery-powered devices have ruled our life for some time now. The process of owning and charging a Tesla is almost identical to that of your smartphone or laptop. You just leave it plugged in as you sleep and wake up with enough energy to take on the next day.

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Above: Tesla Model S charging at a Destination Charger (Image: Tesla)

Unlike the (relatively) low energy consumed by your smartphone and laptop, your Tesla will devour energy — putting some significant strain on your energy bill. Sure, owning an...

Tesla Model 3 steals the crown of the 'most efficient EV' from Hyundai Ioniq

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Originally published at https://evannex.com on November 23, 2019.

Tesla typically tops the rankings in nearly every electric vehicle specs comparison. To their credit however, Hyundai has boasted the 'most efficient EV' with their all-electric Ioniq model since 2017. That's no longer the case. Recently, the Hyundai Ioniq EV was dethroned by Tesla's Model 3 Standard Range Plus with the release of each company's 2020 models, according to the latest EPA efficiency ratings.

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Above Tesla Model 3 and 2019 Hyundai Ioniq electric (Sources: Tesla / Hyundai)

Hyundai just launched the new 2020 Ioniq electric car with a larger 38.3 kWh battery pack vs...

How does a Tesla hold up over 500,000 miles on the road?

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Originally published at https://evannex.com on November 21, 2019.

It’s no secret that most owners love their Teslas, but not many can say from experience how they hold up over the really long haul. One that can is Tesloop, a shuttle service in Southern California that operates a small fleet of Models S, X and 3. Each of Tesloop’s vehicles logs around 17,000 miles per month. Most have been on the road for well over 300,000 miles, and several are approaching the 500,000-mile mark.

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Above: A look Tesloop's early Model S (Image: Tesloop)

For a recent article in...

Tesla's Andrej Karpathy talks Autopilot [Video]

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Originally published at https://evannex.com on November 20, 2019.

Andrej Karpathy, Tesla’s Director of Artificial Intelligence and Autopilot Vision, is one of the chief architects of Tesla’s self-driving vision. In July, he hosted a workshop on Neural Network Multi-Task Learning, where he offered some detailed insights on Tesla’s use of AI in developing its Autopilot features.

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Above: A look at Tesla's Autopilot (Image: Tesla)

Now Karpathy is featured in a new video in which he describes how Tesla is using PyTorch, an open-source machine learning library, to develop full self-driving capabilities for its vehicles, including...

The Beginner's Guide to Owning Your First Tesla

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Originally published at https://evannex.com on November 19, 2019.

So... you've decided to take the plunge and get yourself a new Tesla. Congratulations! Whether this is your first electric vehicle or not, hopefully this guide will help you as you embark on this new, exciting endeavor. To that end, here are some things that you should consider before pressing that 'Place Order' button on Tesla's website.

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Above: Tesla's Model 3 (Photo: Casey Murphy, EVANNEX)

WHICH TESLA TO GO FOR

Tesla currently offers three different models that you can order and (typically) receive quite promptly. Unfortunately, the fourth model, the forthcoming...

Battery tech advances, outstripping forecasts

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Originally published at https://evannex.com on November 18, 2019.

Investors are pouring money into battery manufacturing capacity and research, and the funding is driving unprecedented advances in EV battery technology. A new report from the Rocky Mountain Institute (via Forbes) finds that improvements in the cost and performance of batteries are quickly outpacing forecasts.

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Above: Tesla Model 3 in China (Source: Wikipedia /...

How to Use Tesla's Built-In Dashcam

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Originally published at https://evannex.com on November 17, 2019.

Tesla, a company already known for their disruptive tech, has one under-appreciated feature that deserves mention — their built-in dashcam. Using proprietary Autopilot cameras, Tesla owners can store and record live footage at no additional cost.

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Source: Tesla

With this always-running, free-to-use system, Tesla owners have been able to capture some gnarly accidents, prove insurance fraud, and even help...

Are all-electric taxi fleets a smart investment for cities around the world?

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Originally published at https://evannex.com on November 14, 2019.

In recent news, New York City just included the Tesla Model 3 on its approved list of taxis. In fact, Model 3 is the first all-electric car to make it to the list. A few hybrid cars had made the list previously including the Toyota RAV4, Toyota Prius, Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid, and Ford Fusion Hybrid (see full list below).

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Above: Rendering of a Tesla Model 3 as a NYC Taxi (Instagram: elcarrocolombiano)

Although the era of the self-driving Robotaxi is drawing closer — it remains sometime (ETA unknown) in our future. Electric cars, however, have...

Testing Tesla Model 3 'V3' Supercharging time from 2% - 100% state of charge [Video]

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Originally published at https://evannex.com on November 13, 2019.

How much time does it take a Long Range Tesla Model 3 battery pack to be charged from almost an empty state of charge (SoC) to nearly 100%? The answer lies in the video that follows below where the owner takes us to a Tesla Supercharger V3 station located at the LINQ hotel in Las Vegas, NV.

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Above: Tesla Model 3 at 2% SoC, getting ready for a V3 Supercharging test (YouTube: VegasModel3)

One interesting aspect of this particular Supercharger location is that it's blocked until you enter the code that is shown on your Tesla vehicle's center touchscreen. Then, a parking fee...

'War of the 4-door' drag race pits Tesla Model S P100D against Mercedes AMG GT 63

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Originally published at https://evannex.com on November 12, 2019.

For this epic face off, the Mercedes AMG GT 63 4-door coupe tries its luck against the Tesla Model S P100D 4-door sedan in a quarter-mile drag race — 4.0-liter V8 engine vs. dual-motor fully electric powertrain.

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Above: Tesla Model S P100D vs Mercedes-AMG GT 63, prepped and ready for the drag race (YouTube: Lovecars)

The race was set up by the passionate Lovecars / YouTube channel who include some great shots of both cars during the two race attempts — some spectacular cinematography.

Both of these 4-door monsters weigh above two tons each. Even...

Paying tribute on Veterans Day at Tesla

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Originally published at https://evannex.com on November 11, 2019.

If you haven't seen it yet, feast your eyes on this stunning "Special Ops" project from Tesla in conjunction with SS Customs. They've created an eye-catching camouflage Tesla that announces the company's U.S. Veterans Program across the side of the vehicle.

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Source: SS Customs

At EVANNEX, we're also proud to be part of Tesla's "Special Ops" project with SS Customs. To that end, we've donated aftermarket accessories including our Lighted T and Wheel Bands to add something unique and distinctive as...

Tesla's Hunt for Scale is Starting to Yield

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Originally published at https://evannex.com on November 9, 2019.

The biggest threat to Tesla’s existence has not been the so-called “Tesla Killers” from the competition, but rather Tesla’s dependence on the capital markets to fund its growth. The lack of sustained profits made the company rely on financial markets to raise equity and debt at regular intervals to fund its operations.

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Photo: Casey Murphy, EVANNEX

This financial dependency - along with the high level of volatility offered by Tesla stock - makes the company an attractive destination for short-sellers. Data from Marketbeat shows that by October 15, 2019, a week before Tesla’s third-quarter...

Tesla Chair Robyn Denholm discusses Elon Musk's audacious goals [Video]

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Originally published at https://evannex.com on November 7, 2019.

Elon Musk has often come in for criticism because of missed deadlines, over-ambitious forecasts and, in a few cases, unfulfilled promises. It’s true that production dates for the company’s vehicles have often slipped, many owners are unhappy about delays in delivering Full Self-Driving capability, and the New York-to-Los Angeles driverless Odyssey, originally planned for late 2017, has yet to take place. Musk himself has admitted that he’s always had problems with timelines.

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Above: Tesla Chair Robyn Denholm (Flickr: CeBIT Australia)
However, let’s look at the other side of...

How hard is it to compete with Tesla? Very.

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Originally published at https://evannex.com on November 6, 2019.

How hard can it be to build a great electric car? After all, a Silicon Valley startup, founded by a group of engineers with little or no experience in the auto industry, managed to produce a blockbuster automobile in a mere 10 years, and has now become the USA’s most valuable automaker. A couple of electric motors, some laptop batteries and a barrel full of chutzpah, and you’re in, right?

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From left to right: Tesla Model X, Model 3, and Model S (Source: Tesla)

A couple of years ago...