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S&P 500 inclusion could mean big things for Tesla and its investors

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Originally published at on July 10, 2020

Tesla [NASDAQ: TSLA] shares have surged since the company announced its surprising quarterly production and delivery numbers — despite the COVID-19 pandemic. Once a small scrappy Silicon Valley startup, Tesla is now on the verge of S&P 500 inclusion.


Above: Tesla could be part of the S&P 500 (Source: Now You Know)

According to Reuters, "Tesla Inc appears on the verge of joining the S&P 500, a major accomplishment for Chief Executive Officer...

International Energy Agency: Battery tech rapidly improving for electric vehicles

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Originally published at on July 9, 2020.

The International Energy Agency’s Global EV Outlook is an annual publication that reports on the current state of electric mobility around the world. It always contains important insights about the EV market, and this year’s report is no exception.


Above: The International Energy Agency's Global EV Outlook (Twitter: IEA)

Over 2.1 million plug-in vehicles (pure electric plus plug-in hybrid) were sold globally in 2019—a 40% year-on-year increase over 2018, which was itself a record year. Plug-in cars accounted for about 2.6% of global car sales...

Beauty and the beast: The strange attraction of Tesla's Cybertruck

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Originally published at on July 8, 2020.

Significant time has passed since the official unveiling of the Tesla Cybertruck. Questions have surfaced in the auto industry about Tesla's (ahem) unusual design aesthetic surrounding Cybertruck. With time, the look has strangely grown on even its toughest critics. Let's not mince words though. It's still sorta ugly, but that doesn’t seem to matter.


Above: Illustration inspired by a conflicted sense of "tough love" for Tesla's Cybertruck (Artwork: Manuel Noboa / EVANNEX)

Okay, saying it's ugly is a bit harsh. We love this beast enough...

Tesla and Panasonic renew their vows with a new supply deal

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Originally published at on July 7, 2020.

Tesla and Panasonic have been battery partners since the early days, but recent events have had us wondering whether the two companies’ relationship was cooling off.


Above: Panasonic's official company car, a Tesla Model S, is proudly showcased at their North American headquarters (Image: Industry Week)

Last year, Tesla said Panasonic’s battery cell production was constraining Model 3 production. In February, the carmaker announced a battery...

Tesla's market value overtakes Exxon in historic paradigm shift

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Originally published at on July 1, 2020.

An energy paradigm shift is underway. According to Bloomberg, "Tesla Inc.’s market value has surpassed Exxon Mobil Corp.’s in a sign that investors are increasingly betting on a global energy transition away from fossil fuels." Bloomberg touted the turning point as a "symbolic energy shift" that could signify a seismic transformation taking place in the sector.


Above: Tesla solar, electric vehicle, and energy storage solutions represent a 360-degree clean energy approach (Source...

The technical advances necessary for Tesla's Model S range to increase over 400 miles

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Originally published at on June 30, 2020.

How much range is enough? Like bandwidth, it may turn out to be one of those things we can never have too much of. Be that as it may, Tesla has officially cracked the 400-mile mark, announcing that all new North American Model S Long Range Plus vehicles will have an official EPA-rated range of 402 miles—an increase of almost 20% compared to a 2019 model with the same battery pack design.


Source: EVANNEX; Photo by Casey Murphy

How did Tesla’s engineers achieve such a significant improvement? It was a combination of several technical advances.

New Tempest wheels have lower aerodynamic drag, and a new custom tire offers...

Understanding the battery 'beehive' and the buzz surrounding Tesla [Video]

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Originally published at on June 26, 2020.


Posted on June 26, 2020 by Eli Burton

According to Elon Musk, Tesla's much-anticipated "Battery Day" will be combined with the company's Shareholder Meeting on September 15th. To learn more about batteries before the big day, I spoke with Ravindra Kempaiah recently about his thoughts relative to Tesla and potential battery improvements that might be revealed soon.


Above: Ravindra Kempaiah (Twitter: @ravikempaiah)


Nikola's hydrogen truck vs. Tesla's electric Semi [Infographic]

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Originally published at on June 25, 2020.

Semi-trucks might not be the sexiest of vehicles but they represent a key market for cleaner transport. For carbon emissions to drop worldwide, semi-trucks will be crucial. Recently, there's been a lot of media buzz about the Tesla Semi and Nikola One. Yet these two Semi-trucks are entering the segment with two completely different implementations. Tesla is all-electric while Nikola is choosing the more controversial hydrogen fuel cell route. So which will be better?


Source: EVBite

Similar to most Class 8 trucks, both the One and Semi will be able to...

Wall Street Journal: Tesla Model Y delivers some 'fierce, velvety' driving characteristics

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Originally published at on June 24, 2020.

Dan Neil, who writes about cars for the Wall Street Journal, has evolved from a Tesla skeptic to a zealous convert. In his new review of Model Y, he reaches new heights of colorful commendation, and just manages to restrain himself from losing control and proclaiming Tesla’s new offering “the best car in the world.”...

Tesla Model 3 Performance takes on Porsche 911 GT3 in autocross racing showdown

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Originally published at on June 23, 2020.

In this showdown, it's not drag race where vehicle performance is measured by how quick off the line each car launches or how fast it reaches top speed. Instead, pitting these cars against one another, a Tesla Model 3 Performance vs. Porsche 911 GT3, in an autocross race gives us far more insight into each car’s handling agility and consistency in lap completion times.


Above: Tesla Model 3 Performance and Porsche 911 GT3 side-by-side, looking forward to the autocross race (Source: DragTimes / Instagram)

Even though the Porsche 911 GT3 is built for racing from the ground up...

Tesla's Gigafactories: the company's most important innovation?

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Originally published at on June 17, 2020.

Over the past few years, many a Tesla skeptic has had to sit down to a meal of crow. One who is big enough to admit he was wrong is Matthew DeBord, who wrote in a recent Business Insider article that he regrets a clever quip he made a couple of years ago.


Source: Tesla

In 2018, as Tesla was struggling to get Model 3 production ramped up quickly, the company improvised a third production...

What does Tesla Cybertruck look like in the auto world's most iconic colors?

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Originally published at on June 12, 2020.

According to Elon Musk, Tesla is en route to building one of the most advanced paint shops at Giga Berlin. Even so, Tesla is refusing to paint the upcoming Cybertruck. Whether from the factory or not, your best option might just be to wrap this military-grade vehicle.


Source: EVBite
Tesla’s stainless steel body is in itself an iconic “color”. Made recognizable by the classic DMC Delorean, you either...

The Ultimate Tesla Showdown: Model 3 vs. Model Y

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Originally published at on June 9, 2020.

If you're in the market for a Tesla right now, the decision just got a bit tougher. Sure, if you'd like a fancier option, you could always go pick a Model S or Model X. But most car buyers out there looking for a Tesla are deciding between the Model 3 or Model Y. Without a doubt, the Model 3 has been a runaway hit. Even better, Tesla just reduced its price. So why go with Y? The team at Motor Trend recently looked at both vehicles in order to determine which Tesla is tops on their list...

Are Tesla investors focused on short term or long term results?

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Originally published at on June 7, 2020.

My mom used to teach second grade. Now, a grandmother, she's proud to have a granddaughter "graduating" second grade. She says the most important thing second graders should learn is delayed gratification. In short, kids need to learn patience. It got me thinking — in today's culture everyone needs to learn delayed gratification.


Source: EVANNEX; Photo by Casey Murphy

Want the answer? Use Google. Want to go somewhere? Use Uber. Want a product? Use Amazon. Want a movie? Use Netflix. Gone are the days of encyclopedias, taxis, physical stores, and movies theaters. Are we becoming a culture of obnoxious...

Car and Driver ramps up coverage of electric cars with focus on Tesla

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Originally published at on June 6, 2020.

Electric vehicles have been getting a lot of positive coverage in the mainstream press lately. Consumer Reports’ recent Annual Auto Issue had a Tesla Model 3 on the cover, and featured several articles about EVs.


Above: Over time, Car and Driver has been steadily increasing its coverage of Tesla and other electric cars (Source: Car and Driver)

The latest issue of Car and Driver is almost exclusively devoted to EVs, and includes not one...

Bloomberg: To compete with Tesla, EV charging infrastructure needs to evolve

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Originally published at on June 2, 2020.

Tesla has been working to expand its ever-growing Supercharger network. And even better — the charging speeds (witness V3) continue to improve. Over the years, Tesla's tech has allowed its chargers to "fill up" its battery packs faster and faster. And new Superchargers are being built every week. Has this become an edge for the Silicon Valley automaker?

Above: Proximity to popular...

Watch This Wrecked Tesla Model 3 Charging and Launching In 'Track Mode'

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Originally published at on June 1, 2020.

Despite the fact that the body frame of the Model 3 Performance has been completely damaged, this Tesla has managed to live on. Sure enough, the chassis and electronic components of the safest car on the planet somehow stayed intact during the several times it rolled over during an accident that lead to its current compromised condition.


Above: Wrecked Tesla Model 3 driving, miraculously (Source: Oleg K / YouTube)

Oleg K. who is the current owner of this damaged Model 3 is willing to sell it for the best bid out there. However, it hasn’t been...

As Tesla forges ahead, the EV landscape is changing

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Originally published at on May 30, 2020.

Tesla's Fremont factory is open. The Model Y SUV is being delivered en masse to customers. And the Silicon Valley automaker is investing heavily in its German Gigafactory and pending US Terafactory (location TBD). Tesla's Cybertruck is being prioritized and pulled forward while the company's Semi truck and Roadster launch is slated (soon after) to follow...

Will low gas prices hurt Tesla?

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Originally published at on May 27, 2020.

Amid the financial fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic, most of us have hardly had time to consider the effects of another economic H-bomb that went off around the same time: the collapse of oil prices. Tough economic times seem likely to dampen demand for EVs, which remain considerably more expensive than comparable legacy cars. Will low gas prices be the last nail?


Above: Tesla Model S parked at a Supercharger station directly across from a gas station (Image: Tesla Road Trip Europe)

That’s the question ABC News asked in...

Analysts weigh in on Tesla's ability to weather the storm [Video]

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Originally published at on May 19, 2020.

Discussing COVID-19 on the company's Q1 earnings call, Elon Musk confessed that the economic impact of the pandemic "will cause great harm not just to Tesla, but to many companies. While Tesla will weather the storm, other companies will not.” It turns out Tesla has a long history of succeeding against the odds, but this time the odds are pretty darn long. Just about everyone expects that we’re in for a recession, and new cars are typically one of the first things people forego when tough times begin to bite.


Above: Tesla's...