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.
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.
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)...
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.
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...
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...
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)
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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...
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 -...
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)
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...
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."
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...