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Originally published at https://evannex.com on April 21, 2021. Media reports on the EV industry tend to focus on the US, Europe and China. However, there’s a tremendous amount of EV-related activity going on in India these days. Giant automakers Mahindra and Tata have been selling EVs for years, and a growing number of startups are also vying for a piece of the electric action. The federal government has implemented a number of incentive plans for automakers, buyers and charging...
 
Originally published at https://evannex.com on April 20, 2021. This week, on April 22nd, we celebrate Earth Day. It's not surprising that a precursor, a few days earlier, is the second annual 'Elon Musk Day' — a day to post a message on social media showcasing how Elon Musk may have inspired you. After all, the Ironman stepped up with a bold commitment to a clean, green future offering solar, battery storage, and electric cars at Tesla. Above: Elon Musk (Flickr: Steve Jurvetson) And...
 
Originally published at https://evannex.com on April 18, 2021. At long last, Tesla’s longest-tenured vehicle has gotten a much-needed update. While the 2021 model year doesn’t drastically change the electric sedan, it does breathe some new life into one of Tesla’s premium offerings. With more and more automakers releasing plans for their own electric luxury sedans, it is now more important than ever for Tesla to keep their cars fresh. Above: A look at the new, 2021 Tesla Model S...
 
Originally published at https://evannex.com on April 16, 2021. The U.S. lags behind China and Europe in the transition from internal combustion engine to battery-powered cars. There are some bright spots in the U.S. though. California was the first state announcing plans to ban new fossil-fuel-powered cars by 2035. Then, Massachusetts followed. A few other states also appear to be moving in the right direction. According to Adele Peters in Fast Company, "The transition to EVs can happen...
 
Originally published at https://evannex.com on April 15, 2021. The 2021 model year changes have added quite a few new features to Tesla’s high-end luxury sedan. Some of these changes hint at a future with less reliance on traditional driver controls. One of the most noticeable changes is the addition of a yoke steering wheel. Tesla has rid itself of the stalks behind the wheel, mapping a lot of the function to the wheel itself, and automating others, like your gear selection. Above: A...
 
Originally published at https://evannex.com on March 16, 2021. The Florida legislature is advancing a bill that would impose a yearly tax on EV owners, with almost no attention in the media. The bill (actually a pair of bills, Senate Bill 140 and House Bill 819) appears to be similar to one that was proposed during last year’s legislative session, but did not pass. It would impose a special annual fee, starting at $135, on every EV, in addition to the yearly registration fee paid on all...
 
Originally published at https://evannex.com on April 14, 2021. There’s a long and cherished connection between fast cars and rock and roll. Nick Hexum, who sings and plays guitar with the multi-platinum rock band 311, is part of a long lineage that includes Chuck Berry, the Beach Boys, Elvis, the Stones and dozens of other rockers who sang about, drove (and sometimes got into trouble in) classic cars. Above: 311's Nick Hexum loves the Tesla Model 3 (Left: Photo by nsdesigns via Flickr...
 
Originally published at https://evannex.com on April 13, 2021. Even though the vast majority of dominant tech companies reside in the United States, in the auto sector most U.S. companies are still selling the old internal combustion engine technology. Fortunately, Tesla is changing things. Detroit's automakers are starting to introduce electric cars. Above: A look at a Tesla Model 3 in China (Twitter: Tesla Greater China) Tesla is leading the way and others are beginning to follow...
 
Originally published at https://evannex.com on April 12, 2021. Should you display your leadership prowess by being super-provocative and posting memes on Twitter like Elon Musk? Ummm, probably not. That said, the Tesla and SpaceX CEO does have a few intriguing pieces of advice that might be worth considering — especially if you're trying to advance your business skills. Laura Wood writes about a few of these in financial news blog Go Banking Rates. Above: Tesla's CEO Elon Musk...
 
Originally published at https://evannex.com on April 9, 2021 Call it an utter lack of awareness. Or maybe a case of over-confidence. Whatever the case, owners of internal combustion engine (ICE) sports cars are still brazen in their efforts to challenge random Teslas to a street race. Several drivers in the latest episode of Teslacam Stories seem to have demonstrated such a folly. Above: A very, very quick Tesla Model 3 (Source: EVANNEX; Photo by Casey Murphy) When a Tesla driver...
 
Originally published at https://evannex.com on April 8, 2021. Can Tesla compete with fast-growing EV companies locally in the all-important Chinese market? According to the South China Morning Post, "Chinese rivals NIO and Xpeng both recorded a five-fold surge in sales in the first quarter of 20,060 and 13,340 units respectively, as smart electric vehicles increasingly hit the mark with mainland motorists." Above: Tesla's Model Y (Twitter: Tesla Greater China) Impressive indeed. But...
 
Originally published at https://evannex.com on April 7, 2021. Tesla’s delivery report for the first quarter of 2021 made April fools of the skeptics (yes, they’re still out there). The numbers—180,338 vehicles produced and 184,800 delivered—represent a new all-time quarterly record, a 110% year-over-year increase, and a beat of most of the analysts’ forecasts, which were running around 177,000. Above: A look at Tesla's Model Y (Source: EVANNEX; Photo by Casey Murphy) The fat figures...
 
Originally published at https://evannex.com on April 6, 2021. Many Wall Street investors have trouble understanding why Tesla's market value continues to rise above the stalwarts of Big Auto. Isn't Elon Musk's automaker just another car company that happens to make electric cars? Well, no. There's a lot more to it. Kristina Zucchi at Investopedia reveals some of the "secret sauce" that makes the Silicon Valley automaker so unique. Above: Tesla's Model 3 (Source: EVANNEX; Image by...
 
Originally published at https://evannex.com on April 5, 2021. Elon Musk wants to throw some significant support behind his new state. After making the move to Texas from California, "Elon Musk and his companies are swiftly becoming major players and newsmakers in the Lone Star State," reports Kara Carlson at the Austin American-Statesman. Above: Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk (Flickr: Thomas Hawk) Last week, Elon announced via Twitter, "Am donating $20M to Cameron County schools &...
 
Originally published at https://evannex.com on April 2, 2021. Edmunds recently bought a Tesla Model Y Performance and it seems like they're excited to race it against some fierce internal combustion engine (ICE) cars out there. This time around, a Ford Mustang Shelby GT 500 gets a chance to test its muscle car street cred against the all-electric silent but intense Model Y. Above: Tesla Model Y Performance and Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 getting ready for a drag race (Source: Edmunds /...
 
Originally published at https://evannex.com on April 1, 2021. The rise of Tesla is the most fascinating business story of the 21st century, and for me the most interesting part has always been the early days, when a motley crew of multitalented engineer/entrepreneurs hatched a bold strategy to challenge the most powerful of industries. I devoted a lot of space to Tesla’s early days in my history of the company, but now Mark Vaughn has gone even further back, and shared some previously...
 
Originally published at https://evannex.com on March 31, 2021. Anti-Tesla headlines are a staple of the popular press, and many of these aim to give the impression that Tesla’s Autopilot system is unsafe. A humorous (or exasperating) recent example: a Florida Fox News affiliate ran a story with the following headline: “Sheriff: Tesla on autopilot backs into Florida deputy’s patrol car.” The facts of the story emerged a day later: Two teenage girls took a borrowed Tesla on an illicit trip...
 
Originally published at https://evannex.com on March 30, 2021. The UK government has implemented a number of policies to encourage drivers to go electric. However, what the inscrutable powers that be give with one hand, they often take away with the other. Auto industry groups and media observers were unpleasantly surprised by the government’s recent decision to cut back its existing grants for EV purchases. Above: Tesla's Model 3 (Source: EVANNEX; Photo by Casey Murphy) The...
 
Originally published at https://evannex.com on March 29, 2021. Recently, the internet was abuzz with news that Elon Musk had changed his title to "Technoking of Tesla" according to the company's latest regulatory filing with the SEC. With Musk's tech prowess on full display at some of his other companies (e.g. SpaceX) — could Elon soon be Technoking of the Universe? Above: Tesla's new 'Technoking' (Flickr: Steve Jurvetson) Hold up. Before we get too grandiose, it's worth noting that...
 
Originally published at https://evannex.com on March 26, 2021. Small companies grow into medium-size companies, and some swell into “megafirms,” “giants,” or even “behemoths.” Some puff up into members of feared groups of global power brokers, like the Big Three, the Seven Sisters, Big Auto or Big Tech. This process has been going on since the dawn of capitalism and, like everything else in this crazy world, it is accelerating. Back in the good old Victorian era, it took a generation or two...
 
Originally published at https://evannex.com on March 23, 2021. For years now, every new electric vehicle that comes out has been described as a challenger to Tesla. Ford’s new Mustang Mach-E may be the first one that truly fits this description. The Mach-E is pretty close in size, form factor and price to Tesla’s Model Y. Like Tesla, the Mustang Mach-E has a powerful brand name to trade on, and some have been speculating that it is starting to steal sales from Model Y. Top: Ford...
 
Originally published at https://evannex.com on March 22, 2021. There are many of us who've invested a big chunk of change on Tesla [NASDAQ: TSLA] hoping the stock will (eventually) continue its meteoric rise. Much of this investment thesis revolves around one man: Elon Musk. Is Elon a good bet? David Kuo recently weighed in via Channel News Asia with his own thoughts on the matter. Above: Tesla's Elon Musk (Flickr: Steve Jurvetson) Kuo observes, "Musk is arguably one of the most...
 
Originally published at https://evannex.com on March 19, 2021. Tesla's all-electric cars have some super-helpful climate features that many other carmakers have yet to offer in their cars. Some examples include Dog Mode, Camp Mode, and remotely preconditioning the vehicle (more on this below) using the automaker’s mobile app. Above: A look at a Tesla Model 3 remotely melting snow (Source: Tesla) Since these climate features can be turned ON or OFF remotely via the phone app (iOS or...
 
Originally published at https://evannex.com on March 18, 2021. While Tesla has been a trailblazer in the electric vehicle space, legacy car companies have been laggards to date. That's about to change. One automaker everyone is hoping lives up to its promises is Volkswagen. And according to some observers, the German automaker's all-electric ID.4 SUV could be a real threat to Tesla's Model Y. Wall Street Journal auto columnist Dan Neil recently weighed in on the showdown. Source: VW...
 
Originally published at https://evannex.com on March 17, 2021. Remixing the look of a Tesla can be subtle or bold. A few years back, I stumbled across an especially striking Tesla from a California-based Model 3 owner, Isaac Mir, while scrolling on Instagram. Photo courtesy of Isaac Mir Recognizing that St. Patrick's Day is today, instead of drinking that pint of green beer at home, feast your eyes on this stunning green Tesla. It turns out that this Model 3 was transformed with an...
 
Originally published at https://evannex.com on March 15, 2021. As Tesla’s stock price has pulled back from its highs, a “party’s over” narrative has been making the rounds. Basically, the thesis is this: TSLA stock has soared because Tesla has had the growing EV market more or less to itself, and that’s about to change. Big Auto is finally getting serious about electrification, and a wave of startup e-automakers will soon be shipping product. As Tesla becomes just one EV-maker among many...
 
Originally published at https://evannex.com on March 12, 2021. Considering that it’s the lightest and simplest of elements, hydrogen seems to stir up a surprising amount of emotion. Actually, it’s not hydrogen itself, but rather the use of fuel cells to power vehicles that is so controversial. Above: A hydrogen fuel cell-powered Toyota Mirai hopes to fill up at a hydrogen fueling station (Source: Bexim / Wikipedia Commons) Several automakers, including Daimler, Honda, GM and...
 
Originally published at https://evannex.com on March 11, 2021. Here’s a new twist on the old proverb about teaching someone to fish: buying a car may feed an automaker for a day, but recurring fees for services and product enhancements could generate a lucrative revenue stream in perpetuity (okay, it’s not the most eloquent aphorism, but you get the point). Above: Tesla's Model 3 (Source: EVANNEX; Photo by Casey Murphy) Transportation is evolving into what the tech world calls a...
 
Originally published at https://evannex.com on March 10, 2021. It’s truly amazing that you can improve your car’s 0-60 numbers in a matter of minutes without ever going to a tuning shop or dealership — just download an over-the-air (OTA) software update and your Tesla is upgraded in a matter of minutes. Most of the time Tesla provides these updates for free but a few are paid ones. Above: Testing a Tesla Model Y with Acceleration Boost upgrade and one without (Source: Galileo Russell...
 
Originally published at https://evannex.com on March 9, 2021. Sometimes in the world of business, a company vertically integrates a product or service that it needs to support its own operations, and eventually finds that providing that product or service is just as lucrative as its original core business, or even more so. Think of a restaurant that starts baking its own bread, and makes such luscious loaves that it soon finds itself delivering baked goods to other restaurants and food...
 
Originally published at https://evannex.com on March 8, 2021. Sal Khan, the founder of Khan Academy, recently gave a big shout-out to Elon Musk and the Musk Foundation for a generous donation of $5 million. Khan admires Elon Musk’s efforts and support in spreading free education for everyone on the planet. Above: The Illuminated Tweets of Elon Musk. Editorial illustrations meets a coloring book. (Source: Ill Ink / Twitter) With this sizable donation, Khan Academy will be able to...
 
Originally published at https://evannex.com on March 5, 2021. We haven’t been hearing much about Tesla’s next-gen Roadster lately, as the company has been keeping its focus on more practical and profitable projects. That’s probably a wise decision, but as Elon Musk would surely agree, sometimes you have to throw wisdom to the winds and have some fun. Above: A look at Tesla's next-gen Roadster (Source: Tesla) True to its goal of making not just the best electric cars, but the best...
 
Originally published at https://evannex.com on March 4, 2021. Tesla has been building ever-larger Supercharger stations with multiple charging points—the latest to be announced is one with 62 stalls in Santa Monica. Above: Former Pfizer building will house a massive universal fast charging depot in Brooklyn (Source: Tritum via WeDo) As EV ownership spreads from suburban drivers with garages to urban dwellers who may have no assigned parking spaces, we’ll see more of these massive...
 
Originally published at https://evannex.com on March 3, 2021. Tesla is definitely more than just a car company. While electric cars are still the primary focus at Tesla, Elon Musk and his talented team have been quietly (and not so quietly) expanding into other industries. Above: A look at Tesla's Model X and Model 3 (Twitter: Tesla Greater China) Some of these initiatives are directly related to cars like the company's autonomous driving efforts and car insurance plans. Meanwhile...
 
Originally published at https://evannex.com on March 2, 2021. There’s a lot of denial and wishful thinking in the oil and auto fields these days, but on the other hand, there are quite a few industry observers who understand that a historic transition is beginning. A recent article in the trade magazine OilPrice.com notes that coal power plants are being retired at “an alarming clip,” and that the EV sector now accounts for a higher stock-market valuation than does the legacy auto industry...
 
Originally published at https://evannex.com on March 1, 2021. Recently, Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced on Twitter that he is donating $100M for innovating the best carbon capture technology. At the time, it was just an announcement, now further details have surfaced including how to apply and, if you're good, win the prize. Above: Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk (Source: XPRIZE) It turns out that the Musk Foundation has selected XPRIZE to manage this process. XPRIZE will open...
 
Originally published at https://evannex.com on February 26, 2021 By most accounts, Tesla’s Supercharger network is the gold standard for highway fast charging. Non-Tesla charging providers may resent being stuck in second (or third, or fourth) place, but they're probably more concerned about missing out on a substantial number of customers, considering that Tesla owners currently make up the majority of EV drivers. Above: Model 3 charging at EVgo fast charger equipped with...
 
Originally published at https://evannex.com on February 25, 2021. Here’s another way in which Tesla is different from other automakers: it regularly reduces the prices of its vehicles. Some interpreted the company’s recent decision to drop the prices of the base Model 3 and Y as a warning sign of flagging demand. That doesn’t seem likely, considering that it was only the entry-level models that got a price cut—Tesla kept the prices of the mid-level trims the same, and actually increased the...
 
Originally published at https://evannex.com on February 24, 2021. Spy shots of Tesla Semi Truck prototypes have started popping up all over the country. The Tesla Semis spied in different states seem to be the same truck, but looking closely, we can spot a few differences. So what's different? And how do these differ from earlier prototypes? Above: Silver Tesla Semi Truck prototype at the 2018 TSLA shareholder meeting (Source: S.P. Walker / Twitter via X Auto. Posted with express...
 
Originally published at https://evannex.com on February 22, 2021. When Elon Musk meets up with Sandy Munro, a highly technical discussion about manufacturing innovations is guaranteed to keep engineers on the edge of their seats. A chat with bad-boy podcaster Joe Rogan, however, will appeal to quite a different audience. Elon isn’t just an expert on the first principles of physics and the fine points of battery chemistry—he’s also a keen student of science fiction, comedy and campy pop...
 
Originally published at https://evannex.com on February 19, 2021. China has rolled out the proverbial red carpet for Tesla. Last February, every automaker was forced to shut down operations to stop the spread of the coronavirus, but Chinese authorities went to great lengths to help Tesla get back into production mode quickly. The government provided transportation and plenty of masks for Tesla’s employees, and expedited the process of getting the company’s facilities cleaned up and ready to...
 
Originally published at https://evannex.com on February 18, 2021. For most folks, 2020 won’t go down in history as a very good year, but for the auto industry, it was a turning point. Global sales of plug-in vehicles reached 3.24 million (as reported by EV-Volumes), compared to 2.26 million in 2019. That’s an upsurge of about 43%, which is all the more remarkable considering that overall global light vehicle sales fell by 14%. Above: The transition to electric vehicles is starting to...
 
Originally published at https://evannex.com on February 17, 2021. Charging an electric vehicle during a road trip offers a myriad of different possibilities. But sometimes a simple solution is best. Tesla, in turn, has created their own proprietary charging network. And, according to a recent article in the Harvard Business Review, "Tesla's charging stations [have] left other manufacturers in the dust." Above: Tesla charging at a Supercharger (Flickr: Jakob Harter) "Despite...
 
Originally published at https://evannex.com on February 16, 2021. In the race to catch Tesla, some have underestimated the Silicon Valley automaker. William Boston reports in the Wall Street Journal, "For years, industry leaders and analysts pointed to the German [automakers] as evidence that, once unleashed, the old guard’s raw financial power paired with decades of engineering excellence would make short work of Elon Musk’s scrappy startup." Above: A look at the Tesla Model 3...
 
Originally published at https://evannex.com on July 14, 2020. Tesla finally completed its S3XY lineup with the release of the Model Y, but while the S, 3, and X released into unchallenged market segments, other manufacturers have beaten Tesla to the electric midsize crossover punch. Above: Tesla Model Y Performance vs. Jaguar I-Pace (Source: Current Automotive) Specifically, the Jaguar I-Pace looks like a fitting rival to the Model Y. It’s luxurious, sporty, and practical – an excellent...
 
Originally published at https://evannex.com on February 15, 2021. Sandy Munro has become an expert on the technical details of Teslas—the innovative components that most of us will never see, but that make these trend-setting EVs such delightful and disruptive vehicles. He’s also become an unlikely internet star, thanks to his insightful comments and his folksy, engaging speaking style. To be in the room when Sandy sits down for a talk with Elon Musk is an EV geek’s dream. Above...
 
Originally published at https://evannex.com on February 12, 2021. Tesla’s level of accomplishment in a short time is remarkable—the company has only existed for 17 years, and yet it’s become the most valuable automaker in the world. However, another thing that seems remarkable is that, after 17 years of discussing and analyzing everything the company does in minute detail, so many people, including extremely well-informed individuals in the automotive and tech fields, still can’t grasp the...
 
Originally published at https://evannex.com on February 9, 2021. As usual, Tesla’s latest earnings report was loaded with good news: the company reported its sixth straight quarter, and first full year, of profitability; it increased sales ($31.5 billion in 2020, compared to $24.6 billion in 2019); it shored up its cash position ($19.4 billion as of year-end, compared to $6.3 billion at the end of 2019); and it announced plausible plans for future steady increases in production (an...
 
Originally published at https://evannex.com on February 8, 2021. Those of us who have little interest in video games may be tempted to dismiss the recent GameStop-gate saga (feel free to suggest a cuter name if you have one) as yet another bit of digital pop-culture flotsam floating by on the clickstream. However, the sequence of events, which had nothing to do with video games, is interesting (and concerning) on at least three levels. Above: The 'Stonks' meme floating around social...
 
Originally published at https://evannex.com on February 5, 2021. Tesla’s first vehicle, the Roadster, was produced from 2008 to 2011. The company sold around 2,500 of them, at prices ranging from $109,000 to $170,000. The revolutionary Roadster was intended from the beginning as a sort of transitional vehicle, so it’s no surprise that once Model S, a more practical model with much wider appeal, starting grabbing the headlines, interest in the Roadster waned. After production ended, resale...

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