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Originally published at https://evannex.com on January 22, 2021. 2020 was a significant year for Tesla. The Silicon Valley automaker absolutely rocked Wall Street in 2020 — winning Stock of the Year and minting 'Teslanaires' young and old. Through Elon Musk's unique knack (or lack) of Public Relations, just about everyone learned about electric cars via some connection to Tesla last year. So what's ahead for the EV leader in 2021? Above: Cybertruck, ATV, Roadster, and Tesla Semi...
 
Originally published at https://evannex.com on January 21, 2021. President Joe Biden’s emphasis on the environment is a welcome change, but the shift to a more sustainable economy won’t happen overnight. The greening of America will require a great deal of innovation, smart investment and plain old hard work. Bullet trains, wind turbines and electric cars that can go 0-60 in two seconds may generate the headlines that politicians love, but making the transition to a new clean energy...
 
Originally published at https://evannex.com on January 20, 2021. One of the reasons legacy automakers are resisting electrification is that they fear, with good reason, that the transition will take a big bite out of their profits. Massive investment in battery and powertrain technology will be required in the short and medium term, and it seems doubtful that EVs will ever deliver the spectacular profit margins that carmakers enjoy on today’s gas-powered trucks and SUVs. Above...
 
Originally published at https://evannex.com on January 19, 2021. Several countries around the world have set expiration dates for the Oil Age, mandating that automakers eventually stop selling ICE vehicles in their jurisdictions. In September, California became the first US state to propose a similar step. New Jersey’s Department of Environmental Protection has also set a goal of eliminating ICE vehicles by 2035, although it is not binding. Above: Tesla's Model 3 (Source: EVANNEX...
 
Originally published at https://evannex.com on January 18, 2021. Recently, the uber-rich Amazon founder, Jeff Bezos, got bumped from his #1 spot. As Akshay Sawai writes in Money Control, "The man who wants to put people on Mars has become the richest man on Earth." Elon Musk’s reaction to becoming the world’s wealthiest man, with a net worth of $195 billion, was typical of him. “How strange,” he tweeted. This was followed by “Well, back to work.” Above: Tesla CEO Elon Musk (Flickr...
 
Originally published at https://evannex.com on January 15, 2021. As long as there have been EVs, there have been anti-EV hit pieces in the media. No, they aren’t all financed by fossil fuel interests (ironically, the trade magazine OilPrice.com often publishes objective news about Tesla and the threat that EVs pose to the oil industry). Some are penned by old-school auto industry types, some by stock market short-sellers, and some by individuals who simply dislike EVs for whatever reasons...
 
Originally published at https://evannex.com on January 14, 2021. Tesla firmware hacker and researcher who goes by the name of ‘green’ recently revealed that Tesla is migrating towards neural nets (NNs) for Full Self-Driving (FSD) decision making. Currently, Tesla vehicles are making decisions such as ‘right of way’ with programming logic built in C++. Above: Tesla's Autopilot is constantly improving (Image: Tesla) Green tweeted, "Looked into 2020.48 NNs (yay for holiday break free...
 
Originally published at https://evannex.com on January 13, 2021. Year-end awards might be kinda cliché by now but with so much of the EV community up in arms over the questionable winners of the 2020 Transportation Awards, we thought it best for an EV site to talk EV awards. I’m sorry Forbes, the Lucid Air is a great car and all but you can’t give a ‘best product’ award to a not yet existing product. Left: A look at an older cover of Forbes featuring Elon Musk (Source: Forbes); A look at...
 
Originally published at https://evannex.com on January 12, 2021. Tesla recently provided a sneak preview of its 4680 cell production planned for Gigafactory Berlin in the company's latest recruitment video on LinkedIn. It reveals several small details of the 4680 production process that might be of interest to competing automakers in addition to potential employees. Above: Tesla 4680 cell production line concept preview to be implemented at Gigafactory Berlin (Source: Tesla) Tesla...
 
Originally published at https://evannex.com on January 11, 2021. Anyone who has followed the career of Elon Musk knows that he formulated a set of goals many years ago, and has worked tirelessly and methodically to reach those goals, a process that he knew would take years or decades. Even casual observers are familiar with Tesla’s Master Plan, a three-part strategy to bring a mid-priced EV to the mass market. Above: Tesla CEO Elon Musk (Flickr: Heisenberg Media) Elon has facetiously...
 
Originally published at https://evannex.com on January 8, 2021. One of the most eagerly anticipated developments in the EV world this year will be the advent of electric pickup trucks. As a recent NPR article notes, the market at stake is enormous—currently, the three best-selling vehicles in the US are pickups. However, truck buyers are, in the popular imagination at least, just about the polar opposite of the stereotypical early EV adopter. Will the ball-cap brigade even consider a...
 
Originally published at https://evannex.com on January 7, 2021. Will Tesla release it's new, updated 'Plaid' Model S soon? YouTube personality Galileo Russell asked Elon Musk on Twitter if the company decided to "sandbag" the vehicle's timeline to launch. Musk replied with a winking emoji. Hmmm. Above: Artist's rendering of a Tesla Model S design refresh. Click/Tap to open HD version in new tab (Source: Unknown via @Supermantibody / Twitter) Regardless, for those ordering the Tri-Motor...
 
Originally published at https://evannex.com on January 6, 2021. It's cold! Winter is here. So it’s a good time to review some of the things you should be aware of when it comes to driving your Tesla in colder weather. Whether you've just recently moved to a colder climate, or just want some winter driving advice, here's a few Tesla tips as the temperature continues to drop. Above: Tesla Model S driving in the snow (Source: Tesla) OPTIMIZING WINTER RANGE Whether you're driving an...
 
Originally published at https://evannex.com on January 5, 2021. A recent report from a group of analysts at the Swiss investment bank UBS contains two interesting insights about the current state of the EV market. The first has to do with automakers’ battery development efforts. Above: UBS (Flickr: Martin Abegglen) Comparing the batteries used in different EV models may sound like a task for electrical engineers, or chemists. Nowadays, however, stock analysts are finding that they need...
 
Originally published at https://evannex.com on January 4, 2021. Elon Musk overhauls industries ripe for disruption. Automotive and aerospace sectors were, pre-Musk, getting somewhat stagnant. So after the sale of PayPal, Musk came along with Tesla and SpaceX and changed everything with his penchant for innovation. Above: Elon Musk (Flickr: Ennoti) So what's next? Neuralink, Hyperloop, and The Boring Company are sure to be game changers. But there's something else, under the radar, that...
 
Originally published at https://evannex.com on December 29, 2020. Investing in Tesla has always been a rollercoaster ride. This year, however, Tesla's stock has surged higher and higher all while settling into the prestigious S&P 500. It's been quite rewarding for retail investors — minting some surprised (and happy) millionaires in the process. Above: Tesla Model 3 (Source: EVANNEX; Photo by Casey Murphy) "Bruce Burnworth used to clip coupons and look for deals before his investment in...
 
Originally published at https://evannex.com on December 28, 2020. 2020 has been a bummer of a year for many people, but it’s been a banner year for Elon Musk. His companies have gone from strength to strength, significantly advancing his goals of cleaning up the world’s transportation and energy systems and making humanity a multiplanetary species, as his personal wealth has soared to new heights. Above: Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk (Source: Insider Monkey) Tesla reached so many...
 
Originally published at https://evannex.com on December 21, 2020. “Hey kids, it’s winter in the great white North — you know what that means eh? Track Mode!”, says my good old friend Ian Pavelko before he starts enjoying snow drifting in his Tesla Model 3 Performance (aka MAGNETO). Above: Tesla Model 3 taking on the snow (Source: Now You Know) Tesla Track Mode disables the stability and traction control restrictions from the car. In turn, this enables the driver to float free from the...
 
Originally published at https://evannex.com on December 18, 2020. Hi, my name is Ralf. Some of you might know me as "Mr T" from Mr & Mrs T on Tour. I am a Tesla owner, enthusiast, and club member in Switzerland who traveled the world in a Tesla. Above: Ralf Schwesinger, aka "Mr T" (Source: Mr & Mrs T on Tour) THE DREAM As far as I can tell, traveling the world is a dream many people share, but most of us never really dare to try, even if they could afford it. No matter when (or how...
 
Originally published at https://evannex.com on December 16, 2020. Oh, the irony! In Tesla’s early days, many assumed it would eventually be acquired by a larger automaker. After all, this was, and is, the tried-and-true trajectory for a Silicon Valley startup. This wasn’t just a journalist’s fantasy—the co-founders themselves considered it a possibility. Marc Tarpenning told me in 2013, “We believed (quite naively), that once the Roadster was out and people saw that you could make a...
 
Originally published at https://evannex.com on December 15, 2020. You may not have seen a Chinese EV on the street yet, but the companies behind them have been burning up US stock markets. Xpeng’s stock price has roughly doubled since the company joined the NYSE in August; Li Auto’s has tripled since its July debut; and NIO, which went public in the US in 2018, has seen its share price soar by around 1,000% since the beginning of the year. Above: A look at China's all-electric Xpeng P7...
 
Originally published at https://evannex.com on December 14, 2020. Tesla has a dual mission: to reinvent not only the automobile, but the automaker. Part of the latter strategy is streamlining its manufacturing ecosystem to bring production closer to the markets the company serves. This saves not only money, but also energy, reducing the emissions involved in delivering vehicles (also an important part of Tesla’s mission). Above: Tesla CEO Elon Musk (Source: Insider Monkey) Tesla now has...
 
Originally published at https://evannex.com on December 10, 2020. A batch of 3,600 brand-new Tesla Model 3 sedans, sporting white protective film front and rear, recently rolled off a towering ocean-going car carrier at Zeebrugge Port in Belgium. Xinhua (via CCTV) reports that, after a month-long journey from Tesla’s Shanghai Gigafactory, the new EVs are now on their way to buyers in Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Portugal and Switzerland. Of course, the massive ships disgorge automobiles...
 
Originally published at https://evannex.com on December 9, 2020. It's a thrilling feeling when you take delivery of your first Tesla. There's that new car smell. The serene silence of no internal combustion engine. The ultra-smooth acceleration. The addictive torque. However, looking at your perfect, all-new, all-electric machine leaves you feeling like something is missing. Above: Tesla Model 3 owner enjoying the holidays (Source: EVANNEX; Photo by Casey Murphy) Why? No matter how...
 
Originally published at https://evannex.com on December 8, 2020. Tesla’s superior software represents one of its biggest competitive advantages over other automakers. That’s not news, and neither are comparisons between a Tesla vehicle and a smartphone. Readers of this column are well aware that Tesla regularly uses over-the-air updates to deliver bug fixes, new features and performance improvements such as added range and quicker acceleration—just as a smartphone or a computer software...
 
Originally published at https://evannex.com on December 7, 2020. Five years ago, Elon Musk was pushing hard for a carbon tax. Since then, however, he's remained relatively quiet on the matter. According to Matthew DeBord at Business Insider, "the arrival of President-elect Joe Biden's administration might allow Musk to revive his carbon-tax campaign." Above: Tesla CEO Elon Musk (Flickr: Daniel Oberhaus) "Musk could find a newly receptive audience to a carbon tax in the Biden White House...
 
Originally published at https://evannex.com on December 4, 2020. As the holiday season is nearing, cold weather is striking different parts of North America with copious amounts of ice, snow, and wind. A Tesla Model 3 owner from Saskatoon, Canada tested his car for overnight range loss in temperatures as low as -17 ℃ (1.4 ℉). Above: Model 3 parked in snow to test range loss (Source: SaskTesla / YouTube) He conducted a range loss calculation outside in the snow while his Tesla wasn't...
 
Originally published at https://evannex.com on December 3, 2020. Tesla co-founder JB Straubel has been getting a lot of well-deserved press coverage lately for his work with a new battery recycling startup. Despite what the anti-EV crowd tells you, recycling lithium-ion batteries is quite feasible both technologically and financially, and Straubel’s Redwood Materials is doing it right now. Above: Bloomberg's Ashlee Vance sits down with Tesla co-founder JB Straubel to discuss his new...
 
Originally published at https://evannex.com on December 2, 2020. In the early years of any major technological transition, consumers tend to see the new tech through the lens of the old—early TV shows were basically radio shows with video, and early web sites looked like pages from low-budget magazines. Many imagine that, once we’ve made the transition to electric vehicles, we’ll continue to make periodic stops at fueling stations, simply replacing gas pumps with charging stations...
 
Originally published at https://evannex.com on December 1, 2020. It’s one of the greatest fears for a modern parent: their kids’ love of video games will become an obsession, and young Noah or Emma will end up as a “vidiot,” spending their days and nights alone in a dark room, living on energy drinks and Soylent, as bloody scenes of mayhem cycle on the screen, and who-knows-what racket blasts on the earbuds. Above: Elon Musk's early story (Source: Money Control / Story and Script...
 
With the holidays fast-approaching, there's never been a better time to spoil your Tesla. Wait. Isn't it time to buy gifts for others? Well... no. Naughty or nice, your Tesla gets plenty of speeding tickets while (at the same time) boasting zero tailpipe emissions. So either way, your Tesla deserves something from Santa. Above: A spy shot of Cybertruck hiding somewhere in the North Pole getting into the holiday spirit (Artwork: EVANNEX) So what are the ultimate add-ons for Tesla owners...
 
Originally published at https://evannex.com on November 24, 2020. There’s a puzzling power struggle going on in Germany. The federal government, cheered on by various industry trade groups, has grand plans to build a hydrogen fuel cell ecosystem. However, two of the country’s three major automakers have stated in no uncertain terms that hydrogen fuel cells are unsuitable for passenger vehicles, and that battery-electric vehicles are the way forward (a conclusion that Tesla’s founders...
 
Originally published at https://evannex.com on November 23, 2020. Yes, we all know by now that Tesla is more than just an automaker. However, this is a fact that we need to keep in mind as the legacy automakers increase their EV efforts. Superficial observers have long assumed that the only thing a VW or a GM will have to do in order to bury tiny Tesla is to produce an EV that’s the equal of the California carmaker’s offerings. Above: Elon Musk talks about his plans for Tesla (Flickr...
 
Originally published at https://evannex.com on November 20, 2020. Can you imagine getting paid by your competitors? That's precisely what's happening in the auto industry right now. Honda recently became another automaker joining Fiat Chrysler in pooling regulatory credits with Tesla in Europe. European regulations now require an average of 95 grams of CO2 emissions per kilometer per car that Honda (and many others) have failed to achieve. Above: Honda e EV driving on a European highway...
 
Originally published at https://evannex.com on November 19, 2020. Above: Overlooking Astoria-Megler Bridge, longest continuous truss bridge in North America (Source: EVMatch) In my continuing quest to show that electric cars can ferry adventurous families just as well as gas-guzzling minivans and Tahoes, I can now say from experience that this holds true during the “new normal” of the pandemic. (Important note: we traveled between August 8th and 17th, after the second wave of COVID had...
 
Originally published at https://evannex.com on November 18, 2020. The stock market seems to be reliving the 1990s—investors are pouring money into startup companies in a new industry, many of which have yet to produce any revenue or profits. However, this time it isn’t computer and internet firms that are in the spotlight, but electric vehicle makers. In a former age everyone was looking for the next Microsoft or Amazon—now they’re looking for the next Tesla. Above: Tesla's Model X...
 
Originally published at https://evannex.com on November 16, 2020. Early on, Tesla had the electric vehicle market all to themselves. The Roadster, Model S, and Model X had virtually no competition to speak of — other EVs, at the time, were in completely different market segments and/or had a lot less range. Later on the Model 3 had to contend with the Chevy Bolt, but we all know how that turned out. Then, things started to change for Elon Musk and Team Tesla. Above: Elon Musk launches the...
 
Originally published at https://evannex.com on November 13, 2020. There’s a new wave of electric vehicles on the way—GM, Ford, Mercedes, Volvo, VW, Nissan, Renault, Hyundai, and even such humble brands as Mazda, Seat and Dacia all have new plug-in vehicles on the road or in the pipeline. Furthermore, a slew of startups, including Rivian, Lordstown, Aptera, Nikola and Fisker, will soon be debuting a range of exciting EVs. Above: A look at some of the electrified cars on offer from a few...
 
Originally published at https://evannex.com on November 11, 2020. If you haven't seen it yet, check out 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. 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...
 
Originally published at https://evannex.com on November 10, 2020. After Tesla's watershed event, Battery Day, many wondered why Tesla was introducing their own battery cell? Why not work with their oldest battery partner Panasonic? Sure enough, Panasonic recently teased more information about how the company is working with Tesla on developing the new 4680 battery cell for mass production at Giga Nevada. Above: Panasonic looks to supply Tesla with the new 4680 battery cell introduced...
 
Originally published at https://evannex.com on November 9, 2020. Most Fortune 500 CEOs play the stodgy, conservative role in order to neatly "fit in" with the corporate crowd. Not Elon Musk. As head of both Tesla and SpaceX, the irreverent leader has always colored outside the lines. As Tanyo Gochev explains in Thrive Global, Elon Musk is successful "by being part of the culture" as opposed to hiding behind corporate-speak. Above: Tesla CEO Elon Musk (Flickr: Steve Jurvetson) Elon has...
 
Originally published at https://evannex.com on November 3, 2020. With Tesla's "acceleration boost" upgrade introduced a while back for Model 3, we now have DLC for cars. And since Model Y deliveries recently hit a fever pitch, it's not surprising that the acceleration boost feature now finds it's way onto Tesla's newest model. The question remains... is it worth it? Above: Model Y on the highway (Source: EVANNEX; Photo by Casey Murphy) Just like the Model 3 acceleration boost, this...
 
Originally published at https://evannex.com on October 30, 2020. Tesla’s skateboard battery pack is one of the company’s most important innovations. When it was introduced in Model S, it was nothing less than a revolution in automotive design. Franz von Holzhausen, who joined Tesla as Chief Designer in August 2008, was one of the masterminds of the concept, and he seems to have coined the term itself. “The architecture of Model S is really similar to a skateboard,” he told Bloomberg in...
 
Originally published at https://evannex.com on October 29, 2020. The owner of a Tesla Model Y, Raudel Molina, was able to put the Smart Summon feature to work during some special circumstances recently in Florida. This particular Model Y withstood about an hour-long rain. When the rain stopped, the parking lot was completely flooded. Molina remembered his Tesla was capable of of "escaping" the flooded parking lot — all without him having to ruin his shoes (and getting them drenched) in the...
 
Originally published at https://evannex.com on October 23, 2020. Comparisons between Amazon and Tesla have been pretty popular in the business press. There's also more than a few parallels between company CEOs Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk. Looking at these tech trailblazers, something bigger may be afoot. Kirk Bell asks in Motor Authority, "What if this is the auto industry’s Amazon moment, and Tesla is the company that stands to benefit?" Above: Tesla Model Y (Source: EVANNEX; Photo by...
 
Originally published at https://evannex.com on October 20, 2020. Is range the most important aspect of an EV’s performance? Maybe, and maybe not, but range is one of the first things mentioned in most mainstream media coverage of EVs, and it’s almost always one of the first things a potential EV buyer asks about. The company with the longest-range EVs has a big competitive advantage in the marketplace, and that company is Tesla. Above: Tesla Model S (Source: Tesla) What’s the secret...
 
Originally published at https://evannex.com on October 15, 2020. Cybertruck has created quite a stir in the design community. We've seen Cybertruck replicas popping up all over the world. We've even seen a cool attempt at a Cyberbike! Tesla's design team even created a "little cousin" of sorts with a new ATV. So what if someone reimagined the Tesla's much-anticipated Roadster with influences from the Cybertruck? Above: Cyber Roadster concept (Source: u/AdamMoonlight via Reddit) These...
 
Originally published at https://evannex.com on October 14, 2020. As anyone who follows the EV news knows, Europe and China are far outpacing the US when it comes to EV adoption. As European automakers, and even European oil companies, are racing to prepare for the coming electrification revolution, in the US, political leaders seem to feel that propping up the century-old fossil fuel-based transport system is the priority of the day, and many people see it as a political issue, important...
 
Originally published at https://evannex.com on October 13, 2020. Tesla is famous not only for building quick cars, but for building factories quickly. One of the main reasons the company selected the Reno area as the site of Gigafactory 1 was that local officials promised to help get the facility built in record time. Tesla broke ground for Gigafactory 3 in Shanghai in January 2019, and started delivering Model 3s from the plant in December, a record for global automakers in China...
 
Originally published at https://evannex.com on October 12, 2020. In 1999, Elon Musk founded a company called X.com, which he originally conceived as a “one-stop shop” for financial services. However, he soon became more interested in another startup called Confinity, which had its headquarters down the street from his Palo Alto office. Confinity had developed a clever system for enabling person-to-person email payments, which it called PayPal. Above: A look at the so-called 'Paypal...

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