Time for another “Clean Transport Highlights” post.
No, “supersplendulous” is not a word. Yes, the Model X windshield inspired me to coin the term “supersplendulous,” which I imagine nobody else will use, making my use of the term “coin” a bit illogically pompous and self-important, but getting back on topic….
Understanding and speculation regarding the purpose of the Tesla Model S referral program has been all over the place, but if you just look at what Elon said in Tesla’s most recent conference call, it simply comes across as a test to see if such a program could replace Tesla stores and sales staff to some extent (while perhaps also preventing Model X cannibalization of Model S sales and getting around annoying and counterproductive dealership laws and fights)….
What will come next?
- A more “adventurous” Model III alter-ego?
- A new Roadster?
- A pickup truck?
- An even cheaper car?…
I’ve had my 70D for a week and I’ve got some feedback for folks who might worry that they’re not getting a high performer. I had my doubts when the car was announced, even as I downgraded my reservation from an 85D. I’m not a guy who needs the fastest car possible and I’m not a guy who will readily try to drag race everything off the lights or hoon around A-roads at ludicrous speeds. However, I have owned my fair share of performance cars and I was worried that I’d feel that the 70D was a performance downgrade….
Edmunds got a chance to drive a new 2016 Chevy Volt on an extended road trip recently and found the car to be a noticeable improvement over the first-generation car in almost every way. Chevrolet engineers have massaged every aspect of the car. The battery has been bumped to 18.4 kWh but is 20 pounds lighter than the 15.5 kWh battery in the old car. It also fits in the same space as the old unit….
At the upcoming Interational Auto Show in Frankfurt, BMW will be showcasing 4 plug-in hybrid models — the BMW 740e, BMW 330e (new), BMW 225xe (new), and the BMW X5 xDrive40e. Underneath the good of all of these — as well as its BMW i models — is its new eDrive system….
As I wrote the other day, the rich disproportionately benefit from federal EV tax credits. For that matter, it is primarily the rich who are early adopters and who are buying electric cars. That also means that it’s the rich who are most benefiting from the $2,500 California EV rebate….
Elon Musk has quite the touch with the luxury car market and is ruthless when he sees a competitive advantage in the auto industry. Tesla released the luxury Model S P85D last year and announced this summer a new option with the P85D sedan, an extra 5kWh more range on the battery pack and the “Ludicrous” driving mode option. Essentially, the Model S 90D provides more driving purity for car enthusiasts on an everyday basis and handling you can only get with a $250,000 track car, such as a Ferrari or even BMW i8’s road car….
Yep. I’ve been a sports car guy my entire life. Nothing is better than a large displacement engine and a manual transmission. It was time to move past my 911 and I was trying to decide between the new Z06, an M5 or even a GT-R. Then I decided to test drive the Tesla….
Twenty seven thousand miles and 11 months later, one thing is absolutely clear: I’ll never buy a gas car again. Now — to be fair — I obviously had to be an optimist to begin with in order to justify purchasing this premium-priced sedan. But my optimism regarding the viability of fully electric vehicles during this stretch of Tesla-only use has increased. And it’s worth noting that during this entire period, Model S was not only the primary car in our household, but the only car. My solidified confidence in electric vehicles after such extensive use, therefore, makes this a story worth sharing….
Featured image credit: Tesla
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