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Published on September 5th, 2015 | by Zachary Shahan

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Supersplendulous Tesla Model X Windshield, $25,000 Model X Tax Loophole?… (Clean Transport Highlights)

September 5th, 2015 by  


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Time for another “Clean Transport Highlights” post.

Tesla Model X Windshield Will Be Supersplendulous

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….

Elon Musk: Tesla Referral Program “Seems To Be Working”

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)….

Life After Model 3

What will come next?

  1. A more “adventurous” Model III alter-ego?
  2. A new Roadster?
  3. A pickup truck?
  4. An even cheaper car?…

Tesla 70D — Let Me Tell You How It Feels To Drive.

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 Gushes Over 2016 Chevy Volt

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….

BMW Unveils 2 New Plug-In Hybrids In Frankfurt

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….

California EV Rebate Only For People With Under $250,000 Annual Income

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….

Tesla P90D Owner Reveals 0 to 60 Speed Details

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….

I Never Thought I’d Buy An Electric 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….

Why I’ll Never Buy a Gas Car Again

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….

Surgeon General Warning to Local Governments: Stop Being So Auto-Centric!

No, those will not be the precise words of the forthcoming “Call to Action” by Surgeon General Vice Admiral Vivek H. Murthy, but he will call on cities to “design and build roads and public places to make walking easier, safer, and more pleasant.” It’s called active living and it is one of four healthy practices that appear on the Surgeon General’s website….

Featured image credit: Tesla

 
 
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