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Published on October 8th, 2019 | by Zachary Shahan

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Perplexing Accord & Camry Buyers … 7 Year Old Tesla Model S Battery Degradation … Old Nissan LEAF vs. New Tesla Model 3 — Top 20 CleanTechnica Stories in September

October 8th, 2019 by  


The most popular CleanTechnica article of September did not have “Tesla” in the title, but if you read the piece, you can see the story is closely tied to the Tesla Model 3. The shock I just couldn’t stop shaking was about how many people continue to buy new Toyota Camrys and Honda Accords. Compared to the Model 3, I get it — even if they have the same 5 year cost of ownership (possible), they have a lower upfront price. That said, if $100–200 a month is a dealbreaker for someone looking at these options, my opinion is that they definitely shouldn’t be buying a new car at all. But hey, that’s just my opinion.

The second most popular article concerned the story of a man whose 7 year old Tesla Model S reportedly still has 98% of its original battery capacity. What were those concern trolls (and outright normal trolls) saying about needing to replace a Tesla’s battery pack after a few years?

The third most popular article of the month was Steve Hanley’s useful, funny, unique, thoughtful, and unexpected comparison of an old Nissan LEAF and new Tesla Model 3. You have to read it for the full head-to-head bean counting.

For the remaining most popular stories of the month on CleanTechnica, scroll down! Also, if you appreciate our original, painstaking, sweat-inducing, finger-cramp creating work, please consider becoming a monthly subscriber. You can do so for less than a cup of coffee! And be honest — we wake you up more than coffee sometimes!


  1. Honda Accord & Toyota Camry Buyers — What The Heck Are You Doing?
  2. 7 Year Old Tesla Model S At 98% Battery Capacity Today
  3. Face-Off: 2015 Nissan LEAF S vs. 2018 Tesla Model 3 LR
  4. Tesla Announces Simple Pricing On Commercial Solar, $1.01/Watt (Will Blow Some Minds)
  5. This Is What A Tesla Will Soon Sound Like At Low Speeds
  6. Tesla Is Now Installing Full Self-Driving Hardware 3 Upgrade In Some Cars
  7. My One Year Service For My Tesla Model 3
  8. McDonald’s Wants To Charge Your Electric Car
  9. Toxic Tesla Fandom Is Counterproductive
  10. Tesla Model S Laps The Nürburgring In 7:23 — Crushing The Porsche Taycan
  11. 2020 — The Year Of The Tesla Model Y & Other ICE-Killing Crossovers
  12. Tesla Model 3 vs. Toyota Camry — 5 Year Cost of Ownership Comparisons
  13. How Much Does The Tesla Semi Weigh?
  14. Volkswagen ID.3 vs. Nissan LEAF & Hyundai Kona EV — Range & Price Comparisons
  15. 15 To 20 Foot Sea Level Rise Possible Sooner Rather Than Later
  16. Tesla Model 3 vs. Mercedes C-Class & Audi A4 — 5 Year Cost of Ownership Comparisons
  17. Honda E Pricing Announced
  18. Tesla vs Porsche EV Rivalry Accelerates the Death of Fossil Vehicles
  19. Chevy Bolt & Tesla Model 3 vs. Toyota Camry — 5 Year Cost Of Ownership
  20. Elon Musk Announces Plaid Performance Upgrade To Tesla Model S, X, & Roadster!

That’s right — despite the fact that we publish on tons of different cleantech and green lifestyle topics, and don’t often have even 50% of a day’s articles about Tesla — 16 out of the 20 stories above concerned Tesla. That’s 80% of the top 20. Clearly, at least one of two things is true: 1) a ton of people are interested in Tesla news who aren’t that interested in other cleantech or green stuff, and/or 2) our Tesla content is really good. (Of course, there are some other possibilities as well, and Elon Musk’s retweets, responses, and hearts on Twitter don’t hurt.) 
 
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About the Author

Zach is tryin' to help society help itself one word at a time. He spends most of his time here on CleanTechnica as its director and chief editor. He's also the CEO of Important Media. Zach is recognized globally as an electric vehicle, solar energy, and energy storage expert. He has presented about cleantech at conferences in India, the UAE, Ukraine, Poland, Germany, the Netherlands, the USA, Canada, and Curaçao. Zach has long-term investments in Tesla [TSLA] — after years of covering solar and EVs, he simply has a lot of faith in this company and feels like it is a good cleantech company to invest in. But he offers no investment advice and does not recommend investing in Tesla or any other company.



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