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Chris Boylan is an EV and alternative fuel enthusiast who has been writing about technology since 2003.

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What Is A Sleeper Or Stealth Tesla Model 3 Performance?

October 13th, 2019 | by Chris Boylan

As new buyers are researching Tesla and deciding which Model 3 version to buy, some of the options can be a bit confusing. And if you delve into the various social media groups and discussion forums, things can get even worse. One particular version of the Model 3 which is a bit of a unicorn is the so-called "Stealth" or "Sleeper" Performance model. And to describe what that is, first let's go through a brief history of the Tesla Model

Tesla Doubles Supercharging Referral Bonus To 2,000 Free Miles In Q3 Sales Push

September 10th, 2019 | by Chris Boylan

Tesla's referral program has been an effective tool for the company to promote car sales. By using a referral code or link to order your new Tesla, both you (the buyer) and the referring owner get free Supercharging. Until today, that bonus was 1,000 miles of free Supercharging for buyer and referrer. But Tesla just announced that it is doubling that bonus to 2,000 free Supercharging miles for any Tesla car purchased and delivered before October 1, 2019. Tesla has also extended this 2,000 mile Supercharging bonus to those who order a Tesla solar power system before October

Tesla Haters Now Tesla Lovers? James May, Bob Lutz … Who’s Next?

June 28th, 2019 | by Chris Boylan

In the early days of Tesla, though the company had many fans, it also had many detractors. Some of those detractors may have had a vested interest in the company failing. No, I'm not talking about the armies of short sellers who still plague the company and its mission today, but about auto industry competitors and celebrities whose livelihood depended on the status quo. But Tesla's continued success in manufacturing high-performance EVs has turned some of these critics into fans

Tesla Referral Program — How Does A Referral Code Work & What Do I Get?

May 27th, 2019 | by Chris Boylan

Though it's been making and selling purely electric cars since 2008, Tesla still spends next to nothing on marketing and advertising. Instead, the company relies mostly on word of mouth from existing owners and excitement from bloggers, YouTube influencers, and journalists to sell cars. To this end, the Tesla referral program has been an effective tool in bringing new customers to the brand

Here’s Why The Model Y Is The Only Tesla I Don’t Mind Waiting For

April 20th, 2019 | by Chris Boylan

I know that's a strange title for an article. But let me explain. I took my family for a test drive in a Tesla Model S P85+ back in 2013. I was hooked. So were the kids. (The wife took a little more convincing.) But a sedan, even a roomy sedan with the ability to seat seven (sort of), wasn't an ideal choice for us at the time. Then I saw the video for the upcoming Model X. OMG, those FALCON-WING DOORS! Seating for seven. Loads of space. I NEEDED THAT!

Saving Money On Tesla Model 3 Charging With SmartCharge NY — A Hands-On Review

April 13th, 2019 | by Chris Boylan

As electric cars become more pervasive (hello, Tesla Model 3), the potential stress on the country's electric grid increases. Many local utilities now offer Time of Use (TOU) plans to encourage consumers to shift their electricity usage from times of peak demand to times of low demand. TOU plans typically offer discounted rates on electricity used off-peak (normally at night or weekends) and surcharges on electricity used during peak hours (typically during the day on weekdays). But there are other ways to encourage a shift to off-peak power usage. One of these ways is the SmartCharge NY program

Tesla Service Struggles To Keep Up With Sales Volume

March 21st, 2019 | by Chris Boylan

While Tesla's car production and sales volumes have grown at an unprecedented pace, the company continues to struggle with the challenges of servicing this massive influx of new customers. As the volume of cars delivered has grown, so have the complaints about long waits for scheduled service, extended delays in having even basic service jobs completed, and the inability to get replacement body and mechanical parts in a timely fashion

7 Great Gift Ideas For Tesla Model 3 Owners

December 14th, 2018 | by Chris Boylan

With the Tesla Model 3 making its way into more people's garages and driveways, the options for customizing and personalizing the owner experience is expanding. And if you're looking for a great holiday gift for yourself or another new Model 3 owner in the family, here are a few of my favorites, based on personal experience as a Model 3 owner

SmartCharge NY Adds Tesla Model 3 Support For Discounts On EV Charging In New York

November 21st, 2018 | by Chris Boylan

One of the benefits of being an early adopter (or first follower) of clean energy solutions is the incentives available to help lessen our dependence on fossil fuels. Many national, state, and local governments offer some forms of incentives for consumers to make the switch from fossil fuels to electricity; to upgrade from gasoline or diesel vehicles to electric vehicles (EVs). In some locations, you can even get some financial help when you install an EV charging station at your home or business

Free Unlimited Lifetime Supercharging Now Available For Tesla Model 3 (With A Catch)

August 12th, 2018 | by Chris Boylan

One of the biggest advantages that Tesla currently holds over all other electric carmakers is its proprietary Supercharger network. By plugging a Tesla Model 3, Model S, or Model X into a Tesla Supercharger, you can recover about 60% of the car's range in less than half an hour, or 100% of its range in 60–70 minutes. And while this is significantly longer than it takes to fill the tank in a traditional gas-powered car, it's quick enough that taking a Tesla on a long-distance road trip is actually practical

Tesla Model 3 Road Trip: Super Fun, But Some Planning Required (#CleanTechnica Review)

June 17th, 2018 | by Chris Boylan

With our factory fresh Tesla Model 3 back from the body shop, and Memorial Day weekend upon us, it was time for my family's first real road trip in our new electric car. As first-time EV owners, how would we handle the trip? Would range anxiety kick in? Would we get stranded by the side of the road, out of juice? Or would things be more or less comparable to driving an ICE car ... only better? Read on to find out

Here’s What $7,000 Of Damage Looks Like On A Tesla Model 3

May 20th, 2018 | by Chris Boylan

So, in March, I got "the call" from Tesla: My Model 3 was coming to New York and they were ready to schedule delivery. And this was only 6 days after I was invited to configure the car and lock in my order. Needless to say, I was excited. I'd been waiting to own a Tesla since my first test drive of a Model S in 2013, and had stood in line on Model 3 launch day to get a chance to get one as quickly as I could. The delivery was delayed a week when detailers at the Tesla store in Brooklyn noticed a paint chip: "Elon says they have to be perfect," said my delivery specialist. And so I waited a few more days

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