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Tesla Co-Founder Talks The “Startup Grind” In Silicon Valley (Video)

October 18th, 2018 | by Guest Contributor

Marc Tarpenning was already a veteran of the Silicon Valley startup scene when he and Martin Eberhard founded Tesla. Their skills in starting companies and securing financing were a big part of the reason that the company was able to get up and running so quickly. Tarpenning is also an articulate and engaging speaker, as I learned when I interviewed him for my history of Tesla. So who better to talk about startups than Tarpenning


Fixing Salvaged Teslas, The Ingineer Way

October 16th, 2018 | by Guest Contributor

All automobiles are supported by an ecosystem of services, which traditionally includes dealerships, repair shops, and fueling stations. One of the ways Tesla has redefined the auto industry is by vertically integrating these services. You can buy a vehicle directly from Tesla, have it serviced at a Tesla service center, and charge it at a Tesla Supercharger. On the whole, most customers seem to be happy with this arrangement, but some believe that there is an unmet need for independent repair shops, and a community of DIY Tesla repair techs has developed. Because Tesla doesn’t support their activities, there’s an underground, hacker vibe to the scene


Denver To Zion National Park In Tesla Model X

October 16th, 2018 | by Guest Contributor

Tesla road trips are becoming a popular genre of travel videos. The adventure magazine Outside recently sent writer and filmmaker Brendan Leonard and his girlfriend Hilary on a wonderful western road trip in a Model X. Over the course of five days, they traveled from Denver to Zion National Park, stopping along the way to ski at A-Basin, climb in Telluride, and camp in Monument Valley


After 34 Years of Selling Cars, This Salesman Is Now Promoting EVs

October 15th, 2018 | by Guest Contributor

At the height of the financial crisis in 2008, Thomas J. Thias, a car salesperson at the 6th largest Class A dealership in the nation by total sales volume, watched as gas prices spiked to near record levels. “By June, prices had hit $4 a gallon and stayed that way until the end of October,” Thias explained. By late November, prices had dropped to $2 a gallon, “but the damage to small businesses, the Big Three automakers, and consumers was devastating,” he said


Tesla Model 3 = Speed Demon (Video)

October 14th, 2018 | by Guest Contributor

Even without the much-feared "Ludicrous Mode," Tesla's Model 3 Performance version is creating some jaw-dropping scenes at drag race venues


Conflicted German Automakers Struggle With EV Transition

October 13th, 2018 | by Guest Contributor

It’s no secret that legacy automakers are making the transition to electric vehicles only reluctantly, in response to regulatory pressure from governments and to competitive pressure from Tesla. Contrary to what many seem to believe, Big Auto’s reluctance to embrace EVs is not merely the usual corporate fear of the future, nor is it the result of any oil industry-fueled conspiracy (as far as we know). It’s a simple matter of money -- there are good reasons to believe that electrification will take a major bite out of industry profits, as BMW and Daimler execs recently acknowledged


Tidbits From Picking Up Our Tesla Model 3 At The End Of Quarter 3

October 6th, 2018 | by Guest Contributor

On Saturday, September 29, my son Finn and I picked up our dual motor, long range, Autopilot-enabled Model 3!! Since March 2016. Finn has had the Model 3 drawing pinned to his wall and here is the real thing. Magic! The end of quarter delivery lunacy was all that it was built up to be


Top Gear: Tesla Model 3 Performance “A Satisfying Way To Get Around”

September 22nd, 2018 | by Guest Contributor

Tesla’s vehicles have earned rave reviews from just about every major automotive authority. However, there are plenty of car guys (and, presumably, gals) out there who still haven’t warmed up to a Tesla, or any electric vehicle. Some petrol-heads of this persuasion are to be found at Top Gear, the UK car guys that famously fought it out in the courtroom with Tesla back in 2008 (as told in a certain book). “As much as we admire BEVs, not one has yet landed that genuinely stirs the emotions like our old friend internal combustion,” writes Top Gear’s Jason Barlow in a recent article


70-Year-Old Goes On Australia Road Trip In Her Tesla Model S

September 22nd, 2018 | by Guest Contributor

Electric vehicles aren’t just for young Silicon Valley hipsters. The latest to join the ranks of EV pioneers is septuagenarian retired farmer Sylvia Wilson, who recently drove a Tesla Model S all the way around the Australian coast — a trip of 20,396 km that consumed a mere $150.90 worth of electricity


New Tesla Roadster vs. Bugatti Chiron — Nasty

September 21st, 2018 | by Guest Contributor

Tesla’s next-generation Roadster has been making headlines ever since the Tesla Semi unveiling last year, where this futuristic all-electric supercar descended from the Semi trailer. Tesla aims to launch the Roadster in 2020 and recently teased a stunning new photo of the Roadster in white


How Tesla & Elon Musk Inspired Me To Start An Electric Vehicle Company

September 20th, 2018 | by Guest Contributor

I've followed Tesla for years. I like Elon, and I love SpaceX. Every time I traveled from Germany to Los Angeles my first destination was always a little industrial area in Hawthorne, 10 minutes from LAX. SpaceX is located there. It's entirely different compared to my previous visits to the massive operations at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral. The Tesla Design Center and the Hyperloop test track are located there as well. I always come away inspired


26 Cameras On The Tesla Semi (Videos)

September 6th, 2018 | by Guest Contributor

Recently, a few lucky Tesla enthusiasts spotted and filmed the Tesla Semi in Colorado revealing some intimate details about the electric hauler


Tesla’s Enemies Are Perfecting The FUD Machine, & Playing The Media

September 6th, 2018 | by Guest Contributor

Tesla’s vehicles are the three top-selling EVs in the US market. Model S has been consistently outselling every competing large luxury sedan for years, and it appears as if Model 3 will similarly dominate the small sedan segment. The company continues merrily producing 5,000 Model 3s per week, and teardowns by two sets of auto industry experts (Munro & Associates and a group commissioned by German automakers) have concluded that the new EV should deliver a healthy profit margin


Remember That Time Ford Went Private? Elon Musk & Henry Ford Both Irritated By Short-Term Thinkers

September 1st, 2018 | by Guest Contributor

Editor's note: Below is a portion of an article published on the EVANNEX blog. While Henry Ford might not have been fighting with short sellers, oil barons, and Twitter trolls, he, like Elon Musk, was also dogged and irritated by short-term thinkers more interested in quarter-to-quarter financials than long-term vision and growth. Charles Morris relays a story about Henry Ford getting so fed up with it that narrow, near-term mindset that he took Ford Motor Company private. Musk has read up on Ford quite a bit, so perhaps this anecdote kept coming to mind as Musk verbally wrestled with analysts. Alas, it's 2018 and the Tesla story is more complicated than the Ford story — in several ways — which has ended up dissipating the idea of Tesla going private. In any case, this comparison is a fascinating little look at the kind of thing that businessmen like Musk and Ford sometimes have to struggle with


Need To Steal A Tesla? Good Luck

September 1st, 2018 | by Guest Contributor

In today’s world, with Big Brother and a swarm of Little Brothers watching our every move, it’s getting harder to get away with anything. Auto theft may soon be added to the list of guilty pleasures eliminated by modern technology. Unsurprisingly, Tesla, with its hyper-connected vehicles, is a few years ahead of the rest of the industry. Almost every Tesla that’s been stolen has eventually been recovered, writes Quentin Fottrell in MarketWatch


Tesla DIY On Steroids Superfood (Videos)

September 1st, 2018 | by Guest Contributor

In a weedy junkyard, amid the rusting hulks of once-shiny automobiles, the “Doctor Frankenstein of Teslas” connects a pair of jumper cables from a trashed Tesla Model S to a deep-cycle battery. “We may hear some clicks,” he says. “We may hear some buzzing. The car may explode. I don’t know what’s gonna happen.”


Electric Camper Towed By BMW i3 Shines In Düsseldorf

September 1st, 2018 | by Guest Contributor

You may recall last year the release of Dethleffs E.Home electric motorhome. The first-of-its-kind all-electric camper was a veritable mobile solar generating station that would get you well over 100 miles out of the city, and charge itself while you camped for the trip back. Now the new towable E.Home Coco caravan trailer joins Dethleffs’ growing stable of ways to save and see the environment at the same time


Arizona Chauffeuring In A Tesla — “Chauffeur’s Dream”

August 30th, 2018 | by Guest Contributor

It’s 11:30 on a Thursday morning, and David Lucht is recharging – both himself, with a cold brew at Press Coffee Roasters, and his 2014 Tesla Model S, which is currently hooked up to one of the 16 charging stations in the parking lot at Scottsdale Quarter. “They’ve got the Superchargers here,” Lucht says, excitedly


Tesla Model 3 Production Has 25–33% The Number Of Steps “Found In Traditional Auto”

August 30th, 2018 | by Guest Contributor

The road to the future runs through Fremont. Tesla has always been the leader of the EV revolution, and (despite the media nonsense about “Tesla-killers”) that isn’t going to change any time soon. Tesla’s future depends on achieving long-term profitability, and that depends on sustaining volume production of Model 3. So the burning question of the day is, what’s really going on at the Tesla factory


Talk About “Losing Money” — US Shale Gas Will Crash … Hard

August 19th, 2018 | by Guest Contributor

With fracking about to recommence in the UK after 8 years, social entrepreneur and writer Jeremy Leggett reviews the short but troubled history of fracking in the US. In a devastating slide presentation, he pictures the shale gas industry as a dirty, multi-hundred-billion-dollar doomed-to-burst debt bubble. And he predicts a similar fiasco in the


Saudi Arabia & Iran Rekindle Oil Pricing War

August 17th, 2018 | by Guest Contributor

The rivalry between Saudi Arabia and Iran is becoming increasingly evident in the oil pricing policies of the two large Middle Eastern producers. The two countries are currently reigniting the market share and pricing war ahead of the returning US sanctions on Iranian oil


Tesla Model 3 vs. CPO Tesla Model S — Owner Perspective

August 5th, 2018 | by Guest Contributor

I've been driving a Tesla Model S for about 4.5 years now, and have driven about 90,000 electric miles. I absolutely love my 2012 P85, and will never to go back to an internal combustion engine car again. In fact, we just purchased my wife's new 2018 Long Range rear-wheel drive Model 3 and our household now has 100% electric transport



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