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Tesla Road Trip Hacks I Learned Driving Through 48 States

February 19th, 2019 | by Guest Contributor

Driving both an older Model S and new Model 3, Steve went on an epic 48-state road trip visiting 107 Tesla stores and meeting over 500 Tesla employees. Here, Steve recounts some tips, tricks, and hacks he learned along the way (and at home). Stay tuned for upcoming posts on Steve's craziest road trip tales and a comparison of traveling such long distances in a Model S vs. a Model


Does The Renewable Energy & EV Wave Include Shell & BP?

February 15th, 2019 | by Guest Contributor

The electric car world stops when Tesla shareholder calls happen, but another significant development occurred in late January when Shell New Energies US, LLL, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Shell, acquired Greenlots, an electric car charging software and hardware company. The acquisition raises questions about fossil-fuel companies and their approach with the electric vehicle charging landscape and profit expectations going forward


Why Electric Vehicles Are Great Winter Cars

February 13th, 2019 | by Guest Contributor

Winter is not the easiest season for getting around. Electric cars, like cars with internal combustion engines, function less efficiently in the cold. But while we accept and ignore the limitations of traditional vehicles, reports from groups like AAA misrepresent cold weather concerns about electric vehicles, fueling anxiety about vehicle range. The reality is, electric vehicles are great winter cars


2018 Midwest Tesla Gathering — Event Recap

February 9th, 2019 | by Guest Contributor

The 2018 Midwest Tesla Gathering was held last July in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Almost 100 Tesla Owners gathered together to test their cars out at the Michigan International Speedway


Demand For Flexibility Leads To Trading Platforms

February 9th, 2019 | by Guest Contributor

As variable renewable generation increases across the globe and consumers turn into prosumers and prosumagers, the once predictable and unidirectional flows of electrons in the distribution networks become multidirectional and unpredictable. The situation is likely to get worse with the rising numbers of electric vehicles (EVs), which need to be charged – and potentially discharged – at homes or work. The combined effect of behind-the-meter (BTM) distributed generation, storage, and EVs are likely to put increased stress on an aging distribution network that in many parts of the world barely manages to keep the lights on


Supercharger Gaps On Road Trip? Try This Tesla Owner’s Hack (Video)

February 6th, 2019 | by Guest Contributor

The first question the unenlightened ask of EV owners is invariably, “what do you do when you run out of charge?” And we invariably reply, “You don’t run out of charge, any more than you run out of gas in a legacy vehicle. You plan your trips and plug in well before the range indicator gets near zero.”


Hints of EV Revolution Rising

February 3rd, 2019 | by Guest Contributor

Just after Thanksgiving in late Nov 2018, General Motors (GM) announced that it was shutting down 5 factories and laying off 14,800 employees. While President Trump expressed his disapproval, the stock market approved, giving GM’s stock a modest boost. While the layoffs made headlines, many reporters, and readers, missed the prime reasons for the announced factory closures


Tesla Model 3 Performance Snow Rallying At Night — Totally Rocks It!

February 3rd, 2019 | by Guest Contributor

I’ve been competing in Navigational road rallying for over 30 years and it’s been one of my absolute most favorite pastimes. When I say Navigational rallies, often called TSD (Time, Speed, Distance) rallies in the United States, people often confuse this with Performance rallying as seen in the WRC series. Not the same thing! Navigational rallying is done on public roads and therefore competitors need to obey all of the applicable traffic laws. It isn’t so much a race as it is a precision driving event. The three golden rules are: stay on the road, stay on the correct route, and stay precisely on schedule


Electric Car Tipping Point Is At Hand

February 1st, 2019 | by Guest Contributor

Could 2018 go down in history as the beginning of the end for fossil-powered vehicles? Several auto industry analysts quoted in a recent Financial Times article (via The Drive) think it’s a possibility. “We will probably see the peak of combustion engine car sales in 2018,” Felipe Munoz, an automotive analyst for Jato Dynamics, told FT, adding that his company’s 'optimistic' forecast for the global auto market had changed in the last six months."


Climate Action Can No Longer Wait

January 28th, 2019 | by Guest Contributor

For over 30 years, a coalition of fossil fuel companies and their supporters – politicians as well as businesses who gain from maintaining the status quo – have been fighting the scientific community and their environmental supporters in the battle for and against climate change


Elon Musk’s Long Trail of Successful Entrepreneurship

January 27th, 2019 | by Guest Contributor

Elon Musk’s world-changing accomplishments with Tesla and SpaceX, and his current net worth of around $16 billion, represent the culmination of a long career as an entrepreneur. As a recent article in TIME points out, Musk’s road to fame and fortune was far from an overnight success story


Tesla vs. Clayton Christensen’s Idea of Tech Disruption

January 26th, 2019 | by Guest Contributor

The words “innovation” and “disruption” have been casually tossed around in the press so much that, like “awesome,” they’ve lost most of their meaning for the average reader. However, there’s a whole community of people who study these phenomena in minute detail, and Dr. Clayton Christensen is one of their prophets. Recently, a doctrinal difference between Christensen and Elon Musk has catalyzed a lively theological debate


Own Tesla Stock? Want To Ask Elon A Question On Shareholder Call?

January 25th, 2019 | by Guest Contributor

Editor's note: CleanTechnica, EVANNEX, and surely others were given a sneak preview of some Tesla investment news from Galileo Russell. The TSLA YouTuber has been working on a way to give retail investors a bigger voice on Tesla (and other) financials calls. Read on below to learn more and participate


Tesla’s Battery Leadership Protected In Secrecy

January 25th, 2019 | by Guest Contributor

By now, regular readers of this column are well aware that we (along with most other writers who focus on electric vehicles) consider the threat of the “Tesla killer” to be no threat at all. Yes, Big Auto is producing excellent EVs, some of which are in Tesla’s league, but they’ll never build more than they have to, and they’ll continue steering customers to their gas-guzzling, high-margin models. It’s what they do


49,340 People Killed By Drivers While Walking On US Streets In 2008–2017

January 24th, 2019 | by Guest Contributor

Between 2008 and 2017, drivers struck and killed 49,340 people who were walking on streets all across the United States. That’s more than 13 people per day, or one person every hour and 46 minutes. It’s the equivalent of a jumbo jet full of people crashing—with no survivors—every single month



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