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Incentives In The World Of Energy: What Power Use In Rental Properties Can Teach Us About The Larger Politics Of Renewable Energy & Climate Change

November 20th, 2018 | by Guest Contributor

While recently traveling, I was cozy and tucked in bed under full sheets and comforter with the thermostat set to 65 degrees when a pang of guilt about this unnecessary energy usage hit me. I grumpily got out of bed to adjust the temperature when it hit me. As an advocate for energy-efficiency and climate-change efforts, I never would have set the thermostat so low if I was at home, so why did I act differently while in a hotel room in a different city? 


Take Part In Shaping Michigan’s Electric Vehicle Charging Stations Roadmap

November 18th, 2018 | by Guest Contributor

On November 5, 2018, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) held a webinar on how the Volkswagen Settlement Beneficiary Mitigation Plan (BMP) will be spent. Robert Jackson head of the Light Duty Zero Emissions Vehicle Supply Equipment Program (Program) for the Michigan Agency for Energy (MAE) spoke about their plans to create, implement, and invest in Michigan’s electric vehicle charging infrastructure and hydrogen fuel cell dispensers (HFCD)


The Doom Of Fossil Fuel Investments

November 18th, 2018 | by Guest Contributor

There is a very short window of time to get out of pure-play oil & gas company investments without substantial losses. It is imperative to sell them now. It is already too late to get out of pure-play coal company investments without substantial losses. But they will lose even more money going forward


Tesla Summit: Starman, Rangers, Flamethrowers, & Factory Tours

November 10th, 2018 | by Guest Contributor

The 2018 Tesla Owner’s Club Leadership Summit was simply a smorgasbord of all things Tesla. Ninety board members of Tesla Clubs from all around the world descended upon Milpitas and Fremont, California. Including those from Australia, New Zealand, Norway, Finland, the UK — so many made the effort to come from far and wide. Deep in conversation on membership and events, Tesla allowed us time (over gratuitous amounts of food) to share valuable ideas on how to better serve our local Tesla owners


Tesla — “Apple Of Cars” — Entering Its Golden Age

November 10th, 2018 | by Guest Contributor

Comparisons between Tesla and Apple are nothing new, but with the Silicon Valley automaker poised for a new wave of growth, it’s a good time to revisit the parallels between the two disruptive companies. A recent article from ARK Investment Management explains the similarities in eerie detail


Why Dyson Is So Well Positioned For The Electric Car Space

November 9th, 2018 | by Guest Contributor

Over the past few years, it has become known and acknowledged that Dyson is planning to enter the electric car arena with what it describes as innovative, forward-thinking products that will rethink and refashion ground transportation both technologically and in terms of aesthetics


Billionaire Ron Baron’s Tesla Forecast Through The Lens Of Galileo

November 8th, 2018 | by Guest Contributor

Ron Baron is a legend in the investing world — his eponymous fund group has about $30 billion under management. Baron recently gave a meaty interview about Tesla to CNBC. There’s a lot of interesting material here, beyond Baron’s headline prediction that Tesla could earn a trillion dollars in revenue in


8 European Countries & Their EV Policies

November 4th, 2018 | by Guest Contributor

Europe’s automotive market is slowly getting charged. The drivers of electrification are EU regulatory agencies, which are imposing ever-stricter limits on carbon and nitrogen oxide pollution. Meanwhile, the German auto industry is pulling in the other direction, using its immense political power to try to delay and water down emissions regulations. The various European countries are caught in the middle -- some are embracing the electric future, some are resisting it, and most are muddling through with no particular plan


For Tesla Wraps & Mods, Mike “Mojo” Mogilewski Is The King

October 21st, 2018 | by Guest Contributor

When customers love a product, they want to personalize it, and boy, is that ever true of Tesla’s vehicles. If you’re one of those Tesla owners who just has to give your baby a truly distinctive look, sooner or later you’ll find your way to Mike “Mojo” Mogilewski’s Signature Custom Wraps & Coatings in Fort Lauderdale, Florida


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


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



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