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Navajo Coal Company Drops Bid To Buy Navajo Generating Station & Kayenta Coal Mine As Navajo Council Signals It’s Time For Tribe’s Move To Clean Energy

March 23rd, 2019 | by Guest Contributor

On Thursday, March 21, the Naa'bik'iyati' Committee (Committee of the Whole) of the Navajo Council voted down a resolution to support Navajo Transitional Energy Co.’s proposal to buy and operate Navajo Generating Station and Peabody Energy’s Kayenta coal mine, which supplies the power plant with fuel. The 11–9 defeat of the resolution led today to an announcement by NTEC that it was dropping its bid to buy the plant and mine


$59,500 Tesla Model 3 Performance vs. $294,250 Porsche 911 GT2 RS — Guess Who Wins

March 23rd, 2019 | by Guest Contributor

Want to check out an epic showdown between the internal combustion engine and electric drivetrain as they race against one another? This isn't just any showdown between gasmobile and EV. The Porsche 911 GT2 RS faces off against Tesla's Model 3 Performance in an adrenaline-filled drag race video produced by Formula 1 champ Nico Rosberg


Midwest States Could Save $12 Billion A Year By Switching To Electric Vehicles

March 22nd, 2019 | by Guest Contributor

Emissions from internal combustion engines are known to adversely impact air quality and human health, leading to approximately 53,000 premature deaths.[i] Such human health impacts come at a cost. As health care rates continue to climb, we should be looking for ways to proactively reduce these impacts


Tesla START Program Trains Automotive Technicians At Miami Dade College

March 21st, 2019 | by Guest Contributor

The high-tech auto repair shop of the future will look very different from the oily garage of the 20th century. Tesla is doing its part to prepare today’s students for tomorrow’s jobs -- last summer, the company launched its Student Automotive Technician Program (START), designed to provide a smooth transition from college to full-time employment as EV technicians. Tesla has partnered with six North American colleges to integrate its START program into their curricula. So far, some 125 students around the country have graduated from the program


Tesla: Scale Today For Profits Tomorrow, Or Profits Today For Scale Tomorrow?

March 21st, 2019 | by Guest Contributor

Editor's note: Contrary to some core points in the article below, Elon Musk has said on a few occasions that Tesla's more or less continuous profitability will not slow Tesla's growth — that it's still growing as fast as it can. We also have a Tesla financials deep dive coming in a couple of days that should help anyone interested in that aspect of the business to walk through the numbers in detail yet hopefully without getting lost if you don't have an MBA or accounting degree. In any case, it is a common concern among Tesla supporters that a focus on achieving quarterly profits could slow Tesla's overall growth. This author chimes in on that topic through a bit more than 1,000 words


Road Tripping Across The US In An Electric Car (Infographic)

March 18th, 2019 | by Guest Contributor

What’s more American than a road trip? Immortalized in songs (Route 66) and literature (On The Road), the Cross-Country Road Trip is a staple of our culture. The Electric Road Trip adds a couple of new dimensions to the adventure


Tesla Model 3 Pricing Guide Before Monday’s Price Increase

March 16th, 2019 | by Guest Contributor

Note: The prices shown here are valid until March 18th. Tesla has announced plans "to raise vehicle prices by about 3% on average worldwide. ... [However,] there will be no price increase to the $35,000 Model 3. The price increases will only apply to the more expensive variants." So if you're in the market for a Model 3, this handy guide can help — but you've only got a day or so left to take advantage of these lower prices


Who Needs The Model Y? How Does Tesla Model 3 Cargo Space Compare To A Mercedes-Benz Crossover’s Cargo Space?

March 11th, 2019 | by Guest Contributor

Recently, I took my Tesla Model S into the service center for a headlight replacement and other repairs under warranty, like the replacement of a drain plug and new bolts for the steering column. The repairs were enough for an overnighter at the service center and I assumed I would get a Tesla car loaner, maybe a P100D S or X, or a Model


Tesla Road Trip Tales From 48 States

February 28th, 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, meeting over 500 Tesla employees, and uncovering helpful road trip hacks. Here, Steve recounts some highlights from his trip


Electric Vehicles Can Lower Electricity Prices

February 25th, 2019 | by Guest Contributor

Regular readers of this column are well aware of the wonderful benefits of EV ownership. However, electric vehicles can also have a positive impact on the electric grid, serving as the perfect complement to renewable energy sources. Jeff McMahon, writing in Forbes, notes that a growing body of evidence supports the idea that the spread of EVs is good news for electric ratepayers


Which Tesla Is Better For Road Trips, Model 3 Or Model S?

February 23rd, 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, meeting over 500 Tesla employees, and uncovering some helpful Tesla road trip hacks. Here, Steve compares both Tesla sedans, Model S vs. Model 3, during his remarkable road trip adventures


Tesla Protects Your Cookies (As Well As Your Pets)

February 22nd, 2019 | by Guest Contributor

Tesla's recent software update will protect your pets and your car. First, its "Dog Mode" is designed to keep your pets safe. It's another unusual innovation by the automaker that brought us "Teslatari." Dog Mode enables Tesla owners to keep their pets safely locked inside the vehicle while they're away


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



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