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About Matt Pressman

Matt Pressman is all about Tesla. He’s a TSLA investor, pre-ordered the Model 3, and loves driving the family's Model S and Model X company cars. As co-founder of EVANNEX, a family business specializing in aftermarket Tesla accessories, he’s served as a contributor/editor of Electric Vehicle University (EVU) and the Owning Model S and Getting Ready for Model 3 books. He writes daily about Tesla and you can follow his work on the EVANNEX blog.



Author Archives: Matt Pressman

Tesla License Plate Fun

July 15th, 2018 | by Matt Pressman

Even though Elon Musk and his team recently celebrated the factory's 5,000 per week Model 3 production rate milestone, Tesla is still sitting on roughly 420,000 outstanding Model 3 reservations. Sure, 28,386 Model 3 vehicles have already been delivered to customers (and 11,166 more are in transit), but that still leaves a whole lot of reservation holders anxiously awaiting their new Tesla


Former (Real) EPA Chief: Big Oil Is “Peddling Misinformation” About Electric Cars

July 15th, 2018 | by Matt Pressman

Christine Todd Whitman served as head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under President George W. Bush back in 2001–2003. With experience having worked intimately with (and regulating) the energy industries, it should come as no surprise that she witnessed efforts from the oil industry to undermine clean energy solutions. Recently, Whitman came forward (via CNBC) to discuss Big Oil's misguided "misinformation" efforts


The One Big Thing Elon Musk & Mark Zuckerberg Have In Common

July 13th, 2018 | by Matt Pressman

When the chips are down, Elon Musk knows how to turn things around. Both Tesla and SpaceX have been through near-death experiences. Yet, somehow, Musk pulled both companies out of dire straits. Musk's friend, Venture Capitalist Jason Calacanis, explains that entrepreneurs need, "one central thing that is critical, and that's resiliency."


Tesla’s Advantage: Technology — “A Decisive Barrier For Legacy Carmakers”

July 12th, 2018 | by Matt Pressman

On Tesla's last quarterly earnings conference call, CEO Elon Musk largely avoided questions from Wall Street analysts in favor of retail investor (and YouTube personality) Galileo Russell. In turn, analysts largely dismissed Tesla's rosy outlook for the road ahead. However, one Wall Street analyst is gaining a newfound appreciation for Tesla's inherent advantages over legacy carmakers


Review Of The Tesla Model 3 From “Driving,” Canadian Auto Magazine

July 9th, 2018 | by Matt Pressman

One of Canada's top automotive sites, Driving, recently reviewed Tesla's Model 3. Driving's Peter Bleakney writes, "The most hyped car of this century actually delivers." Bleakney acknowledges that there's a bit of a "circus" surrounding Tesla. Yet after experiencing the Model 3, he admits, "it sure feels like the future in here."


The World’s “New Oil” — Batteries

July 9th, 2018 | by Matt Pressman

As Elon Musk alludes to battery breakthroughs at Tesla, a larger question arises: will batteries really "fuel" our automotive future? According to Bloomberg, "For an energy source that's been around for three decades, the lithium-ion battery is only just hitting its stride."


Tesla Has “The Potential To Become BMW”

July 8th, 2018 | by Matt Pressman

Wall Street is obsessed with Tesla Model 3 production numbers. To some degree, this is understandable. But, according to one disruptive Wall Street analyst, Tesla's production numbers don't accurately reflect the bigger picture for Elon Musk


Buy Tesla Model 3, Get “Free” Vacation Worth $5,000

July 4th, 2018 | by Matt Pressman

When buying yourself a Tesla Model 3 there are lots of great accessories to consider as add-ons — but, unfortunately, none of them are free. What if you could score a ritzy "free" vacation as part of your Model 3 purchase? Sure, a free hat from Tesla would be nice, but a free vacation would be the ultimate add-on. Is this possible? According to one travel hacker, there is a way to get $5,000 worth of complimentary travel if you're crafty enough... here's how


A $33,500 Tesla Model S

July 4th, 2018 | by Matt Pressman

What if you could buy a Tesla Model S for less than the price of a base Model 3? According to Auto Evolution, Tyler Hoover (a.k.a. Hoovies) did just that and "it has a great story. The car was listed on Auto Trader for $32,500. Somehow, the guy ended up paying [an extra] $1,000. Why? Well, the guy selling it had some people in California already interested, so Hoovies had to offer a small bonus."


Over 3 Million Electric Cars On The Road — You Driving One Yet?

July 3rd, 2018 | by Matt Pressman

Plug-in electric cars are becoming more commonplace on streets all around the globe. According to the International Energy Agency (IEA) and its latest Global Electric Vehicles Outlook report, "The number of electric and plug-in hybrid cars on the world’s roads exceeded 3 million in 2017, a 54% increase compared with 2016."


Maxim: Tesla Model 3 Is “Like Driving In The Popemobile”

July 2nd, 2018 | by Matt Pressman

Long ago, reviewers pondered over the Tesla Model S being "the Jesus Christ of automobiles." But what about Tesla's newer, lower-priced Model 3? It turns out the company's smaller sedan has also been well received by both mainstream and automotive media outlets. Maxim, the swashbuckling men's magazine, recently joined the fray with its own review of "the world's most controversial car," asking the all-important question: "Does Elon Musk's baby live up to the hype?"


Elon Musk vs TSLA Shorts Is Personal, Not Business

July 2nd, 2018 | by Matt Pressman

Dating back to the early days of Model S production, Elon Musk has been feuding with Tesla short sellers. Back then, Musk cautioned those betting against Tesla stock that a "tsunami of hurt" was coming their way. Sure enough, it did. Tesla's stock skyrocketed. And last year, when the stock was surging, Musk taunted shorts on Twitter, "Stormy weather in shortville." According to Zero Hedge, "Elon Musk's feud with Tesla shorts is not business, it's just personal."


Chatting With Tesla START Graduates

July 1st, 2018 | by Matt Pressman

Tesla is looking to provide a smooth transition from college to full-time employment for those interested in an electric vehicle future. One of its programs, Tesla’s Student Automotive Technician Program (aka Tesla START), was designed to help the next generation develop tech expertise through classes, labs, and hands-on learning. Tesla has partnered with North American colleges to integrate its START program into their automotive technician curriculums


The Many Tesla Haters & Attackers … Are Short On Time

July 1st, 2018 | by Matt Pressman

Tesla haters are coming out of the woodwork everywhere. That said, there could be some underlying urgency for this sudden, sweeping attack. According to Giles Parkinson (via RenewEconomy), "It seems that Elon Musk’s detractors – and they are legion – have decided that it may be now or never if they have a chance of stopping the founder and CEO of Tesla in his tracks."


GQ: Tesla Autopilot Makes You Feel Like A “Space God”

May 30th, 2018 | by Matt Pressman

Tesla Autopilot is poised to be the self-driving industry leader. That said, many drivers are uneasy about trying Autopilot's current suite of semi-autonomous features. Lauren Larson writes in GQ that she was "skeptical of Teslas ... [because] Teslas have features that nobody has ever needed. They have features that most consumers aren’t even imaginative enough to want."


Another Billionaire — Mark Cuban — Weighs In On Tesla’s Elon Musk (Video)

May 23rd, 2018 | by Matt Pressman

Armchair analysts, bitter bloggers, and snarky shorts continue to take shots at Tesla's Elon Musk. This doesn't mean, however, that some big-time billionaires aren't impressed with the brash leader of Tesla. CNBC had a few high-profile guests discuss their views on Musk and his leadership at Tesla. And even though some have been quick to call Musk a bad CEO, billionaires Mark Cuban and Ron Baron see things differently


Tesla CFO: Our Business Is Scaling Extremely Fast (Video)

May 20th, 2018 | by Matt Pressman

If you listen to Tesla's quarterly earnings conference calls, you've likely heard the voice of Deepak Ahuja, the company's CFO, answering questions. Deepak typically provides a calm, soft-spoken counterpoint to company CEO Elon Musk. He's also got a fascinating history at Tesla


7 Reasons Tesla Model 3 Will Not Have Problem Of Low Demand

May 18th, 2018 | by Matt Pressman

It's easy to get hoodwinked by recent reports surrounding Tesla. Is Elon Musk really in dire straits based on such an abundance of negative Tesla press? Motley Fool's Daniel Sparks argues that, while there "are items that might look like good reasons to be skeptical ... one facet of Tesla's business investors shouldn't be concerned about is Model 3 demand." To that end, Sparks lays out "seven reasons investors shouldn't worry about demand for Model 3."


4 Charts & 2 Pictures On Why Electric Vehicles Are The Future

May 16th, 2018 | by Matt Pressman

The success of Tesla (TSLA) is proof-positive that the investment community believes electric cars could be the future. Now there's another sign that EVs are gaining traction on Wall Street. Global X has dedicated an exchange-traded fund to lithium and battery tech (LIT). And the company just added another exchange-traded fund dedicated to autonomous and electric vehicles (DRIV)


One Purpose Of Elon Musk’s New Tesla Pay Package

May 14th, 2018 | by Matt Pressman

Tesla's board recently approved one of the largest (and most talked about) CEO compensation packages in history. While much has been written about Elon Musk's milestone-based, decade-long pay package, Harvard Business Review's George Serafeim argues, "Elon Musk’s unusual compensation plan isn’t really about compensation at all."


How A Normal Human Family Views The Tesla Model S

May 13th, 2018 | by Matt Pressman

Sure, the Tesla Model S can hold its own on the race track. But can it haul ... umm, the kids? Nedahl Stelio at Australia's Cars Guide "was interested to see how the Model S would stack up for a family. Can the quiet achiever live up to its smooth reputation, and justify it's not insubstantial price tag?" Stelio spent a full week in a Model S 75D with her family of four to find out


Tesla Leads, Pushes, Pulls Luxury Automakers Into Their Electric Future

May 12th, 2018 | by Matt Pressman

Once seen as the domain of tech geeks and tree huggers, electric cars have transformed into the new, must-have accessory for the rich and famous. Hannah Elliott reports (via Bloomberg), "When marketing luxury vehicles, ‘electric’ is no longer a bad word... feeling good about your car is the new feeling cool about your car."


Why Pierre Ferragu & New Street Research Raised Tesla [TSLA] Price Target To Record $530 After Tesla Conference Call

May 11th, 2018 | by Matt Pressman

After Tesla's latest quarterly earnings call in which Elon Musk turned his back on Wall Street analysts in favor of questions from a 25-year old YouTuber, analysts are turning their back on Tesla's CEO. Almost across the board, analysts disliked Musk's comments (or lack thereof) on Tesla's recent earnings call. There is one outlier, though — New Street Research's Pierre Ferragu


Electric Vehicles, Batteries, & Chargers Seeing Rapid Growth

May 10th, 2018 | by Matt Pressman

Once considered an inconsequential niche in the automotive market, electric vehicles are becoming more widespread. And it's not just all the new plug-in options available today — EV batteries and charging stations are also proliferating around the globe. To that end, some tell-tale charts (recently published via Statista) demonstrate the trajectory of the electric vehicle movement and who might be best positioned to win the EV race in the coming years


Top Gear: Tesla’s Model 3 = “Triumph”

May 10th, 2018 | by Matt Pressman

Top Gear has had a rocky past with Tesla. However, when given the chance to review the Model 3, Top Gear reports, "Everything Tesla has done up to this point has been building towards the Model 3 ... and it's been worth it." Why? It turns out, "There’s a refreshing simplicity to the proposition and a frisson of excitement inside and outside the car, wherever it goes."



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