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National Drive Electric Week Sees Biggest Turnout Ever

October 8th, 2017 | by Matt Pressman

This year, according to one of the sponsors, Sierra Club, NDEW was huge — reaching all 50 U.S. states for the first-time ever with a total of 278 events in 251 cities, across six different countries

This Is Why Tesla Stock Is Going To $950

October 8th, 2017 | by Matt Pressman

What if someone who custom-builds electric vehicles, takes apart battery packs, and tinkers with Teslas could offer unique insight into the company

Will The Model 3 Be Tesla’s iPhone Moment?

October 7th, 2017 | by Matt Pressman

There was plenty of hoopla last week over Apple's latest iPhone launch. Meanwhile, in automotive circles, many are calling Tesla's Model 3 something akin to the iPhone of cars

Mutual Fund Manager Ron Baron Discusses Tesla, SpaceX, & GM’s Curious Move

October 7th, 2017 | by Matt Pressman

Baron Funds' second quarter commentary includes a letter from Ron Baron highlighting some fascinating insights surrounding Tesla. To understand businesses, Baron notes the importance of, "the individuals who lead those businesses; and of the character and talent of the individuals... In the end, we think it’s all about people."

Is Tesla Stock Ready To Rise Again?

September 18th, 2017 | by Matt Pressman

Although volatility is the norm when tracking the dizzying fluctuations of Tesla [NASDAQ: TSLA], a bright future could be coming for stockholders. According to Investopedia, "Tesla Inc. shares appear to have broken out and could continue to rise from current levels. ... On September 11, the stock rose roughly 6 percent, signaling a potential technical breakout. Meanwhile, the options market signaled expectations of elevated levels of volatility to come, paving the way for a possible rise toward $400."

Adventure Road Trip In A Tesla Model X

September 17th, 2017 | by Matt Pressman

Some have said that the Tesla Model X is a car from the future, but could the Model X also be the ultimate adventure vehicle? Brendan Leonard at Outside attempted to answer that question in the latest issue of the award-winning adventure travel magazine. Before hitting the road in Tesla's Model X, Leonard's girlfriend told him, "We’re taking a dirtbag road trip in the least dirtbag car of all time."

Elon Musk Inc. — SpaceX + Tesla = More Solutions

September 17th, 2017 | by Matt Pressman

One of the most respected Apple analysts, Gene Munster, now covers Tesla [NASDAQ: TSLA]. In a fascinating Bloomberg report, Munster explained, "In this race to disrupt the world with both electric cars and autonomy as well as space, you don’t really work for Tesla or SpaceX. You just work for Elon Musk. You have the most wicked-smart people who can feed off of each other all working for Elon, and he can call on them to help crack various problems."

Why A Tesla Model X Is Great (& Beautiful!) In A Hurricane

September 10th, 2017 | by Matt Pressman

As Hurricane Irma approaches the "Sunshine State" of Florida, it's a wonder to own a Tesla. Yes, it's the safest car in the world, but, it's also a pleasure to avoid the hours-long gas station lines that are plaguing the residents of Florida. After all, our "gas" station is right in our garage. And Tesla's Florida supercharger stalls remain open for business with no wait to plug in — at least not yet. But that's not all

Tesla Model X Is Ridiculous, Astonishing, Still Car From The Future, CNET Reports

September 9th, 2017 | by Matt Pressman

Good news for those considering the Model X — Tesla recently dropped the price of the 100D by $3,500 and P100D by $5,000. That said, is this the car for you? Tim Stevens from CNET's Roadshow* recently revisited the SUV and explained that, "the Model X isn't just an SUV. It's an electric SUV, of course, but it's a lot more than that, too. It's quicker than most sports cars on the road, yet far more practical and more comfortable. It offers a selection of luxury appointments rarely found on cars not costing well into the six figures and it manages to fit three rows of seats in a distinctive shape in a segment full of me-too crossovers."

How To Rent A Tesla

September 4th, 2017 | by Matt Pressman

If you're a Tesla owner, there's nothing worse than having to rent a noisy, slow, sputtering gas guzzler on your vacation. You'll want the silent speed of your Tesla to enjoy yourself on the road. And if you don't own a Tesla, there's no better time to try one out than on your next trip — what's better than driving your first Tesla on vacation

6 Tesla-Owning Celebrities & Their Modified Teslas

September 4th, 2017 | by Matt Pressman

As Tesla gets more and more common, many owners are looking for something to make their car a bit more distinctive. Celebrities are no exception. Let's take a look at a few stars who've modified their Model S in some unexpected ways. Looks like they've chosen to customize their car to reflect their own individuality, creativity, and nonconformity

Electric Car Incentives In Norway, UK, France, Germany, Netherlands, & Belgium

September 2nd, 2017 | by Matt Pressman

All across the globe, aggressive mandates are being set up to transition countries away from petrol and diesel cars. In fact, according to Climate Change News, "the European commission is considering implementing an electric car quota to be achieved by automakers by 2030, according to diplomats and sources familiar with the issue. With France, the Netherlands and Britain planning diesel bans by 2040, commission officials are said to view a new mandate as a natural step."

Elon Musk’s Unusual Communication Tendencies, + A Recommendation

September 2nd, 2017 | by Matt Pressman

Elon Musk has built game-changing businesses transforming the automotive, aerospace, and energy industries. Part of Musk's unique skillset is his ability to learn fast and communicate what he's learned so brilliantly. According to Matthew DeBord at Business Insider, Elon Musk "is certainly one of humanity's most accomplished autodidacts: he has taught himself automotive engineering, rocket science, and solar design. Because he's an autodidact, he's also a didact — he likes to explain what's he's learned and knows to others."

Vehicles & The Grid — Progressive Policies In California & New York

September 1st, 2017 | by Matt Pressman

With Tesla CEO Elon Musk forecasting the market for Model 3 vehicles could swell to 700,000 vehicles, the streets may soon be flooded with electric cars. To put that in perspective, the popular BMW 3 Series only has an annual production rate of about 400,000 per year. However, having electric vehicles like Tesla's Model 3 selling in these larger volumes could have some unintended side effects. 

$0 In Tesla Advertising = 455,000 Model 3 Reservation List

August 20th, 2017 | by Matt Pressman

Have you ever wondered why you haven't seen a glitzy TV commercial for Tesla's new Model 3? According to Advertising Age, "Tesla still doesn't need [any] paid advertising to make sales." E.J. Schultz reports that, "even as the Model 3 goes on sale for anticipated delivery starting in the fourth quarter, word-of-mouth and free media coverage seems to be enough to fuel demand for the foreseeable future."

Top Electric Car Countries (Charts)

August 19th, 2017 | by Matt Pressman

Countries worldwide are taking an aggressive stance in order to expedite the transition to electric vehicles. Yet automakers are moving slowly — the Big Three in Detroit are taking a wait-and-see approach with vehicle electrification. And Germany's finest are also dragging their feet. One automaker is leading the way. According to The Telegraph, "Tesla, owned by billionaire Elon Musk, announced that its ‘budget’ Model 3 electric car went on sale earlier this month. This is the first Tesla car targeted for the mass market as it comes with a much more affordable [$35,000 USD] price tag."

The Economist Announces The Death Of The ICE (Finally)

August 19th, 2017 | by Matt Pressman

The most recent cover story in The Economist announces, "The death of the internal combustion engine... it had a good run. But the end is in sight." In a remarkable account, The Economist reports that the internal combustion engine's "days are numbered. Rapid gains in battery technology favour electric motors instead. ... Today’s electric cars, powered by lithium-ion batteries, can do much better."

Tesla — A Challenger Brand, The Ultimate Challenger Brand

August 13th, 2017 | by Matt Pressman

Going up against Big Auto is no easy task. They're seasoned players with deep pockets and political influence. But Big Auto companies continue to be complacent when it comes to their flailing electric vehicle programs. Their leaders cling to the gas pump, while Tesla [NASDAQ: TSLA] electrifies — blowing past the likes of GM, Ford, and even BMW to become the third-largest automotive brand by market capitalization. How did Tesla pull this off

How to Sleep in a Tesla Model S or Model X

August 13th, 2017 | by Matt Pressman

A few years ago, we had the good fortune of meeting Steve Sasman, the "proprietor" of the Tesla Hotel. According to Steve, "One of the many benefits of the highly versatile Tesla Model S sports car is the plentiful amount of room for one or two people to sleep in the back with the seats folded down. Outfitted with a comfy 8″ thick air mattress, you will sleep like a baby who just struck the technology jackpot

Tesla CEO Elon Musk Pours Praise On China For EV & Renewable Energy Leadership

August 12th, 2017 | by Matt Pressman

Tesla CEO Elon Musk recently sat down with Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval for an interview in front of around 30 US governors at the National Governors Association meeting. Musk teased the possibility of 2 or 3 more Tesla Gigafactories in front of the governors — many of whom have auto-manufacturing plants in their states. In a comprehensive interview that ranged from his vision for personal transport to the existential threat from artificial intelligence (AI), Musk espoused his view of the future

Are German Automakers Facing Their iPhone Moment With Tesla?

August 12th, 2017 | by Matt Pressman

After our overview about the allegations surrounding Germany's top automakers, one has to wonder if Tesla may soon pose a deadly threat. A recent article in the Financial Times ponders this further, reporting that

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