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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

7 Countries That May Ban Gas & Diesel Cars

August 10th, 2017 | by Matt Pressman

“We are announcing an end to the sale of petrol and diesel cars by 2040,” Nicolas Hulot, France’s new ecology minister, said last month, adding that the move was a “veritable revolution.” It looks like England may follow suit. Jesse Norman, from England's Department for Transport has announced, "a manifesto commitment for almost all cars and vans on our roads to be zero emission by 2050. We believe this would necessitate all new cars and vans being zero emission vehicles by 2040.” How many countries are actually moving in the direction of eventual gas and diesel car bans

Tesla CEO Elon Musk: In terms of finished goods inventory, “at a systemic level, we are substantially more efficient than other carmakers.”

August 10th, 2017 | by Matt Pressman

Coming off a landmark Tesla Model 3 launch event, Elon Musk sounded upbeat, positive and somewhat relieved on Tesla's recent conference call discussing the company's second quarter financial results*. He explained that this was: "maybe the best I've ever felt about Tesla. Last week stressed the hell out of me but I really think this is probably the best I've ever felt about the company." At one point, Elon said bluntly: "At a systemic level we are substantially more efficient than other carmakers."

More Tesla Model 3 Insider Gems

August 9th, 2017 | by Matt Pressman

The launch party stoked plenty of excitement — so much so that Tesla has been receiving 1800 reservations per day — but we're still missing a few key details. Nevertheless, some tidbits from early owners, Tesla fanboys, and inside sources have provided a few, key must-know items

Patient Tesla Shareholders Will Be Rewarded

August 9th, 2017 | by Matt Pressman

With Tesla [NASDAQ: TSLA] announcing its second quarter financial results this week, Wall Street sent the stock rocketing upwards once again. Short sellers lost almost $800 million in the last two days as a result of Tesla's explosive rally.

Tesla Model 3’s First Reviewers Are In Love

August 3rd, 2017 | by Matt Pressman

It's here. It's official. The Tesla Model 3 has arrived. In style. Elon Musk took the stage last week to introduce the world to the next wave of automotive disruption. This car is going to make waves. Make no mistake, Tesla has delivered something that will shake the auto industry to its core. ArsTechnica asked Musk about the reservation count and reports: "The CEO then went on to say the net reservation number was currently 'over half a million.'" 

Bloomberg: Tesla Set To Win

July 14th, 2017 | by Matt Pressman

Bad news may be on the horizon for Big Oil as electric cars gained traction this past week. Bloomberg reports that "France plans to end the sale of gasoline- and diesel-powered vehicles by 2040" and "Volvo Car Group became the first major manufacturer to say it will start phasing out vehicles powered solely by fossil fuels." Who's poised to fill this gas-mobile void? "More than a dozen automakers are jostling to lead the U.S. electric-car race, but Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) sees a clear winner separating from the pack: Tesla Inc."

Is Tesla Model 3 The Next Toyota Camry?

July 14th, 2017 | by Matt Pressman

Editor's Note: I've been planning to write an article about these two cars for a while, so it's nice to get a bump from Loup Ventures, which has beat me to it! Check out Matt's summary of the analysis below

Tesla Partner Panasonic Sees Car Roofs As New Market For Solar

July 12th, 2017 | by Matt Pressman

Panasonic's Shingo Okamoto explains, "Car roofs have the potential to become a new market for solar panels. We made history in the auto industry and in the solar industry with the sun powering mass-produced cars for the first time in the world."

Elon Musk Has 98% Approval Rating From Staff On Glassdoor

July 9th, 2017 | by Matt Pressman

This week, Elon Musk received another accolade. He was recognized as one of the top CEOs in the world based on his insanely high 98% approval rating with jobs-website Glassdoor. What are his employees saying? “Insanely intense magic,” “challenging but highly rewarding,” and “a family like relationship.” Recognized for his work as CEO at SpaceX, Musk also (somehow) finds time to run Tesla [NASDAQ: TSLA] as well

Top Apple Analyst Sees Tesla As True Tech Transition “Pioneer”

July 7th, 2017 | by Matt Pressman

One of the most famed Apple analysts, Gene Munster, recently commented on both Apple and Tesla related to their respective roles in the future of cars. Bloomberg reminds us that, "Munster was known for his accuracy in predicting Apple Inc.’s financial potential. The company’s share price is almost 50 times greater now than when he first recommended the stock in June 2004. He’s ranked 11th out of 58 Apple analysts based on performance for the past year."

Do These Patents Reveal Tesla Model 3 Wheel Options?

July 7th, 2017 | by Matt Pressman

We can get a good sense of the Tesla Model 3 colors that will be offered at launch by checking out Model 3 spy shots revealed over the past few weeks. But, what wheel types will be available? That information seems to have been leaked via patents filed by Tesla and published online recently. According to X Auto World, "Since Tesla has actually filed patents and got approval on all three wheel designs [see below] we can be sure that final production Model 3s will have Wheels not just wheel covers over basic rims even if the release candidates have similar looking wheel caps."

Is This Tesla’s #1 Fan?

June 23rd, 2017 | by Matt Pressman

I asked him how he first discovered Tesla and he explained, "My love for Tesla started after watching the documentary, Revenge of the Electric Car, which educated me about the history and the impact that we could have if we embraced electric vehicles."

This Is How Tesla & Electric Cars Conquered Norway

June 23rd, 2017 | by Matt Pressman

With about 100,000 electrics on the road, Norway (population 5 million) trails only the U.S., China, and Japan in absolute numbers. By 2025, the government has suggested, there may be no gasoline- or diesel-powered cars sold in the country

Billionaire Ron Baron Thinks Tesla [TSLA] Can Hit $1,000/Share By 2020

June 23rd, 2017 | by Matt Pressman

Renowned mutual fund manager and investment icon Ron Baron of Baron Capital is well-known for his conservative, long-term approach to stock picking. He's been compared to Warren Buffett (both for his investing style and outstanding track record) and has said that Tesla "may be the most interesting" company he's ever invested in over his 46 year career

Your Tesla May Soon Pay For Itself

June 23rd, 2017 | by Matt Pressman

Will there come a day when your Tesla simply pays for itself? According to the Wall Street Journal, that day may be coming soon. "Thanks to ride sharing and the looming introduction of self-driving vehicles, the entire model of car ownership is being upended—and very soon may not look anything like it has for the past century. Drivers, for instance, may no longer be drivers, relying instead on hailing a driverless car on demand, and if they do decide to buy, they will likely share the vehicle—by renting it out to other people when it isn’t in use."

For An All-Electric Summer Road Trip, Tesla Is Best

June 1st, 2017 | by Matt Pressman

When it comes to taking an all-electric summer road trip, nobody has you covered like Tesla. After all, Tesla recently announced that by the end of 2017, they'll double their worldwide charging infrastructure to total more than 10,000 Superchargers and 15,000 Destination Charging connectors all around the globe. That said, what if there were no electric vehicle chargers available for your summer road trip — which electric car would actually take you the furthest

This Is What It Takes To Work At Tesla

April 24th, 2017 | by Matt Pressman

On March 28th, Andrew Stevenson of Tesla's Special Projects delivered a keynote speech titled, "Opportunities for Students in Building a Sustainable Energy Future," during the Carnegie Mellon University's Scott Institute for Energy Innovation 2017 Energy Week

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