About James Ayre

James Ayre 's background is predominantly in geopolitics and history, but he has an obsessive interest in pretty much everything. After an early life spent in the Imperial Free City of Dortmund, James followed the river Ruhr to Cofbuokheim, where he attended the University of Astnide. And where he also briefly considered entering the coal mining business. He currently writes for a living, on a broad variety of subjects, ranging from science, to politics, to military history, to renewable energy. You can follow his work on Google+.

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Tesla Superchargers Now Beginning To Appear At Sheetz Stations

September 18th, 2017 | by James Ayre

We reported in June 2016 and then again December 2016 that Tesla Supercharger stations would be installed at various Sheetz locations throughout the US East Coast, we but didn't follow up on the matter since then for want of official updates. It appears, though, that installations are well underway now and those wanting to charge their Tesla while getting something to eat at a Sheetz can now do so

Will Tesla Model 3 Long Range Hold Value Better Than Tesla Model 3 Standard? (Depreciation Brainstorm)

September 18th, 2017 | by James Ayre

A very interesting discussion relating to the eventual resale value differences between different Tesla Model 3 battery pack configurations was recently begun on the Model 3 Owners Club forum. I hadn't personally thought about the subject much at all before reading the discussion, but it makes for a worthwhile line of enquiry. Will early Model 3s with the larger battery pack retain their value notably better than the base level options will

Will Tesla Model 3 Buyers Be Granted 400 kWh/Year Free Supercharging?

September 17th, 2017 | by James Ayre

While many have been assuming that Tesla Model 3 buyers/owners will be granted 400 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of free Supercharger use a year, as is the case for Model S and Model X owners, the reality is that nothing solid is known as of yet. It may well end up being the case that Model 3 owners have to pay for every single kWh of Supercharging that they do

Removing Tesla Model 3 Aero Wheels Seems To Be Pretty Easy … (Video)

September 16th, 2017 | by James Ayre

While this video is probably not the most important thing that most people will see in their lives ... it may well prove interesting and useful to those who will be acquiring a Tesla Model 3 at some point, don't want the base aero wheels, and don't want to pay $1500 more for the sport wheels. Enjoy!

Alphabet (Google) Has Spent Well Over $1.1 Billion On Self-Driving Vehicle Development To Date

September 16th, 2017 | by James Ayre

The parent company of Google, Alphabet, has now spent more than $1.1 billion on the development of self-driving vehicle tech — with that figure relating to funding from the start of the moonshot program's Project Chauffeur in 2009 through the end of 2015 — according to a deposition recently given by Waymo's Shawn Bananzadeh in relation to the firm's lawsuit against Uber

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