Author Archives: Kyle Field

The Rise Of The Stealth Plug-In (aka, The Day Plug-In Vehicles Went Mainstream)

February 18th, 2017 | by Kyle Field

It hit me for the first time on the highway driving into the middle of a tornado of traffic in the heart of Los Angeles. Cars cluttered the highway in no intelligible pattern, aimed in every direction except with the flow of traffic, the glare of brake lights turning the masses of metal into a blurred mess that felt more like hell than a highway

Tesla Not Likely Going Over 100 kWh For Model S/X, Model 3 Not Getting 100kWh Battery, & More #ElonTweets

February 8th, 2017 | by Kyle Field

As he tends to do, Elon Musk went on a Twitter rampage, responding to questions from the Twittersphere. In doing so and as he's also in the habit of doing, he shed light on some rather interesting details about the Model S and X battery size, Model 3 battery size as limited by the physical footprint of the vehicle and a few tips on stripping down a Tesla for maximum performance

Tesla Rep Sheds Light on Supercharger “Idle Fee” Logic

February 8th, 2017 | by Kyle Field

Tesla's free Superchargers have been a hotly debated topic since they first went live for the Model S. People complained about how it wasn't scalable, how the stalls would all fill up because of local freeloaders when it was designed for people taking long trips...suffice it to say that it has been a point of contention for the company...but at the same time, one of Tesla's key differentiators

Tesla Model S EV Annex Carbon Fiber Upgrade (CleanTechnica Review)

January 25th, 2017 | by Kyle Field

The good folks over at EV Annex have the shelves stocked deep with custom designed and built Tesla accessories like the Center Console Insert and the Cubby Compartment that really fill in some the functionality gaps. They also have a wide variety of custom designed and built accessories that offer a different take on the design aesthetic of the Model S and

To Squeak Or Not To Squeak — Fixing Model S Squeaks & Creaks

January 23rd, 2017 | by Kyle Field

One persistent critique of the Tesla Model S is that it is prone to random squeaks and creaks emanating from various parts of the car. These claims are often rebutted with the base claim that because the Model S is electric and thus, so quiet, even the tiniest of squeaks and creaks stands out

2017 Volvo XC90 T8 Plug-In Hybrid Test Drive & Review

January 19th, 2017 | by Kyle Field

The Volvo XC90 T8 PHEV is a 7 seater, plug-in hybrid sport utility vehicle which makes it a great choice for folks looking for a vehicle that can run for a few miles in all-electric mode before switching to a more typical hybrid mode while also having the capacity to haul around tons of people, kids and/or gear

Unpacking The New Chargepoint Express Plus Family

January 18th, 2017 | by Kyle Field

Chargepoint believes that the future of personal mobility will be CASE: Connected, Autonomous, Shared, and Electrified, and the Chargepoint Express Plus family is the next (huge!) step for the company into the future

Monday Motorbikes Launches The M1 Motorbike (aka, Ultimate Urban Commuter)

January 11th, 2017 | by Kyle Field

The M1 definitely doesn't look like the typical e-bike and as you might expect, it doesn't ride like one either. Most e-bikes look much more like a traditional bicycle, whereas the M1 was clearly designed as the modern incarnation of a classic cafe racer. It has pedals but packs the power riders would expect of a motorcycle...but with a twist

2017 CleanTechnica Car of the Year Award — and the winner is…

January 10th, 2017 | by Kyle Field

2017 is shaping up to be the year that the affordable EV goes big, with the much anticipated Chevy Bolt and the updated Renault Zoe (with its breakthrough 400 km range) rolling out en masse, as well as the competitive and perhaps widely available Hyundai IONIQ, Toyota Prius Prime, and Chrysler Pacific Hybrid (PHEV). And that's not even mentioning what is due in the second half of 2017 (hint: Tesla Model 3)

ChargePoint Delivers Fast Charger Of The Future At CES — ChargePoint Express Plus Family

January 6th, 2017 | by Kyle Field

At CES today, ChargePoint raised the bar for DC fast charging with not just one new charger but a paradigm shift in DC fast charging that redefines the entire product category. The ChargePoint Express Plus family revolutionizes DC fast charging by looking to the future and embracing the inevitable increases in charging speed demand with a modular design that allows hosts to upgrade as demand for faster charging speeds increases

Faraday Future Shoots For The Stars With The FF91

January 4th, 2017 | by Kyle Field

Tonight, Faraday Future unveiled what it believes is not just the next step in the evolution of the automobile. No, the team at Faraday Future have stated that the FF91 is a complete step change. It is a new species. Huh? Yeah, me too. Faraday Future has always acted a bit differently, talked a bit differently, and done things a bit differently, so maybe this is just another Faraday Future thing, but don't take my word for it — they unpacked a ton of details about the FF91 in the big reveal tonight

Leveraging Technology To Settle The Climate Change Debate

December 31st, 2016 | by Kyle Field

Climate change is a challenge unlike any other ever faced by humanity. It is the slow creep of change starting as a result of actions taken by humanity, building industries that helped hoist us out of thousands of years of toil into decades of technology-enabled prosperity

Tesla Brings More Christmas Love With 2 New Easter Eggs For Model S & X Owners

December 26th, 2016 | by Kyle Field

Following close on the heels of the news of a new Model X Easter egg for Model X owners, Elon Musk dropped news of two more Christmas bonuses for owners of the S and the X. These two new surprises seem to work in all models of the S and X, which can't be said for most of the previous Easter eggs

91% Of Tesla Owners Would Buy Another Tesla, Tesla #1 In Consumer Reports Survey By 7%

December 22nd, 2016 | by Kyle Field

Consumer Reports finds itself between the proverbial rock of its own creation — the low reliability rating of Tesla vehicles — and the cold, hard reality that is the uber positive opinions of thousands of Tesla owners. The 2016 Consumer Reports Owner Satisfaction Survey found that Tesla owners were amongst the most satisfied and that 91% would purchase another Tesla. That puts Tesla #1 in owner satisfaction ... by a landslide. It beat #2 Porsche (84%) by a whopping 7 percentage points and #3 Audi (77%) by 14 percentage points

Fully Charged Dives Deep Into Wind Turbines At Britwind

December 21st, 2016 | by Kyle Field

We regularly highlight one of our favorite cleantech shows — Fully Charged — here on CleanTechnica and we have another episode for you today. What I love about this episode (and most of the Fully Charged series) is that Bobby Llewellyn (the host) has a unique ability to dive into a new complex topic and unpack it in a way that's easy to understand for someone who knows nothing about it (like me in the case of wind turbines)

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