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Tesla Model & Model 3 Visual Comparison … Tesla 1-Pedal Driving … Potential 10,000/Month EVs — CleanTechnica Top 20

November 10th, 2019 | by Zachary Shahan

The most popular stories of the past week on CleanTechnica were led by a visual comparison of the Tesla Model 3 and Tesla Model Y, followed by Paul Fosse's early review of one-pedal driving in a Tesla Model 3 (following a recent software update many of us still haven't gotten). My second piece on non-Tesla electric vehicle models that might one day reach 10,000 sales a month was in third, and an answer to the never-ending question of whether Teslas work in snow was right behind it. For the rest of the top 20, and to actually see the headlines and click through to fun articles you missed, scroll down below


Tesla Inside Out, Part Deux — Tesla Stores, Early Deliveries, & Seeing Elon

November 9th, 2019 | by Zachary Shahan

Continuing our discussion of Tesla and David Havasi's long history at Tesla, we took up where we left off, talking about early Model S days at Tesla. At the time that, Tesla had a gigantic factory in Fremont with almost nothing in it other than big, wild dreams and post-apocalyptic images of Blade Runner and The Highlander flashing through their heads as they looked across the expansive space


Tesla Inside Out — Tesla History From 7-Year Insider

November 9th, 2019 | by Zachary Shahan

I recently met a gentleman named David Havasi while charging our Tesla Model 3 at a ChargePoint station at a Whole Foods I frequently visit. He recognized me from CleanTechnica and I quickly learned he worked at Tesla for 7 years, until just recently. We got talking, talking, talking, and talking. I wasn't sure if he'd be camera shy to repeat some of what he told me (or more) on camera, but it turned out he very much wasn't shy — he had actually worked on Broadway before working at Tesla!


7 More Electric Vehicles That Could Hit 10,000 Sales A Month (Perhaps)

November 6th, 2019 | by Zachary Shahan

In response to a recent article of mine about electric vehicle models that could potentially hit 10,000+ sales a month, several readers suggested other models that I neglected (or simply didn't have much faith in). I thought these suggestions warranted a followup article


Polestar Pricing … Electric Mazda … Tesla Model 3 = #6 In USA — CleanTechnica Top 20

November 4th, 2019 | by Zachary Shahan

The most popular CleanTechnica stories of October were led by Polestar and Mazda. Seriously. No offense to Polestar or Mazda (okay, some offense to Polestar and Mazda), but I wouldn't have seen that coming a mile away. Does this show a great thirst for more EV news beyond Tesla and more serious EV entries? Possibly. Or it was just some lucky timing and catchy headlines. Or all of the above. In any case, that's where things landed in October. Tesla still dominated the top 20, with 15 out of 20 stories, but it was an interesting phenomenon to see the company almost pushed out of the top


Tesla Bulls Warned Tesla Shorts — 5 Key Warnings

November 4th, 2019 | by Zachary Shahan

As you may have seen, Tesla recently showed another quarterly profit, which apparently shocked the market enough that the Tesla [TSLA] stock price shot up. I don't follow the stock closely, but I am a shareholder and find the whole "Tesla bull vs Tesla short" debate quite fascinating. I've had several thoughts on the stock and these different investment communities in the past week, but the one that shot to the front most quickly and strongly was simple: TSLA bulls warned the TSLA shorts


Electric Mazda … Porsche vs. Tesla Launchonanza … Gold-Free Perovskite Solar — CleanTechnica Top 20

November 3rd, 2019 | by Zachary Shahan

Mazda? Mazda? A possibly lame-ass electrification effort from Mazda? Yes, apparently, that was somehow our most popular article of the week last week here on CleanTechnica. Will more than 100,000 people consider — let alone buy — the electric Mazda? I doubt it! But they'll read about it. (Granted, Tina's headline must have been part of the appeal, and I did think from the headline the car was going to be edible in some way.)


Is Volkswagen Pushing The EV Revolution To The Tipping Point?

November 3rd, 2019 | by Zachary Shahan

Okay, let's be frank: Tesla pushed the EV revolution up to today. Volkswagen Group execs, to their credit and honor, have basically said the same. Good on them. Also, before I completely shift away from Tesla and focus on Volkswagen, I certainly do think Tesla has a multi-year advantage on some key EV matters and I drive a Tesla Model 3 because I think it's the best car on the market. Nonetheless, "first followers" are often just as important as the leaders


Tesla Model 3 Trunk Organizer & Frunk Cooler From EVANNEX — CleanTechnica Review

November 3rd, 2019 | by Zachary Shahan

We recently received a Tesla Model 3 trunk organizer and a frunk/trunk cooler from EVANNEX. Aside from floor mats to protect the original Tesla-installed flooring, I consider these the top two Model 3 aftermarket items that just about everyone could benefit from. (Though, pneumatic trunk and frunk hood openers have me drooling, and I do have some other fun aftermarket products to review.)


Republicans & Russia Face The Same Problem — And Are Thus Getting Desperate

November 3rd, 2019 | by Zachary Shahan

The Republican Party has won the popular vote in a presidential election only one time since 1988. That's more than 30 years (or 7 elections) with just one popular vote win, which went to George W. Bush, possibly due to an Osama bin Laden video tape that came out 4 days before the election. In 2000, Bush won the electoral college (well, maybe*) despite the fact that Gore got more than half a million more votes. In 2016, Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by nearly 3 million votes, but lost the electoral college vote (by fewer than 60,000 votes in key states)


Aluminum-Air Battery … Chevy Bolt & Hyundai Kona vs. Tesla Model 3 Sales … The Mistake Of Buying A Tesla Competitor — CleanTechnica Top 20

October 28th, 2019 | by Zachary Shahan

The most popular CleanTechnica stories of the past week were led by a (somewhat wild) claim of an aluminum-air battery breakthrough. Yup, really. After that, it was almost all Tesla — Tesla Model 3 sales compared to other top EV sales, buying a gas "luxury car" competitor to a Tesla, Tesla disruption in Norway, Elon Musk and Tesla proving naysayers wrong, a Tesla fire, Tesla software updates


Why Is Tesla Now The Most Valuable American Automaker?

October 27th, 2019 | by Zachary Shahan

I cannot speak for the rest of the $58.78 billion market cap of Tesla [TSLA], but from my perspective as a tiny, tiny, tiny shareholder and as someone who has obsessively covered Tesla professionally for several years, I've got a few thoughts on why it is Tesla has surpassed GM and Ford to become the most valuable American automaker. Let's look at this in 7 parts


“If You Didn’t Buy A Tesla, You Just Made A Mistake”

October 24th, 2019 | by Zachary Shahan

Tesla CEO Elon Musk said something similar to the headline above on the quarterly Tesla conference call a few hours ago. It perhaps made me smile and laugh more than anything else on the conference call. The reason is simple, and it's also why I'm keeping this article short


3 Banks Funding Fossil Fuels The Most Are Tesla [TSLA] Bears

October 23rd, 2019 | by Zachary Shahan

Thanks to some work by Rainforest Action Network and The Guardian, as well as a post from a member of a Tesla forum, I recently wrote an article highlighting that the #1 fossil fuel development financier happens to also be an extreme Tesla [TSLA] bear


Another Tesla Conference Call, Time For Critics To Move The Goal Posts

October 22nd, 2019 | by Zachary Shahan

Tesla critics and short sellers have moved a lot of goal posts. I recently highlighted this a bit with the articles "7 Things Tesla Couldn’t Do" and "7 More Things Tesla Couldn’t Achieve," and have done so much more in our long-running "Tesla Flashbacks" series. Twitter user "The Short Shorts Historian"/@TeslaHistorian recently tackled this matter using another format — a timeline


Tesla = 75–85% of US Electric Vehicle Sales

October 22nd, 2019 | by Zachary Shahan

We no longer publish monthly US electric vehicle sales reports, because few automakers publish their monthly electric vehicle sales, and several don't even publish quarterly sales of their EVs. Nonetheless, I continue to track the numbers that are published and estimate sales for the other fully electric models


The Many EV Startups That Were Supposed To Threaten Tesla But Didn’t

October 22nd, 2019 | by Zachary Shahan

Over the years, as we've noted several times, certain electric vehicles from traditional automakers have been hyped as "Tesla killers" (mostly by members of the media and Wall Street, not the automakers). Those EVs have not turned out to be Tesla killers. On the contrary, the Tesla Model 3 is the top selling EV in the world and several of these "killers" have very limited sales



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