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Author Archives: Zachary Shahan

NIO Goes Public, And TSLA Jumps As A Result?

September 12th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

NIO is one of the electric vehicle (EV) startups we've been most eagerly watching over the past couple of years. It has the backing of some solid Chinese billionaires, has presented an attractive vehicle design in the car class humans now love most, and has ambitious autonomous and connected vehicle plans

Is Business Insider Searching For The Truth On Tesla? #Pravduh #RealityCheck

September 12th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

In our first week tracking Tesla headlines across major media outlets, several things stood out to us. One of the big takeaways was that a few major media sites routinely publish a ton of articles about Tesla. Furthermore, those same media sites have demonstrated an overall negative slant on the company

208 Tesla Headlines: 155 Negative & 26 Positive — #Pravduh About #Tesla

September 10th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

I'm a huge fan of the media and high-quality journalism. The free press is a cornerstone of democracy, and much more. The largest media outlets in the world have the resources, passion, and expertise to do tremendous investigative reporting that is invaluable to society. But they are dropping the ball on Tesla, misleading consumers in a highly biased manner

How Serious Is Volkswagen About Electric Revolution?

September 7th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

Volkswagen is a fascinating case when it comes to the electric transport transition. With some interesting news coming in this week, we are revisiting some of the key facts and forecasts we have from the company

Elon Musk On Joe Rogan: “Love is the answer.”

September 7th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

After talking about artificial intelligence, samurai swords, old cars, and other tidbits with Joe Rogan tonight, Tesla CEO, Chairman, & Chief Humor Officer Elon Musk got to talking about Tesla. My favorite statement from the interview was where Elon emphasized that Tesla vehicles aren't really cars — "a Tesla is a thing to maximize enjoyment."

Tesla Sales Higher Than Acura, Audi, BMW Car, Infiniti, Jaguar, Lexus Car, & Mercedes Car Sales In USA (August Sales)

September 6th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

Let's just start with some numbers. Below are USA sales totals for the month of August from several top luxury car brands. Additionally, I've included an estimate for Tesla's sales in the USA. While we don't have precise numbers from Tesla, there is now confirmation from CEO Elon Musk that Tesla sold more cars in the USA in August than BMW, which means it sold more cars than all the other brands in the headline

Tesla Model 3 = 5th Best Selling Car In United States

September 6th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

Three weeks ago, I published that I expected the Tesla Model 3 would be the 5th best selling car in the United States in August. That has now been confirmed. (Note: we're just talking cars, not SUVs or pickup trucks.)

Tesla Killers, Episode #79

September 5th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

You know what they say — "As long as there's been Tesla, there've been Tesla killers."

The Press Got Bored & “Wised Up” — Tesla News 5 Years Ago vs. Today

September 4th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

I've been curious lately — how has Tesla coverage in the mainstream media evolved over time? Has Tesla coverage always been batshit crazy? Or is that a relatively new thing? Last week, I wrote about dramatically negative press sentiment about Tesla that was prevalent 10 years ago. The company was sure to die any day, according to smart dudes at The Truth About Cars, the New York Times, and most outlets in between

How Many Progressives Have Been Duped By Anti-Tesla, Anti-EV Propaganda?

September 2nd, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

I am proud to be on the side of working-class Americans. I'm proud to support progressive political candidates who are working to get millions more people the basic health care, livable wages, and core education that are the bedrock of a healthy, happy, successful country

Tesla Shuttle Flies Into Florida

September 2nd, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

Tesla Shuttle, a city-to-city Tesla shuttle service (who would have guessed it from the name?), has expanded into the United States

Automakers Try Hard To NOT Sell Electric Cars

September 2nd, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

Automaker executives from Ford, GM, Nissan, and Toyota are fond of saying that not very many consumers want electric cars. They sometimes claim they could make many more electric cars, but customers are not asking for electric cars. (They somehow ignore the hundreds of thousands of orders Tesla has pulled in for the Model 3.)

Titillating Tesla Chat #3: Tesla Model 3 Sales, Model 3 Demand, & EV Revolution

August 31st, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

In this week's Titillating Tesla Chat episode, Tomek, Jacek, and I talked sales, sales, sales. As much as we report about it and as much as it has been long planned and projected, it is mind-blowing that Tesla has gone from essentially no sales a decade ago to production and sale of approximately 20,000 cars a month today

Solid Source: 51,821 = Tesla Model 3 Production Estimate For Q3

August 31st, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

You can find estimates for Tesla Model 3 production left, right, and center these days. What's nice is when you can find an estimate from people with a good track record, people who did a good job estimating sales in previous months and quarters. When those estimates are based on solid, robust data, all the better

Twitter Tips For Billionaires

August 30th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

It's not going to be popular with some of you, but I have to say, I've never liked Twitter. I see the value in it. I see its pros. But I think it crunches too much information down into one-liners and often takes away from deeper exploration and reflection. The constantly and quickly flowing stream of tweets makes every tweet fleeting. It's a system built on such an excessive and fast information flow that it treats much of that information as useless. Maybe it is useless, but that just makes it more useless

Shaq Gets Tesla Model S Customized (Video)

August 30th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

Tesla vehicles are extremely popular among the Hollywood, basketball, and rap elite. Shaq fits the bill on all three counts, so of course he has a Tesla (probably more than one*). Our friends at Unplugged Performance recently had the honor of customizing an aging Model S of his. Have a watch

Tesla — Dead For 10 Years

August 29th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

10 years ago, now-rabid CNBC didn't know Tesla from your mother. Fox News was busy complaining that Obama encouraged people to keep their tires well inflated. Seeking Alpha? Well, I couldn't find a single Tesla story on Seeking Alpha published in the month of August 2008. But some geniuses on a website called "The Truth About Cars" were onto something. They published episode #17 of their "Tesla Death Watch."

40 Tesla Headlines On CNBC In 2 Days — 31 Negative, 2 Positive

August 28th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

CleanTechnica is a somewhat narrowly focused news & analysis site. We primarily cover technology that helps to reduce pollution (cleantech). It should surprise no one to read that one of the biggest companies in this niche field is Tesla. Tesla now produces far more electric cars on a weekly basis than any other automaker outside of China. It produces and installs solar panels. It produces both home-scale and gigantic battery storage units. And it will soon produce electric semi trucks. As such, I'd say it is unsurprising that a large portion of our stories concern Tesla in some way or another. But what is going on with

European Electric Car Sales Increased 42% In H1 2018 vs H1 2017

August 27th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

Our friends at top electric vehicle (EV) data collection and analysis firm EV Volumes have just published European plug-in vehicle sales results for the first half of 2018. The most notable stat is probably the one in the headline — 42% market growth year over year (YoY). Additionally, in total, the number of plug-in vehicles on the street in Europe passed 1 million

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