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Tesla Model 3 vs Used Model S (#Electrifying Webinar Today!)

July 29th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

As announced a few days ago, this week's #Electrifying webinar is about getting a used Tesla Model S vs a new Tesla Model 3. With various Model 3 details unveiled last night in Fremont, California, and then on the Tesla website, we now have quite a lot to consider in order to make this choice


Tesla Superchargers vs … Ugh

July 22nd, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

First of all, let me say that if anyone else creates a superfast charging network anything close to Tesla's, I'll be one of the first people to cheer it on and I may cheer it more loudly and broadly than anyone else. My goal is to stimulate the transition to zero-emissions transport as quickly as possibly, not to loyally attach my dreams to one company over every other one because I like the logo. Companies that do good stuff deserve to get praised and rewarded


New Answers To Common Electric Car Questions

July 22nd, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

Now that I've been driving an electric car (a Tesla Model S) around on a regular basis for a few weeks, I'm getting bored with the most common questions. Over and over again


24 Hours With The New, Longer Range 2017 BMW i3 (CleanTechnica Exclusive)

July 20th, 2017 | by Kyle Field

This review summarizes my early learnings in my first day with the new longer range BMW i3. A comprehensive review will follow, but I have found that some of the most important and impactful learnings about a vehicle arise very early on in vehicle use, as that is generally the time in which prospective buyers will make their decisions. My comments include the background of time I've spent with the vast majority of electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles available in the United States (including owning at various times the Nissan LEAF, Tesla Model S, and Mercedes B250e)


Always Have 2–3 Options (For EV Charging)

July 20th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

Driving an electric car for a bit, I've learned what many an EV driver knows well: You should always have 3 — or at least 2 — charging options in mind. Also: Choose wisely. And get lucky


Tesla Smart Navigation Is Brilliant (+ 3 Tips)

July 16th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

I recently used Tesla’s smart navigation system to drive from Wrocław (Poland) to Berlin (Germany) and back, and then I used it again a few days later on a long trip to the Polish boonies. Tesla doesn't call it "smart navigation" — just sticking to the boring basic term "navigation" instead — but this beast is brilliant and performed much better than I expected. However, I learned something from these drives that I think anyone using this navigation option should know ahead of time. I'll get to that in a minute


A Tesla Service Experience — The Cool & The Uncool

July 15th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

It's sweet when you buy a car and it immediately needs service — awesome experience. Seemingly out of pure luck, that's what happened with the first Tesla Model S we bought for our new Tesla Shuttle service. Days after picking the Model S up from Germany (used, and not through Tesla), "Acceleration Reduced" appeared on the small screen behind the steering wheel, and underneath that in a bit smaller text, "Contact Tesla Service When Convenient."


Tesla Service Is On Another Level — Now Getting Even Better

July 12th, 2017 | by Kyle Field

The Model 3 is going to level up Tesla's game in many ways, with the first and foremost being the lower price point. Bringing a Tesla to market that is on par with the average sales price of a new car in the US changes everything and truly opens up the brand to the mass market for the first time in its existence


Best Way To Plan For Tesla Model 3 — Rent An Electric Car

July 6th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

Tesla Model 3 production starts tomorrow, unless there was some kind of dramatic surprise since Monday. It seems that tens of thousands or even hundreds of thousands of people who have never before had an electric car have a reservation for a Model 3. They have a bit of planning to do


Driving A Tesla Model S To The Polish Boonies

July 6th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

As you've probably read, a handful of guys and I recently got a Tesla Model S 85D for an intercity European Tesla Shuttle service we're launching based out of Wroclaw, Poland. This last weekend, I rented the Tesla myself (but with no personal driver, unfortunately) to pick my family up from my in-laws' "summer house" (lake house in the middle of nowhere). This place is really off the beaten track, in what I think we'd call "the boonies" in the United States


Nissan Has Superfast Charging Plan For New LEAF … It Seems

July 3rd, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

For years now, we and many others have been saying that no company can compete with Tesla in the electric car market until they offer a good network of superfast charging stations for their drivers. One year ago, there was no solid information anything like this was in the plans, but one had to think it was. Today, we have news of a coalition of automakers working on it in Europe and ChargePoint and EVgo developing such stations in the US, but it seems that every other automaker is years behind Tesla in this regard. That said, it seems Nissan may be the first to try to compete


Where Tesla Autopilot Truly Shines

July 1st, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

My second "real," long drive on Autopilot (from Wroclaw to Berlin) demonstrated to me two places in which Autopilot is brilliantly lovable. These, imho, are the situations in which Autopilot is like collecting mushrooms in Mario Bros


1st Real Drive With Tesla Autopilot (Including A Few “Warning Shots”)

June 25th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

I first experienced Tesla Autopilot last year, as I wrote in my Tesla Model X review. It was certainly cool and interesting, and a bit nerve-racking. But that was a short test drive on a California highway — not real use. Well, a few guys and I recently got our first Tesla Model S for an intercity Tesla shuttle service we're launching here in Europe (... called Tesla Shuttle), and the Tesla includes Autopilot


Those Wild Electric Cars That Influenced Modern EVs & PHEVs

June 17th, 2017 | by Nicolas Zart

Along the way on the rebirth of the modern electric vehicle (EV), we've witnessed some "far out" and pretty wild projects. We also saw some of the world's smartest folks pull together top engineers and brilliant ideas. Some of these companies and projects have threatened conventional carmakers inebriated with bottom line profits to the detriment of innovation. Sadly, some of the companies have fallen by the wayside, while other idle, waiting for the right moment to hopefully capitalize on the business sense of their leadership


Nissan’s “Kick Gas” EV Promotion Gives Away Gasoline (#FuelFreedom #KickGas)

June 14th, 2017 | by Cynthia Shahan

This summer “Kick Gas” — an electric vehicle promotion — aims to speed up the progress into electric, zero-emissions transport. Nissan is giving away free fuel to show more people what life without a gas tank can be like. This "Kick Gas" initiative is coming to several fueling locations in 5 US Northeast cities


Tesla Model 3 vs Acura ILX, Acura TLX, & Acura RLX

June 11th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

In a "Tesla Model 3 Countdown" series we're running this month (and probably next), this is the last in-depth piece I planned to write of how the Tesla Model 3 compares to similar priced and sized gasmobiles. With all of these, I came into the project with an open mind about various objective specs that are important to many car buyers



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