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Top Reasons To Buy These 13 Electric Vehicles

September 2nd, 2019 | by Zachary Shahan

Some people like to say that we here at CleanTechnica only write about Tesla, only care about Tesla, only want to hug Tesla, and only promote Tesla's vehicles. That's not true. We've actually published more than 1,000 articles regarding the Nissan LEAF, hundreds regarding the Chevy Bolt, hundreds regarding the Renault Zoe, hundreds regarding the BMW i3, and many more. Yes, nowadays, the Tesla Model 3 — as the first truly mass market electric car — dominates our EV coverage, just as it dominates EV sales in the markets where most of our readers reside. But we actually love and obsessively cover numerous EVs


“List of Problems” With New Tesla Model 3 … Tesla Fandom Gone Too Far … 4 Reasons We Bought Tesla Model 3 — CleanTechnica Top 20

September 2nd, 2019 | by Zachary Shahan

The top 20 articles on CleanTechnica last week, in terms of views, were led by quite an interesting and surprising article. If you didn't see it before and are now curious, just be advised that it is delivered better on a computer than a phone — and scrolling down to the comments may be worthwhile sooner than later if you're confused


Face-Off: 2015 Nissan LEAF S vs. 2018 Tesla Model 3 LR

September 1st, 2019 | by Steve Hanley

Last week, Arthur Driessen -- the intrepid Tesla Model 3 explorer crisscrossing the United States in his Tesla Model 3 -- brought his 2018 Model 3 LR to CleanTechnica's sumptuous New England regional offices, otherwise known as Blueberry Pointe, my home in Rhode Island. Since picking up up his car in April, 2018, Arthur has put almost 90,000 miles on the car in his quest to visit every Supercharger location in the


How Owning A Tesla Or Other EV Affects Hurricane Planning

August 30th, 2019 | by Paul Fosse

I've lived in Tampa for almost 30 years and have owned EVs for 7½ hurricane seasons, so I thought with Dorian coming to visit Florida that I should write an article on how having an EV changes your hurricane planning. Last year was different from previous years, because I had a Tesla, and this year is different again, because I don't have a gas car (but my daughter lives 10 miles away and has a Ford C-Max, so I could use that)


Regional Road Trips More Convenient In A Tesla Than A Gasmobile

August 29th, 2019 | by Zachary Shahan

One of the most persistent incorrect assumptions about electric vehicles is that they're less convenient than gasmobiles. Actually, as long as you buy a decent modern electric car, "fueling up" will be more convenient in many — if not most — cases. As usual, your own personal details matter. There is no single answer for everyone, but there are a handful of truisms that are the building blocks of each personal story


To The Grand Canyon In A Tesla Model S

August 29th, 2019 | by Johnna Crider

A friend of mine reached out to me with an incredible story from his friend, Tonto. Tonto went on a summer road trip to the Grand Canyon as a way to celebrate America. His trip was his own way of celebrating our freedom, and what is a better way of doing this than going on the road trip in his American-made Tesla Model


Saying Goodbye To The BMW i3 — Things We Loved, Things We Didn’t

August 28th, 2019 | by Zachary Shahan

Last June, when my family and I moved to Florida from Poland, we couldn't afford the Tesla Model 3. Well, I could afford it as far as my calculations went, and it seemed to me that it made the most financial sense, especially with the $7500 tax credit still available, but I couldn't get a loan for the amount needed for some reason. I've long loved the BMW i3 (I think it was the first electric car I drove, which made it extra special), and you could find wicked deals on used i3s because they had depreciated so much. So, I got one of my dream cars


3 Things I Learned While Ordering A Tesla — Tesla Store Was Useful Even For Me!

August 28th, 2019 | by Zachary Shahan

As I recently shared, we just procured a Tesla Model 3. Being one of the most obsessive Tesla reporters and editors in the world, I didn't expect to need the local Tesla store to make this happen. However, I had an impetus to walk in for help almost immediately, and then another. None of this is going to show up in my order — which I quickly placed online after the store visits and after finalizing a couple of other things — but it was important to me as a consumer


The Tesla Buying Experience Is 10× Nicer Than The Auto Dealer Buying Experience

August 28th, 2019 | by Zachary Shahan

When I was buying a Tesla Model 3, a few article topics came to mind immediately. It wasn't till the end of the process that I realized I really should write this one as well. There are different phases of the car buying process. Putting them all together, it is easily 10× more enjoyable to buy a Tesla than to buy a car (especially an electric car) from a conventional auto dealer


The Americana Tesla Was My First Experience With My Dream Car — Help Save It

August 27th, 2019 | by Johnna Crider

Earlier this month, I wrote an article about the Americana Tesla, a Tesla Model X named Dory that delivers a simple message: We are one. Last week, I got a message from Christi. She was going on a road trip and would be traveling through Baton Rouge. We met up by Starbucks and she and her fiancé showed me their beautiful Tesla Model


Wicked Wild Vintage Electric Bicycle Is Unapologetic, Fast, & Sleek

August 27th, 2019 | by Nicolas Zart

If you're into the cafe racer scene, look no further than Vintage Electric electric bikes. They blend vintage looks with furious performance. The company recently introduced its new 2020 Roadster, designed as an open-air Sportser-like bike. It has speeds of up to 36 mph (58 km/h). Here's your chance to go riding on weekdays and racing on weekends!


4 More Reasons We Bought A Tesla Model 3

August 27th, 2019 | by Zachary Shahan

Yesterday, I wrote about the 4 top reasons we just bought a Tesla Model 3 and decided to say goodbye to a 2015 BMW i3 REx we loved. Below are 3 more reasons — not as big as the core 4 but notable nonetheless. Were any of these critical in deciding to bring home a Model 3? No, but they were big improvements over the i3 that continually came to mind and helped build the case for the switch. In our first day with the car, each of them was already noticed and appreciated


The Best Electric Vans — CleanTech Talk with Tomek Gać

August 25th, 2019 | by Winter Wilson

In this episode of our CleanTech Talk podcast interview series, Zach Shahan sits down with Tomek Gac, Co-Founder of Tesla Shuttle and founder and CEO of Quriers.pl and Energia Słonca, to discuss the successes, challenges, and future of electric delivery vehicles


A Tale Of Two EVs

August 24th, 2019 | by Andy Miles

It was nearly a year ago that I wrote an article on CleanTechnica about taking a 300 mile journey in a relatively short-range car, the Peugeot iOn, which is capable of only 50 to 70 miles at the absolute most on a single charge. The idea behind it was to say to people, “Look at me doing this. If I can do it in this little car, anyone can make use of an EV for a longer journey, especially a modern EV with 100 to 300 miles of range.” I thought it might give people more confidence to consider getting an EV, knowing it can be used for any journey, and knowing that you do not need 400 miles of range to make an EV practical for everyday use


The Future Of Tesla’s Mobile Service Fleet

August 17th, 2019 | by Kyle Field

Tesla continues to ramp up its Mobile Service fleet, with a mix of existing Ford Transit vans, Model S sedans, and a few Model X SUVs. The Ford Transit vehicles that have comprised the majority of Tesla's service fleet since its inception cost $80,000 to set up, but that price tag turns the empty shell of a van into an extremely dense, highly effective mobile service station for Tesla's vehicles. More recently, the company has started repurposing a few Model S vehicles coming back from lease as mobile service vehicles



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