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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


A Quick Guide To Tesla’s New V3 Supercharging

August 16th, 2019 | by Kyle Field

Earlier this year, Tesla launched the third version of its Supercharging stations. While the basic functions of the V3 Superchargers are the same as previous generations, there are some subtle differences, so CleanTechnica hit the road to put the new stations to the test


Cost of Driving a BMW i3 REx for 9 Months in Florida: $2.26

August 10th, 2019 | by Zachary Shahan

We recently returned to Florida after 4½ months in Poland. I was planning to write an article about our insanely low fuel costs driving an electric car before we left Florida in mid-March. That didn't happen. I then decided to at least write the article before returning to Florida. That didn't happen. Long story short: below is finally the article I was planning to write about our fuel costs after ~9 months driving an electric car in Southwest Florida


The Renogy Phoenix Portable Solar Generator Provides All-In-One Solar + Storage On The Go

August 3rd, 2019 | by Kyle Field

The Phoenix Generator packs all the functionality of a solar generator into a portable package that folds up nicely into a briefcase that will make you feel like a spy from a James Bond film when you whip it out. OK, maybe I'm alone in feeling that way, but the solid build quality, matte black finish, and modern angles all contribute to a very well-built, compact solar generator


Rideshare Driving In An EV: A Getting Started Guide

July 27th, 2019 | by Jennifer Sensiba

Sure, electric vehicles (EVs) are great for the environment in most places. Struggling to make a living doing rideshare work for companies like Lyft and Uber makes other things more important, though. If the car gets in the way of making a living instead of helping you put more money on the table, all of the warm feelings in the world that come from the lower footprint you accomplished can’t keep the landlord paid or the repo man away


Tesla & EV Life In Wroclaw, Poland — What’s New?

July 27th, 2019 | by Zachary Shahan

I recently had our Polish Tesla Shuttle Model S for a few days (it normally lives in Cracow). I didn't expect I'd experience many new things in the car and thought I wouldn't have anything to write about, but I was wrong


Breaking! Tesla Soon Adding YouTube & Netflix To All Cars

July 27th, 2019 | by Paul Fosse

Elon Musk recently tweeted some exciting news to those who own Tesla cars and those considering buying them. Although all Tesla cars have had a web browser for a while, that browser didn't support Netflix or YouTube. Elon tweeted that Tesla will soon be rolling out both YouTube and Netflix capability to cars!


6 Ways Tesla Ruins Everything For Incumbent Automakers

July 27th, 2019 | by Paul Fosse

This article was inspired by a tweet by a popular YouTuber who commented that his driveway is going to look like a Tesla dealership. I replied that although I have only one Tesla now, everyone in my family wants a Tesla, even though none of them had any interest in the car during the 2 years I was talking about it but they hadn't yet seen it. Once they got to spend some time in the car, they all came to love it


Sicily To The Leaning Tower Of Pisa In An Electric Van — Nissan e-NV200

July 21st, 2019 | by Tomek Gać

After so many adventures and kilometers (see parts one, two, and three), we were down south in Sicily for this portion of our trip. On the 7th day in the morning, with 3,300 km on the meter, we decided to give up on the southwest part of Sicily, where fast chargers were quite scarce, and we drove through the mountainous heart of the island


tzero Flashback — Diving Into The EV That Kicked Off A Revolution

July 13th, 2019 | by Nicolas Zart

A couple of years ago, Nicolas Zart interviewed one of the few owners of an AC Propulsion tzero and explained the history of the transformative tzero for CleanTechnica readers. I recently ran across the article and decided it was ripe for a reprint. Enjoy! —Zach


Automakers Paid Me To Show They Lag Tesla

July 13th, 2019 | by Paul Fosse

Last holiday weekend, my brother in law (who also loves to test drive cars) suggested I drive 6 cars and get $265 in gift cards. I thought, "I get to drive cars, I get gift cards, and its a great story idea" (well, I guess you the reader will be the judge of that). What is the downside? Well, dealers calling me for the next month and asking if I want to buy the car I drove


Riding In DIY Electric Vehicles In Ukraine (Videos) — EV Flashback

July 11th, 2019 | by Zachary Shahan

I've spent the past week or so thoroughly looking through our archives. In the process, I've run across some pretty funny and interesting old articles. This one below is from nearly 6 years ago! Tesla delivered a grand total of 5,500 cars in the quarter this was published (Q3 2012). I went on a cleantech tour of Ukraine at that time (Kiev and Crimea, just before Russia invaded Crimea), and there were many highlights, but it's hard to compete with the handmade electric car below. Check it out


Vegas, Baby! Los Angeles To Vegas & Back In A Tesla Model 3 — 8 Hours Of Driving & 70 Minutes Of Charging

July 7th, 2019 | by Kyle Field

Road trips rarely consist of scripted fueling stops, nicely packed sack lunches, and firm itineraries, so when EV enthusiast Dennis Pascual and I decided to make the 540-mile run from Los Angeles, California to Las Vegas, Nevada and back, we intentionally shot from the hip. The quintessential road trip from LA to Vegas is a staple coming-of-age trip that thousands of youngsters embark on every week



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