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My 1st Time Charging With Electrify America: The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly

April 21st, 2019 | by Jennifer Sensiba

While people have been charging at Electrify America sites for months in the eastern portions of the US, the Southwest deserts have been among the last places to get a station. I recently had my first chance to use one in Deming, New Mexico. I was very impressed with the station, but there’s definitely room for improvement when it comes to paying for a charge


Here’s Why The Model Y Is The Only Tesla I Don’t Mind Waiting For

April 20th, 2019 | by Chris Boylan

I know that's a strange title for an article. But let me explain. I took my family for a test drive in a Tesla Model S P85+ back in 2013. I was hooked. So were the kids. (The wife took a little more convincing.) But a sedan, even a roomy sedan with the ability to seat seven (sort of), wasn't an ideal choice for us at the time. Then I saw the video for the upcoming Model X. OMG, those FALCON-WING DOORS! Seating for seven. Loads of space. I NEEDED THAT!


Convincing Mom To Get The Pacifica PHEV

April 8th, 2019 | by Jennifer Sensiba

I have 4 kids, so you might think I’d consider a minivan, but I’m just not a minivan person. I don’t have anything against them, but they’re just not for me. At all. My mom, on the other hand, loves them. She’s owned a number of different vans and minivans over the years. Her last two vans were Dodge Grand Caravans. She really likes them — enough, apparently, to go for three in a row


The RadMini Step-Thru Is Anything But Mini Under The Hood

March 23rd, 2019 | by Kyle Field

Rad Power Bikes is a US-based bike company that is charging into the world of e-bikes with a rapidly expanding fleet of outside-the-box bike solutions to meet the needs of a wide range of customers. They sent us their $1,499 RadMini Step-Thru so we could run it through the paces in a variety of situations, with a handful of differently sized humans to see how it fared


Elon Musk To SEC — That Is Not What We Agreed To

March 12th, 2019 | by Maarten Vinkhuyzen

The SEC is trying to get the court to hold Elon Musk in contempt. The SEC maintains that Musk violated the plea bargain they made after the infamous "funding secured" tweet, a plea bargain that was accepted by the court as its final judgement and thus has the power of a court order for Elon Musk and Tesla


O-M-G — Get Me Out Of This Gasmobile!

March 2nd, 2019 | by Zachary Shahan

I'm renting a gas car for a few days. I won't bother naming it, but it's one of the 10 top selling cars in the USA. O–M–G, I cannot wait to get out of this car! Driving a Tesla, a BMW i3, a Nissan LEAF, a Chevy Bolt EV, or probably any other electric car for a while, my understanding is that the feelings people have when driving a gas or diesel car again are similar to mine below. Even knowing that, and even experiencing it years before, you can't avoid the visceral shock of this experience


The Jeda Pad Adds Wireless Phone Charging For The Tesla Model 3 In A Slick Package

February 17th, 2019 | by Kyle Field

The folks over at Jeda sent us one of their brand new, hot off the presses Model 3 wireless phone charging pads for us to run through the paces. The new pad takes its first-generation charging pad and folds in feedback from owners for a new and improved charging pad that comes with a handful of new features to make the charging mat even more functional


A Month On The Electric Bulls Cross E8 Wave

February 16th, 2019 | by Nicolas Zart

It's been over a month since I started test riding the Bulls Cross E8 Wave electric bicycle (e-bike), and what a pleasure it has been. This e-bike is a solid, fast, urban commuter. While it is on the pricey side, you get a well thought out e-bike you can ride to work without breaking a sweat. As with anything in life, you get what you pay for


CleanTechnica’s Electric Fleet — 15 Electric Vehicles

February 10th, 2019 | by Zachary Shahan

CleanTechnica writers now have 6 Tesla Model 3s, 3 Tesla Model Ss, 2 Chevy Bolts, 1 Nissan LEAF (after 2-3 retired Nissan LEAFs), 1 BMW i3, 1 Peugeot iOn, 1 Kia Soul EV, and 1 Zero Motorcycle. That makes 15 electric vehicles — if you don't count the electric bikes we have as well!


I Bought A Bolt Today — Or … Does GAS trump FUD?

February 3rd, 2019 | by Steve Bakker

Well, it was last month actually, and I didn’t outright purchase a Chevy Bolt EV, I leased one. I test drove the Bolt back in early 2017 when they first started showing up in dealer showrooms and wrote about the experience. You may know that I’m the proud owner of a day 2 reservation for a Tesla Model 3 and have been patiently waiting for the base model car to start shipping


Tesla Model 3 Has Arrived In Europe — Thoughts From Our Test Drive

February 2nd, 2019 | by Jos Olijve

It was 6 weeks ago, early December 2018, that European reservation holders were asked to configure their Tesla Model 3's. The expectation was deliveries would begin somewhere in second half of the first quarter of 2019, but many were also doubtful of that timeline


Driving The Tesla Model 3 On Slippery Roads — Why It Rocks!

January 27th, 2019 | by Paul Fosse

In this article, I will discuss handling of the Tesla 3 (and other cars) in slippery conditions. I'm not going to cover frozen door handles or reduced range in the winter. Those could be issues that you might want to research and I encourage you to do that. They're just not part of this article


Comparing Tesla Model 3 To Honda Accord — From An Engineer’s Perspective

January 12th, 2019 | by Paul Fosse

For today's article, I'm going to go over all the major areas of each car (Driving Dynamics, Interior, Exterior, Safety, Technology, and Costs), but before I do, I'm going to tell you why I bought a Honda Accord in 1998 and why it was my favorite car (until I bought the Tesla Model 3 last year)


40,000 Miles With The 2018 Nissan LEAF

January 6th, 2019 | by Jennifer Sensiba

Since its release, many wondered how the new 40 kWh Nissan LEAF would hold up as the miles racked up. After over 40,000 miles driving mine, I’m starting to get a pretty good idea of how it fares. It’s a great vehicle, with only one serious drawback



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