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Don’t Be A Dummy, Buy A Tesla Model 3 If You Value Your Family’s Safety!

September 22nd, 2019 | by Paul Fosse

A few days ago, we wrote about Tesla earning the Top safety score (TOP SAFETY PICK+) from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). I had publicly asked them last month why they hadn't yet tested the car and was happy to get a reply that they were working on it. I'm not surprised how things turned out


IIHS: Tesla Model 3 Earns Top Safety Score In All 8 Test Categories

September 19th, 2019 | by Zachary Shahan

The Tesla Model 3 won the IIHS's TOP SAFETY PICK+ award, which means that the car achieved the top score in all 8 test categories. You cannot get a better score. While this is a tremendous achievement, it's also not surprising. The Model 3 already achieved the best safety score ever from the NHTSA, and we know that it is the safety leader due to abundant crumple zones, market-leading active safety features, extremely strong doors and a similarly strong roof, a low center of gravity that keeps the car stable, and tremendous traction control


Cracking The Code Of What People Want In Electric Vehicles

September 14th, 2019 | by Johnna Crider

Cracking the code of what people want in their electric vehicles is not that complicated, even though analysts at Edmunds seem to think otherwise. In an article published by the San Diego Union Tribune, a market analyst at Edmunds said that electric car buyers "don’t seem to be EV fans, they seem to be Tesla fans.” She also said that, "It’s been really hard for any other company to crack the code of what people want in an EV.”


My Car Expenses The 15 Years Before Tesla

September 2nd, 2019 | by Paul Fosse

I've had an obsession with financial software for some time, something that I probably inherited from my father. I remember when we got our first Apple II in 1978 and he used it for investments and budgeting. When he moved to an IBM PC (which I bought for him at a discount since I was an IBM employee from 1984 to 1998), he fell in love with Managing Your Money. I moved to Quicken in the mid 1990s. I'm trying to spend less time tracking my finances and more time writing, so I'm moving to more cloud-based methods of tracking my finances. But I noticed that I had 15 years of data on my auto spending available as part of this obsession. I didn't have it easily tied to my 7 cars, but don't think of this as a review of any car, but as a general survey of the fuel, maintenance, and repair cost for 7 cars over about 400,000 miles


Electrifying Transport Is Green Here, Greener There, & Green As Kermit The Frog In Norway Or With A Solar Roof

August 10th, 2019 | by Matt Pressman

There's an important caveat with electric cars. Although electric vehicles have zero tailpipe emissions, they draw their power from a wide variety of energy sources. Bloomberg reports, "Trading in your gasoline-guzzling car for an electric vehicle is a lot like shifting the emissions ... [as] EVs run off electricity, and that electricity" can come from both clean and dirty energy sources


What The Heck Is MPGe? And Why Is Electric Car MPGe So High?

July 19th, 2019 | by Guest Contributor

Electric vehicles offer large cost savings over traditional gasoline-burning vehicles. That’s simply because electric vehicles use electricity as fuel instead of gasoline. Electricity is much cheaper than gasoline, making it much cheaper to recharge a car than to refill a car


Electric Vehicles, Renewables, & The Changing World Dynamic

June 22nd, 2019 | by Robert Dee

Every time someone buys or leases an EV, fossil fuel's stranglehold lessens. That's the cost differentiation between EVs and ICEs. The individual benefit, as I am enjoying, is autonomy and the opportunity to have free electricity for cars and homes. EVs are thinking people's cars, yes, and it takes planning and work, but we'll have a better life and planet for it


How Owning A Tesla Model 3 For 1 Year Has Changed My Life

June 22nd, 2019 | by Guest Contributor

I've owned the Model 3 for exactly one year now. What I like most about the car is that it's 100% electric, burns no gas, and has zero emissions. There's so much to the car that I love, and I mean it when I say that the car has changed my life. I realize that's a big statement to make so I'd like to explain what I mean by that


30 Reasons To Buy An Electric Car … Today!

June 16th, 2019 | by Zachary Shahan

My increasingly good friend Paul Fosse wrote an article yesterday giving 5 reasons to buy a Tesla before July 1. At the end of the article, he linked to a 2016 article of mine that I had forgotten about. It's a simple listicle but it's actually one of my favorite articles. So, thanks to Paul, I'm reposting it today. In 2016, it was titled, "30 Reasons Your Next Car Should Be Electric." At this point in time, I think it's more appropriate to say that you should buy that car today, not wait any longer. Hopefully you'll agree after reading through this list


EV Safety Benefits — Crumple Zones, Rollover Results, Vehicle Control

December 30th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

In this section of our report "The EV Safety Advantage," we roll through a handful of clear EV safety benefits, which help to explain electric cars' better performance in the case of accidents and subsequent insurance claims. We also throw in more safety ratings and charts


Electric & Hybrid Cars Have Better IIHS Safety Ratings Than Gasmobiles

December 30th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

Earlier this year, we published a free report on EV safety, The EV Safety Advantage. As we approach the end of the year, we're publishing sections of that report as articles here on CleanTechnica. In this section of the report, 7 charts help to show that plug-in electric vehicles and hybrids score significantly better in IIHS safety ratings


10 Charts: Top Electric Car Benefits & Top Misconceptions

December 2nd, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

There's nothing like experience. You can read and write about something all day, but until you experience it, it's just a concept, and you don't really understand it. So, with that in mind, it is often interesting and useful to collect feedback from actual EV drivers about what they appreciate about their cars. It's also often interesting and useful to find out the top misconceptions they discover other people have about electric cars


Tesla Shuttle From Sarasota To Tampa Airport — Like Dr. Who’s TARDIS #Infinite

December 2nd, 2018 | by Cynthia Shahan

I flew out of Tampa airport recently. To travel to Tampa from Sarasota, we chose zero-emissions transport. It was the longest experience I've had in a Tesla Model 3. Booking a shuttle service to the airport, I was not thinking futuristic travel. I was thinking of the time, convenience, and zero emissions. Yet, it seemed to feel the most futuristic of all my experiences in Tesla vehicles. (It was my second time in the back seat of the Model 3, and I've spent many times in the back seat of a Tesla Model S.)


Want To Buy A New Car For Free In 10 Years? Buy An Electric Car Today

September 30th, 2018 | by Michael Barnard

The report is another data point showing that a family's total cost of ownership of electric cars is better than for gasoline or diesel vehicles. And with all of the other benefits — including health, much lower greenhouse gas emissions and typically greater safety — it's not hard to see that the shift to electric cars will only accelerate


Do Electric Vehicles Have Better Overall Safety? Part 2

April 1st, 2018 | by Nicolas Zart

In the first part of our series on whether or not electric vehicles (EV) are safer than comparable gasoline cars, EVs seem to beat traditional cars at least on paper in terms of drivetrain layout freedom. Given that the overall appearance of electric cars typically isn't a dramatic departure from gas/diesel vehicles, normal people probably have no idea how this new vehicle layout is so different. But what can actually be done with that design freedom to make EVs safer


Electric Cars Often Actually Save Owners Time

February 18th, 2018 | by Jake Richardson

Among current EV drivers, the vast majority of charging is done at home or work. In such places, it takes a few seconds to plug in the car and a few seconds to unplug it. In actuality, it is often easy to leave with a “full tank” (full battery) most of the time. Drivers no longer have to find gas stations on or near their travel routes, don’t have to spend time getting off the road and into the gas station, don’t have to get out and pump gas, don’t have to go inside or pull out their credit card and pay for gasoline, and don’t have to take their cars in for oil changes & smog checks. In the end, this saves them a lot of time, even if you take into account the times when they do have to charge in public (during which they can often eat, play, or engage in other useful activities)


A Shaking Porsche vs A Tesla Model S (GIFs + Video)

December 25th, 2017 | by Jesper Berggreen

Talking about cars in general and electric cars in particular, you are bound to get around to the subject of the launch from 0–60 mph acceleration every now and then. And frankly, it doesn't really make sense in daily life, does it? The recent hype about the new Tesla Roadster proves the point. I mean, 0–60 in 1.9 seconds? Really? You would need a medical clearance for doing that. I get blurry vision below 4 seconds, so what's the point



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