June 30th, 2020 | by Zachary Shahan
There are many things about Tesla ownership that are different from conventional car ownership, and even different from ownership of other electric cars. However, I think one is both particularly special and also hard to convey effectively to non-owners
December 22nd, 2019 | by Steve Hanley
Reports in the German press say Volkswagen is having "massive difficulties" with the software used in its ID.3 electric cars. And the electric minibus will be called the ID.7 and arrive in 2022.
December 21st, 2019 | by Zachary Shahan
When asked for the top reasons the EV drivers got their cars, we got similar responses as in previous years. The largest portion of buyers in every group referenced the environmental benefits. As before, Tesla buyers in the various markets were more likely to select “fun & convenience” and “I love new tech” than other EV drivers
December 21st, 2019 | by Zachary Shahan
For years, we have asked respondents what vehicle body type they prefer for an EV. The answers may surprise you. Despite the crossover and SUV craze, our respondents in North America indicated they prefer a sedan or hatchback
May 6th, 2019 | by Kyle Field
Tesla's Vehicles Self-Diagnose Then Self-Medicate When Faults Are Detected
May 3rd, 2019 | by Kyle Field
Tesla pushed out a new software update for its vehicles tonight that adds two active safety features that work whether or not Autopilot is activated, or even installed on the car. The free update pushes two new Active Safety features to all vehicles built since October 2016 and make the vehicles even safer by working to keep them in their lanes
March 30th, 2019 | by Steve Hanley
Tesla continues coming up with disruptive new ideas. It has filed a patent application for a system that would allow rooftop solar customers to share power with each other, which could upend the utility industry, and it has introduced dynamic brake lights on Model 3s in Europe.
March 29th, 2019 | by Guest Contributor
Journalists have been calling cars “computers on wheels” for at least a decade, but there’s a problem with that metaphor: these days, even the simplest of computers can update their software remotely, with little or no user input required. Other than the ones made by a certain California company, cars don’t do that. Today’s most “advanced” non-Tesla vehicles can do little more than update their software to fix problems, and even that usually requires a trip to the dealership
January 6th, 2019 | by Guest Contributor
Everyone knows that Tesla is an innovative company, and almost everyone knows that its cars don’t need gasoline. But as Lou Steinberg points out in a recent article entitled "Some of the Greatest Innovations are not What You Think," electrification is not Tesla’s only innovation, and when it comes to competing in the global auto market, it may not even be the most important
October 28th, 2018 | by Steve Hanley
Volkswagen chief Herbert Diess said this week electric cars from his company will be just as good as a Tesla but cost half as much. Was he kidding?
October 5th, 2018 | by Kyle Field
Tesla has officially taken the wraps off of highly anticipated version 9.0 of its firmware. A blast of updates have been sent to drivers via email, a Tesla blog post, an official support post, and even a Twitter thread to introduce the update
May 26th, 2018 | by Steve Hanley
Fiat Chrysler is recalling 4.8 million vehicles because of a possible short circuit that could preventing cruise control from shutting off when required. How good a job is the press doing at getting the word out? How would the press have responded if Tesla was in these shoes
May 22nd, 2018 | by Steve Hanley
Consumer Reports gives the Tesla Model 3 a "Not Recommended" rating. More than anything else, it found inconsistent braking performance to be a problem.
May 19th, 2018 | by Guest Contributor
Tesla took an early lead in the race to offer customers vehicle autonomy, and its Autopilot system remains the state of the art. However, the technology is advancing more slowly than the company predicted — Elon Musk promised a coast-to-coast driverless demo run by the end of 2017, and we’re still waiting. Meanwhile, competitors are hard at work on their own autonomy tech — GM’s Super Cruise, is now available on the CT6 luxury sedan
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
May 27th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan
One of the more interesting things for me in our annual EV surveys is how much people want various special features — auto lane change, all-wheel drive, superfast charging, fast charging, etc. The extra fun in our new 93-page electric car driver report is that we got these responses segmented by type of EV and region. Jump down below the line for the results