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Tesla Smart Summon Bonanza — 7 Races

October 22nd, 2019 | by Zachary Shahan

Tesla Smart Summon was all the rage for a few days on Tesla Twitter and Tesla YouTube. For obvious reason, too — it's fun! More thoughtfully (putting on my serious face), it's an amazing step forward toward door-to-door fully self-driving Teslas. That's at least half the excitement — what it indicates is coming, much more than what is here today. Nonetheless, tens of thousands or hundreds of thousands of Tesla owners were eager to see what Smart Summon could do and what its limitations were. That included me, a new Tesla buddy, and a friend of his who happened to be in town at the Supercharger where we had decided to meet


Tesla’s Navigate On Autopilot Is Smooth As Silk — CleanTechnica Review

October 20th, 2019 | by Zachary Shahan

I don't have much opportunity to use Tesla's Navigate on Autopilot since I seldom drive on the Interstate. (I'm eagerly awaiting "Navigate the City" or whatever the next iteration is!) However, I recently drove through Tampa, Clearwater, and cities in that vicinity for about 2 hours and had the chance to really spend some time using the beta Navigate on Autopilot feature. It's a fascinating feature and the details of it go beyond what I realized before using it. I genuinely hate driving through Tampa, and the most concise takeaway of this whole experience is that Navigate on Autopilot definitely made that task safer, easier, and less stressful


What Is A Sleeper Or Stealth Tesla Model 3 Performance?

October 13th, 2019 | by Chris Boylan

As new buyers are researching Tesla and deciding which Model 3 version to buy, some of the options can be a bit confusing. And if you delve into the various social media groups and discussion forums, things can get even worse. One particular version of the Model 3 which is a bit of a unicorn is the so-called "Stealth" or "Sleeper" Performance model. And to describe what that is, first let's go through a brief history of the Tesla Model


Tesla Smart Summon Chases Kids (Video From Inside Car)

October 12th, 2019 | by Marika

Okay, so I’m sitting in the car waiting for my whole family (husband and two little girls) to come back from a quick stop for shopping. The car is plugged in and charging at a Tesla Supercharger (thank you to buyers who used our referral code). My husband came up with a funny phrase to describe a "park & plug" state, which is "plark." So, you could say I'm sitting in a "plarked" car in a Tesla "plarking lot."


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October 11th, 2019 | by Zachary Shahan

Since I got the Tesla Model 3 a month and a half ago, I've been trying to figure out a one- or two-sentence summary of the car. It's been tough. I'm plagued by a few issues. For one, I'm used to communicating with people who know a ton about Tesla (you), whereas people in the "real world" are often not such people


How The Long Drive To Frankfurt For IAA 2019 Made Me Talk To My Tesla Model 3

September 29th, 2019 | by Jesper Berggreen

A few days ago I told you what I thought was going on at the IAA 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show, and that was quite an eye opener for me. One single model stole the show. The world of automobiles will see serious change next year, when the VW ID.3 and other similar models hit the tarmac with their wheels spinning so fast the fossil fuel slurping dinosaurs won't know what hit them


Kids Love Teslas!

September 28th, 2019 | by Marika

Have you ever wondered where it all comes from and when it starts, the obsession with Tesla? How do all these kids get into Tesla? Does it come from the parents, friends, YouTube videos? Do those kids really care about the environmental aspects of having an electric car, in particular a Tesla? Do they like it because it is a new trend, because it is fast, quick, and quiet? Is it because they see more and more of them around? What do they actually know about the cars beyond the fact that they are sporty and fancy looking


Tesla Model 3 vs. Mercedes C-Class & Audi A4 — 5 Year Cost of Ownership Comparisons

September 26th, 2019 | by Zachary Shahan

I wrote earlier this week that I would conduct some new 5 year cost of ownership comparisons between the Tesla Model 3 and its top luxury car competitors. I've actually never before conducted an analysis comparing the Model 3's cost of ownership to the cost of ownership of the Mercedes C-Class or Audi A4. I think the main reason is that it was just clear from the Model 3 comparison with the BMW 3 Series and 4 Series that the Model 3 would embarrass these other cars on a cost of ownership basis. Nonetheless, now seemed like a good time for a new round of comparisons


1 Month With Tesla Model 3 — $0 Charging, 0 Issues, 0 Fires, Tons Of Fun

September 25th, 2019 | by Zachary Shahan

As of today, we've had our Tesla Model 3 for one month. Is the thrill gone? Well, some of the early tingles and excitement have of course worn off, but the core point and core feeling is the same: this is the best car on the market. There are basically just four difficult things for me, which I'll note at the end. First, though, I'll run down the main items


What Is Tesla Autopilot? Answers For FAQ

September 15th, 2019 | by Frugal Moogal

Seemingly, one of the most controversial things about Tesla cars is its Autopilot feature, a driver-assist feature that helps drivers navigate and pilot their vehicle. Oddly, while news of exciting Autopilot features comes out regularly, general information about exactly what Autopilot is, what the options are, and what it can and cannot do seem to be few and far between


BMW i3 to Tesla Model 3 — Girls’ Perspective

September 7th, 2019 | by Marika

When we moved to Florida last year, we had to learn how to live here, or at least my two daughters and I had to, as my husband is an original Floridian. The first thing we had to take care of was not finding a place to live, but getting a proper vehicle for our little family, so that we could get from one place to another


“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


7 “Little Things” We Love About The Tesla Model 3

August 31st, 2019 | by Zachary Shahan

"It's the little things." "Stop to smell the roses." "Don't forget to enjoy life." There are various phrases that try to remind us that big-picture topics don't always dominate our lives. In fact, little things of daily life can influence us on a grand scale. With many little things, it wouldn't hurt us to pause and appreciate them a little more


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



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