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Saving Money On Tesla Model 3 Charging With SmartCharge NY — A Hands-On Review

April 13th, 2019 | by Chris Boylan

As electric cars become more pervasive (hello, Tesla Model 3), the potential stress on the country's electric grid increases. Many local utilities now offer Time of Use (TOU) plans to encourage consumers to shift their electricity usage from times of peak demand to times of low demand. TOU plans typically offer discounted rates on electricity used off-peak (normally at night or weekends) and surcharges on electricity used during peak hours (typically during the day on weekdays). But there are other ways to encourage a shift to off-peak power usage. One of these ways is the SmartCharge NY program


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


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


How I Give A Tesla Model 3 Test Ride (As Often As Possible)

December 30th, 2018 | by Paul Fosse

For this week's article, I'm going to update an article I published about 3 months ago on giving rides in your Tesla. I've been an EV owner for over 7 years (6½ years as a Leaf owner and 6 months as a Tesla Model 3 owner) and have been offering rides in my EV the whole 7 years


How Tesla Model 3 Compares To Tesla Model S On 2,400 Mile Road Trip

December 22nd, 2018 | by Kyle Field

Back in 2015, we bought a 2013 Tesla Model S and purposely purchased it from the Tesla Service Center in Columbus, Ohio, even though we live in California. It wasn't the closest location to our home in Ventura, but it gave me the opportunity to see how the car and Tesla's Supercharger network stacked up to the hype when put to the test


7 Great Gift Ideas For Tesla Model 3 Owners

December 14th, 2018 | by Chris Boylan

With the Tesla Model 3 making its way into more people's garages and driveways, the options for customizing and personalizing the owner experience is expanding. And if you're looking for a great holiday gift for yourself or another new Model 3 owner in the family, here are a few of my favorites, based on personal experience as a Model 3 owner


How To Set Up The Dashcam In A Tesla Running Firmware v9.0

October 23rd, 2018 | by Kyle Field

Tesla rolled out version 9.0 of its in-car firmware a few days ago, which included the new Dashcam feature. Dashcam takes advantage of the built-in cameras that come with the car to allow drivers to actively record video onto a properly configured USB drive. As it's not just plug and play, we will take you through the process of getting the new DashCam setup. Let's get started!


Tesla V9 Update — My First Impressions

October 13th, 2018 | by Paul Fosse

My wife noticed a notification on her phone that a software update was available. Why was Henry letting her know before me? Was it because she washed him last week? But I digress. I ran out to our car and clicked the "Install Now" button like a kid running downstairs to look for presents on Christmas morning


Tesla Owners, Here’s How To Send A Photo To Space!

October 7th, 2018 | by Paul Fosse

Like many of you, I reserved my Tesla Model 3 on March 31st, 2016 (online, as I wasn’t into Tesla enough to take off work to drive to the dealer). I received my Model 3 about 3 months ago and since then I’ve given about 50 test rides


Tesla Model 3 Total Cost of Ownership Estimate — Crushing It

October 7th, 2018 | by Paul Fosse

For another article I am writing, I needed a good tool for estimating vehicle total cost of ownership (TCO), something that I could easily use to compare any cars out there. I didn’t want to develop all my numbers from my experience, since then I would have to research every other car that someone wanted to compare it to. I tried to find a TCO calculation for the Tesla Model 3 at both Kelly Blue Book and Edmunds


Tesla Model 3 Performance Is A Freakin’ Race Car — Unbeatable

September 23rd, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

The top-of-the-line Tesla Model S is quicker than the top-of-the-line Tesla Model 3, zipping from 0–60 mph in a cool & easy 2.5 seconds rather than the Model 3 Performance's 3.5 seconds. However, as I've emphasized many times when comparing various cars, numbers on a screen only tell you so much


How To Run The Model 3 Through An Automated Carwash

September 16th, 2018 | by Kyle Field

The first time I went through the carwash with my Tesla Model 3, I couldn't figure out how to put the car in neutral, so I had to suffer through an embarrassing ordeal of stopping the machine and starting it again several times before they just told me to put it in drive and walked me through it. Intent on not doing that again, I went out and figured out how to wash the Model 3 properly


Taking Tesla’s 14-Day Autopilot Trial For A Spin

August 29th, 2018 | by Kyle Field

Tesla opened up its 14-day Enhanced Autopilot (EAP) trial for some Model 3 owners over the weekend and we were included in the update. We wanted to share our learnings from the first few days of using the solution around town and on the highway


Tesla Updates Android App For Better Connection & New Phone Key Features

August 28th, 2018 | by Kyle Field

Tesla has updated its Android app in an attempt to improve the connectivity and functionality of the Phone Key for the Model 3. To date, Tesla's Phone Key has proven to be underwhelming, relegating owners to using the keycard to get into the car. A new FCC application even hinted that Tesla heard the message loud and clear and was working on a bluetooth Key Fob for the Model


Protecting The Tesla Model 3 With Accessories From EV Annex

August 26th, 2018 | by Kyle Field

The Tesla Model 3 is the most expensive new car that I've ever purchased and seeing as how the top vehicles being traded in for a Model 3 include the Toyota Prius, Honda Civic, and Honda Accord, I'm not alone. Having such an expensive vehicle has made me more cautious of curbs, other vehicles, and the elements, so one of my first inclinations after taking delivery was to seek out some protection for the car


Train Your Brain To Avoid Curb Rash In The Tesla Model 3

August 22nd, 2018 | by Kyle Field

More than any car I've seen or driven, the Tesla Model 3 is unusually susceptible to curb rash on both passenger side rims. This can be attributed to the fact that the metal rims stick out farther than the rubber and also to the important subtlety that the design of the Model 3 makes it feel like a much smaller, sportier car



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