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Browsing the "Tesla Model S long-term review" Tag

Tesla Navigation Review — More Goods & Bads

August 31st, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

A month and a half ago, I wrote a raving review of Tesla's navigation system for long-distance trips. It's brilliant. It's unmatched by any other car's navigation system. The core benefits are: it estimates how much battery capacity you'll have remaining when you arrive at your destination, it tells you where to stop to Supercharge if you need to, and it's extremely accurate because it takes so many factors into account — topography, temperature, your own recent energy use while driving, average driving speed on the route (or at least the speed limit along the route — I'm not sure dataset Tesla uses, or if it uses both), and perhaps even whether or not it's raining. However, it's not perfect. There are three major issues with it, from my perspective. Anecdotally, I gather that most Tesla drivers are irritated by the same three things


Prepping For World Electric Car (Tesla) Distance Record Attempt

August 18th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

This weekend, members of the Tesla Shuttle crew are going to attempt to break the world record for miles/kilometers driven on a single charge in an electric car. The attempt is being led by Tomasz Gać, founder/CEO of Quriers and co-founder of Tesla Shuttle. But I'm also one of those people and will be doing a good chunk of the driving — weather permitting. A third co-founder, Jacek Fior, and I did a test drive for several hours recently. Below the video (and in the video chat) are some of my notes from that test drive


A Funny Story — Used Tesla Model S vs Toyota Prius Prime

August 4th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

As many of you know, we're trying to get an electric shuttle startup (Tesla Shuttle) off the ground in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). We recently held a test ride event to attract customers, perhaps attract investors, and just generally EVangelize. To organize the event, we partnered with a fleet industry magazine, Menadżer Floty. I was surprised to find out that they actually had a Toyota Prius Prime to bring to the event


Tesla Superchargers vs … Ugh

July 22nd, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

First of all, let me say that if anyone else creates a superfast charging network anything close to Tesla's, I'll be one of the first people to cheer it on and I may cheer it more loudly and broadly than anyone else. My goal is to stimulate the transition to zero-emissions transport as quickly as possibly, not to loyally attach my dreams to one company over every other one because I like the logo. Companies that do good stuff deserve to get praised and rewarded


New Answers To Common Electric Car Questions

July 22nd, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

Now that I've been driving an electric car (a Tesla Model S) around on a regular basis for a few weeks, I'm getting bored with the most common questions. Over and over again


Always Have 2–3 Options (For EV Charging)

July 20th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

Driving an electric car for a bit, I've learned what many an EV driver knows well: You should always have 3 — or at least 2 — charging options in mind. Also: Choose wisely. And get lucky


Tesla Smart Navigation Is Brilliant (+ 3 Tips)

July 16th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

I recently used Tesla’s smart navigation system to drive from Wrocław (Poland) to Berlin (Germany) and back, and then I used it again a few days later on a long trip to the Polish boonies. Tesla doesn't call it "smart navigation" — just sticking to the boring basic term "navigation" instead — but this beast is brilliant and performed much better than I expected. However, I learned something from these drives that I think anyone using this navigation option should know ahead of time. I'll get to that in a minute


A Tesla Service Experience — The Cool & The Uncool

July 15th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

It's sweet when you buy a car and it immediately needs service — awesome experience. Seemingly out of pure luck, that's what happened with the first Tesla Model S we bought for our new Tesla Shuttle service. Days after picking the Model S up from Germany (used, and not through Tesla), "Acceleration Reduced" appeared on the small screen behind the steering wheel, and underneath that in a bit smaller text, "Contact Tesla Service When Convenient."


Tesla Service Is On Another Level — Now Getting Even Better

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


Best Way To Plan For Tesla Model 3 — Rent An Electric Car

July 6th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

Tesla Model 3 production starts tomorrow, unless there was some kind of dramatic surprise since Monday. It seems that tens of thousands or even hundreds of thousands of people who have never before had an electric car have a reservation for a Model 3. They have a bit of planning to do


Driving A Tesla Model S To The Polish Boonies

July 6th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

As you've probably read, a handful of guys and I recently got a Tesla Model S 85D for an intercity European Tesla Shuttle service we're launching based out of Wroclaw, Poland. This last weekend, I rented the Tesla myself (but with no personal driver, unfortunately) to pick my family up from my in-laws' "summer house" (lake house in the middle of nowhere). This place is really off the beaten track, in what I think we'd call "the boonies" in the United States


Where Tesla Autopilot Truly Shines

July 1st, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

My second "real," long drive on Autopilot (from Wroclaw to Berlin) demonstrated to me two places in which Autopilot is brilliantly lovable. These, imho, are the situations in which Autopilot is like collecting mushrooms in Mario Bros


1st Real Drive With Tesla Autopilot (Including A Few “Warning Shots”)

June 25th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

I first experienced Tesla Autopilot last year, as I wrote in my Tesla Model X review. It was certainly cool and interesting, and a bit nerve-racking. But that was a short test drive on a California highway — not real use. Well, a few guys and I recently got our first Tesla Model S for an intercity Tesla shuttle service we're launching here in Europe (... called Tesla Shuttle), and the Tesla includes Autopilot


Tesla Rep Sheds Light on Supercharger “Idle Fee” Logic

February 8th, 2017 | by Kyle Field

Tesla's free Superchargers have been a hotly debated topic since they first went live for the Model S. People complained about how it wasn't scalable, how the stalls would all fill up because of local freeloaders when it was designed for people taking long trips...suffice it to say that it has been a point of contention for the company...but at the same time, one of Tesla's key differentiators


The EV Annex Tesla Model S Center Console Insert (CleanTechnica Review)

December 10th, 2016 | by Kyle Field

Back in April, Zach and I went on a CleanTechnica tour de Southern California centered around the Tesla Model 3 unveiling event. While in line to lock in our Tesla Model 3 reservations at the Santa Monica Tesla store, we met Roger and Matt Pressman from EV Annex in person. Since then, they have sent over a few of their custom-designed and custom-built accessories for the Tesla Model S for us to review (like the Cubby Compartment)



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