Elon Musk and his team at Tesla Motors must never sleep. In addition to launching new models of the best electric vehicles on the planet, they are also about to unveil a lithium-ion based home battery storage system. Why would a home owner (or business owner) want to store energy in a battery? There are many reasons. Some folks just want to be independent of the expensive energy grid, others want to have more control and savings of their solar production. I imagine the main users will be folks with solar arrays on their houses that are...

Posted on Oct 11 2014 - 5:54pm by Russ
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Arguably one of the best cars on the road, the Tesla Model S just got a bit better with the addition of all wheel dive and more. The Model S lineup now has the option of a “D” designator which stands for “dual” and in “dual motors”.  The Tesla Model S P85D (and 60D and 85D) models are not only faster with better handling, they are also more efficient getting a bit of extra range. The P85 goes about 265 miles per charge and the P85D goes about 275… all that range and a 0-60 time of just 3.2...

In the next few months Tesla Model S owners may be getting a software update, V6.0, that will allow them to start and drive their Model S with just their iPhone. This means if you forget or lose your car key you won’t be stranded, assuming you still have your iPhone. Details are scarce but the rumor mill believes you will have to use the Apple Touch ID. Genius.   ...

The Tesla Model S P85 comes from the factory with some pretty respectable numbers, specifically a zero to 60 MPH of about 4.2 seconds. That doesn’t mean the go-fast guys at Saleen didn’t have some ideas to improve upon the already amazing all-electric car. Read on for details and pictures of the modded Tesla Model S P85 dubbed the Foursixteen. ...

Posted on Jul 16 2014 - 10:52am by Russ
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Well folks, the long awaited “less expensive” Tesla car is going to happen. The car which was going to be called the Model E is now going to be called the Model 3 because Ford threatened to sue.  Ford, you suck.  First we have to wait for the Tesla SUV, the Model X, to come out and then we can expect the Model 3.  Should be a few years.  Read on for details. ...

On January 30, 2014, two red Tesla Model S cars embarked on a cross country journey. The plan was to drive across the United States using only the free cross-continental Tesla Supercharger network.   By doing this, the team would set a world record for charge time of an electric vehicle driving the across the US. The cars travelled 3,427 miles in 76 hours and 5 minutes.  Charging time took 15 hours and 57 seconds.  If the cars were typical gasoline cars they each would have used about 136 gallons. ...

Ok, let me start off by saying I am no stranger to the Tesla show.  I own a Model S and love it despite some early issues (you can read my initial Tesla Model S review here).  I am also the type that will hop in a car for a long road trip from time-to-time (you can read about that here).  I am not sure I will be doing a Tesla...

Elon Musk and Tesla are at it again.  The latest bit of innovation is around a swappable battery system that can swap the battery in about 90-seconds.  One of the main mental sticking points with regards to consumers switching to an electric vehicle is range and recharge time.  The Tesla does a great job at eliminating the range/recharge worries with...

Well, I’ve had my Tesla Model S (85kWh performance) for about four days now and wanted to post my experience to date.  First off, let me say that I love the car and see much promise in the brand and the technology.  Tesla, and Elon Musk, started from scratch with the Model S and have accomplished some amazing things in a relatively short period of time.  Considering the big brands (think Toyota, Ford, etc.) have built up so much knowledge about every aspect of the industry from creating a user interface to building customer...

Tesla's Senior Design Engineer, Matt Brown, repurposed a Tesla Model S handle that was discarded and turned it into a fancy beer tap handle.  There is a proximity sensor under the tap which causes the Tesla Model S handle to open when it senses a beer glass.  Pull on the door handle and that mechanically pulls on the beer tap, whooola beer! ...